13 Coins, Seattle’s late-night landmark for old-school decadence and huge high-backed booths, will close its flagship location in South Lake Union and open its new Pioneer Square restaurant concurrently this fall. The simultaneous timing means fans in Seattle proper won’t have to miss a single moment of the restaurant’s 24-hour retro glory. After the final shift at the SLU restaurant on Boren Ave., 13 Coins will even allow diners to walk out the door with dishes in hand.
Owner Al Moscatel announced back in June that the building the restaurant has operated out of 24/7 since 1967 will be torn down in favor of new development. But he promises the new location at South King Street and Second Avenue South will carry over much of the same vintage charm as the Boren location: high-backed booths, the engaging open kitchen, live music, captain’s chairs, and, of course, 24/7 operation. The new location will spread over two levels, with the ground floor consisting of a large private dining area that can accommodate up to 175 people in various configurations.
13 Coins has also updated its menus slightly — a change that has already been introduced at the Boren restaurant, as well as the Bellevue and Sea-Tac outposts. Classics and favorites remain (the bucket of clams hasn’t gone anywhere) while the restaurant ditched items that weren’t selling.