One Seattle dining destination has made a significant change. Dahlia Lounge, arguably the most recognizable restaurant from renowned chef Tom Douglas, stopped serving lunch and brunch earlier this month. A message on the official website and a sign on the door alerted diners to the change recently. “Tom and chef Brock Johnson are very proud of the efforts we’ve made for lunch and brunch service over the years, but changing dynamics have made those two services untenable moving forward,” a rep for Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen tells Eater Seattle. “We’ve thrown all of our culinary passion into making Dahlia Lounge the best place for dinner in Seattle.”
Dahlia Lounge is the restaurant that launched Douglas and his restaurant empire into fame. The standby on 4th Avenue has served Pacific Northwest classics since 1989, with the triple coconut cream pie one particular crowd-pleaser. Brunch and lunch service had been steady for years, with a menu of biscuit Benedicts, French toast, crab cakes, and other dishes. But this may be another indication of Douglas scaling back from the Belltown and Downtown areas. Late last year, the restaurateur closed three of his properties inside the nearby Via6 apartment building — TanakaSan, Assembly Hall, and Home Remedy.
Across the street at Douglas’s Lola, there is still brunch served, and one dish that overlapped between the two restaurants: made to order doughnuts with jam and vanilla mascarpone. Dahlia Bakery next door will be keeping the same hours, and Dahlia Lounge recently added a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. specializing in martinis and toasts.