I spent a lot of time in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle when I was in real estate and truth be told it wasn’t always the nicest place to be. The buildings have always been historic and beautiful but the streets were seedy and the soul of the neighborhood felt a little bit lost. It always made me sad because Pioneer Square is such an important part of the history of Seattle and is the birth place of the modern city that exists today. There are stories in those buildings and if you look and listen hard enough they are waiting to be told. On one tour into the guts of one of the oldest buildings in the area I walked down a dark hall in a basement with posters hanging from the times of prohibition. In another, the old rooms of an early day hotel where each floor had a shared bathroom, can you imagine!?
Pioneer Square is such a unique place and has been (in my humble opinion) waiting to blossom back into a thriving part of the city. Luckily, that time seems to have come partly due to places like London Plane that have given a feeling of community back to the area by providing a place to gather, eat and be. The food is delightful with the option to dine in or pick something up to bring home with you (like stocks, loaves of bread and pre-made salads) and the atmosphere makes you feel like you are bound to run into an old friend. Just a few doors down from the restaurant is a wine bar under the same ownership that can be rented out for events and parties. I have only had the chance to visit London Plane once but I can promise I will be back because I am so thankful for what it is doing to this part of town. If you ever have a chance you should stop in for a bite.
300 & 322 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104