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Central Terminal Renovation Project

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We are leveling up the customer experience at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with the renovation of Central Terminal to provide more dining and shopping options, better seating and elbow room and ADA accessibility improvements. We are midway through the $21.8 million renovation that will markedly change the heart of the airport by adding 11,000 square feet of dining and seating, including the marquee Salty’s at the SEA and BrewTop Social and a stunning Centurion Lounge by American Express. 

Phase 2: In Progress

We look forward to the debut of Salty’s at the SEA and BrewTop Social, a two-level dining and craft beer experience with mezzanine level access offering views of the airfield. Together, Salty’s at the SEA and BrewTop Social are the ideal concepts to anchor the Central Terminal. 

The Salty’s brand is beloved in the Pacific Northwest for uncommonly warm service and award-winning menus that celebrate local fare, seasonal seafood and regional wines, plus an incredible brunch experience. Salty's at the SEA is designed to be an oasis for travelers where every seat has a “waterfront” view that transports guests to the iconic, local Salty's restaurants for sunny beach days, spectacular sunsets, and twinkling skyline nights through a one-of-a-kind video wall filmed by local outdoor photographer Scott Kranz. Complementing Salty’s at the SEA is BrewTop Social, a proprietary brand located directly above Salty’s on the second level. BrewTop Social will offer an open-air dining experience with craft brews and gastropub fare. Guests will enjoy an expansive rotating selection from local breweries on tap.

Concessions International, one of the nation’s largest minority-owned airport concessionaires, is bringing Salty's at the SEA and BrewTop Social to the airport. CEO Donata Russell Ross recently shared her pro tips on running a business in the ups and downs (like a pandemic!) with our blog readers. Salty’s at the SEA and BrewTop Social were expected to open in 2020, but the pandemic slowed progress. Ross remains thrilled to open this iconic, local favorite at the airport as part of phase two of the Central Terminal Renovation.

Additionally, American Express is upgrading its Centurion Lounge at SEA to triple in size to over 13,800 square feet and relocate to the mezzanine level of the Central Terminal. With a spacious entrance opening to the Central Terminal, the lounge will feature new seating areas that capitalize on the open-air atrium location. This expanded lounge will welcome Card Members with views of the airfield and Olympic Mountains, additional restrooms, private phone rooms and noise-buffering workspaces, cozy nooks, and more.

Salty's coming soon

Phase 1: Complete

Commissioner Steinbrueck on opening day

The Port of Seattle welcomed customers back into the south side of the Central Terminal on March 29, 2019, completing phase 1 of the project. This phase of the renovation restored views of the airfield via the iconic glass wall, debuted new furniture, and opened service from five amazing eateries to satisfy every palate: Lucky Louie Fish Shack™, Evergreens Salad, Pallino Pastaria, Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, and Koi Shi Sushi Bento. The Port also installed new high-top and ADA accessible charging stations and tabletops, all featuring Pacific Northwest-inspired wood finishes.

Lucky Louie Fish Shack

Much of the renovation work during the first phase occurred behind the scenes. The Port installed new HVAC systems and reconfigured tenant spaces while adding an elevator and stairs. Tenants then took over construction to build out their unique locations. The Central Terminal Renovation project encompasses the Port's construction of the elevators and stairs to reach new mezzanine dining levels on the north and south sides.

Project Timeline 

Project renovation begins Complete: February 2018

Phase one complete (south side)

New dining options open

Complete: March 2019
Phase two (north side) underway Complete: Q1 2019
Phase two (north side) to open Coming in 2022

Estimated Project Costs

The Central Terminal Project is estimated to cost $21.8 million. 

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