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Central Terminal Renovation Project

The Port of Seattle is committed to exemplary customer service at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including a high quality experience for travelers at the airport’s restaurants and retail locations. To provide more dining and shopping options to meet growing passenger demands, as well as more opportunities for local businesses and workers, the airport is midway through an exciting project that will markedly change the heart of the airport — the Central Terminal Renovation Project.

The nearly $17 million renovation is an investment by the Port to better serve passengers by adding 10,000 square feet of dining and seating space along with ADA accessibility improvements. 

Commissioner Steinbrueck on opening day

The Port of Seattle welcomed customers back into the south side of the Central Terminal on March 29, 2019.The current phase of the renovation restores views of the airfield via the iconic glass wall, debuts new furniture, and opens service from five amazing eateries to satisfy every palate, including Lucky Louie Fish Shack™, Evergreens Salad, Pallino Pastaria, Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, and Koi Shi Sushi Bento. In the coming weeks the Port will complete installing 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 this 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 will be complete in mid-2020 after the Port completes construction of the elevators and stairs to reach new mezzanine dining levels on the north and south sides.

Additionally, Salty’s at the SEA and BrewTop Social will open by summer 2020. This two-level dining and craft beer experience celebrates the Pacific Northwest with mezzanine level access offering incredible, expanded views of the airfield.

Salty’s at the SEA and BrewTop Social rendering

Project timeline 

Construction Begins Feb. 2018
Phase One is Completed and New Tenants Opened March 2019
Phase Two/north side completed - new tenants open* Summer 2020
*When Phase One is done, the construction wall will be removed from the south side, and travelers will be able to use the area while the second phase is being completed.

Estimated project costs

The Central Terminal Project is estimated to cost $16,834,000. 

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