Four New Restaurants Opening in South Lake Union

Seattle’s thriving neighborhood expands its diverse offering of cuisine

SEATTLE, Wash. – August 1, 2012 – What do an Italian bakery, innovative vegetarian cuisine, wholesome from-scratch baked goods, and the leading doughnut maker in Seattle have in common? All four will open for business this month in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. They include La Toscanella, Veggie Grill, Specialty’s and Top Pot Doughnuts.

“The addition of these new eateries will enhance the breadth of attractive and diverse dining options available to residents, workers and visitors alike,” said Ada M. Healey, vice president of real estate at Vulcan, Inc. “We are pleased to welcome these restaurants to the neighborhood and look forward to their contribution within the community.”

La Toscanella is an Italian bakery that will offer patrons breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as happy hour and take-out items. Known for their authentic Italian desserts, they will be located at 116 Westlake Avenue on the street level. La Toscanella officially opens for business on Tuesday, August 7 and will be open seven days a week. For more information about La Toscanella call (206) 349-8068 or email

Based in Southern California, Veggie Grill is a popular vegan chain and South Lake Union marks its first location in Washington State. The menu offers meat- and dairy-free sandwiches, burgers and salads as well as a variety of gluten- and soy-free options, including macaroni and cheese and a chocolate pudding parfait.

“With people becoming increasingly committed to eating wholesome foods, Veggie Grill is paving the way for a menu that offers clean, fast and affordable items,” said Greg Dollarhyde, ceo for Veggie Grill. “Our food is really for everyone, as we cater to all appetites. Our motto is ‘taste and enjoy! ,’ so guests are often delightfully surprised once they give it a try, and then they come back again and again!”

Opening later this month, Veggie Grill will be located at 446 Terry Avenue. For more information about Veggie Grill or the menu options, visit

Specialty’s Café and Bakery will cater to the breakfast and lunch crowds with their classic soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods. With over 40 restaurants in California, Illinois and Washington, the South Lake Union location is a welcome addition to Specialty’s existing lineup available in Bellevue and Seattle. Specialty’s also offers catering and food-delivery options and recently added Peet’s Coffee & Tea to its beverage offerings.

“We are excited to expand our business to this location and hope South Lake Union diners enjoy our home-style food made by hand in our stores,” said Allen Arthur, vice president of Specialty’s store development.


Specialty’s will open Thursday, August 16th at 520 Terry Avenue North. For more information,

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