MOHAI announces new lakeside Café for the Armory at Lake Union Park

Space set to be a lakeside gathering place for visitors and neighbors

SEATTLE – The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is excited to announce Compass Cafe by Northwest Catering, a new dining opportunity that will open with MOHAI at Lake Union Park. The Café will offer light fare,
coffee, and beverages in a 700 square foot space with fantastic views of Lake Union and the Space Needle.

“We are so pleased that we
could incorporate a café into the space” said
Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of MOHAI,
“Not only will it provide museum visitors a
relaxing place to enjoy a snack, but it will also
serve as a gathering place for the entire
With its unique location at the southern tip of
Lake Union, MOHAI designed the café not just
for museum visitors, but as a welcoming space
for residents and workers in the burgeoning
South Lake Union neighborhood. Filling the
northwest corner of the historic Naval Reserve Armory, the café’s expansive windows offer stunning
views west over Lake Union Park to the Space Needle and north over Lake Union and the historic sailing
vessels docked nearby. During warmer months, café patrons will also be able to dine on the outdoor
terrace, adjacent to the café. “While sitting in the café you can see a seaplane land, a boat race or a
stand-up paddleboarder go by. It is a truly unique Seattle location,” said David Thelin, chef and owner of
Famous Northwest Catering. “It is just so exciting to be part of a new phase of an iconic Seattle
treasure.” Along with the views, the café is also designed with history in mind; the café bar was built
using repurposed wood from the historic schooner Wawona, the same wood used in the John Grade
sculpture in the museum’s Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium.
While the full menu is still being developed, Northwest Catering anticipates a set of ala carte offerings to
accommodate the diverse tastes of museum clientele and to provide variety for regulars. Included will
be grilled-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads, soups, hot entrees, small plates, and desserts, all made
fresh daily with seasonal ingredients. The café will also serve espresso drinks and a selection of locally
produced wine and beer. Compass Cafe by Northwest Catering will initially share museum hours (10am
to 5pm six days a week and until 8pm Thursdays) with occasional extended hours based on customer demand. The café will also be available for private events in conjunction with the museum’s outdoor
terrace and Lakefront Pavilion.
Compass Cafe by Northwest Catering will open as part of the new museum’s Grand Opening on
December 29, 2012. Food and beverages will be available throughout the museum’s full week of special
performances and activities. More information about MOHAI’s Grand Opening and a detailed schedule
of events can be found at

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