Diners aren’t showing up as expected in South Lake Union, causing some restaurants to close

Empty chairs in the recently closed bar, Cantine in Seattle's South Lake Union, look out at neighborhood workers with lunch takeout containers. The bar and several other restaurants closed this year because of lackluster dinner patronage.

Empty chairs in the recently closed bar, Cantine in Seattle’s South Lake Union, look out at neighborhood workers with lunch takeout containers. The bar and several other restaurants closed this year because of lackluster dinner patronage. – Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/ for Marketplace

Around 6 p.m. on a recent weekday, people flood out of South Lake Union and squeeze onto buses. This neighborhood has become the heart of Amazon in Seattle and has utterly transformed since the company moved in almost a decade ago. It’s now full of gleaming office buildings and tech workers. But those workers are not spending their income on fancy dinners close to work, at least not in the numbers some of the restaurant owners expected.

https://www.marketplace.org/2018/01/02/business/diners-arent-showing-expected-near-amazon-hq1-causing-some-restaurants-close

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