The Rusty Pelican has shuttered its Wallingford location after 11 1/2 years. According to a friend of the owners, the store was successful financially, but the owners were unable to renew the lease, as the building’s owner, Costas Antonopoulos, is looking to to build a mixed use development on the lot, which includes the rug show next door as well as Murphy’s Pub.
The Rusty Pelican’s Mill Creek and Edmonds locations remain open and their Facebook page states simply:
We would like to thank everyone for the past 11 1/2 years. Our seattle location is now closed but please come visit our mill creek or Edmonds location.
However, this listing on Loopnet for the “Murphy’s Pub Building” confirms the story:
Offered exclusively, or with four adjacent parcels as a package for $13,500,000. Together, the five parcels have a proposal for a new 6-story mixed-use building with commercial development on main level and up to 195 condo units, plus underground parking.
According to the Rusty Pelican web site:
We are a family owned restaurant, originally from Chicago where we had a restaurant for 25 years. We moved to the Seattle area in 2000, and have had the Rusty Pelican for 7 years. Peter and Marilyn have been married for 31 years and in that time they have either owned or worked in restaurants. Peter moved from Greece to the United States when he was only 16 years old and began working in a restaurant as a busser. He later worked at 2 restaurants cooking for large banquets as well as a steak house where he met Marilyn.
At the age of 26 Peter thought to use his knowledge and opened a very successful restaurant with his 3 brothers that sat 300 people. He then left it to his brothers after owning it for 25 years to join friends in the Seattle area who worked for him in Chicago.
Marilyn has also had a long career in restaurants starting work at the age of 8 working at her grandmothers Sweet shop and has been working in them ever since.
We have twin daughters who are also partners in the restaurant as well as our other business serving authentic Greek fast food called Gyro Delight in Lynnwood. Peter is the chef at both restaurants.
Oh Wallingford, change is blowing.
(Thanks for the tip, Jen H!)