Happy as a clam: Ivar’s lands way to stay at Sea-Tac Airport

Ivar’s, which fought departure from the airport with fierce public support, is one of three restaurants that will open food carts or kiosks when work starts to add a second level of dining at the central terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Ivar’s will not be leaving Sea-Tac Airport after all — at least not for a while.

Ivar’s is one of three restaurants that will open food carts or kiosks when work starts to add a second level of dining at the central terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the airport said Wednesday.

The construction project, which will add 10,000 square feet of mezzanine space and start in early 2018, will end up closing five restaurants in the central terminal: Ivar’s Fish Bar, Wendy’s, Maki of Japan, Pallino Pastaria and Qdoba Mexican Eats.

Three of those — Ivar’s, Wendy’s and Maki — will open temporary dining options such as food carts or kiosks during construction, which is expected to take about a year, said Brian DeRoy, a Port spokesman.

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The other two affected restaurants will be opening in new locations at the airport.

“We appreciate the Port considering creative solutions such as food carts,” Ivar’s President Bob Donegan said in a statement. “Ivar’s will stay open as long as they let us, and we’ll also look at what kind of cart or kiosk could keep customers in chowder during construction.”

Ivar’s also plans to bid for a spot in a new location at the airport, the company said.

Ivar’s, which has operated Ivar’s Fish Bar at the airport since 2005, was not awarded a spot in the central terminal after the latest round of competitive bids. Its lease had expired in 2015 and been extended for the past two years.

Ivar’s fought the decision, calling the Port of Seattle’s evaluation and selection process…

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