Death of an Icon
Death of an Icon
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It’s a quintessentially modern Seattle tale: downtown Seattle’s Icon Grill on Fifth Avenue will shut its doors this coming weekend to make way for  – yes, that’s right, you’ve guessed it – yet another yuppie high rise development slated for its prime downtown location.


To me, Icon seemed like a permanent anchor on Fifth Avenue and Virginia Street, and perhaps more familiar to millions of passersby over the years for its snarky readerboard (like the much-missed ‘Lusty Lady’) below its iconic Icon Grill neon signage; one memorable message in 1999 reading, “Thanks WTO. It’s been a riot.”


The Icon Grill was one of my favourite haunts, mainly because it was always right there on my doorstep, and served up wonderful comfort food in a tasteful, flashy interior inside an eclectically adorned dining room, replete with blown glass decorations and local art.


Sadly, Icon’s closure follows hard on the heels of other recent departures forced by development, including Old Spaghetti Factory, Tini Bigs and Hula Hula – and again, all were lovable haunts during my lengthy Seattle sojourn.


Progress, don’t you just love it?


Olympus OM1n & 1.2/50mm Zuiko

Kodak Tri-X(@200)

HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 7:30 minutes)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan



  • Seattle now has more construction cranes adorning the skyline than any other US city. It's just not the same anymore.

    • Certainly true there, Don! It was starting to get bad when I left, and I could see it was only going to get worse. You could physically see Seattle people being priced out of their own community - this wasn't so when I first arrived in Seattle. Really a bad idea.

  • The way of the World....
    NYC has been over for quite some time ;(