BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Luna Park Café has one hurdle to clear before reopening

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Last weekend, some fans of Luna Park Café were excited to see that sight – signs illuminated, people inside. It wasn’t a quiet reopening, though – the café had a few invitation-only test runs, following six months of closure for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. Proprietor John Bennett tells WSB the test runs went well, but now there’s one last hurdle to clear: “We’re trying to hire line cooks so we can open next week. Anyone who wants to be part of our team can contact us at” Luna Park Café (2918 SW Avalon Way) will celebrate its 34th anniversary this month.

14 Replies to "BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Luna Park Café has one hurdle to clear before reopening"

  • Lou March 8, 2023 (9:18 pm)


  • Paul March 8, 2023 (9:36 pm)

    Oh, got it. A metaphorical hurdle. That makes more sense. Thanks for clarifying the headline in the story.

    • Brian March 9, 2023 (7:07 am)

      I’m struggling to think of anything more concrete and less metaphorical hurdle than “we can’t fully staff our business because the people who would normally do this work are not available.”

      • Tracey March 9, 2023 (2:46 pm)

        Agree, Brian.  Someone is not paying attention to the headlines.  Why be a line cook when you can work from home earning more money?

        • Brian March 9, 2023 (3:22 pm)

          That’s certainly one take on the situation, though one that is not rooted in reality. The more likely scenario is that we’ve allowed a mass disabling event to occur such that there literally are not enough able bodies to fill these roles and the ones that are able have said “I’m not willing to risk that outcome any longer.”

          • Tracey March 9, 2023 (3:45 pm)

            In reality, I retired from frontline healthcare to be an at home surgery scheduler.  I do believe we are referring to the same reality.  

        • Mike March 9, 2023 (5:04 pm)

          How does someone be a line cook for a restaurant from home?

  • Joyce March 9, 2023 (8:28 am)

    Hurrah!! Missed you soooo much💐❤️

  • Mike March 9, 2023 (2:58 pm)

    Awesome!  So happy they’re coming back.

  • Jeff March 10, 2023 (9:06 am)

    There are the undisputed KINGS of Hangover Doordash Ordering in my household. 

  • Someone March 12, 2023 (10:30 am)

    Woohoo! Best milkshakes in Seattle!! 

  • Tim March 15, 2023 (10:23 am)

    Does anyone know yet if they were able to open this week?

    • WSB March 15, 2023 (10:43 am)

      They are not yet open. We are in near-daily contact. Having another invite-only test run this morning, in case you see people there.

  • Craig Threlkeld March 16, 2023 (1:45 am)

    Cooking is fun!Cooking professionally in a restaurant suu-uucks.

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