BIZNOTE: Happy 35th birthday, Luna Park Café!

(Photos courtesy John Bennett)

A milestone birthday for a West Seattle restaurant! Luna Park Café (2918 SW Avalon Way) is celebrating 35 years in business. Owner John Bennett sent photos, including the ones below “from 1988 when I gutted Pat and Ron’s Tavern to build the restaurant.”

You can read more Luna Park history – including its namesake amusement park, located a short distance north more than a century ago – on the LPC website. The café is currently open for breakfast and lunch, 8 am-3 pm daily, but Bennett says they’re “hopefully opening for dinner this spring.”

15 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Happy 35th birthday, Luna Park Café!"

  • Jeepney March 18, 2024 (12:24 pm)

    Amazing achievement, congratulations on 35 years. Cool old pictures as well.

  • DenDen March 18, 2024 (12:48 pm)

    Love this place and can’t wait for them to start dinner menu. Summer dinner outside on the patio is the best 😎

  • OG March 18, 2024 (1:26 pm)

    Still missing Pat & Rons, Seacrest Marine and the lack of the West Seattle Freeway (bridge) that tore apart our community.I miss the commute across the old bridge for cheap gas  from the service stations on Harbor Island.

  • WSOwl March 18, 2024 (1:28 pm)

    Long live Luna Park!

  • Clay Eals March 18, 2024 (1:40 pm)

    All hail one of the world’s great good guys, John Bennett!

  • Rose March 18, 2024 (2:34 pm)

    Happy Birthday to a great establishment! Congrats John! Happy Birthay!

  • D Martin March 18, 2024 (2:44 pm)

    It’s been that long? I’m getting old, and I forgot about Pat and Ron’s Tavern. Passed it many times on the bus.

  • The Earl March 18, 2024 (4:49 pm)

    love me some luna park. still miss pat and rons tavern as well as the delridge tavern

  • WSEnvironmentalist March 18, 2024 (7:51 pm)

    Oh, the happiest of birthdays Luna Park!  Hope Sausage the cat is doing well!

  • Chrissy D March 18, 2024 (9:06 pm)

    Open up a side bar called Pat & Ron’s. Didn’t know about that place.

  • John Bennett March 18, 2024 (10:18 pm)

    Sausage is doing great. Waiting to troll the patio when it opens. 

  • RayWest March 19, 2024 (4:18 am)

    Wow! How fantastic is that? That’s like a century in “restaurant years.” Having seen so many West Seattle restaurants/cafes come and go over the years, it’s amazing that one is celebrating 35 years. It’s truly a testament to how good they are.  They have always been one of my favorites. May Luna Park celebrate another 35 years.

  • Jack March 19, 2024 (6:02 am)

    Besides bein a great guy   John is so much more than Luna Park  He is a champion of small buisiness   By saving and restoring buildings and providing reasonable rents  he’s created a place for buisinesses like Luna park to bud and blossom  In Georgetown South Park and wherever he goes  He is an amazing story that has done so much to make Seattle better by saving it rather than replacing it ♥️

  • Deb Barker March 19, 2024 (1:43 pm)

    Happy 35th Birthday to West Seattle’s own LUNA PARK CAFE!! Do you have to bake your own cake or will your owner spring for one!! The Party Hats are Tipped to You!

  • Patricia Davis March 20, 2024 (10:43 am)

    Yay John!  You add a lot to our neighborhood and community not only with Luna Park but also the way that you participate personally in our community. Like many others I am grateful that Luna Park has kept its funky vibe, and great food!  Hoping for a wonderful future. We love you.❤️‼️

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