Since the 1950s, Canlis has been a temple of fine dining, and the panoramic view and black-tie service is hardly transferable to delivery meal kits. Owners Mark and Brian Canlis noted that. fine dining wasn’t necessarily what Seattle needed, but felt they could still be of service.
An endless stream of alternative business models ensued: a burger drive-through, bagel stand, crab shack, multicourse meal pickup and delivery with wine pairings and bottled cocktails, a drive-in movie theater, piano-player livestreams from the lounge, an alpine-themed “yurt village” which morphed into summer-camp themed dinners and care packages, “treehouse” (as in rooftop) private dining, and even a virtual “community college” with wine and food oriented classes. In doing so, Canlis expanded its audience and cemented its status as a Seattle icon.