Shilshole Restaurant—a Boaters' Fave—Gets a Facelift

Posted: January 31, 2013  |  By: Rebekah Denn [The Seattle Times]

Tourists are still welcome to come for the view: as with the old Ray's, there isn't a bad seat in the house.

But the crew at Ray's Boathouse hopes a complete renovation of the Shilshole (Wash.) landmark will draw in a fresh crowd of diners who see the 39-year-old icon as a place to dine regularly, rather than a relic for special occasions or a grandmother's visit.

"It was dated. A lot of people loved it the way it was, but in the real world it needed freshness," said longtime general manager Mo Shaw. "Ballard is booming ... it's completely different than it was 10 years ago, it's completely different than it was 5 years ago."

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