There’s only one place in the city of Seattle where you can enjoy a tasty beer at 900-something feet above sea level. I’m talking about the Sky View Observatory, located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center, where you can now get some tasty food, beer and wine at the Sky View Cafe.
For purely serendipitous reasons, the Washington Beer Blog enjoys something of a relationship with the folks up there on top of the world. A few years ago the Tower Club at the Columbia Center asked us to put together a list of locally brewed beers to feature in their Washington-only reach-in beer cooler. Now, it turns out that we know the company managing the food and beverage program at the Sky View Cafe: Ravishing Radish Catering. So whatever beers you find up there, know that Kim and I had some input.
Here’s a press release about the latest changes at the Columbia Center’s Sky View Observatory:
Set your sights on Sky View Observatory’s new café featuring Washington wines and beers
Destination offers delectable bites and beverages that pair perfectly with panoramic views
SEATTLE—December 10, 2014— Sky View Observatory, located on floor 73 of the tallest public viewing area west of the Mississippi, is pleased to announce the debut of its new Sky View Café, featuring gourmet sandwiches, salads, artisan bites, desserts, and select Washington beers and wines.
The menu was developed by Ravishing Radish Catering, a local company who included several other Seattle- and Washington-based purveyors among its menu offerings. Menu highlights include:
- All sandwich baguettes and a rotating list of pastries and tarts from Le Fourni
- Washington beers and cider ($5), wines and sparkling wines ($6); coffee from Seattle’s Middle Fork Roasters ($3)
- The “Ballard Bahn Mi” sandwich featuring thinly-sliced pork tenderloin, pickled cucumber, jalapenos and greens ($7)
- The “Harbor Steps” sandwich including ham & swiss, stone-ground mustard, aioli, and greens ($7)
- House-made tzatziki with crudités ($4)
Ravishing Radish Catering is not new to Sky View Observatory, as the company has been the exclusive caterer of private cocktail parties, weddings and corporate events at the Seattle landmark since June 2014.
“We’ve seen Ravishing Radish provide a seamless experience to our full-service catering clients over the last several months, and are delighted to now offer this gourmet food and drink experience to our traditional guests as well,” said Lynda Collie, general manager of Columbia Center.
The café comes just in time for rival football games and to close out 2014. Guests can skip the tailgate and enjoy a beer at Sky View Observatory, which affords 12th Men and Women a “Hawk’s eye view” of the stadium. The destination will also be open for New Year’s Eve and offers sparkling wine, perfect for toasting the occasion.
About Sky View Observatory
Located on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center in Seattle, Wash., the Sky View Observatory (SVO) features 360 degree views of the city, mountains, Elliott Bay and the surrounding region, earning a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of Top 11 public viewing platforms in the world. The destination sits at a height of more than 900 feet, and is the tallest public viewing area west of the Mississippi. New in 2014 is the debut of its Sky View Café, featuring artisan bites, sandwiches, salads, and Washington beers and wines. Admission is free for children under the age of five, $9 for seniors, military and children (ages 5 to 12) and $12.50 for adults, providing an outstanding value and venue for locals and visitors alike. The observatory is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.