Rusty Pelican Cafe to take over former Olive’s space

City of Edmonds Economic Development and Community Services Director Stephen Clifton confirmed Tuesday that the Rusty Pelican Cafe, which owns a restaurant in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, will be moving in to the former space occupied by Olive’s Cafe and Wine Bar on 5th Avenue North.

The Rusty Pelican Cafe is owned by Peter and Marilyn Limberopoulos. The couple also owns Gyro Delight in Lynnwood.

Here’s some information about them from the Rusty Pelican website:

We are a family owned restaurant, originally from Chicago where we had a restaurant for 25 years. We moved to the Seattle area in 2000, and have had the Rusty Pelican for 7 years. Peter and Marilyn have been married for 31 years and in that time they have either owned or worked in restaurants. Peter moved from Greece to the United States when he was only 16 years old and began working in a restaurant as a busser. He later worked at 2 restaurants cooking for large banquets as well as a steak house where he met Marilyn.

At the age of 26 Peter thought to use his knowledge and opened a very successful restaurant with his 3 brothers that sat 300 people. He then left it to his brothers after owning it for 25 years to join friends in the Seattle area who worked for him in Chicago.

Marilyn has also had a long career in restaurants starting work at the age of 8 working at her grandmothers Sweet shop and has been working in them ever since.

We have twin daughters who are also partners in the restaurant as well as our other business serving authentic Greek fast food called Gyro Delight in Lynnwood. Peter is the chef at both restaurants.

  1. I believe the Rusty Pelican was actually in a suburb of Chicago, Arlington Heights. It was one of my parents favorite places to get seafood when I was growing up. At that time, we lived in another suburb; Itasca, Il. I can’t believe this is ending up in Edmonds where I now live.

  2. Yep! This was one of our favorites for special occasions. We saved up all year to go to the Rusty Pelican for my Birthday Dinner. Great memories of the place and the fare. I may just venture down from Anacortes to celebrate again in January. Reserve a spot.
    Caroline Spehar

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