Mountain House Restaurants in the Pacific Northwest, including Echo Mountain, are getting a boost in business from a recent surge in visitor numbers.
But they’re also getting more crowded.
The Mountain House restaurants are in the process of opening two more locations in the Seattle area, including a new one at the Westlake Center near the University of Washington.
The restaurants were founded in 1885 and are known for its signature dishes, including chili, sausage, and roast beef.
Owner Michael Tully said the West Lake location has been busy with guests from around the world who visit Seattle for the Mount Rainier and Cascade ski season.
In addition to offering Mountain House’s signature dishes like chili and roast, the restaurant has been adding more casual and family-friendly options.
The menu has also grown more expansive, adding burgers, chicken wings, burgers, and salads to the menu.
For customers who prefer their meal in-house, the Westside location of the Mountain House is open on a weekend.
It has a bar and patio that seats two to six people and offers live music.
The restaurant opened its Westlake location in August and now has a total of 20 restaurants, Tully told The Washington Post in a phone interview.
That means there are more than 3,000 restaurants in the Northwest, Tullys restaurant manager, Chris Paz, told the newspaper.
“We’re a bit behind the curve,” Tully added.
“But I think we’re on the right track.”
Tully said he has a great deal of faith in the food, which is available 24 hours a day and is made by an organic farm in his hometown of San Diego.
Tully’s mother, Helen, is a vegetarian and she and her husband, a truck driver, also serve at the restaurants.
“It’s the best food I’ve ever had, period,” she told the Post.
“I’m always going to go back and try it,” she said.
“The menu is changing and growing, and I think that’s because we’re getting so much more customers.”
In addition, TULLY recently launched a new Mountain House menu that features a vegetarian option.
The restaurant is still expanding the menu with new dishes that have been on the menu for a number of years, including the famous chili.
“I think the people who have come to Mountain House are more accepting of vegetarian food than they were 20 or 30 years ago,” he said.
And, he said, the staff at the restaurant is also getting better at serving a good meal.
There are about 2,500 Mountain House employees in the Puget Sound region, Trow said.
He added that more and more restaurants are coming into the market, and the restaurant industry in general is booming.
“People are coming back to restaurants,” Trow told the Seattle Times.
“They want to eat, they want to get to work, they have kids.
And Mountain House provides them with a wonderful dining experience.”
The Westlake Restaurant opened in November and will remain open until April 2019, he added.