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Image: Amos Morgan

RESTAURANTS OPEN, RESTAURANTS CLOSE—but once in a great while a restaurant comes along that’s so influential it changes its city forever. We’ve cast our gimlet eye back across the last century to give you the restaurants, some long gone and some still kicking, that have served much more than food—they’ve served Seattle’s destiny. (Sometimes for better, sometimes… well, you be the judge.) How were they groundbreaking? Which places followed in their wake? If the restaurant biz is about anything, it’s about change—from the special of the day to the person wearing the tall white hat. But these restaurants? They changed us.