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[Seattle] Dinner Places?

Okay. So, as some of the local Seattle folks know, I often organize informal little dinners after, or coffee-breaks during, the signings that the U Bookstore runs. With only 3-4 people at one usually, this is no problem.

Somehow, my informal dinner after the signing on the 21st has turned into a bit bigger deal than usual. There are at least 7 confirmed attendees (and about 5 more tentative attendees). And one of the confirmed attendees is the author himself, as book tour organizers are notoriously bad about feeding their authors and he's keen on the idea of not passing out due to malnutrition. This is understandable, but adds the caveat that we can't leave until the signing is done. This means about 10pm, maybe a little earlier.

(Plus, I think UBS may be a wee bit optimistic in assuming that this signing will end at 9 and it will only take an hour to sign stock for the store.)

So I'm trying to find a place that is open late on Mondays, will take a party of up to 15 people at 10pm, isn't too loud (sports bars are right out), and isn't an overly long drive from the U District. So far, everywhere I've looked into fails one of those criteria. Stella's, not open on Monday. Jai Thai, maybe too loud. Blue Star (the usual Vanguard hangout), closes at 11 and the kitchen closes at 10. Etc.

Any other Seattlites have some thoughts before I continue to look?

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Minnie's Cafe is open 24 hours and is just south of the Seattle Center. The decor is pretty beatnik, and the music can be a little loud, but it's smoke free. The food is slightly upscale diner fare.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2746392-cafe_minnie_s_seattle-i

Conversely, 13 Coins is open 24 hours, is a bit east of the Seattle Center, and has very upscale decor and high quality food. However, there is no non-smoking section and the number of smokers at any given time can vary widely.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2746232-13_coins_seattle-i

The Pita Pit near the U is open pretty late but isn't really the kind of place I'd take an honored guest.

All things considered, I'd probably call Minnie's when you're leaving the U and ask them to prep a large quiet table for you. The out-of-towners can refer to it as part of their 'Seattle experience', there should be options for everyone on the menu, and environmental factors of noise and smoke will be under control.

Seattle Center's probably a little too far, but I'll keep Minnie's under consideration.

If we were going downtown, honestly, I'd try to swing Wild Ginger, which is by far my favorite restaurant in that area. Pricey, though...
There's an Italian place down the hill across from U-Village (on the road that Montlake turns into - always forget the number -- 20th, maybe? 25th?) Can't remember the name, but I've heard it's good. There's also an Azteca down there, which is boring (I know) but could probably seat you all in a semi-separate area and wouldn't likely close until 11 or so. Maybe.

And though you said sports bars are out, the Ram usually has private rooms you can reserve, which are a great deal quieter than the restaurant itself. It's in U-Village so it's walkable from the store, even, though that hill is a beast to go back up again.

Anna-the-Piper might have some ideas, since she lived in the U-District for years. :) Even longer than you! :)
The RAM does have small rooms if you get a dozen or so people. The Montlake Ale House might work - that's where Drinking Liberally meets on Tuesdays.
Well, there's you two, me, Vonda, Hank, my Canadian friend Jen, and of course GRRM himself... so that's 7 right there.

Vonda said something about Octavia Butler and Greg and Astrid Bear being maybes. There'd been a slight chance of Megan also if she came up from Tacoma, but since dinner's going to be that late I doubt it's doable.

And yay, you found my LJ!
Dang, this is starting to sound like a helluva good writers' party. Have loads of fun, 'k? :)
We really ought to make a Vanguard LJ community to make it easier to find folks. :P
Okay, The Continental is open until 11, according to CitySearch. Then there's Murphy's Pub and Cooper's Ale House. More anon.
Continental is a thought. They've got great food and all... just a question of, if we get in there at 10pm, will we be able to get our food and eat in time. :/

Hrm, hrm.