Central District, Seattle

Kristi Brown

Food brings people together and think that, especially during times like this when there’s so many things going on politically and economically, there’s just a need for people to find a place that feels safe, warm and inviting.

Kristi Brown

Chef Kristi Brown’s new permanent location in the Central District was a long time coming. Part of the the initiative by Africatown and Community Roots Housing (formally Capital Hill Housing) to battle the rapid gentrification of the 23rd & Union intersection, they selected local and black owned business to be the retail tenants of the Liberty Bank Building. Communion has been years in the making, guided the decades of combined experience from Kristi and her son Damon to perfect the layout and design for a space that is all at once refined, comfortable, fresh and functional. The highlights of the space include: dark stained ash tables and counters set against bright “Pacific Ocean Blue” bar face and banquette, black leather upholstery, a copper bar top and a salvaged mirrored cabinet modified into a custom back bar. Copper ceiling tiles make up two clouds in the dining area, and looks on to the open kitchen and tiled cookline. The custom stencil at the entry reminds each visitor “I am home.”


  • Sarah Kautz
  • Josh Anderson
  • Cheng Cooper
  • Sebastian Kimura
  • Keenan Collins
  • Cullen Robertson
  • Collaborators

    Communion was realized in collaboration with Chef Kristi Brown, Damon Bomar and architect Angela Tam with Atelier Drome Architects. Special thanks to: CFM Heating and Cooling, Parker Services, Exact Electric, Pacific Rim, Northwest Elements, Ace Fire Systems, Massimo Upholstry, ProComm Communications, Yrim Seck and Armorclad Floors. Photographs courtesy of Lisa Town.

    Press & Links

    "Where the millionaire can sit with the homie and have a good time." — KUOW

    "Long Awaited Communion Brings Seattle Soul Food To The Central District" — Eater