Capitol Hill, Seattle
The Seattle Times
The restaurant is a very personal expression as well. A dreamlike, misty blue mural on one wall evokes a seaside village with a scene that includes a young boy fishing, representing the chef’s teenage son, Alexander. Stenciled on the opposite wall are lines from Constantine Cavafy’s poem “Ithaka.” Its message: in life the journey may hold more rewards than the destination.
Thomas Soukakos, the restaurateur behind the successful Vios Greek restaurants on Capitol Hill and in Ravenna, set out to do something very different with his new Capitol Hill location. Whereas the twin Vios locations are both child friendly establishments with a strongly northwest aesthetic, Thomas envisioned Omega Ouzeri as a sophisticated space catering to a primarily adult clientele. Omega has a distinctly Greek feel with a color palate that takes its cue from the blue and white of the Greek flag. A traditional Greek aesthetic is manifested in geometric motifs that recur throughout the space, finding their strongest expression in a custom wine rack designed in collaboration with Thomas and Amoreena of Strata Architects and fabricated in the Mētis shop.