Rusty Pelican Cafés are family-owned. Originally from Chicago, they had a restaurant for 25 years and moved to the Seattle area in 2000, where they opened the first Rusty Pelican Café in 2002. Rusty Pelican Café then moved to the beautiful town of Edmonds in 2012, and about a year later opened a second location in Mill Creek. Now the Rusty Pelican Café family is looking forward to opening their third restaurant, in Woodinville near the end of 2020!
Peter and Marilyn have been married for over 30 years and in that time they have either owned or worked in restaurants. Peter moved from Greece to the United States when he was only 16 years old and began working in a restaurant as a busser. He later worked at two restaurants cooking for large banquets as well as a steak house, where he met Marilyn! At the age of 26 Peter thought to use his knowledge and opened a very successful restaurant with his 3 brothers that sat 300 people. He then left it to his brothers after owning it for 25 years to join friends in the Seattle area who worked for him in Chicago.
Marilyn has also had a long career in the food industry, starting work at the age of 8 working at her grandmothers Sweet shop, and has been working in restaurants ever since. She now makes nearly all of the amazing baked goods, plus pancakes and waffle batters for all of the Rusty Pelican restaurants. Their wonderful daughters joined as managers and partners – having grown up with parents who work in the industry!
If you love our restaurants and are looking to try some amazing Chicago style Greek food, check out our authentic Greek fast food restaurant — Gyro Delight , in Lynnwood! Peter is the chef there as well.