As a long-term fixture on Seattle’s music, nightlife, political and now restaurant scene, it often seems there’s nothing that Dave Meinert can’t do. He’s already part of the ownership of Big Mario’s New York Style Pizza on Capitol Hill, owner of the belovedly scruffy 5 Point Cafe in Belltown, managing partner and co-owner of Seattle’s Onto Entertainment (the management company for, among others, The Lumineers, Fences and Hey Marseilles), as well as one of the founding lights of the Capitol Hill Block Party. Recently, he’s expanded his influence even further into the restaurant landscape, opening, with perennial partner Jason Lajeunesse, the 24-hour diner Lost Lake Café & Lounge, also on the hill—which was sorely needed, as Seattle suffers from reliable all-night eating options. Also with Lajeunesse, Meinert is taking over the East Capitol Hill spot where friendly dive Canterbury stood for 37 years, at 15th Avenue E and E Mercer.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.