Seattle’s Most Influential People 2019: Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants President, Bob Donegan

Donegan has been involved in Seattle's waterfront redevelopment plans

By Rob Smith


November 7, 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the November 2019 issue, as part of the Most Influential People of the Year feature. Click here to subscribe.

The Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants president has been a tireless advocate for businesses along Seattle’s central waterfront and also served as the public face in the campaign to raze the dilapidated Alaskan Way Viaduct. Bob Donegan walks the waterfront every day, keeping tabs on the demolition while checking in with waterfront business owners. Donegan notes that investors have already poured $1 billion in private money into the waterfront’s redevelopment over the past several years. Donegan is also involved in efforts to deal with the mounting problem of homelessness as it relates to the city’s ambitious waterfront project. 

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