Donna Moodie, the Owner
Born in Jamaica and raised in Chicago, Donna found her way into her mother’s kitchen at an early age. What left the biggest impression wasn’t just the food, but her mother’s gracious hospitality – always hosting dinner parties with a diverse collection of guests, always finding room for one more at the table, with the standard of perfection being the comfort and pleasure of those around her.
Donna moved to Seattle in 1993 and opened her first restaurant, Marco’s Supperclub, with former husband and business partner. It opened to great acclaim. By 1997, the pair had a second smash hit on their hands with Lush Life, which featured regional Italian cuisine in a sleek, romantic setting. Both restaurants’ globetrotting menus and mix of sophistication and funky charm anticipated important trends on the Seattle dining scene, and their popular success helped revitalize the city’s then derelict and deserted Belltown neighborhood.
In 2003, Moodie branched out on her own, transforming Lush Life into Marjorie, paying tribute to the inspiration for her lifelong affair with hospitality. After enjoying five successful years in Belltown, Marjorie relocated to Seattle’s vibrant and eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, opening its doors in the spring of 2010.
Having clearly established herself as a trailblazing restaurateur, Donna is President and CEO of Mint Holdings, a food and design consulting company she created in 2008. Donna also serves as a Mayor appointed commissioner for the Seattle Center and has served on CDForum and Capitol Hill Housing Boards.
Donna enthusiastically parents her son Max, loves to bake (for the restaurant and friends), travels, occasioning boxing and yoga studios in Seattle and paddle boarding when weather permits.