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Our Story

Restaurant owner Christian Skillings is a native son of Olympia. As a boy he enjoyed lunching downtown at the five-and-dime with his grandmother. After attending art school in Portland, Skillings returned to Olympia to make a life. He craved a creative workplace—where locals could talk and gather, be treated well, and enjoy the serendipity that happens when inspired food and people come together.

He opened the Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar in 2005. A new sister restaurant, Cynara Restaurant & Lounge, opens in 2020.

Sustainable, healthy, indulgent

We’re all of these things. Since the beginning we’ve sourced produce, meats, and seafood from regional farmers and growers whenever possible—to ensure excellent quality and support our local food system.  We treat our crew well, with career training, fair pay, benefits and a living wage.

We’ve kept our footprint smaller through recycling, composting and energy-efficient appliances.

Most importantly, our cooks are creative—preparing dishes from scratch that take your dining to a new level.

Proudly, Olympia

Olympia is our family. That’s why we support groups like the Family Support Center, the Olympia SymphonyGRuB, West Olympia Farmers Market, Olympia Family TheaterHarlequinYWCAStonewall Youth, and Senior Services for South Sound.

Hello Cynara

Now we’re opening Cynara. It means artichoke in Greek. Beside their healthy deliciousness we nod to other ancient Greek ideals:

  • Harmony of body, mind, and spirit
  • Reciprocity among people
  • Beauty, of the body and the soul
  • And of course, food and wine!

Come dine with us!

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