Seattle's Bakery Boom
A glut of new pastry spots are in the pipeline. Capitol Hill, brace yourself for one buttery New Year.
Seattle has never been lacking in the bakery department—just consider these options, or this fine establishment—but a glut of new ones are in the pipeline anyway. Here, pastry destinations bringing the butter in 2013.
Franz Gilbertson of Ballard treasure Honore is partnering with friend Jacob Daley for this cafe, slated for Bellevue Avenue's new Belroy Apartments (yep, that's Capitol Hill). Expect coffee and pastries in the morning with bocadillos and other Spanish-leaning fare to follow. The projected opening is spring.
This gluten-free startup, a fixture at the Ballard Farmers Market, is still a work in progress. Owners Phebe Rossi and Amanda Bedell are gathering funds for their line of cookies, cakes, breads, and bars, all of them made with nary a trace of flour (get the name now?) They hope to have a storefront secured in—surprise!—Capitol Hill (or Wallingford) by spring.
Thanks to gumshoe CHS, we learn of yet another one slated for Capitol Hill. West Seattle's Bakery Nouveau is planning to assume the long-vacant storefront at East John Court. Founder William Leama tells the blog this new location, his second, will churn out candies, "kick-ass sandwiches," and cakes (hopefully as kick-ass as this one).
It's been a rough several months ever since Akihiro Nakamura shut down his bakeries in Bellevue and the ID in preparation for a third, larger facility on Elliott Avenue. But an opening (and reopenings) is nigh, and with it an increased selection of pastries and breads.
Once a bona fide breakfast destination with biscuits as its calling card, the U District shoebox recently rebooted in order to focus solely on those buttermilks. In other words, the hash browns and eggs are done but the biscuits are likely better than ever. This is a good thing.
Artisanal pot brownies aren't just a pipe dream at this Capitol Hill kitchen, the location for which remains a secret. Manja Ganja isn't open to the public—a shame, considering owner Dante Jones's handiwork is a Cannibus Cup medal winner—but rather serves the medical marijuana community. That may change eventually, Jones reports.