Recently I’ve had a few Queen Anne residents ask what the future holds for the former Pasta and Co. address—a prominent spot at Queen Anne Ave N and Crockett that’s been empty since September of 2011. At last, an answer: Cupcake Royale is planning to fill it with its buttercream-frosted wares. A Cupcake Royale location deep in the land of families and strollers and schools and local shops? Doesn’t this seem like something that should have happened a while ago?
Last year owner Jody Hall added a full ice cream program to her saucy chainlet of cupcake stores. The Queen Anne location will serve all the cupcakes, scoops, shakes, and sundaes present at other locations, but will have a few things all its own, plus a new modern aesthetic that will be different from other locations.
In big news for six-year-olds, the 12-seat communal table and top-your-own cupcake sprinkle bar sound like serious birthday party bragging rights. Adults might be into the cold-brewed Stumptown on tap and a whole new line of in-house pastries. The current plan includes cheddar biscuits, vanilla bean scones with strawberry jam, and a “breakfast bread” made with roasted banana and chunks of chocolate. Eventually they'll make their way to other locations, but you'll find them on Queen Anne first.
Big roll-up doors will open onto Crockett Street, a hopping location during Thursday farmers markets. Hall is hoping to have the ice cream cart out there on market days while the space is under construction. The pink butcher paper goes up soon, and Hall is shooting for a mid-September opening, most likely accompanied by some frosting-fueled hoopla for the neighborhood.