An eagle-eyed Nosh Pit tipper snapped this photo of the future location of Belle Epicurean near the intersection of Madison Street and Lake Washington Boulevard. The Parisian-style bakery and lunch spot, currently confined to one petit slice of the Fairmont Hotel downtown, is planning a second branch in the space last occupied by Island Video.
Le Cordon Bleu-trained baker Carolyn Ferguson, who owns Belle Epicurean with her husband Howard, has been searching for years for a suitable second home for BE. She said she loved “the history and feel” of the structure at 3109 East Madison Street, which housed a yogurt shop before Island Video moved in.
In addition to the desserts, soups, sandwiches, quiches, Caffé Vita espresso drinks, and patisserie offered downtown, the new Belle Epicurean will serve up hot appetizers in the afternoon and evening. Ferguson hopes to obtain a liquor license, and would love to do wine and dessert pairings. A more spacious kitchen situation means the new bakery will also be able to create larger cakes for events and such.
Memorial Day is the tentative opening date.