The original Belle Epicurean

Photo: Belle Epicurean

In March we learned that Parisian-style bakery and cafe Belle Epicurean was planning a new location near the intersection of Madison Street and Lake Washington Boulevard.

And now, an opening date: Owner Carolyn Ferguson says she feels confident that the cafe will officially open on Friday, August 19th, with a soft opening at the end of this week.

Ferguson’s hopes for obtaining a liquor license have been realized, so the cafe can double as a snacks-plus-wine destination in the early evening. That should make the neighborhood happy. Ferguson also hopes to do dessert and wine pairings.

The original Belle Epicurean is located downtown at 1206 Fourth Street in the Fairmont Hotel. Ferguson is a graduate of the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and co-owned the Maison Bleu restaurant in New Orleans before moving back to Seattle, her hometown. She makes very impressive cakes.

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