Blue Moon Burgers will open its third shop on Capitol Hill in the Joule Building. The buildout has commenced, owner Charlie Olson says the goal is to be slinging patties in June.
The 2,500-foot space with a roll-up door will subscribe to the same format as the shacks in Fremont and South Lake Union—quick service, with ample seating (for 85, to be exact)—but Olson indicates the Broadway joint will very much have its own identity: “We try to make each one different to reflect the neighborhood.”
When asked why he chose Capitol Hill for this most recent expansion, Olson said he “loves” the nabe, pointing to its vibrancy and guaranteed foot traffic. “You can see over the next ten years it’s going to be a completely different neighborhood,” adds Olson, referencing the surge of development (not to mention interest from the food industry) to sweep North Broadway. Years back Olson lived in the Harvard Exit area, and while he says this surge has certainly changed the landscape, the atmosphere and vibe is the same as he remembers it.
When it opens, Blue Moon will join a row of restaurants occupying the Joule: Qdoba and the forthcoming Saizen Sushi and MOD Pizza.