Out of Nowhere, a New Slate Coffee Opens in Pioneer Square
With zero warning, the team behind Slate Coffee, one of the most respected roasters amongst Seattle's coffee nerds, announced Thursday evening that they're opening two new coffee bars in Pioneer Square and the University District—with the Pioneer Square location (602 Second Ave, at James) pulling shots this very morning. Both new shops take over spaces previously occupied by Trabant Coffee, allowing for the swift move-in that sort of feels like the morning after a big heist.
"It's the Beyonce album release of cafe openings!" says Slate's official Facebook announcement, referring to the utter lack of buzz preempting the big reveal. This is not the first time Slate has tried to expand out from its East Ballard home, only yesterday's surprise announcement played out much differently than the drawn out and ultimately canceled Chophouse Row location.
Slate's arrival, just blocks away from the young and exciting Elm, immediately turns Pioneer Square into one of the hottest neighborhoods for coffee. Slate co-owner Chelsea Walker-Watson forecasts the University District location should open sometime next week.