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Photo via @mrwestdrinks/Instagram.

At Mr. West, a new all-day cafe across from the Olive 8, baristas serve espresso from multiple roasters and customers order toast and farro salad and sandwiches from the marble counter. A row of leather-backed caramel bar stools swivel beneath masculine-mod light fixtures. The wifi password is prominently displayed at the counter (translation: laptop squatters welcome) and big tables host happy hour groups while little booths by the giant windows are primed for people watching.

In short, it's exactly the sort of place you'd want nearby the office. You'd never guess Mr. West was kin to Bottlehouse, the wine bar in a quaint converted house that functions as a major gathering spot in Madrona. Until you get to the wine list.

Just like Bottlehouse, there's a score of wines available in 2- or 5-ounce pours, or you can order an entire bottle. And just like Bottlehouse, says owner Henri Schock, wines are slightly uncommon and all come with a good story.

Henri and his wife Soni had long sought a second location, ultimately landing here in the Eighth and Olive Building, a decidedly different neighborhood than residential Madrona, but familiar in its need for a comfortable neighborhood spot. Here the wines are decidedly light on French bottles, since the Schocks are fans of David Butler's French wine cave Le Caviste just two blocks away. Each cocktail on the small list contains sort of wine, even the Old Fashioned, which has a splash of Cremant blanc, and there's beer, wine, cider, and aperitifs aplenty.

Mr. West is only open on weekdays, but breakfast kicks off at 7am and things don't close down until late. Happy hour is a generous 4-7pm daily.

Most of the food consists of thoughtful salads and sandwiches, plus a cheese service, plenty of pickles, and fancy toasts...definitely in the Bottlehouse style. Thus far the croissant breakfast sandwiches go fast in the mornings, and an "espresso egg cream" drink devised by Soni Schock is a big hit (espresso, house chocolate syrup, vigorous shaking), along with the "coffee soda," made with espresso, lime, crushed ice, and a float of soda or tonic.

Soni Schock is a designer by day, and was drawn to the building's brick walls and general '80s vibe, which she reimagined as this midcentury masculine space, warmed up with an abundance of plants. Mr. West also has a good-size patio for warmer days, and a cooler labeled "easy drinking" full of retail bottles of wine.

Mr. West is planning its grand open on Black Friday, but it's open now and already doing brisk business. The full menu and more details are on the website

 

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