One of the city center’s most charming all-day cafes is readying a second location in University Village. Mr. West will bring its particular mix of multiroaster espresso, avocado toast, and evening rosé to the former Mrs. Cook's near the shopping center’s main courtyard. It's a happy new, food-centric chapter for one of the mall's longtime local tenants.
Absent of all those racks of saute pans and cupcake molds, the Mrs. Cook's space is roughly the same size as the original Mr. West at Eighth and Olive, but with higher ceilings and a bevy of indoor-outdoor spaces, like a hidden-away patio with an outdoor fireplace on the side that faces Ba Bar, and cafe tables on the courtyard side, with much of the exterior shrouded in vines and greenery.
Inside, the menu is a similar roster of breakfast sandwiches, hearty toasts, and salads. Mr. West is particularly adept at that whole coffee-into-drinks program because owners Soni Davé-Schock and Henri Shock are also behind Bottlehouse, Madrona’s destinationworthy wine bar.
Soni Dave-Schock is also a designer, hence the original location's leather-softened, marble-clad vibe that makes you yearn to just plug in a printer and live here, among all the carefully tended plants. (Yes, this place is an Instagram juggernaut.) The new space will share that sensibility. While U Village has built an impressive roster of full-service restaurants in recent years, it has relatively few places conducive to lingering, and another takeaway coffee option is a welcome alternative to the mall's four Starbucks outposts.
The new Mr. West is slated to arrive this summer. Track its progress on—you guessed it—the Mr. West Instagram.