This article has been corrected to reflect Hello Robin's plans to open the U Village location in July, rather than June.
Covid-19 has put plenty of business plans on hold. But now that limited construction is allowed and , it looks as though Hello Robin’s University Village cookie shop will open in July.
The Seattle favorite—thanks to cookie flavors like orange habanero chocolate chip and brown butter snickerdoodle, often accompanied by a scoop of Molly Moon’s ice cream—opened on 19th Avenue in 2013. Though Hello Robin has been closed since quarantine started (cookie lovers have found their fix elsewhere), owner Robin Wehl Martin plans to reopen in June—and her namesake shop's second locationis now tentatively on track to launch just a bit later than originally planned.
While restaurants open throughout the crisis have had to make changes to their existing models to meet new sanitary and physical distancing measures, this new shop is one of the first examples of a business built with a post-Covid world in mind. Wehl Martin says the outdoor , introduced to the original store early on in the crisis to keep customers distanced and outdoors, is a no-brainer for the new spot. More space (the U Village location is about 300 square feet larger than the Capitol Hill spot) and a roomy outdoor seating area will encourage physical distancing.
Though Wehl Martin is excited to move forward with the U Village opening, she's in no rush to debut it’s generally safe to do so. “We just want everyone to be safe… whenever [that] is, it will be fine.”
We won’t know exactly what Seattle’s post-quarantine restaurant industry looks like until we get there. But from the Hello Robin cookie display case, at least, our new normal looks pretty sweet.