It looks like the Broadway Improvement Association won’t have to schedule one of those cool art installations to fill empty retail space in the Joule this spring. Dulces Latin Bistro, a longtime fixture of Madrona’s 34th Ave dining scene, is pulling up stakes from the neighborhood it has called home for 17 years and will be serving its Mediterranean and Latin menu from its new home in the Joule starting this spring. And Dulces won’t be the only new restaurant coming to the Joule. More on what’s next as Joule fills in, below.
CHS has reported on the challenges Joule has faced filling its some 30,000 square feet of retail space in a down economy. But 2010 ended with a new tenant taking over the north-end of the ground-floor retail as Umpqua Bank brought its new cafe concept banking to Broadway. Umpqua is a CHS advertiser.
Dulces owners Carlos Kainz and Julie Guerrero haven’t had an easy go of it through lean times in recent years. Kainz and Guerrero said that the economy was the main factor in the move from Madrona and that making ends meet in the neighborhood had been a struggle. In an email, they wrote that they were “forced to move in order to survive” but hope the new venture will give the opportunity for a new start. They are planning to re-open on Capitol Hill later this spring with a March target.
Meanwhile, CHS has learned of a spendy buildout that will further fill the Joule’s available retail space. In October, we reported that Mod “Super Fast” Pizza was coming to Capitol Hill. We now know that the “on-demand” pizza concept is destined for a suite of the Joule after a $420,000 buildout, according to city records. It will be the fourth location in the Seattle area for the local chain which differentiates itself on providing a
fast super fast personal pizza built to your specifications. All pizza are currently priced at $6.28. We didn’t see any notes about gluten free variants but you can check out their menu, etc. at http://www.modpizza.com. CHS is excited about the “hand spun milk shakes.”
Both restaurants will join Qdoba which opened in the Joule last year.
With Joule’s transformation into a food and restaurant space, northern Broadway’s next phase of retail future continues to take shape. This week, CHS also reported on the planned springtime arrival of a new gym in the old Jade Pagoda space as bodyLAB begins its “high energy” workouts on Broadway.