Capitol Hill is about to be down two charming cafes. Following our report yesterday that B&O Espresso is closing at the end of the month, the Stranger has a 2-block-radius sadness scoop – Pettirosso is closing to make way for a larger restaurant space:
The owner, Robin, sounds a little sad but ready for the change. She’s been talking with the property owners for a couple years: “They have a big space they need to rent, and the access is through my space… I was not the one. I’m kind of winding down, not gearing up for a huge project.”
Slog says the cafe’s last day is December 30th and that former employee Yuki Sodos is pulling together a plan to take over the new, bigger space.
The move continues a trend of building owners and longtime restaurants facing the pressure and opportunity to upgrade in Capitol Hill’s — and especially Pike/Pine’s — burgeoning food and drink economy.