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- The densely populated neighborhoods around E Olive Way now have a bakery as patisserie Crumble and Flake debuted this weekend on a sunny Capitol Hill Sunday. CHS broke the news that Seattle pastry artist Neil Robertson was looking for a Capitol Hill location for his bakery back in October. By December, the former Canlis and Mistral Kitchen pastry chef announced he’d found a home to produce his “sweet and savory such as croissants, kouign amann, and scones, alongside dessert pastries like filled-to-order cream puffs, macarons, cookies and brownies” in a former E Olive Way salon.
In Sunday’s debut, the tiny shop neighboring Montana and the Rachel’s Ginger Beer HQ was hit hard by enthusiastic throngs of customers leaving much of the pastry depleted but the macarons keeping up the pace.
Robertson said the new shop will keep hours 7a-5p on Tues through Fri, and be open between 9a and 4p on the weekends.
It’s a small space and dedicated almost entirely to the bakery and the display case full of treats.
“It’s a pastry shop, not bread,” Robertson told CHS last fall. “It will be mostly breakfast style, with some dessert-y [treats] and some cookies. We’ll start small and be seasonal.”
The shop is located at 1500 E Olive way on the E Howell corner. Learn more at crumbleandflake.com.
- On the other end of the spectrum, a joint that will be closing down just as pastry chef Robertson begins his day also debuted this weekend. Here’s a look at the first night at Barboza, Neumos’ subterranean counterpart.
- Meanwhile, Ming has delayed the Social and EVO’s grand opening plans by a week.
- Bauhaus has a deal to stay at Melrose and Pine.
- “Creative differences” mean Capitol Hill captains of the food and drink industry Laura Olson and Chris Pardo are no longer part of the ownership behind 12th Ave’s Manhattan Drugs. We asked Pardo to explain the “creative differences” thing — “Regarding Manhattan Drugs it is simply that our vision for the direction of the restaurant differed,” Pardo wrote back. “We love the space and wish them success in all their endeavors.” Manhattan Drugs is a CHS advertiser
- “Bartenders: got ladders? Use them“
- It’s nearly Beer Week. We’ll have a Capitol Hill take on things soon. In the meantime, here’s what the Seattle Times thinks of the 2012 slate.
- With June 1st’s rollover to the new privatized liquor system in Washington, construction permits around Capitol Hill are chock full of work to add new wiring and surveillance cameras at grocery and drug stores.
- Remember 10th Ave E’s Easy Joe’s before it made way for Skelly and the Bean? It’s made a new home down by the stadiums. Facebook page is here.
- Also landing on his two feet is former Grey Gallery owner Erik Guttridge. After a year or so working at places around the Hill and figuring out what was next, Guttridge posted to Facebook this daydream-inspiring shot of his new morning ritual as he begins his job as an assistant manager at the Doe Bay Cafe.
- “I think business people try to create this happy-go-lucky vibe but people like to know the bad side, too, what made a business what it was. It makes them feel connected to us.”
- Cinco de Mayo has passed but we still want to try Hombre, a new Mexican lager brewed for Poquitos by Elysian Brewery.
- Wednesday is our Neuve de Mayo CHS monthly happy hour — this month, we’re at Bimbos and you should totally come. 4:30-6:30p.
- Healeo adds Sonicsgate to its healthful offerings.
- Parfait’s ice cream truck is back on 15th Ave E on Fridays.
- You can have your own pierogi fest at Capitol Hill’s Polish Home on Fridays and Sundays.
- Construction of E Pike’s Kaladi Brothers new space proceeds.
- Bake it in a Cake bake sale at CakeSpy Shop later this month.
- Poppy debuts its Masala Monday menu tonight.
- This week’s food porn: Vegetarian thali at Annapurna
This week’s CHS food+drink advertiser directory