Capitol Hill food+drink | Crumble & Flake debuts on E Olive Way

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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.

Neil Robertson (Image: Dave Lichterman for CHS)

One of each, please (Image: Dave Lichterman for CHS)

Crumble and Flake regulars (Image: Dave Lichterman for CHS)

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.”

Caipirinha macaroons, cinnamon rolls, vanilla cream puffs, a “smoked paprika croissant and rhubarb financier” were just some of the delights people were a-Twitter about on Sunday’s opening.

The shop is located at 1500 E Olive way on the E Howell corner. Learn more at

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18 thoughts on “Capitol Hill food+drink | Crumble & Flake debuts on E Olive Way

  1. Finally- You don’t have to fly to LaDuree in NYC or Paris to have a GREAT macaron- try the green one, a sublime key lime pie-like flavor, or the rich chocolate, but get there early, because it looks like he will sell out quickly. Absolutely the best!

  2. $2.25 for a mini cream puff?

    This isn’t a bakery. A bakery is a place where you can buy a loaf of bread. It’s a desert shop.

  3. Monsieur/Madame, it’s a patisserie, just like it says on the window. A good macaron takes skill, training and talent to perfect. If you want Pillsbury, go to the frozen food section of your local Safeway.

  4. “The densely populated neighborhoods around E Olive Way now have a bakery”

    “CHS broke the news that Seattle pastry artist Neil Robertson was looking for a Capitol Hill location for his bakery back in October”

    “It’s a small space and dedicated almost entirely to the bakery”

    I guess that I just assume that if it’s a bakery that they’ll carry a nice loaf of bread.

  5. This begs a bigger question. Are the monolingual reporters of CHS so opposed to French that they chose not to differentiate between a boulangerie(bakery) and a patisserie, or is this distinction lost on the denizens of Capitol Hill who are looking for the next cheap baguette.
    Any attempt to bring a more global, sophisticated perspective to Capitol Hill’s culinary scene should not be lost to rubes who would rather get drunk and tatooed then contemplate France’s culinary heritage and distinctions.

  6. But i too am sick of this exact type of shop opening up on Capitol Hill. It’s like these visionary entrepreneurs (and the banks that loan them money) think this is just a playground with children begging for sweets and places to play. Staples like bread would have been ok with me, even if you charged 7 bucks.

    Real people already live here, stop advertising this neighborhood a place with fussy little cookie shops.

  7. I believe someone once said “let them eat cake.” I say let them eat croissants, pan au chocolate and macarons. You don’t have to go there. You’ll be one less person in the queue when the shops opens.

  8. Yeah, “someone” said something like that. I hope your naivety leads you to the same end as the first to utter that vile sentiment.

  9. So much snark for the opening of somewhere so sweet! It’s a lovely thing to have in a wonderful neighborhood so just play nice. Sheesh.

  10. I was being ironic, but that was lost on you. Today, France has brought the world socialism and “this exact type of shop” simply doesn’t exist elsewhere on the hill. “Fussy little cookies” indeed. Quelle domage!