Sunday, there will be much to celebrate on Capitol Hill. There will also be a funeral — of sorts — as the much loved closes its doors after 36 years on E Olive Way. But, like a good, soapy opera, our hero is not dead. And to give the story true depth, an equally heroic character is mirroring the action with a cliffhanger funeral of its own. B&O and E Pine at Melrose’s are soon to go to heaven — also known as Ballard — where they shall remain. But there are plots afoot for both to rise again here on the main stage of Capitol Hill.
“We are designing a cafe space and are in deep discussions with them about it,” land owner and developer John Stoner tells CHS about his six-story apartment project at E Olive Way and Belmont and owner Majed Lukatah’s longtime Capitol Hill cafe.
How much faith can we put into the plot twists of the on again, off again relationship between stoner and the B&O. Stoner said it was too early to address rumors that the project will be called the B&O Building. But perhaps the buzz is a positive sign.
What’s for certain is the old cafe is a goner. Stoner said the demolition should come sometime in mid-January. At least 18 months of construction will follow. In the meantime, Lukatah is making plans for a new start in Ballard.
He’ll be joined in the north by Joel Radin’s Bauhaus destined to open in a new Ballard location by February. CHS reported last May that the coffeeshop had a deal in place to return to its Pine at Melrose location when the seven-story apartment project planned for that corner is complete in early 2015. But like the uncertainty surrounding B&O’s Capitol Hill future following its displacement, Radin said that not everything is certain given the enormity of the project and the time until the new space is complete. In the meantime, Bauhaus Capitol HIll will live on even as its Ballard twin is born. It could be as late as sumer 2013 before the coffee shop closes its Pine location, Radin said.
The shop will host an End of an Era art show this month to mark the change.
Before Ballard gets too freaked out by the amount of Hill overlap it is experiencing: Bauhaus Ballard is, indeed, subleasing a portion of its space to Twice Sold Tales but the Ballard TST will share ownership with the University District Store. Harvard Twice Sold’s Jamie Lutton tells CHS she is helping the new Ballard shop out but the business belongs to John Watkins who took his U District operation online only in 2011. It’s splitting (cat?) hairs, we suppose. And, anyhow, we put up with a few Ballard imports around these parts.