In October, Bauhaus will take a two year hiatus from its iconic Melrose and Pine corner space, but Capitol Hill’s gateway cafe is keeping its neighborhood presence by moving to a new nearby location.
“Bauhaus will not be leaving Capitol Hill,” owner Joel Radin tells CHS.
The exact location is still being kept under wraps as Radin works out the lease, but he said the new Bauhaus would be “very close” to its current E Pine location. Radin said he expects the new Capitol Hill Bauhaus to be open by December.
With a new Bauhaus opening in Ballard this September, it appeared that Capitol Hill would have to (temporarily) say goodbye as the much adored coffee shop moved out for preservation and redevelopment of its E Pine building.
In news that sent shock waves through the neighborhood, CHS reported last year that Madison Development Group was purchasing the half-block of E Pine for the new mixed-use project Melrose & Pine. Radin said as soon as he found out Bauhaus would have to move out, he began his search for a new location on the Hill. Soon after, Radin reached an agreement with Madison that Bauhaus would be given first dibs on a lease in the refurbished Melrose & Pine space once it was ready, likely sometime in 2015.
Bauhaus was originally slated to be out of its current location by September, but Radin said the developers told him this week the cafe can stay until October 5 — making it 20 years to the day since Bauhaus opened its doors in 1993.
Radin said he doesn’t have any plans for an anniversary party. CHS suspects many cups of nostalgic espresso will be sipped.
Radin — a successful food/drink owner behind Top Pot Doughnuts and Zayda Buddy’s Pizza in Ballard — is expanding his reach in Capitol Hill. If all goes according to plan, Bauhaus will be back in 301 E Pine in 2015. That leaves Radin an opportunity for a new venture in the temporary space after the coffee shop returns to Melrose and Pine. At this point Radin would only say he has “a bunch of ideas.”
As for the Bauhaus baristas, Radin said they will all have the opportunity to work in Ballard or Capitol Hill. “Whoever wants to stay can stay… we have a little family,” he said.