Bauhaus securing new 2-year Capitol Hill location, ready to mark 20 years at Melrose and Pine this fall

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

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.

Screen-shot-2013-05-14-at-12.36.37-PMIn 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.

IMG_0319Bauhaus 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.

21 thoughts on “Bauhaus securing new 2-year Capitol Hill location, ready to mark 20 years at Melrose and Pine this fall

  1. This is great news! But the current Bauhaus is a beautifully funky space, and it will be difficult to re-create it in a new location….especially in the redeveloped building, which looks very sleek and modern, not at all in line with what the Bauhaus is like now.

    Still, I wish Mr. Radin the best of luck, and also thanks for his commitment to Capitol Hill!

    • I agree but hopefully a lot of the mill and casework can be removed and installed in the new spot to replicate as much as possible. I’m all for better restrooms in the new space – I won’t miss the current ones.

      I’m just thankful they are moving rather than closing. Wishing the team a smooth transition.

  2. I’ve spent many a long, lazy afternoon at Bauhaus. Although I don’t frequent the place now, I wish the great people behind it much luck as they move forward. I agree, it will be difficult to replicate the genuine ambiance of the original place, but that team will find a way

  3. I overheard from one of the baristas a few months ago that they were looking into moving just across the street to the new Bellevue & Pine development next to Broadcast Coffee. I don’t know if that’s still the plan, I don’t think the building will be completed by October.

    • if they can manage to make that space feel warm/inviting, that’d be great.. though directly across the street from black coffee co-op hmm.

      I’m hoping they move to the corner space at Pine+Minor as D Murray mentioned, if it’s big enough. Outdoor seating on the wide sidewalk (.. err.. i guess that’s a park technically) between the building and the dog park, nicely tucked away from motorists and the pedestrian rush of Pine. It’d be a big win for Pine+Minor to get a tenant that isn’t some big ugly chain store.

  4. Has there been any talk or designs of what the interior of the renovated Bauhaus will look like? Will the Mezzanine make a return?

    P.S. When you tear out the bathrooms, sell the blue bricks as keepsakes.

  5. I tell people all the time that I used to sit upstairs drinking tea and smoking cigarettes there when I was a young man, many good memories of the funky space. Glad they are going to stay local.

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