Last week, we told you about a planned tenant for one of Hunters Capital’s beautiful old Capitol Hill buildings backing out of the project. The news is much better for the historic Ballou Wright building on 12th Ave. Juicebox is about ready to squeeze its new cafe and fresh food philosophy into the newly built out space in the old building on the edge of Pike/Pine.
“We really believe in the importance of what you put into your body,” says Juicebox’s Brandin Myett said in a statement about the new project. “We’re excited to share our love for good food with the folks of Capitol Hill.”
The project is planned to officially open the week of November 11th. The vigilant and the nearby might luck upon a soft opening in the days prior.
CHS first reported details this summer on the first meat-space cafe for the fresh fruit and veggie-focused venture born at the Broadway Farmers Market and honed through a long and fruitful pop-up relationship with Capitol Hill’s La Bete restaurant. “I just don’t think there’s anything like this,” Myett’s juicing partner Kari Brunson told CHS about the plan. “The days of vegetable based cuisine — they’re coming forward.”
Juicebox’s new cafe “will offer the 100% raw, organic, hand-pressed juices” that have earned Juicebox “its reputation for making healthy taste delicious,” an announcement on the opening reads. “With ingredients ranging from the traditional- apples, carrots, oranges and kale, to the more exotic- ginger and turmeric root, beets and garnet yam, Juicebox’s creations offer a variety of health benefits- while delighting the palate.”
Each juice boasts more than two pounds of “raw, small batch, mostly Washington state sourced produce.” They set you back $7 in the La Bete days. There’s no final word on pricing yet for the cafe.
Juicebox will also feature much more than liquid refreshment. Brunson has promised a “super sexy vegetable cafe” with, Seattle Met reported, “housemade kimchi and pickles, yogurts, granola, nut milks, crudo, ceviche, soups, salads, smoked fish, and plenty of vegetables.”
The cafe, including design elements and the custom tables (seen above via Instagram) from La Bete’s Alex Dimitrijevic, will be the first permanent space for Juicebox.
“We looked at a variety of locations before settling on the Ballou Wright building,” Brunson said. “I love that it was built in 1913, and still boasts some of the original architecture. The building has a lot of character, which really complements our homegrown Seattle-based brand.”
You can learn more at juiceboxseattle.com.
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- UPDATE: We have removed an item from this column about more changes at Capitol Cider. We have been informed by an employee of the business that we either misunderstood a message from the person who has been the marketing representative for Cider or we were given intentionally incorrect information. We’re sorting it out. Our message sent last week to the business about the situation was not returned.
- What can you glean from our latest update on the Comet? There’s definitely interest in the space including one man’s mission to keep it as a dive bar. There’s also plenty of buzz about Pike/Pine food and drink players fancying the corner — and we’re not talking about only Lost Lake.
- Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe is about ready to open in its new 15th Ave E home — overhauled from its old days as Horizon Books. We’ll have more on the new bookshop and cafe later this week. In the meantime, you can plan to be at the November 2nd Grand (Re)Opening party.
- More openings. Capitol Hill’s World of Beer franchise is slated to debut on E Pine at the end of November. We wrote about the beer bar and bottle shop concept here.
- In the Central District, “Lotus Thai opens next to Catfish Corner, Ethan Stowell moving in on Madrona“
- Congratulations to Capitol Hill’s Mamnoon, Seattle Met Magazine’s 2013 restaurant of the year. CHS first wrote about the Melrose restaurant project way back in January 2012 before we knew about Wassef and Racha Haroun’s ambitious plans for the space. Mamnoon debuted in November 2012. By the way, Seattle Met’s top restaurant in 2012 also hailed from the Hill.
- Here are Seattle Magazine’s picks for top restaurants on Capitol Hill — there are, apparently, 25 of them. The Seattle “neighborhood” of Bainbridge Island? Seattle Mag says it could only find two favorites there.
- The Northwest Latte Art League will be at Bellevue Ave’s Broadcast Coffee on November 2nd.
- “Food We Love: Eggplant Fries at Poppy” — CHS, too.
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