A little patch of concentrated goodness is ready for its first day of business on Capitol Hill. Juicebox juice bar and cafe is debuting Friday with a soft opening in its newly completed home on 12th Ave between Pike and Pine.
CHS told you about the venture from long-time farmers market and La Bete pop-up purveyors Brandin Myett and Kari Brunson. Starting Friday, they now have a fixed-place stage for their juice mastery.
Via email, the busy busy Brunson took a minute to give us a recommendation for Day One. “We are excited to finally have a permanent home,” she writes. “A Juicebox newbie should definitely try a ginger shot, a cold pressed green juice, a yam and black bean sandwich on socca bread.” So there you go!
Each serving is squeezed down from two and a half pounds of fresh, as local as possible produce, the juice masters like to boast. You can start with a tropical green — kale, pineapple, celery and coconut water — or nail down a julius — carrot, valencia oranges, and turmeric — or go really crazy with a blended that apparently includes mostly everything behind the counter. Each runs $7.50.
For longtime fans of Juicebox’s fresh appearances at the market or La Bete or its cold-pressed bottles, there will be additional excitement Friday as the juicers unveil their first full cafe menu. We’ve peeked at the morning offerings — coconut or cow yogurt with honey, fall fruit salad, roasted pumpkin oatmeal, and morning sandwiches including “scrambled farm egg, yukon potato, green romesco” and “black bean, yam, kale, cilantro, juicebox sriracha.”
You’ll also find Stumptown espresso, Remedy teas and baked goods.
Lunch will include soups — How about kashmiri curry carrot, to start? Or ginger and garlic brown rice congee? — some amazing sounding salads and “foldover sandwiches” made on “housemade flatbread” or gluten-free chickpea flour crepes. Sandwiches will run around $10 each depending on the variety.
As far as dedicated juiceries, it joins a rather limited market on Capitol Hill. 15th Ave’s Healeo — just up Pine from the new Juicebox — is the only other independent cafe with a similar focus. Now begin the onslaught of comments below telling CHS about your favorite Hill smoothie provider.
You can find the new Juicebox cafe at 1517 12th Ave. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 8a to 4p, Saturdays and Sundays, 10a to 4p. You can learn more at juiceboxseattle.com.