MyBallard reports the Lukatahs are retiring after 38 years of running the business:
B&O Espresso moved to Ballard in January 2013 after their Capitol Hill location was set to be knocked down for a new development. It quickly became a neighborhood favorite here in Ballard and surely will be sadly missed.
Last March, CHS closed the doors on hopes B&O would return to the Hill after completion of the six-story apartment building replacing its longtime E Olive Way home. “We’re doing great in Ballard and parking is not a problem,” Jane told CHS last spring. She said the couple was working on purchasing the commercial unit that B&O Ballard called home.
At one point, the coffee shop and cafe were planned for a return to Capitol Hill when the new construction was completed. Architects went so far as to include the cafe’s iconic train logo in renderings of the six-story building’s design used in public meetings.
CHS documented the 36-year history of B&O — short for Belmont and Olive as well as a play on the famous Monopoly game’s railroad — in 2012 as the Lukatahs planned to serve their final customers in the old cafe. The 1924-built building was demolished a few months later. As the demolition began, fans remained hopeful that B&O would join Bauhaus in a Ballard sabbatical followed by triumphant returns to Capitol Hill.
Bauhaus opened its Ballard location in October and an interim Capitol Hill home up E Pine from its old location earlier this year. It is slated to return to the corner of Melrose and Pine inside the about-to-start-construction, eight-story development in coming years.
Now, two years after pulling up stakes and moving to Ballard, B&O is shuttered.