With reporting by Sebastian Garrett-Singh
Seattle’s global coffee giant is teaming up with a giant of the city’s downtown food and drink scene on his first Capitol Hill venture. Tom Douglas Restaurants plans to make its first foray into the neighborhood on the back of Starbucks as part of the company’s planned roastery project at Melrose and Pike.
According to plans for the twin-roaster facility, cafe and showroom, Douglas will open a third location in his Serious Pie format along the Minor side of the building that was most recently home to the Utrecht art supply store. The planned 2,500 to 2,800-square foot restaurant would saddle alongside the two roasters Starbucks is planning for the facility as Starbucks works through the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency permit process.
No such permit is required, by the way, for delicious pizza smells from one of Seattle’s most prolific food and drink entrepreneurs.
We have email out to Tom Douglas to learn more about the early stages of the project which the coffee company has said it would like to have open by August. A Starbucks representative declined to comment on the full project at this time but promised more details will be available soon.
For the man behind Assembly Hall, Brave Horse, Tavern, Cuoco, Dahlia Lounge and Bakery, Etta’s, Home Remedy, Lola, Palace Kitchen, Seatown, Serious Pie Virginia, Serious Pie Westlake and Tanaka San, the move fills in one of those “what is he waiting for?” gaps in Capitol Hill’s booming food and drink economy. As more and more ventures fill the Hill’s streets, a player of Douglas’s stature seemed conspicuously absent from the boom with his only local presence coming in some uninvited critical work about a now shuttered Broadway eatery.
Serious Pie Capitol Hill’s siblings are based around a gourmet, wood-fired pizza concept that features Douglas’s signature use of fresh, seasonal and foodie-favorited ingredients at scale.
The second Westlake location is especially ambitious as it opens during the day as a Serious Biscuit venue and shares its space with a wine shop. We don’t know yet if Serious Pie Capitol Hill will fill its nearly 3,000-square-feet of space with more than pizza.
We do know it will face some stiff competition in the wood-fire end of things with the ovens at Pine Box and Via Tribunali putting out some excellent product. Meanwhile, Capitol Hill’s by-the-slice legends like Hot Mama’s and Big Mario’s won’t have much to fear — though Big Mario’s owner Dave Meinert and Douglas might find some common ground.
As for anybody living downwind, all we can tell you is the combined smells of roasting coffee and pizza is about as Capitol Hill food and drink as you can get. If only there was one point where you could stand and also smell brewing beer at the same time!
You can learn more at tomdouglas.com.
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- The Comet will (probably) celebrate its grand re-opening Monday the 31st.
- The Canterbury re-born is due in May.
- Good Citizen in April? CHS wrote about the E Olive Way Liberty sibling (and its food truck friends) here.
- More Capitol Hill restaurants and bars to look forward to in 2014, here.
- You and this guy are pretty happy to be able to eat vegan at The Highline on Mondays and Tuesdays:
- Seattle Times calls Nacho Borracho “Tex-Mex meets Tiki.”
- *If* Nacho can survive the great lime shortage of 2014.
- La Bodega sandwiches are coming/have come? to The Rhino Room.
- 6 Reasons To Serve Coffee In Dominique Ansel’s Cookie Cups
- Cure wants to tell you about speck.
- Capitol Hill pizza? How about Piecora’s? Tallulah Anderson talks with front counter manager Tim Dijulio about the decades-old pizza parlor.
- Zhu Dang, replacing the old Social nightclub on E Olive Way, is digging in.
- Capitol Hill honorees in Seattle Magazine’s best “readers’ choice” restaurants include best place to dine alone and best late night dining in the city. Best takeout, Italian and cocktails in Seattle, too.
- Former North Capitol Hill eatery Cassis is now open in West Seattle.
- Corretto overhaul on Broadway should be ready by mid-April.
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