A man, Joe Bar, Barjot — Wylie Bush bringing coffee and fresh juice to Bellevue Ave

Thanks for the pic and the tip, reader Grant!

Thanks for the pic and the tip, reader Grant!

Wylie Bush won’t have to walk far to do something new.

“I’ve wanted to do something for a really long time,” the longtime owner of E Roy’s Joe Bar tells CHS. “If i could stay in the community and continue to be here — and make more of a living… it’s about the community,” Bush said. And it goes both ways.

“We need each other,” Bush said with a laugh.

In June, after 17 years behind the counter at Joe Bar, Bush plans to add something new to his community a short two-tenths of a mile down Capitol Hill from Broadway and Roy. Barjot is set to take residence on Bellevue Ave in the cafe space built in the Belroy Apartments overhaul for the now-shuttered Chico Madrid. A short-lived Fuel Coffee pop-up from Chico partner Dani Cone will wrap up its stay Thursday. By June, Joe Bar will have its Barjot just a short walk down E Roy.

The new project’s name, like many things Wylie Bush, is a little joke inside a joke inside another. Bush says that he has been teased by a few French-speaking customers over the years about his happily askew cafe’s name being a backward version of one of the French language’s colloquialisms for being crazy — barjot as in nuts or bananas.

Bush, and hillebrity Moses (Image: Timothy Rysdyke)

Bush, and hillebrity Moses (Image: Timothy Rysdyke)

For Bush, the palindrome of sorts is really about staying connected to what he has built at Joe Bar. But the new space will also lend itself to new opportunities.

In addition to the coffee, beer and wine offerings of Joe Bar, Bush is planning to introduce fresh juices at Barjot.

“I have such a small budget and the space is so beautifully built out, I won’t make many changes,” he said. “The meat slicer went away — the large juicer is in.”

Other elements are still being worked out. He’s finalizing a food menu — we suggest he includes the excellent Joe Bar crepes. And Bush has hopes of working with the state on a liquor license that will allow him to offer cocktails without making significant changes to the little Bellevue Ave cafe beneath the giant cedar tree. It’s a longshot, Bush admits.

But at this point in his life, he’s more excited about the juice than the liquor, anyhow, he says.

“I don’t know if it’s my age,” he says, “but I crave fresh juice.”

Sounds nice, Old Man Wylie. Enjoy the walk.

Barjot is slated to open in June at 711 Bellevue Ave E.

Chico Madrid's former home will be put to use again starting in June (Image: CHS)

Chico Madrid’s former home will be put to use again starting in June (Image: CHS)

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11 thoughts on “A man, Joe Bar, Barjot — Wylie Bush bringing coffee and fresh juice to Bellevue Ave

  1. I wish Wylie well and hope his new venture will be successful. But it will be an uphill effort, because that area gets so little pedestrian traffic, which undoubtedly is the main reason that Chico Madrid failed.

    • Or, could it be that Chico Madrid was open -“until closing”.

      What does that mean? I hate when businesses get all pretentious like that. Talk about counter-productive.

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  3. Whyyyyy can’t it be JUST coffee& juice? Ugh. We just need a quick & convenient place to grab morning coffee without having to crawl over people in a teeny tiny place, eating prepared food, to get it. We certainly don’t need an evening bar that holds the first 11 people who can get in.

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