Some Cherry Street folk welcome you to the new cafe (Image: Cherry Street Coffee)
Is Capitol Hill so coffee-rich that we can ignore the opening of another new Pike/Pine cafe? Sprudge says nope — especially when you’re talking about a new Cherry Street Coffee bar and cafe designed to (some of) the exacting specifications of the current United State champion barista:
This will be the first cafe we open with me on staff. I was not as involved with this location’s build out as I would have liked to because let’s just say life has been pretty busy since I became the US Barista Champion. But I’ve had a lot of say in the design and flow. In the future, we have at least three locations slotted to open in the next two years, and I will be 100% involved from start to finish. Thats the direction I see my role at Cherry Street going.
You can read more of the interview with Laila Ghambari here on sprudge.com. She also notes that Cherry Street has “a large food selection” including “breakfast sandwiches on bagels” and house-made sandwiches, soups, and salads.
The 320 E Pine cafe is located in the newly constructed Three20 Apartments. CHS first wrote about the plans for the 10th Cherry Street here last spring. The E Pine and 12th Ave cafes are the only Cherry Streets east of I-5.
Laila’s father, Ali Ghambari, opened the Cherry Street on 12th Ave in 2012. “Business has been kick-ass, if I’m just telling it like it is,” Ghambari said in an interview with CHS best described as colorful. The business owner has found himself in hot water for more than colorful language from time to time. In 2013, Cherry Street was one of a handful of Seattle businesses that briefly experimented with charging customers a “sick-leave surcharge” before a wave of bad press convinced most to take the signs down. At one point, Laila also said the family-owned company might have to reconsider expansion plans because of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law. With three more locations planned to open, that concern has either passed, was overblown — or Cherry Street will be branching out beyond the city for the first time.
UPDATE: We should note that Porchlight Coffee, the Capitol Hill cafe that has experienced probably the nicest, friendliest displacement ever due to development, is back at its 14th Ave birthplace as part of the newly completed REO Flats building.