We have been reporting on Liz Dunn’s Melrose Project (on Melrose between Pine and Pike) in a piecemeal fashion and wanted to provide a comprehensive update this new year. The marquee tenant we learned about first was Matt Dillon’s Sitka and Spruce. Herbfarm alumnus Matt Dillon is also the mind behind the celebrated Corson Building. Dillon closed Sitka and Spruce’s Eastlake location on 12/30/09 and hopes to open on Capitol Hill in March 2010. Eastlake need not feel bereft, as Dillon will maintain a presence there with Nettletown, which may be the sandwich shop he hinted at last year. Dillon had also speculated on opening an oyster bar, but we have been unable to confirm whether this is still envisioned.
What about a sandwich shop for Capitol Hill you ask? Homegrown Sandwiches announced that they will be opening their second location at the Melrose Project (currently, they have a Fremont outpost). Homegrown is a purveyor of sustainable sandwiches (mostly organic, mostly local ingredients), that was founded by kindergarten buddies Ben Friedman and Brad Gillis. Asked whether the Capitol Hill location will differ from the Fremont one, here is Ben’s response:
Homegrown on Capitol Hill will be pretty much the same as Fremont, except with a late night menu (for the weekends, at the very least). Also, we would love to incorporate some of the products from the other businesses in the Melrose Market – so there might be some cool meats and cheeses coming are (sic) way from Rain Shadow meats and Calf & Kid cheeses.
Homegrown hopes to open “before June.”
Homegrown will join cheese shop Calf & Kid in a wall-less part of the project. We asked Calf and Kid’s owner Sheri LaVigne for an update on her cheese shop. She now estimates an opening date in April due to delays in Health Department reviews. Calf and Kid and Homegrown will join a butcher shop called Rain Shadow Meats, and an organic farm and flower shop called Marigold and Mint.
As for Terra Plata, Tamara Murphy of Brasa’s more casual eatery, she had hoped to have the Capitol Hill eatery open by March 2010. However, due to delays in renovation and build out, we understand that the opening date may get pushed to later in the Spring.
Correction: According to Dunn & Hobbes, the previous historic photo was of the Booker Building (home to Machiavelli). Above is the correct historic photo of the Melrose