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Capitol Hill food+drink | Dulces to take another spin at 19th/Madison

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Dulces Latin Bistro is ready to give Capitol Hill another try, it seems. After a two-year odyssey that began with a 2011 exit from the restaurant’s original Madrona homeCarlos Kainz and Julie Guerrero are making plans to revive their bistro inside the Lawrence Lofts project at 19th and Madison.

The husband and wife team haven’t yet confirmed the project but permit filings indicate the project underway in the new retail space on the backside of the Hill is a Kainz-Guerrero production. “We are moving to the Madison Valley and will reopen in mid-September,” the Dulces site promises.

Geographic labels aside, the project marks the couple’s third bout of interest in becoming part of the Hill area’s food and drink scene after leaving Madrona. CHS reported at one point that Dulces was later lined up for Broadway’s Joule building. Next came word that the new Dulces was destined for the Oola Distillery project where Zoe roosts now. Ultimately, after 19 years in business in Madrona, Dulces landed downtown on Western Ave. By summer of 2012, Dulces was shuttered again.

With the Dulces project lined up to connect the street to E Madison, 19th Ave will have a somewhat disconnected but bolstered food and drink scene. This fall, Tallulah’s from Linda Derschang and a Molly Moon’s ice cream and cookie shop Hello Robin will open in the soon-to-be-completed 19th and Mercer building just south of the Kingfish Cafe, Fuel Coffee and Monsoon.

What shape the new project will take is left to be seen. Contractor Atelier Drome is at work in the space below the Lawrence’s “131 High-end/Loft Apartments.” Rent runs $25 per square foot per year for the two 2,600 and 3,500-square-foot spaces that were available. Lawrence Lofts is also home to the Breathe Hot Yoga studio.

Meanwhile, another new restaurant project in new construction on the edges of Capitol Hill is ready to open its doors at 15th and Pine. Le Zinc, from the folks behind Maximillien, is preparing for its soon-to-be-announced debut.

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Capitol Hill food+drink notes


(Image: Garage Billiards)

  • The timely project to better connect Garage to the new bustling south Broadway of streetcars and Pike/Pine party crowds has been completed as the billiards and bowling joint unveiled its new streetside patio and bar. “The 2,000 square foot space features a covered, heated and open-air bar.” Noted!
  • It’s time to say goodbye to Chutney’s “Grille on the Hill” — the Indian restaurant about to be booted by the project to build this four-story apartment building on 15th Ave E is telling customers this is its final week of business. CHS walked away with a commemorative can of mango pulp and a Taj Mahal lager promo mirror as management-approved souvenirs.
  • Also on 15th Ave E, Monday afternoon report of swarm of bees wandering the avenue. Don’t panic. It’s for a good, sticky sweet cause.
  • One more 15th Ave E note. Frequent visitor to the street Parfait Ice Cream is taking its truck and going brick and mortar for the first time… in Ballard.
  • Cantinetta opening down the Hill in Madison Valley.
  • A food+drink angle on The Egyptian’s demise:
  • If you have any Seattle Times paywall clicks left, here’s what they say about Chico Madrid: “It’s part of the new wave of casual eateries with a European sensibility, where the food is understated and unfussy, focusing on charcuterie, cheese and other imported gourmet products so the kitchen staff doesn’t do the heavy lifting.” Suppose you don’t necessarily need to click now, no?
  • Entrepreneurs considering the food and drink economy on Capitol Hill might want to consider the food and drink and cannabis economy.
  • The Canterbury will have new kings — kings who “would like to explore keeping the Canterbury name and having an expanded family seating area.”
  • Capitol Cider finally opened to the public last week. CHS showed you inside. What do you think of it?


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Chef Thunder
Chef Thunder
7 years ago

Any idea what going into the space on 15th & Pine in the “Vox” apartment buildings? They seem very close to opening.

7 years ago

Seems like the best place to ask above all.

Is there any chance for an update about what the heck is happening at the old place where Galerias used to be? I can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 years since it went up in flames, and it looks like nothing’s happened since. I’ve looked for updates about the arson investigation too and can’t find anything on that either.


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