Don’t worry, breakfast for dinner people, your pancakes are coming back — long live the Capitol Hill IHOP. And now you can also get waffles.
Sweet Iron, “the real liege waffle” shop, has expanded to Capitol Hill and opened over the weekend on 10th Ave just down the street from the heart of the Pike/Pine nightlife and restaurant district.
We found Capitol Hill manager Kristina Crossen and crew preparing for their first Monday morning in the shop that serves waffles sweet and savory on a schedule from breakfast to late night nosh. Crossen was already thinking about the first hours of nightlife serves for the new Sweet Iron and what she hopes is a crush of waffle seekers on weekend nights. “It’s going to be crazy,” she said.
Hours are planned to be Monday through Thursday, 7 AM to 9 PM, Saturdays 8 AM to midnight and Sundays 8 AM to 8 PM. In addition to neon signage and some parts of the shop still to come, Crossen said Sweet Iron Capitol Hill will also eventually serve beer and wine.
The E Union side of Sweet Iron’s development will also soon be home to plant-based ice cream shop Frankie and Jo’s from Autumn Martin of Hot Cakes and Kari Brunson of Juicebox Cafe. Brunson and Martin say they plan to open the new shop before the Thanksgiving holiday.
CHS broke the news on Sweet Iron’s planned expansion this spring. “It just depends on what time of day it is and what kind of toppings you have,” owner Adrienne Jeffrey told us about their waffles through the day philosophy. The Capitol Hill location is Sweet Iron’s second shop. The first Sweet iron opened in 2009 at 3rd and Seneca. Sweet Iron also expanded to SafeCo Field this year with a stand open during Mariners games.
Sweet Iron’s stretch of 10th between Pike and Union is also due for further food and drink upgrading as Paseo’s Capitol Hill expansion is delayed but still lined up in the space left empty by the closure of Pike Street Fish Fry.
The bright and yellow-tiled, long, and narrow commercial space along 10th at Union is part of the massive Broadstone Infinity development on the backside of Pike/Pine that utilized the neighborhood’s preservation incentives to recreate the brick facades of a handful of auto row buildings, add 12,000 square feet of commercial space, and build a seven-story apartment building with 250 units above it all. The development is now home to the triumvirate of Rene Erickson’s celebrated projects Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise, ambitious Thai project Soi, and a Walgreen’s pharmacy displaced by the Whole Foods project. Sweet Iron is built out inside a portion of the project that is fully new construction without some of preservation elements found around the corner where the old Davis Hoffman building once stood. Before the development, the Sweet Iron wing was a parking lot next to the old, long gone Union Garage.
Sweet Iron Capitol Hill is located at 1414 10th Ave. You can learn more at sweetironwaffles.com.