An up and coming player in Seattle’s craft coffee scene is bringing his take on the subtleties of a good brew to Capitol Hill.
“It’s really a simple kind of core idea with the coffee but we’re doing every little small thing we can to make it better,” Christos Andrews tells CHS about Ghost Note, the new multiroaster cafe set to take over the Bellevue Ave home of Broadcast Coffee.
Ghost Note is a tuneful reference to “a note that has rhythmic value but no musical value,” Andrews says, and a nod to the nuances his new venture will foster to help raise the cafe to a higher register of Seattle coffee culture. Custom mugs from a local ceramics maker, collared shirts and uniformed employees, no tipping, fresh herb and citrus garnishes, “an emphasis on housemade elements borrowed from craft bartending” — all will add to the accompaniment.
Broadcast, meanwhile, will leave Capitol Hill after just under five years in the neighborhood to concentrate on a new Central District roastery and cafe at 25th and Jackson. “Our roots are in the CD and we couldn’t be more excited to expand in the neighborhood,” Broadcast owner Barry Faught tells CHS. The location at 2517 S Jackson complete with a roasting facility, offices, and a cafe is planned to open by March.
Broadcast won’t be exiting Bellevue Ave completely. As part of the deal to take over the space, Ghost Note will include Broadcast beans as part of its featured offerings. “It’s something we’re really excited to do,” Andrews said. “It’s one of the best roasters in Seattle.”
A Capitol Hill resident for six years, Andrews will make the leap to business owner after a few years as coffee director at Central District’s Tougo Coffee and Columbia City Bakery. His partner in Ghost Note is longtime friend Lee Hampton who is the “biz guy” and extremely creative, Andrews says. Hampton is a New Yorker and Andrews said he eventually could see Ghost Note expanding.
But first, he’ll take over the Broadcast space on Bellevue Ave on February 1st with plans to open in March. Expect some interior work in the space that “won’t be crazy minimalist” but will play into the Ghost Note aesthetic — “simple but there will be color,” Andrews says. New equipment will also be installed and Andrews will be busy hiring employees.
Ghost Note just might have Capitol Hill’s first barista dress code calling for what Andrews said will be a “professional” look with collared shirts, aprons, and, he said, probably joking, handlebar mustaches only by special permission. There will be no tipping. Instead, a 10% gratuity fee will be part of your transaction.
In return, a Ghost Note barista will be richly rewarded. Andrews said part of his business model is a “high wage” and a passion for employee morale. “I’m planning to spend more on personnel than anybody else,” Andrews said.