Slowly but surely, the area around Capitol Hill is becoming an easier place to ride a bike. The area’s bicycle-focused hangouts have also grown and, apparently, prospered. One venture in the heart of Pike/Pine has now cycled from a small shop tucked away on an upper floor above 11th Ave to the heart of Chophouse Row, and, now, an expansion in the development’s mix of food, drink, and retail.
Chophouse bike cafe Good Weather is expanding by 100%.
“Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is doubling in size at the end of February and adding space to both the full-service bike shop and the cafe/bar,” co-owner Brandon Waterman said in an an announcement on the expansion. “We’ll warmly continue serving our delicious breakfast tacos as well as ramp up our beer selection, add seating for events and groups, and showcase a larger curated selection of bicycles and parts.”
CHS first wrote about Good Weather back when Waterman and Jason Marqusee teamed up on a repair shop on the second floor along 11th Ave above Purr where Queer/Bar does its thing today. In late 2017, Good Weather moved closer to street level and expanded its concept to include a cafe inside the core of Chophouse Row just off the preservation-minded development’s central patio.
Good Weather also has plenty for gear heads and riders just looking for a tune up or repair. The shop offers “retail and service options from flats to fully custom builds and retrofits.”
Meanwhile, for hungry riders and the rest of us, there are “sandwiches, salads, and snacks,” plus “weekend breakfast tacos” by morning and beer and wine by night.
The area around Chophouse Row’s patio will see further change later this year. New owners are taking over at Bar Ferdinand with plans for a new wine-focused restaurant and bottleshop.
Good Weather has been part of a wave of bicycle-centered venues to join the area. In late 2015, a two-way race saw Metier debut on E Union with its mix of a cycling gym, bike shop, and cafe. Peloton, another in the cafe, bar, bike shop wave — broke away from the pack on E Jefferson. Global brand Rapha followed in early 2017 with its E Pine “clubhouse.” All in all, things have come a long way from the sad days in 2013 when Velo, the neighborhood’s only bike shop pedaled off the Hill and left its 11th/Pine space and sidewalk air hose behind.
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