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Kitanda to bring Brazilian lattes — and Brazilian cheese bread — to Broadway to start 2021

(Image: Kitanda)

2021 will bring a massive burst of activity to the area around Capitol Hill Station. The newest location of Eastside-born Brazilian coffee chain Kitanda will put a corner space across from it into motion just in time to be part of the changes.

While your favorite Brazilian might be excited about a coffee shop dedicated to a South American focus on darker, stronger flavors and Kitanda’s acai selections, let’s be real. What they’re really going to be excited about, general manager Laura Alves Ferreira  admits, is the cheese bread, a staple of the culture’s breakfast and morning snacks.

Though the Brazilian lattes with sweet condensed milk will also hold their own, Alves Ferreira says.


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Kitanda bread — Brazilian cheese bread — is also a draw (Image: Kitanda)

Kitanda is planned to open in January in the ground floor, corner retail space of the Capitol Building at Broadway and John across from Capitol Hill Station’s main entrance. The commercial space has been without a permanent tenant since American apparel disintegrated there in 2017. In spring of 2019, with “live plants, flowers, and rolling hills” a Glossier pop-up shop briefly called the corner home. Despite its location across from the busy transit station — so proximate, the property was at one time lined up for a full redevelopment along with a massive underground parking garage for commuters — it has remained empty since.

That will change by January, Alves Ferreira hopes, as the new Kitanda cafe opens. She says the plan is to create a comfortable shop space for when COVID-19 restrictions lift and customers can return to inside service. In the meantime, they’re planning to add a walk-up counter to the space’s John facing side with hopes the feature becomes a long-term part of the street scene around Broadway.

Kitanda will also join another new neighbor on the block. The Post Pike Bar and Cafe opened next to the post office earlier this month.

Meanwhile, across John, hundreds of new apartments are opening above Capitol Hill Station and retail and businesses planned to open in the project include grocer H-Mart and The Exploration Academy daycare.

For Kitanda, started as a family-run shop and now grown into an investor-fueled company with plans for healthy expansion, the move onto Capitol Hill makes sense given the area’s dense population core and transit resources. The neighborhood’s appetite for new things also helps, Alves Ferreira said.

“I feel like what we do is current,” Alves Ferreira. “Capitol Hill really represents that.”

Kitanda is planned to open in January at 200 Broadway E. You can learn more at kitanda.com.


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sarah
sarah
1 month ago

I’m happy to see that corner revived! Small businesses are needed and welcome on Broadway. I hope they do well.

dre
dre
1 month ago

Kitanda will be a good addition and nice alternative to Verve. But Kitanda does use quite a bit of sugar in their acai puree which I think they should be more transparent about.

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

Very cool! Can’t wait to check it out. Great update.

Sinbad
Sinbad
1 month ago

I wish they wouldn’t drop the arm on the cedilla in açaí, it’s fun to have more latin letters in English.

And Pão de Queijo seems fair to use in English instead of “cheese bread”, since we use the origin names food terms all the time, Portuguese is basically just as understandable as Spanish to Americans I think.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Sinbad

I agree, but it’s their prerogative I guess. Kind of a mix on their website

RWK
RWK
1 month ago

It’s always good to see a vacant space on Broadway activated. Hopefully, this will be one of many small businesses opening in connection with the massive development at Capitol Hill Station.

Maybe this is a sign that 2021 will be a much better year for all of us!