Or, the bread’s out of the bakery, as it were. Being relatively quiet planners and cautious while optimistic, we wanted to wait until the DPD hurdles were cleared, and we had our permit in hand before we formally announced the expansion to our customers. However, Justin, of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, saw the initial permitting filings and called up Chef. One phone interview later and the announcing took care of itself.
So, officially, yes, we are building out a second space, and it will be on Capitol Hill. It’s going to be a similar product mix to here, but with time it will reflect neighborhood preferences as it grows into the space. As noted in the CHS blog, there are some limitations in the space, which will also mean some alterations in the mix, but that’s all part of the fun.
We aren’t changing anything here in West Seattle- this neighborhood is home for a lot of us at the bakery, and we are continually grateful to our customers and to be part of this community. However, opening a second location lets us give some talented people their own time at the helm (with a little extra support), and maybe ease up the weekend lines a little.
Why Capitol Hill? There are a mix of reasons to do with demographics, neighborhood, and commute distance for Chef and Mrs. Leaman for the times they need to be in the shop. In the end, it came down to the neighborhood mix and the general feel of the location.
We’ll let you know when we clear the permits and the build-out starts, and keep you posted as it progresses- we’re pretty excited to see it start to come together, and we look forward to meeting lots of new friends and customers up on Capitol Hill.
By the way- if you don’t do so already, look at your neighborhood blogs around Seattle- some of the best local news sources out there- currently, we read the West Seattle Blog, the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, and the Ravenna Blog when we want to know what’s going on in our neck of the woods.