Many of you have been curious what’s happening at 7119 Woodlawn Ave NE, the former home of Greenlake Salon & Spa. The storefront, which is located next door to Little Red Hen, has been papered over for months, and several readers have noticed a “Help Wanted” sign in the window.
As many readers suspected from the sign in the window, Queen Anne’s Cafe Bonjour is expanding to Green Lake. I visited the Queen Anne location today (Monday, Nov. 8, 2010), and spoke with the cafe’s owner, Michelle Zhang.
After two and a half successful years in Queen Anne, Michelle is looking forward to opening the doors of her new Green Lake cafe. Her parents live in the neighborhood, and she says that Green Lake is one of her favorite parts of the city.
Much of the Queen Anne cafe’s menu will be replicated in Green Lake, with the addition of more salads. Expect to see paninis, crepes, French pastries, gluten-free baked goods from WOW Baking Company, and espresso drinks made with Zoka beans. $5.95 lunch specials will be available.
Organic green tea will be featured. Several varieties, all blended with fresh flowers or fruit, will be available, both by the cup and in bulk. Michelle plans to also offer beer and wine a few months after opening.
Today, at the Queen Anne location, I tried out the Ciabatta Di Mozzarella panini ($7.95) and a latte. Both were delicious. The couple seated at the table next mine were raving over the Pumpkin Pie Crepes ($9).
Michelle says that she hopes to make the Green Lake space “like a living room,” with couches and comfy chairs. Free wifi will be available.
The Green Lake cafe, which is much larger than the Queen Anne location, will feature a play area for kids. Story time will be offered every Wednesday.
Michelle reports that she is still in the permitting and inspection stage, but hopes to open soon. She promised to drop me a line when she sets a opening date. She plans to offer free lattes in exchange for food donations to Northwest Harvest at the cafe’s grand opening party.
Looking for work? Michelle would love to hire Green Lake residents. She is looking for full- and part-time sandwich artists and baristas. Please send resumes to info [at] cafebonjourseattle.com.
Welcome to Green Lake, Cafe Bonjour!