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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

B & O Espresso Isn’t Going Anywhere

posted by on April 2 at 16:22 PM

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Belmont & Olive

No need to panic. B&O Espresso won’t be going anywhere any time soon. Our sucky economy has stepped in to save another beloved Seattle business.

“We haven’t moved forward with any permanent plans because of the real estate climate,” says John Stoner, who owns the B&O property. “We’re in no hurry [to redevelop] unless the climate’s perfect.”

Of course, the B&O was never really going away. Stoner had been working with B&O’s owners to keep the coffee shop on the bottom floor of the 72 unit building which would have been built on the site.

For now, Stoner is focusing on developing other properties, and he doesn’t know when he’ll restart the B&O but, he says, “If we thought the [economy] was perfect today, it would [still] be two years until the store was demolished.”

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1

So, it is going away, during the construction period, just not permanently.

Hmmm.

So why are there lines of people across the street for that business (which used to have no real lines) and not for B&O (which used to have lines outside) ... when I drive by on a Saturday or Sunday?

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 2, 2008 5:23 PM
2

Do you mean Glos? There are always lines there because they have like 5 tables inside. Also, if you're standing in line outside, they'll give you a cup of coffee for your trouble.

Posted by 8blockwalk | April 2, 2008 5:44 PM
3

Yup.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 2, 2008 6:26 PM
4

We all finally agree that the block is anistoric, and they don't pull it down.

There's gonna be a new restaurant behind Glos pretty soon. But it's still a secret.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 2, 2008 8:30 PM
5

Wow... could the flatlining economy ultimately save Capitol Hill and our other neighborhoods from gentrification?

Posted by Gomez | April 2, 2008 10:18 PM
6

@5,

For a while, at least.

Posted by keshmeshi | April 2, 2008 11:00 PM
7

Sure, the coming (already here?) "U shaped" recession will prevent a lot of gentrification. But lots of us will be out of work and moving back in with our parents anyway, so we'll probably still put B&O out of business :-)

Posted by jcricket | April 3, 2008 10:35 AM

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