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Friday, June 24, 2011

Stella Caffe No More, But More Diller Room

Posted by on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Rob and Josie: They are so nice.
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  • Rob and Josie: They are so nice.

Moved up with important updateszzzzzzzzzzzz.... also here is a photo.

Sources say that downtown's Stella Caffe (beloved by Jen Graves, among others, for truly excellent espresso) is no more, and that the whole space will now be occupied by the Diller Room (beloved by me, among others, for old-timey greatness—though not by Stranger reader-reviewer shinjuko, who said in March that "It's full of douchebags all the time"—Belltown overflow, maybe?).

We've emailed proprietor Rob Wilson to find out what's up (and to tell him the Stella/Diller voicemail is full). If he gets in touch, I will ask him about the douchebag factor.

UPDATE! Trusty Chow intern Katherine Long spoke with Rob Wilson, who says Stella Caffe is indeed closed, the reason being to "financially right the ship." Wilson says, "The bar just took on a life of its own... I'm enormously grateful that it's doing so well, especially in this economy, but it still hurts me. I miss the ritual of Stella Caffe... but day and night just weren't meshing... The bar just works better."

But! He and his wife are looking to open a small cafe ("a window with 20 seats, like the old days in Sydney") in the Pike-Pine corridor. Also the Diller Room still serves espresso if you ask nicely, and they're continuing to sell coffee wholesale.

Regarding the douchebag factor at the Diller Room, Wilson says, "A lot of our coffee regulars come to the Diller Room... they plan events, and meet up... It just feels like a normal bar. Right now everything else feels like walking into Axis in Belltown... We re-did the wallpaper back to the original hotel wallpaper. It feels like you're back in the old hotel."

And: "There's a pronounced anti-douchebag crowd. Sometimes we get people up from Belltown who are like, 'Where's the valet parking,' and I'm like, 'No valet parking! Shut up and have your beers!'"


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reverend dr dj riz 1
hey bethany.. did you hear licorous is closing on monday ?
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on June 24, 2011 at 11:03 AM · Report this
levide 2
The vast majority of douches in Belltown are the ones that don't live here.
Posted by levide on June 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 3
What's the deal with the Diller Room being closed on Sundays?
Posted by keshmeshi on June 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM · Report this
Stella was great - but they transitioned super hard away from a coffee vibe quite a while ago. Best to them regardless, they seem like awfully nice people.
Posted by gloomy gus on June 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM · Report this
@riz: Yes, I heard! Kind of sad, but Jamie Boudreau, who's opening the new bar there, Canon, is pretty bad-ass. Let us go have a drink!
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on June 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM · Report this
yes they stopped doing coffee in the mornings (*cough*about 6 months ago*cough*) but Sarah will still make you an amazing espresso if you ask nicely
Posted by SunJammer on June 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM · Report this
They made the best *true* italian cappuccino in the city. Perfect and amazing. Stella will be missed
Posted by I'm OK, You're OK on June 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Fnarf 8
Stella was my favorite place to sit in all of downtown. Great food, too. And good wine, good tables, good room -- it didn't seem like Seattle at all.
Posted by Fnarf on June 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM · Report this
playswithknives 9
When I closed Sestos Cafe, he bought my shelving. Nice guy. Sucks to close your place.
Posted by playswithknives on June 24, 2011 at 1:15 PM · Report this
@9: Rob Wilson also runs the Diller Room, so he's not closed, just doing the bar and not the cafe...
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on June 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM · Report this
digittante 11
Sorry, but after 9 years of trying coffee all over this town, I still return to Ancient Grounds (two doors down from Stella/Diller) for the best espresso, latte, cap, dopp, or otherwise.
Posted by digittante on June 24, 2011 at 2:29 PM · Report this
@6- Just remember to bring your own cup.
Posted by jns on June 24, 2011 at 4:48 PM · Report this
Stella transitioned to the Diller room months ago. Not sure why this is news now.
Posted by PWer on June 24, 2011 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Does the Pike Pine corridor really need another cafe? I mean, there are other neighborhoods in Seattle that are actually under-served.
Posted by ian on June 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Does Stella still roast for wholesale clients?
Posted by Stella Espresso Fan on June 25, 2011 at 8:35 AM · Report this
Posted by Diller Pizzas FTW on June 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM · Report this

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