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Cupcake Royale's downtown Bellevue location in a former IHOP will be torn down to make room for a new development. According to Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall, IHOP served pancakes in the space beginning in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Hall tells Eater she had six months notice, giving her time to find a new Bellevue outpost (its address is to-be-announced) for the Seattle-based chain.
The soon-to-be-demolished Swiss chalet-style space on Bellevue Way has housed Cupcake Royale since 2010. "So many memories took place here, so many of our customers are like, 'Oh, I used to have pancakes with my grandma,' and they're...grandparents themselves at this point," Hall says. "There's just so much nostalgia and history that took place in these walls."
The forthcoming cupcakery will be in the core of downtown Bellevue not far from its current address. In the meantime, the cupcake deprived can pick up orders at Bellevue's Pagliacci Pizza location on Main St. starting June 1. Also, a vintage milk delivery van-turned-cupcake truck will be parked outside the upcoming space starting in July, with the new store scheduled to open its doors in late summer.
Hall and crew are planning a goodbye party on May 28 from 7 a.m. to noon, serving "Royale Grand Slam Specials"—two cupcake batter pancakes, toppings, ice cream, and coffee for $5.
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