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Café Juanita Pop-up Will Likely Stay in Capitol Hill Through June

And it’s plotting a special winemaker’s dinner April 9

Lark on 12th
Lark on 12th
Zack Bent
As Kirkland’s revered Café Juanita space continues its remodel, Seattle reaps yet more benefits: The Juanita pop-up in the former Lark space on 12th Ave, originally slated to end now, will likely stay on through the first half of June, celebrating its 15th anniversary on this side of the lake.

James Beard Award winning chef/owner Holly Smith said, “It is all contingent on construction. At this moment I think that [leaving in mid June] will give us time to move out and move back into our home. I don't want to rush the move in. We will finally have a neat and new space and I don't want to throw things into it!”

As of now, the favorite Kirkland restaurant is scheduled to reopen in mid July open with “beautiful new spaces and a patio for summer lounge enjoyment,” Smith said.

Through June, the Seattle pop-up will continue to serve a tasting menu four nights a week, Wednesday through Saturday, for $135 (typically eight courses). A beverage pairing is also available for $85 as well as a select wine list; their complete wine list is available with two days’ notice (to allow them time to pull bottles from storage). Diners can order à la carte from the tasting menu on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from the three bar seats in the restaurant any time. Make reservations here; there is a seven-day cancellation policy. With advance notice, Smith can accommodate most dietary restrictions.

Next Thursday, April 9, the Juanita pop-up will host a winemaker’s dinner with Giorgio Rivetti from La Spinetta, starting with a wine reception at 6:30 p.m., then a five- to six-course dinner with pairings ($295 per person; retail wines available for purchase). Reserve space for this event calling 425.823.1505 or emailing

Cafe Juanita

9702 Northeast 120th Place, , WA 98034 (425) 823-1505 Visit Website


952 E Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98122 206 323 5275 Visit Website