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The Roosevelt Portage Bay Cafe Will Open in Late July

And they're looking for a boat.

Portage Bay Cafe will be in the bottom left of the new Rooster Apartment complex
Portage Bay Cafe will be in the bottom left of the new Rooster Apartment complex
Roster Apartments

Brunch lovers rejoice: the fourth Portage Bay Cafe is now slated to open at the end of July at the corner of NE 65th Street and Roosevelt Way NE near Whole Foods. This newest branch of the always-packed breakfast and lunch eatery will reside at the bottom of the new 197-unit Rooster apartment complex which, for locals, will guaranteed mean PJs-optional weekend mornings.

Sized similarly to the Ballard location, the new 3,400-square-foot Portage Bay will come with 125 seats and a patio, and owners John and Amy Gunnar say it won't have major differences in menu or decor from their U District, South Lake Union, and Ballard outposts. Rather, it will continue their mission of offering "organic, sustainable foods that are locally sourced whenever possible," like cage-free eggs from Olympia, bacon from the Hill Meat Company, and sausages made in house with Washington’s Carlton Farms pork. In short, it will help folks continue to eat like they give a damn.

"We just really love the Roosevelt area and have been exploring the idea for a while," John Gunnar says.

One thing the owners are on the hunt for: a double wooden rowing shell to hang from the ceiling like they have in their U District and South Lake Union restaurants. Have one to sell? Email

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