Some sweet news for Beacon Hill residents. The esteemed, 28 year-old vegetarian restaurant Cafe Flora is plotting an offshoot called the Flora Bakehouse for next spring in Beacon Hill, right near Grover Cleveland High School at 1511 S Lucille Street. The new shop will have both sweet and savory pastries, muffins, pies, and cookies, along with plenty of gluten-free and vegan items, such as vegan cinnamon rolls and chocolate sea salt croissants. There will also be a full espresso menu, with juices, teas, and other beverages. Owner Nat Stratton-Clarke tells Eater that the new space will have a roof garden and seating for around 25 inside, room enough to hold events and cooking classes.
Madison Valley’s Cafe Flora has been holding down the vegetarian fort in Seattle since the early ‘90s. Dishes are polished, with a sincere focus on organic and sustainable growing methods, its creamy polenta with seasonal vegetables or pizza topped with the likes of squash blossoms. Customers have already sampled some of the Bakehouse’s goods at the main restaurant and sibling Floret’s grab-and-go counter at Sea-Tac airport, since there is currently a wholesale operation in Beacon Hill. But this will the first permanent outpost showcasing the bakery’s offerings.
Curious diners can get a preview later month when the Flora Bakehouse hosts a pie pop up on Tuesday, November 26 in Cafe Flora’s dining room from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Among the Thanksgiving-themed pie options will be vegan and gluten-free pumpkin, apple streusel, and mocha pecan.