South Lake Union’s homespun cafe, Nollie’s, closed at the end of last month after over a decade in business. The cafe was beloved by its regulars and boasted an 80 percent customer retention rate. Nollie’s posted the news to its social media accounts but didn’t give details about the reasoning behind the closure. The cafe didn’t respond to Eater’s inquiry before press time.
Nollie’s was beloved for its homemade approach, with a menu that leaned heavily on from-scratch cooking. Breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon roll French toast, BLTs, tomato bisque, and baked goods like scones, lemon bars, and chocolate chip cookies, were all menu staples.
The cafe, with its handwritten signs and toy animal figurines, stood in stark contrast to the shiny Amazon buildings that sprouted around it over the years. It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise, then, if the restaurant’s closure was in some way tied to the tech-related building boom that has so thoroughly changed the neighborhood.