The University Village shopping mall is scoring the second location for downtown’s popular all-day cafe, Mr. West, which will open on July 4. The combination bar and cafe, from the owners of Madrona’s Bottlehouse wine bar, is setting up shop in the former home of the Mrs. Cook’s kitchen supplies store.
Like the downtown location, owners Soni Davé-Schock and Henri Shock will encourage diners to bring a laptop and order an espresso, or share a bottle of wine and a charcuterie plate with friends. Other menu selections will include coffee cocktails, egg sandwiches, wine-based spirits, curried avocado toast, salads, and beer. The cafe is building several seating options, including a patio with a fireplace and plants aplenty. Inside, there will be bistro tables and a wine bar. If the ambience at the downtown location is any indication, this new outpost will serve as a charming, plant-filled respite from the busy shopping center.
The University Village has made some serious improvements to its dining and drinking options over the past few years, adding heavy hitters like respected Vietnamese restaurant Ba Bar (which will be next to the new Mr. West); Rachel’s Ginger Beer, which houses the excellent Ma’ono fried chicken sandwiches; and Japan-based sensation Hokkaido Ramen Santouka. Mr. West will be another feather in the mall’s cap.