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Capitol Hill Vegan Bakery Sugar Plum Has Closed

The closure ends a 15-year run for chef Makini Howell on 15th Street

Various cakes and tarts on a table from Sugar Plum
Baked goods from Sugar Plum
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Vegan sweet shop Sugar Plum Bakery has closed, marking the end of a 15-year run on the street for owner Makini Howell. The bakery has already moved out of the 324 15th Avenue E address, as reported by Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

Sugar Plum was known for its frozen desserts in waffle cones, cookies, and cakes, all of which were vegan. But, fear not, Sugar Plum fans: the sweets will still be available at two of Howell’s other restaurants, Plum Bistro on 12th and Pantry by Plum Bistro in the Seattle Center.

Howell, a lifelong vegan who was recognized by the New York Times this year as one of 16 black chefs changing food in America, opened Sugar Plum Bakery in 2015 in the former home of Plum Cafe. Her family has owned the space since 2005, when it was Hillside Quickie Cafe, and then Sage Cafe.

Howell was a major presence on 15th, creating the “streatery” (a small patio with greenery built on street space previously used for parking) in front of the space and hosting vegan barbecues.

She has several other projects: Plum Bistro, vegan burger trailer Plum Truck, breakfast and lunch spot Plum Chopped on 12th, and a catering company.

Sugar Plum

324 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 512-3033