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Capitol Hill’s Charming Mainstay Volunteer Park Cafe Is Up for Sale

Plus, a Green Lake grill makes a comeback and virtual golf takes over Urban Kirkland

Quiche with greens and an orange juice at Volunteer Park Cafe.
Volunteer Park Cafe has been a breakfast favorite for 13 years.
Volunteer Park Cafe/Facebook

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Volunteer Park Cafe Is Up for Sale

More change coming to Seattle’s restaurant scene? It looks like Capitol Hill’s beloved daytime destination Volunteer Park Cafe is up for sale as part of a $1.7 million real estate package, according to Capitol Hill Seattle. The cafe has served outstanding comfort food like banana brioche French toast, a daily quiche, and sandwiches for 13 years (and recently appeared on Eater Seattle’s list of vital breakfast spots to know). It will remain open until there’s a buyer, but fans should take heart — owner Ericka Burke indicated a desire to find someone who will keep the cafe running and maintain its welcoming, community spirit.

Greenlake Bar & Grill Makes a Comeback

Time for a burger flip in Green Lake. After two years of operating as an outpost of Lunchbox Lab, Greenlake Bar & Grill announced its coming back, aiming to reopen January 27 after some touch-ups to the space at 7200 East Green Lake Drive North. The grill had been opened for 17 years before it closed in 2018 for the Lab, with a menu that leans heavily toward bar bites, such as tacos and burgers. There will be seating for 100 and an outdoor, dog-friendly patio for about 40 more, when the weather gets warmer.

Topgolf Introduces Its Fancy New Kirkland Lounge

Those who want to hit the virtual links have a new spot to try on the Eastside. This week, Topgolf Entertainment Group — a global sports company — is debuting its new Lounge by Topgolf at the Kirkland Urban complex. The space will have a 9,200 square foot restaurant (with food such as beignets, nachos, and other snacks), a cocktail bar, an indoor lounge, and an outdoor patio. But the real attraction is the virtual golf bays, where patrons can pretend they’re out on the course without dealing with tricky things like weather.

Volunteer Park Cafe

1501 17th Avenue East, , WA 98112 (206) 328-3155 Visit Website

Lunchbox Lab (Green Lake)

7200 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 729-6179 Visit Website

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