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Fremont’s Former Pie Destination Will Soon Be a Dog Treat Bakery

Plus, the Essential Bakery Cafe in Madison Valley sells to a new owner and Octopus Bar delays its reopening

A corgi mix next to a birthday cake with candles lit.
Three layer carob cake with honey cream and cod chips.
Downtown Dog Lounge/Instagram

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Fremont’s Former Pie Destination Will Soon Be a Dog Treat Bakery

Here’s some good news for those who like to spoil their pups, even if that means everyone else may howl in disappointment. The former location of Pie — which served acclaimed desserts in Fremont for nine years before closing in Novemberannounced on Facebook that it is passing along the space to Downtown Dog Lounge Bakery, a food-focused offshoot of the dog grooming and daycare chain. The lounge’s wheat free menu is apparently still in the works (as is an opening date), but when it debuts it will join other Seattle-based pooch-friendly baking operations, such as the Seattle Barkery Food Truck. No word on whether there will be any treats for humans as well.

New Owner Takes Over Essential Bakery Cafe in Madison Valley

In another dessert-related turnover, the Essential Bakery Cafe on Capitol Hill recently sold the location to a new owner, who will turn it into a shop called Love and Flour, according to Capitol Hill Seattle. From the sound of things, not much will change food-wise, with a menu of sweets, sandwiches, and bread from The Essential Baking Company (which still has two other locations in Wallingford and Georgetown). The cafe will slowly make the transition over the next couple of months, with the same staff.

Octopus Reopening Delayed Until Spring

Last time Eater checked in on the popular Wallingford watering hole Octopus Bar — known for its nautical theme and excellent happy hours — it was preparing to move to a new location at 2121 N 45th Street in early 2020, just in time for its sixth anniversary. But now it looks the plan has been delayed a bit because of some construction hiccups, reports Wallyhood. Instead of January, it sounds like Octopus won’t get its revival until mid-March at the earliest. In the meantime, the co-owners still feted the bar’s birthday this past weekend at Changes and Murphy’s nearby to keep spirits high.

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