We are reopening our Espresso Window! Towards the end of October. We have started to overcome the obstacles the city created, working with them as best we can, with a temporary solution as we work towards a longer term one. You can read all about the history of the window below.
In the meantime we provide a great place to drop in and have a coffee with a friend. We can also work with you to host meetings for your club, group or meetup.
Why we have an Espresso Window
When we built the Grand Victorian Ballroom, we incorporated a espresso machine in to the bar area. Our friends and coffee partners at Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, sold us a La Marzocco Strada MP and various other necessary equipment. We also completed their training, which not only taught us the mechanics of pulling shots of espresso, but also their philosophy on buying, selling and creating the perfect roasted coffee. From grower to drinker, this is some of the best coffee anywhere.
With that in mind, and in this wonderful pandemic situation, we have decided to open the window to serve espresso based coffee drinks. Think of it as a walk up window. Think of it as a place to locals to walk to, grab a coffee and continue their walk.
We are offering a limited menu. A one size fits most. Ten ounce drinks. Compostable cups. Reusable tumblers. A limited selection of baked goods that our overnight guests love.
That all sounds great but….
We hit some road blocks with the city. It is a long story, and regardless of what the city is telling us we opened. You can see our problems, and sign the petition by reading this blog post. It is quite ridiculous. The city actually paid for Casey and Nathan to undertake ScaleUP training with the Thurston EDC, in turn we learned that in times like this you pivot and do whatever you need to to stay afloat.
We have lobbied city staff, council members, the mayor, neighborhood and anyone who will listen. All with positive feedback but no change in the “no” from Planning and Development.
A temporary solution, and a plan.
With the help and assistance of the Eastside Neighborhood Association (ENA), and in particular the tireless work of Roger Horn, we have a partial solution.
We are partnering with the ENA to open the Espresso Window and Ballroom as a “Community Clubhouse”. Basically this means it is a ENA sanctioned meeting place. It will work for now, or at least it is what we are going to try.
Longer term the plan is to have our area of the neighborhood deemed a Neighborhood Center (like San Francisco Street bakery and Wildwood). This process will take up to 2 years.
It the meantime we can prove to the decision makers that this is a desirable and supported addition to the Inn, for all neighbors, not just our guests.
Friday to Sunday
7am to Noon
We are rebooting with limited hours. We will expand upon these as demand shows us it is needed.