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.

La Marzocco Strada MPWith 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.

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