Sketched Sept. 12 and Oct. 2, 2019

A grand downtown building, the former Coliseum Theater at Pike Street and Fifth Avenue is home to one of Seattle’s tiniest and unique coffeehouses, the Monorail Espresso walk-up window.

The business owes its name to its first location, the downtown monorail terminal where founder Chuck Beek set it up as an espresso cart back in 1980.

Under its current owner, former barista Aimee Peck, Monorail Espresso has opened two more locations in recent years: one in the Columbia Center lobby and another one in the Denny Triangle near Amazon’s headquarters.

The expansion of a homegrown business with such a long history is to be celebrated. And Peck said she has plans to open a fourth walk-up window downtown next spring.

Though I often prefer my coffee experience indoors and cheaper, I couldn’t resist ordering a tasty cortado ($3.50) and a chubby cookie ($2.25) to celebrate the news.