But will it return to Capitol Hill?!
“God is real” now that Bauhaus in Ballard is open again, according to one fan on Facebook. Another all-caps’d it: “OMFG I WILL JOURNEY TO YOU FROM SNOHOMISH. I AM SO EXCITED.” It’s now officially known as Bauhaus Strong Coffee Ballard, and new owner D. Rick Edwards says some former employees are back, too — and happy to be there after the trying experience of losing their jobs when all three Bauhaus cafes suddenly closed just before Christmas.
Will Bauhaus return to Capitol Hill? Edwards says residents of that neighborhood have already made their way to Ballard, “And wanna know when we’re coming back. And I said I’m working on it!” He says he’s “scouring” Capitol Hill for a location right now. “We really — I really want to go there.” The location that the Capitol Hill Bauhaus moved into after being displaced by development after more than two decades is now too pricey for him: “You have to sell a lot, a lot of coffee to meet that square footage [cost]… That’s the big concern, it has to pencil out.” He’d love to find a location “Like the old one on the corner — nothing cooler, nothing better.”
Edwards held the lease on the Green Lake location when it folded; he’s also negotiating for a renewal there, as the landlord wants to raise the rent significantly.
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After Bauhaus reopened in Ballard last Friday, an anonymous poster went up around the area calling the cafe “the Donald Trump of coffee shops,” alleging that original Bauhaus owner Joel Radin was behind the enterprise and urging a boycott. New owner Edwards says Radin has no involvement whatsoever, and that, “In fact, he’s involved in bankruptcy proceeding as we speak.” Court filings confirm this.
Bauhaus Strong Coffee Ballard is honoring punch cards from the previous incarnation. It’s the “Same coffee, same everything… same feel,” Edwards says. “Everyone is happy as a lark about the continuation of it.”