Bluebird has been looking for what would become our new (2nd) home for quite a while now; we are thrilled to have found it in the Phinney / Greenwood neighborhood! It's a fantastic neighborhood, and things just seemed to come together for us about 2 or 3 months ago. The corner where we are located is, of course, home to the famous 74th St Ale House, a favorite Seattle haunt of ours, plus, Herkimer has been holding it down on the opposite corner for a while now. So, we'll be sharing the corner with some impressive neighbors, for sure. (I just heard about another new restaurant "The Ridge," as well. Plus, our friends at A La Mode Pie will be opening just down the road.) The block is really coming together in a great way, and we found ourselves with a terrific situation when Cornuto Pizzeria and Caffe Vita coffee moved into the same building that we will be occupying. With Zak and Zoe already set to move across the street, we realized that we had a fantastic opportunity on our hands. Pizza, coffee, and ice cream: a perfect trifecta! There will be a large outdoor patio built along the back of the building, stretching across the three businesses, and Vita and Bluebird will be internally connected. We'll be pouring shots of Vita's coffee over scoops if you order your ice cream affogato, and Cornuto will be scooping Bluebird ice cream on their dessert menu. We are incredibly excited to open our doors, and beyond our new business neighbors, we can't wait to meet the people who live and work in the neighborhood. It's such a diverse part of town: from 20 somethings, to young families, to lifers, we're so glad to be a part of it. We hope the neighborhood will, in turn, welcome us.
For those unfamiliar with Bluebird: it's small batch, locally sourced artisan ice cream. We strive to make all of our flavors the-best-you've-ever-had: If you try a sample, you'll want a full scoop. We source locally, taking advantage of our natural surroundings (like fruit from Remlinger Farms) as well as the wealth of like-minded artisan food makers in Seattle (Elysian Stout ice cream, anyone?) It's ice cream made from local dairy, with all-natural and organic ingredients.
We've been incredibly fortunate to have received some great press, both locally and nationally. For example, last year MSN featured us on their list of Top 10 indie ice cream shops in the USA, and this year AOL Travel mentioned us at #4 on their best ice cream in the country list. There's a bit about our PB&J ice cream in this month's Seattle Magazine, and there's going to be a feature about us in July's Sunset Magazine. Seattle Weekly Voracious called ours the best coffee ice cream in Seattle. We're only two years old, so we're extremely humbled by all the praise.
As a special new venture for us, we will operating a nano-brewery on premises, where we'll be making hand-crafted ales and sodas for floats on tap. (Yes, we do beer floats at our Capitol Hill location.) You'll also be able to fill growlers for your fridge at home.
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