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New Grand Central Bakery Location

08-Apr-2005

Grand Central Bakery has long been a landmark in historic Pioneer Square.  It’s been a great place to grab a sandwich or bowl of hearty soup if you were in the vicinity – even if you were just somewhere downtown since it is located fairly close to a major bus tunnel stop.  But it was always a little difficult to just drop in to pick up a freshly baked loaf of bread, although since many local grocery stores carry the bread it wasn’t as if I had to go without. 

Well, be that as it may, I am very happy to report that Grand Central Bakery has finally opened a second location in Seattle!  They just opened about a week ago and I stopped by this morning while out running errands.  The new location is on Eastlake Avenue just a couple of blocks North of where Eastlake and Fairview Ave intersect. 

The ambiance here is just about completely opposite of the original location but both work.  While Pioneer Square is all about brick and cobblestones and history, this location is all about simplicity and light. 

The interior space is 1 1/2 to 2 stories tall with windows stretching to the ceiling to bring in as much light as possible.  The service area is a simple counter with bread displayed in buckets at one end, followed by a glass case of pre-made sandwiches and pastries.  Outside is a large patio area with aluminum-colored tables and chairs brightened with orange umbrellas.  The whole effect is very cheery!  

Although my intention today was only to see if the place had actually opened (it was scheduled for March 31) and pick up a loaf of bread, if possible, there was a personal-size Irish Soda Bread in the case that called my name and I couldn’t refuse!  I purchased a loaf of Campagnolo for the weekend, the Soda Bread and a cup of tea for the moment. 

The sun was shining brightly so I took my purchases out to the patio, found a place in the sun and just enjoyed the entire experience!  The Irish Soda Bread was heavenly – fragrant with caraway and orange zest, filled with tender currants, and light yet substantial at the same time.  What a perfect mid-morning treat! 

As a bonus they have free Wi-Fi access!  I didn’t try it out today, but I’m thinking that’s a really good excuse to head back there next week.  I mean as a service for all of you!  I’ll check out the Wi-Fi and maybe one of those beautiful sandwiches in the case….

Grand Central Eastlake Avenue
1616 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: 206.957.9505
Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm  

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