New neighborhood café in Woodinville slated for spring opening

  • Written by Deborah Stone
Come spring, the space vacated by Tully’s in Woodinville will be a new restaurant, featuring casual dining, local beer, wine and spirits.

Seattle-based restaurateurs Heavy Restaurant Group recently announced they are adding a new place to their roster of locations throughout the region, which currently include Purple Café and Wine Bar (Woodinville, Kirkland, Bellevue and Seattle), Barrio Mexican Kitchen and Bar (Seattle), Lot No. 3 (Bellevue) and Cast Iron Studios (Bellevue).

The new establishment will be located in the same shopping area where Heavy Restaurant Group opened the first Purple Café and Wine Bar back in 2001.

“Woodinville is where it all started and now 11 years later, we’re coming full circle,” says Larry Kurofsky, owner of Heavy Restaurant Group. “We are thrilled to bring our newest concept back to the community that we know so well. Woodinville has been great to us and this is the perfect location for us to introduce something new and special, a true neighborhood hangout.”

In explaining the motivation for opening a new place just a stone’s throw away from an existing Heavy Restaurant establishment, Kurofsky explains that opportunity drove the decision. He adds, “Tully’s departure left an opening in regards to the local hangout scene, especially in the morning. And we’ve always liked the location – right on the corner, with great visibility. It all happened pretty quickly, but it felt right, and we’re very excited.” Kurofsky notes that the new cafe, which has yet to be named, will feature a self-service-style counter that will offer everything from espresso and breakfast sandwiches to lunch salads, soups and sandwiches and dinner fare focusing on comfort food.

Those on the run can grab a meal to go or relax inside with a glass of wine, beer or cocktail. And yes, there will be a bar, assures Kurofsky.

“More and more local distilleries are popping up in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, being in Woodinville, we want to highlight local beer and wine, but our fabulous local spirits are worthy of showcasing as well, and that’s not something you find often in the area.”

As for the ambiance of the place, Kurofsky describes it as warm, approachable and inviting.

The 2,800 square-foot space will be filled with a range of seating areas to accommodate diners of all types.

Configurations will include two and four tops, communal tables, bar and counter seating and cozy corners to read a book or catch up with friends.

During warm summer months, diners will also be able to take advantage of the café’s patio and deck seating.

“There’s lots of work to be done before we open in spring,” says Kurofsky. “We’re taking the space to its core and embracing it. It’s got great bones and really nice wood, which will give it a cozy feeling.”

Kurofsky also plans to do offsite catering from the new café, as he feels there are plenty of opportunities in the area, due to the many events that occur at all the nearby wineries and tasting rooms.

As with all of his establishments, Kurofsky emphasizes that quality of food, customer service and dining experience are important.

He notes that customers at his various restaurants often comment on the welcoming atmosphere.

“That’s important to me,” he adds. “We strive to make our customers feel comfortable and show that we care about them. I am fortunate to have great people working for me – people who are passionate about what they do and who take pride in their work. The restaurants are successful because of the staff.”

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