HRC Seattle!

This is a new section that I’m going to promote to all you HR Cafe hoppers out there – write something about your local cafe, send it to me and I’ll post it right here under a new category – My HR Cafe!  So to get things started, I’ll be the first to write an entry:

My local cafe is Seattle!  It finally opened it’s doors on February 10, 2010 and I am so thrilled to have a cafe to call my own again.

Seattle Opens!

Mustang Guitar - bow to Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix!

HRC Seattle is ideally located a block up from the Pike Place Market – famous for the fish market (you know, the one where the staff throw your order across the floor to each other before packing it) and the original Starbucks location!  The 15-foot marquee Fender Mustang guitar is a sort of tribute to Kurt Cobain, although some may argue that Hendrix also played a Mustang early in his career… but let’s face it, why can’t it be a tribute to both?!  The Cafe is a different design from other HR locations in that it is a LEED certified building; meaning between construction with recycled materials, energy efficient air conditioners, heaters, appliances and lighting, the cafe hopes to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 metric tons per year!!  To top it off, the design is also beautiful and has an earthy feel to it (brick and timber), which fits right into the “granola” attitude around here.

First floor

Brick and Timber Earthy Look

The cafe is 14,000 square feet and sits 423 people (seated)!  The 1rst floor is your typical restaurant area with lots of booths and an open style kitchen and a bar at the entrance.  The Rock Shop is also located on the 1rst floor and is your typical size and arrangement.  The 2nd floor has a large bar with additional restaurant seating as well as a stage for bands to rock out.  And the 3rd floor is a rooftop terrace with fire pits and sights of the Public Market, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains – it will be a cool hangout in the summer, even if it rains!
3rd Floor

Rockin' It Upstairs By The Fire!

There is a lot of city-specific memorabilia, which isn’t a surprise considering how many great artists have rocked Seattle: Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Heart, Alice in Chains…to name a few.  The music items are nicely displayed on the first 2 floors and many of the pieces are numbered so you can call a number and get details on the memorabilia.  There is the interactive Microsoft Surface table tops – same as those at the Las Vegas Strip location – where you can get more information on the cafe, upcoming events, memorabilia and so forth.  There’s also a 53″ touch screen wall.   A lot of fun to play with while waiting on a drink or food.  Speaking of which, the Cafe is wired for service – each server has a watch that is connected to a machine on the table and when you’re ready to order, get your check or have a question, hit the button and the server comes running!   Of course, the friendly staff are still coming around on a regular basis without it but if it gets really busy, this new gadget helps get their attention a little bit faster.
The only weird thing I found about the location are the bathrooms.  Or perhaps, lack thereof.  I don’t know if they ran out of space or just forgot initially but there isn’t a lot of them.  On the 1rst floor, there’s a single stall!  It seems kinda odd to make everyone go to the 2nd floor (which has 4 stalls) considering that on many nights during the week, the 2nd floor will have a live band and be unbelievably busy.  Or maybe that’s just me… I can’t say I’ve taken notice of restrooms at other cafes.  LOL.
As for merchandise, the Rock Shop was always busy when I was there and there’s a good assortment of t-shirts, hoodies, glassware, zippos, bears and pins.  Seattle has a red circle shot glass (sadly, no city shot yet!) and for all you PinHeads… 27 (twenty-seven!!) pins have been released in just over a month!   Good luck keeping up! 

I’ve been down to the cafe just a couple of times now but look forward to making the trek again.  I can’t say I’ll dine on the local legendary Java Lava burger any time soon – it’s a beef burger with an Espresso rub with basic trimmings and then topped off with a Jalapeno “Java Lava” sauce – ‘cuz I’m not sure I can handle the wild taste!  However, I know I’ll be back to try out the other dessert shots since it’s a perfectly delicious reason to get another shot glass!

Dessert shot

Shot of pie anyone?




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