Almost three weeks ago, more than 200 people voiced their opinion in the comment section when we reported that the vegetarian restaurant Chaco Canyon Café is considering a West Seattle expansion in the Link project now going up – fast! – along 38th SW in The Triangle. We invited Chris from Chaco Canyon to provide an update on what happens next – click ahead to read the update, which includes a few more questions if you are interested in informally assisting their research:
We finally set up the link for people to go to if they want to join a very occasional email list of progress updates for the project – assuming it gets going, of course – as well as some chances for WS residents to be part of the collaborative creative process of the cafe and voice what they would like to see.
As far as where things are now, we are in the midst of a feasibility study and discussing leasing options with Harbor Properties. We should know by July if we are going forward with the project. Three areas we’re very curious about with regards to business are:
* Whether this location is too far off the beaten path to depend on a steady morning espresso/baked goods/breakfast crowd or not. Our offerings are unique not only in the organic sense, but also we make them ourselves and many are gluten-free.
* Whether a large section of pre-packaged lunch items would be a big attractor for people commuting downtown to work. We don’t currently have a section like this in the UW location, but thought this might be a good way for people to bring healthy, yummy food to work (as well as pick up some morning espresso!)
* How attractive a kids area/kids menu would be to WS folks. We don’t have either of those in our current location, but thought this might be an attractive option for the stay-at-home parents between 10am-4pm, as well as families dining out in the evenings.
… Mainly, I’d just like to thank everyone for their impassioned and extremely positive response to your original posting and see if they would like to join the e-mail list so we can make this into a community effort.