FOLLOWUP: Flying Apron to take over Great Harvest space in West Seattle Junction

The 4709 California SW storefront that Great Harvest Bread Co. is vacating (as reported here Tuesday) won’t be vacant for long. This morning, we spoke with one of the West Seattleites who own Flying Apron and plan to open their third bakery/café in that space.

Angela Cough and husband Jeff Silva already have two West Seattle businesses – Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW) and Shack Coffeehouse (2920 SW Avalon Way) – but their first business, Flying Apron, is in Fremont and Redmond. Now, they’re expanding it close to home, and Angela tells WSB they’re “very excited.” If you’re not familiar with Flying Apron, it’s a gluten-free, vegan bakery and café – sweet and savory items. Angela says they had long been looking for a West Seattle location and discovered the Great Harvest proprietors were looking for someone to take over the space. The Flying Apron café will be “casual dining,” counter-ordering with seating or takeout. They’ll offer soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, lasagna, etc. – all “100 percent gluten-free and vegan” – and when Flying Apron is up to full speed in West Seattle, they hope to have an “even more robust” variety of bread offerings. Custom cakes, too, even wedding cakes. “Our goal is food access … giving (people who have food sensitivities) the opportunity to enjoy things they loved” even before they changed their diet. Full-service coffee, too, “similar to what you’d find at Hotwire and The Shack.”

Once they open – no later than January, Angela says, though they hope to at least have part of the operation going during the holiday season (it will likely take them a little extra time to convert the space because it needs to be thoroughly cleaned for the transition away from wheat and other ingredients Flying Apron doesn’t use) – their hours will likely be similar to their current Flying Apron cafés, in the 8 am-7 pm vicinity. And they’re glad to be able to keep the Junction space in local hands: “I was born and raised here – really, never left – so for me (especially) it’s a big deal. We’re very well-rooted in this community – our kids go to Genesee Hill Elementary,” and they support local nonprofits.

They promise a community “launch party” when the West Seattle Flying Apron is ready to go. “We’re going to do our best to open as fast as possible.”

32 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Flying Apron to take over Great Harvest space in West Seattle Junction"

  • MrsT September 19, 2018 (1:49 pm)

    Oh dang. My life is about to get a hell of a lot better!

  • RayWest September 19, 2018 (2:45 pm)

    I wish them great success, and I’ll check them out, but I’m not a vegan/gluten-free diner, so they’re probably not going to be my particular cup of tea. So glad to see this space being taken over so quickly.

    • Dawsonct October 3, 2018 (12:27 pm)

      Just saying, neither are clubs that require any sort of unconditional commitment.
      If well-prepared they can be quite delicious and satisfying. Don’t limit yourself, you may actually like it.

  • RSN September 19, 2018 (2:46 pm)

    As my wife said after reading this, “This is the best possible outcome for that space!” We are both excited to have a local business (and a bakery, no less) take over that space.

  • Karen September 19, 2018 (2:48 pm)

    Yes! Gluten free! Finally, a place I can order Gluten free without getting funny looks. Can’t wait!

  • HTB September 19, 2018 (3:34 pm)

    Yay! Yay! 

  • sam-c September 19, 2018 (4:29 pm)

    that’s great news!

  • Soooo excited! September 19, 2018 (8:20 pm)

    This is the best news! The. Best. (Only way it could be better is if it were going in to the Uptown Flats open spot, but I’ll take it at the Junction!)I’m not vegan or gluten-free either, Ray West, but hooray for a fast, healthy food option. Yay for their pastries but I’m super stoked to have their savory food in our neighborhood…and ginger wheels and carrot muffins.This is f—ing awesome.

  • m September 19, 2018 (9:05 pm)


  • christine & matt September 19, 2018 (9:25 pm)

    Congrats Angela & Jeff!   Stoked to have Flying Apron even closer now!! 

  • LoafingAround! September 19, 2018 (10:11 pm)

    Beyond thrilled to get this fantastic news!!! 

  • Jeannie September 20, 2018 (12:01 am)

    Calm down, people! By the way, I might be in the minority, but I’ve been less than impressed with Flying Apron’s goods. And is anyone in Seattle NOT gluten-intolerant?

    • Heidelberg September 20, 2018 (12:22 am)

      Thank you Jeanie for your efforts to quash the joy, and restore apathy. Why should others get to be happy?

      • My two cents ... September 20, 2018 (3:00 pm)

        Didn’t take the comment as squashing anything – it wasn’t nasty, a disclaimer was made, an opinion was expressed. What is wrong with that? Or are only sunshine and kitten comments allowed now?

        • Sunshine Police September 20, 2018 (4:18 pm)

          The term used was “quash” and that’s precisely what the first sentence in Jeannie’s comment was intended to do.  

          • My two cents ... September 20, 2018 (9:41 pm)

            ” … calm down …. ” does not equate to quash (see below). Given the number of exclamation points in previous posts, a reader would assume a certain amount of excitement – the commentator used a phrase to state that they wanted to take it down a notch while they explained their where is the kitten kop when you need one?quashkwäSH/verbreject or void, especially by legal procedure.”his conviction was quashed on appeal”synonyms:cancel, reverse, rescind, repeal, revoke, retract, countermand, withdraw, overturn, overrule, veto, annul, nullify, invalidate, negate, void; Moreput an end to; suppress.”a hospital executive quashed rumors that nursing staff will lose jobs”synonyms:put an end to, put a stop to, stamp out, crush, put down, check, curb, nip in the bud, squash, quell, subdue, suppress, extinguish, stifle; More

    • Nolan September 20, 2018 (12:23 am)

      I don’t have an opinion on Flying Apron itself, though I’ll try it out so I can have an informed opinion. I absolutely get the suspicion around people who are excited about a gluten-free restaurant — gluten is a favored enemy of the anti-science crowd — but the (tiny) minority of people who actually have celiac disease benefit from it, and it’s pretty harmless to everyone else.I guess what I’m getting at is, why not let people be excited about the new site?

    • RayWest September 20, 2018 (6:48 am)

      Jeannie, I partially second what you say. The gluten-free craze has gotten out-of-hand. There’s nothing wrong with eating gluten unless you are gluten intolerant. While I have not patronized any of the new owners’ establishments, the vegan/gluten-free places I’ve tried have been less than satisfying for my tastes. Some dishes were either fine or just okay and others almost inedible (my potato soup was like gluey liquid flour). Of course, that’s just me, and I can eat wherever I want, while others cannot.  I’m thrilled there are dining options for people who have special dietary needs.  

    • Ray September 20, 2018 (9:59 am)

      1% of people have celiac disease, that’s hyuuge!

  • WS Guy September 20, 2018 (8:40 am)

    I was hoping for a discount shoe store, or a place to buy windows and doors.It will be tough to replace the Great Harvest BLT in my life, but this is as good as we could hope for. 

  • RunninReb4Life September 20, 2018 (9:11 am)

    This will make my wife very happy!!

  • Ces September 20, 2018 (1:00 pm)

    I, too, will miss Great Harvest. I find gluten-free a poor replacement. Give me a sugary, buttery, almond bear claw anytime!but, good luck flying apron.

    • WSB September 20, 2018 (1:29 pm)

      Don’t know if Flying Apron makes bear claws but good news is, sugar, butter, almonds are all naturally gluten-free! Butter’s not vegan, though, so they’d have to go with a substitute for that …

  • AleAlki September 20, 2018 (1:43 pm)

    This is great news, they have such great treats! Flying Apron made my wedding cake several years ago and it was a great experience from our tasting to the finished product! I’ll be very happy to have a location on our side of town now. 

  • hw September 20, 2018 (3:16 pm)

    Yes, this is great news! I am glad to see a business I love take this spot, and not another credit union or realtor. 

  • m September 20, 2018 (9:45 pm)

    Flying Apron was my go-to when my son was very young and had many food allergies. Children’s birthday parties would have been so difficult for him if he would always have had to miss out on the inevitable birthday treat. Instead, I would substitute a Flying Apron cupcake so he wouldn’t feel left out. 

    • Elizagrace September 24, 2018 (2:14 pm)

      So 4 years ago she was worried that the economy couldn’t support raising wages for small businesses- she was wrong. Would you like her to issue a statment about being wrong or that she is not an economist? Are you not going to support her business because at one time she backed a failed measure? Curious what your point was here.

      • KM September 24, 2018 (10:34 pm)

        I support many efforts of Working Washington, but that article is really poorly written and incredibly rude. I wish outlets and writers would treat people the disagree with with a bit of respect and drop the name calling. Reading condescending posts from such an organization makes me question the intent of their work.

  • Jort September 24, 2018 (10:40 am)

    I’m curious. Last week, when Great Harvest announced their closure, several people rushed to blame “regulations” and “taxes” from our “City Clowncil” for forcing another business to shut down.     Looks like those regulations and taxes managed to help another business take its place, right?    Or maybe, just maybe, the City Council and Mayor aren’t responsible for every single thing that happens in the city? Maybe?

    • Dawsonct October 3, 2018 (12:34 pm)

      Yup. They’re a specific crowd, more or less, they are swift to condemn and absent when their fears prove unfounded.
      Probably congenitally incapable of processing positive information.

  • AH October 4, 2018 (2:26 am)

    I’m thankful a company like Flying Apron is taking over for Great Harvest. Although I find the quality of Great Harvest bread and the pastries to be outstanding, and I can’t say the same for Flying Apron from my experience. Hopefully their quality and taste have improved since I lived in Fremont some 6yrs ago. I’m definitely hopeful and plan on giving all their menu items a try!! This place should be a great compliment, hopefully worked into my rotation, to the fabulous Chaco Canyon just down the road (which is organic, vegan & offers many gluten free items).

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