BIZNOTES: Four West Seattle food/drink updates

Four updates from West Seattle purveyors of beverages and/or food:

ANIMATED CAFE MOVING: Tomorrow is the coffee trailer’s last day in the Tony’s Market lot at 35th/Barton. Proprietor Melanie – aka “Ana” – has been there since launching her business last winter. After a week in transition, she hopes to reopen Animated Coffee in its new location – at 4518 Fauntleroy Way SW, same lot to which El Chapulin Oaxaqueño recently moved – by November 5th. One change: “We will be walk-up only to start but hopefully we can support drive-thru in the future.” If you haven’t been to Animated Café lately, she’s been doing themed weekends in which people dressed for the theme get $2 off their order, Her schedule for November:

5th-6th: Second Halloween (wear it one more time!)
12th-13th: Royal Weekend (everyone is royalty this weekend)
19th-20th: Apocalypse Weekend (Mad Max style)
26th-27th: Thanksgiving Weekend (Get Creative)

LA RUSTICA TEMPORARILY CLOSING: The Italian restaurant at 4100 Beach Drive will be closed for much of November. From proprietor Kat:

La Rustica will be closed the first three weeks of November, so if you want to get your fix in before we close, head down today thru Sunday. Because we are doing some work on our kitchen floors, we don’t have a set reopen date but are taking reservations starting the Friday after Thanksgiving. If we reopen before that, we will be sure to let you know. Thank you all for your support, patience and love.

BEDHEAD COFFEE: After a reader inquiry about the status of the coffee shack at 16th/Holden, we contacted founder Michelle. She tells WSB it closed at the end of September, three months after her former partner bought out her share of the business. Whether it might reopen, she didn’t know.

PORTAGE BAY CAFE, WEST SEATTLE: We’ve been reporting on this breakfast/brunch mini-chain‘s plan to expand into West Seattle, taking over the former Agave Cocina space at 4725 42nd SW. Proprietor John told us he hopes to open in January, and that’s now underscored by a sign on the door:

(Thanks to Arlene for the tip.)

12 Replies to "BIZNOTES: Four West Seattle food/drink updates"

  • David October 27, 2022 (5:30 pm)

    Any news on Camp West or the Italian place moving into Ma Ono?

    • WSB October 27, 2022 (6:53 pm)

      I have not checked on them lately.

    • Camp West October 29, 2022 (5:29 pm)

      Camp West is hoping to have soft openings by November 15th if not earlier. Fingers crossed.

  • Elizabeth October 27, 2022 (5:56 pm)

    I love Animated Cafe! 

  • Brooke October 27, 2022 (6:40 pm)

    Thanks for this update Tracy! 

  • Rb October 27, 2022 (9:42 pm)

    Would anybody else replace animated café at Tony’s? Or are they making room for the Christmas tree lot?

  • Dave October 27, 2022 (11:06 pm)

    To David, I’ve heard Camp West hopes to open on the 28th to 30th timeframe, they’re apparently trying to be open for Halloween.

  • Margaret October 28, 2022 (8:02 am)

    Anybody heard anything lately about Just Poke? They’ve been “coming soon” for many many months!

  • helpermonkey October 28, 2022 (9:18 am)

    I will miss having Animated Cafe right in my neighborhood, but honestly her coffee and general vibe is good enough to make the extra drive! I hope this new spot is a good move for her. 

  • Danny October 28, 2022 (9:27 am)

    Whatever happened to Nacho Mama in south delridge? Last I heard it was going to open as early as 8-1, but when I Google it, I only get the food truck. 

  • SWEET October 28, 2022 (10:10 pm)

    Kick ass Melanie!!!

  • WS Res November 9, 2022 (11:32 am)

    Any update on Animated Cafe’s relocation? I haven’t seen her set up at the new spot yet.

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