BIZNOTE: Owners of Youngstown Coffee, HeartBeet Café, Launchpad announce they’ll close in late September

Autumn Lovewell and Monica Colgan have brought a lot to Morgan Junction, with many community-building events and initiatives, while running their three small independent businesses here. And soon, they’re going to leave a void when they close all three. They announced today that they’re closing their three businesses – Youngstown Coffee, HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Café, and Launchpad – at 6030-6032 California SW on September 30th. Thanks to everyone who forwarded the announcements sent to the Youngstown and HeartBeet email lists – from the former (which you can read in its entirety here):

… While there are a handful of reasons we’re closing permanently, ultimately fate has decided for us with the sale of our 100-year-old building and the closure of our sister businesses HeartBeet Cafe and Launchpad Co-Working space (all closing on Sept 30th).

Monica, myself, our kids, and our amazing staff will exit with our heads held high, proud of the magic we made in our tiny corner of West Seattle called Morgan Junction. With your support we’ve built a beautiful community and have accomplished so much together in these short but long 3+ years. From our Pride marches, to fundraisers, and supporting local marginalized businesses at our markets, we’ve all made an impact together. We’re so proud of you and all of us.

We’re asking you continue to support the incredible small businesses in Morgan Junction. Supporting small is so vital to the health of our people! …

From the letter to customers of HeartBeet, whose Queen Anne location will close too:

… The list of reasons for our closure is long and mostly financial-related, but we are proud of our accomplishment of making it nearly 15 years in Seattle, while all odds are against small businesses. During that time, we’ve sold well over 100,000 dishes of our very popular Buddha Bowl, we served roughly 1.1 million customer meals (wow!), and tens of thousands of hacked coconuts. Together we’ve made it so far with the events affecting HeartBeet: a flood, a major light rail construction project, snowpocalypses, heat domes, multiple burglaries, and even a global pandemic!

The ultimate last straw prompting closure is the loss of our main production facility in West Seattle, due to the pending sale of our 100-year old building. Were we in a better financial position, were financial institutions more supportive of small restaurant businesses, were the delivery service fees through UberEats and DoorDash (which comprise a large volume of our sales), not 30%, and were it not getting so hard to hire staff, things might be different….

In West Seattle, Autumn and Monica took over Youngstown Coffee three years ago; HeartBeet was founded elsewhere in the city but then opened a Junction pop-up before the Morgan location. They converted the north side of the California SW storefronts to an event space that then became Launchpad. Before Autumn and Monica’s businesses, the spaces held others including Harry’s Chicken Joint (closed in 2019) and Jade West Café (closed in 2010). Again, they don’t plan to close until September 30th, but as the HeartBeet letter notes, that may be a challenge if the coffee shop and café staff find new jobs sooner (and the Youngstown message says, “If you have any leads for them, please email us at

15 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Owners of Youngstown Coffee, HeartBeet Café, Launchpad announce they'll close in late September"

  • HS August 13, 2023 (9:56 pm)

    It’s an amazing business accomplishment to have been in business for so long. Really great work (from one small business owner to another). Always totally delicious food and I’m sad to see them go.

  • Jake August 13, 2023 (10:28 pm)

    HeartBeet is one of a kind…a real gem. Wish there were more places to eat like HeartBeet in West Seattle. Very sad to see them go.

  • Rachel August 14, 2023 (6:43 am)

    This is so sad!
    Do we know what will be happening to that building?

    • WSB August 14, 2023 (10:16 am)

      There is nothing on file so far, and the ownership change has yet to be recorded; the public listing is marked “pending.” Records show the building has remained in the ownership of the family of the former Jade West proprietors, though as linked above, that closed more than a decade ago.

  • James August 14, 2023 (7:07 am)

    Monica and Autumn have been a welcome breath of fresh air to our neighborhood. Having worked with Monica at pop-up events years ago, I know how much they put their heart into their foods. I wish them nothing but the best in their next endeavor. I hope their vision of community and healthy food retains some sort of spirit in West Seattle. 

  • Suzanne August 14, 2023 (7:16 am)

    Heartbroken that Heartbeet is closing. My favorite restaurant in West Seattle hands down. The awesome food, drinks and staff will leave a void for sure. 

  • Rebecca August 14, 2023 (7:38 am)

    I’m so sad to see these guys go! What a loss—I will see you guys lots in the coming weeks… Gotta get those amazing bowls one last time :)

  • AdmiralMom August 14, 2023 (8:03 am)

    We have LOVED every meal from HeartBeet!!! Thank you for everything you’ve added to our community!! You will be greatly missed!!!

  • Sillygoose August 14, 2023 (8:04 am)

    This is horrible news!!! Thank you ladies for bringing life to this area of Morgan Junction. Love that old building. I suppose we now loose another historical building to ugly cheap “condos”.  Best of luck to you all!

  • TC August 14, 2023 (8:28 am)

    I’m really going to miss their Buddha bowls. Their food is the freshest takeout you can get anywhere in West Seattle, and their dressings are so good! Maybe they could package and sell those delicious dressings in stores one day…

  • April August 14, 2023 (9:30 am)

    I will miss HeartBeet immensely. They were the best for organic smoothies. I waited years for this healthy alternative and now it is going away. This makes me sad. I wish them much happiness and luck on their new adventures.

  • Laura August 14, 2023 (11:38 am)

    I’m so sad about both businesses. Youngstown was my favorite coffee in WS for both the drinks and inclusive vibe. Thanks for serving us all these years! You will be sorely missed! 

  • PDiddy August 14, 2023 (4:25 pm)

    This is a classic example why using doordash uber eats etc is harmful to your finances and that of the businesses. Both get gouged. If you want to support small business go pick it up yourself or dine in there. I refuse to use the delivery gougers.

  • Vanessa August 14, 2023 (5:14 pm)

    I’m having another Sinead O’Connor moment; I wish I had listened to more of her music.Dear Autumn and Monica, I wish I had visited your places more often. Congratulations for getting thru a pandemic in the middle of it all. Please rest up and get your Phoenix wings up for the next gig! Let us know where you are next. 

  • KinesthesiaAmnesia August 17, 2023 (9:25 am)

    Thanks for all the yummy food and kind customer service, to all of the team at HeartBeet! I always enjoyed grabbing lunch & beverages at the upper QA location when I used to work in that area.

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