BIZNOTE: Happy Lemon adding Alki Beach tea shop

Thanks to Alison for the tip! Last year, the boba-and-more tea chain Happy Lemon opened a shop at Westwood Village (in the spot long held by Vatsana’s Thai Restaurant). 15 months later, they are opening another West Seattle shop, according to signage that just went up in the windows at 2718 Alki Avenue SW. That space has been vacant for six years, since Alki Cleaners ended its 19-year run. It’s had at least two preliminary plans since then – in 2021, a potential market, and last year, early-stage documents in city files suggested a pet store. Neither of those advanced, and now the Happy Lemon signage has turned up (no permit applications yet, though, but the new location is listed in the city business-license database). We have an inquiry out to Happy Lemon requesting details. The Happy Lemon website shows 20 Puget Sound-area locations already, from Lynnwood to Olympia.

10 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Happy Lemon adding Alki Beach tea shop"

  • ACG June 13, 2024 (4:21 pm)

    Did Alki Cleaners do their dry cleaning on site in that location?  If so, is any chemical remediation needed before a food establishment goes in there?  BTW, love the Happy Lemon in Westwood village. 

    • Dan D June 13, 2024 (6:14 pm)

      No remediation required if underlying soil isn’t being disturbed. That’s how Blue Moon is a renovated gas station, all changes were made above ground. 

      • ACG June 13, 2024 (10:41 pm)

        Thanks for the info!  

    • Steve June 13, 2024 (6:43 pm)

      Yep. Very true. The more you know 

  • CarDriver June 13, 2024 (5:37 pm)

    WSB. Speaking of cleaners and remediation what’s up with the long vacant and for sale cleaners at California and Admiral?

    • WSB June 13, 2024 (10:26 pm)

      Sign says it’s still for sale.

      • G June 14, 2024 (8:24 am)

        I dream that this would make an excellent location for a cafe. So much natural north facing light and opportunity for plants. 

    • WestSide June 14, 2024 (8:15 am)

      My partner and I wanted to turn this into an ice cream shop! Sadly capital is a huge barrier haha 

  • E June 13, 2024 (5:53 pm)

    Blue Moon burgers was a gas station.  

  • Lisa Jefferson June 14, 2024 (1:20 pm)

    Welcome to the neighborhood!! I own a salon on the beach!!! Ummmm can someone open a convenience store sandwich shop! 😁

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