2408 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
- Monday - Sunday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Brunch served weekends 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Happy Hours available weekdays 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Seating Capacity: 36
A Little History
The Belltown Café is the original Macrina Bakery and Café. We opened with six employees, a French Bongard oven as our centerpiece, a stack of convection ovens, one mixer and an espresso machine, an antique display case and a lot of ambition. Right off the bat we offered a full line of artisan breads, ranging from full-flavored, naturally leavened sourdoughs to American favorites like our Rustic Potato loaf. The pastry section was limited to a few muffins, coffee cakes and tarts. Our cozy bakery was soon bursting at the seams, and we took over an adjoining retail space in 1994, which became our café. Today, our line of breads, pastries, cakes and savory selections is extensive.
Meet and Greet
General Manager BellTown CafÉ: Greg Basel
About MeHometown: Seattle
First Job: Lifeguard/Swim teacher
Philosophy for Living: Try to always stay curious and remain open to new ideas and experiences. You never know when a great opportunity will present itself.
Alternate Universe Job: Marine Biologist
Pastry You Couldn’t Live Without: Biscuits
Dessert Specialty: Chocolate-covered Strawberries
Favorite Cookbook: "Cooked" by Michael Pollan
Seattle’s Best Kept Secret: Bocce ball courts and adjoining park on the northwest end of Woodland Park
Binge Food: Sunflower Seeds
Dream Vacation: South African Safari
Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Corson Building
Food You Despise: Lutefisk
Guilty Pleasure: Lying on the couch and watching soccer all morning on the weekends.
Last Book You Enjoyed: "David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell
What You Listen to Now: Jazz, Classical, and I still love late 90s early 2000's rock. (Recently recommended 2 albums by Caspar Babypants by a good friend.)
Top Three Movies: Tombstone, The Big Lebowski, The Royal Tenenbaums
When it rains, it pours. Starting a new job in the same month as your first child is due is not for the faint of heart but Greg is used to working hard. "It’s the beginning of a great adventure," he said. "I’m very excited."
Greg comes to Macrina with 20 years of restaurant and management experience in both Texas and Seattle. "The quality, consistency, and scale of Macrina’s operation is most impressive," Greg said. "I’m thrilled to be selling local products I love and working with such a talented group of passionate food lovers."
Originally from Shoreline, WA, Greg Basel spent many of his formative years in Texas, including college at the University of North Texas, but that didn’t prevent him from identifying as a Northwesterner at heart. He visited occasionally but his life and work were down south. He bartended at a variety of high–end establishments, including Anthony’s, which proved to be his gateway back to Seattle. In 2013, he transferred up to work at their Alderwood location where he worked in management. Shortly, after returning to Seattle a childhood friend introduced him to a wonderful woman. Dating ensued. Greg and Katie Basel were married in February of 2016. Their first child, Gavin, was born on January 22nd, 2017.
When not working or changing diapers, Greg plays soccer and cheers on the Sounders and the Mariners.
For the month of June, Belltown’s walls will be adorned with artwork created by Conor Musgrave