1943 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
- Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Brunch served weekends 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Seating Capacity: 47
A Little History
In September 2008 we moved our bread kitchen, wedding cake production, wholesale production and main office from Belltown to SODO. While the neighborhood didn’t have much foot traffic, we decided to attach our third café, quite unsure how it would do. But people found us and to our surprise it became our busiest cafe. In 2016 we moved our production facility to a much larger space in Kent, but there was no way we could ever abandon our beloved SODO cafe and the customers that have made it a part of their days.The SODO location received Silver level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification shortly after we moved in. This rating is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council for businesses that follow certain sustainable practices when building or remodeling a location. Some of the requirements we have incorporated in the building include using natural light sources and vents, energy efficient lighting, certified or farmed wood, low-VOC paints and stains, motion sensor faucets, low-flush toilets, repurposed kitchen equipment, efficient space design, compostable packaging, purchasing green power from Seattle City Light and composting of kitchen waste.
Meet and Greet
General Manager SODO CafÉ: Ariel Goldis
About MeHometown: Tenafly, New Jersey
First Job: Hostess at a fancy seafood restaurant
Alternate Universe Job: Housewife
Pastry You Couldn’t Live Without: Chocolate Cornetto
Dessert Specialty: Homemade marshmallows
Favorite Cookbook: ”A Boat, A Whale and A Walrus”
Weekend Getaway: The Magnuson Dog Park!
Binge Food: Poke (from 45th Stop & Shop)
Dream Vacation: Italy (my honeymoon plan!)
Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Sitka and Spruce/ Il Corvo/ Bateau
Food You Despise: Fast food
Guilty Pleasure: Sleeping for 11 hours on my days off
Last Book You Enjoyed: ”Here I Am”- Jonathan Safran Foer
Top Two Movies: The Birdcage, Young Frankenstein
Ariel started working at Macrina’s Belltown café in 2012 in the midst of a remodel. She spent much of her first week working side by side with Leslie Mackie—cleaning and scrubbing—before moving onto more glamorous things.
”Macrina has grown, but Leslie is still present in everything we do,” Ariel said. ”The breads, the pastries, and the values are the same. In some ways, I’d say Macrina has just continued to grow into itself.”
After Belltown, Ariel moved to the McGraw café where she worked as assistant manager. She was promoted to General Manager at Sodo in 2016. ”I love the regulars here. We know their order before they say anything.”
Ariel moved to Seattle from Los Angeles and hasn’t looked back. ”I love Seattle weather, I really like the people, the restaurants, the culture, the art, and the way it can feel like a small town, but you can also escape into the different neighborhoods and discover something new.” Ariel is proudly domestic and lives with her fiancé, a cat, and a dog.
For the month of March, Sodo’s walls will be adorned with artwork created by Jim Olson (website temporarily unavailable).