746 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
- Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Memorial Day: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Seating Capacity: 70
Outdoor Seating: Limited
A Little History
The Aloha Café opened September 6, 2018. It’s the fifth Macrina Bakery and Café. The space, on the corner of 19th and Aloha, was once occupied by the Surrogate Hostess, a community bakery. An extensive remodel uncovered rough-hewn dark wood planks on the walls, which became the backdrop for the white-tiled open kitchen. An expansive natural light-filled seating area has several communal tables designed for gathering with close friends or getting to know your neighbor. Long marble counters display Macrina's favorite breads, pastries, cakes, pies and many savory items.
Meet and Greet
General Manager Aloha CafÉ: Diana Yelton
About MeHometown: Sudbury, MA
First Job: Catering waiter
Alternate Universe Job: Running a dog rescue
Pastry You Couldn’t Live Without: Morning Roll
Dessert Specialty: Crème brûlée
Weekend Getaway: Camping at Baker Lake
Binge Food: Dumplings
Dream Vacation: The Seychelles
Favorite Seattle Restaurant: How to Cook a Wolf
Food You Despise: Bananas
Guilty Pleasure: Binge watching shows on Netflix
Last Book You Enjoyed: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
What You Listen to Now: The Moth Radio Hour
Ultimately, it was Macrina’s Greek Olive Loaf that led Diana to our café. A recent transplant to Seattle in 2016, Diana was looking for a job when her boyfriend showed up with a loaf of his new favorite bread—the Greek Olive Loaf. He casually mentioned that he’d noticed a sign saying Macrina was hiring.
Diana and her boyfriend had moved to Seattle from New York City where Diana had worked in independent film production. Out of college she had considered a career as a teacher, but student teaching had talked her out of that. Her job requirements were only that she didn’t want to be cooped up in an office. “I’m an extrovert,” Diana says. “Being around people gives me energy. I loved Macrina’s bread and it seemed like a fun place to work so I interviewed.”
Customers and coworkers alike were quickly impressed with her hard work, kindness and spirited personality. When the Aloha café opened in September 2018, Diana was an instrumental part the opening crew. Everyone who has ever opened a new retail business knows just how challenging it is. There’s hardly been a quiet moment since we opened the doors, so strong customer service skills and a good work ethic have been bench tested. “We have so many regulars already,” Diana says. “You know their favorite pastry before you know their name. Seeing familiar faces in line is definitely a great part of the job.”
When the General Manager position opened up in June 2019 it was clear Diana had earned the nod. “I was honored to be offered the job,” Diana says. “I worked my way up and feel like they saw something in me. Scott and Leslie are at the Aloha café frequently and both are very open and supportive. When I’m hiring it helps to be able to say very honestly that the company culture is really good, and there are many opportunities for growth.”