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.
- Labor Day hours, Monday, September 3, 7 a.m. - 3 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: Issy Lucchesi
About MeHometown: Seattle, Washington
First Job: Barista at Ristorante Picolinos
Alternate Universe Job: Animal Rescue Ranch or Archaeozoology
Pastry You Couldn’t Live Without: Lemon Bar or Morning Roll
Dessert Specialty: PB & J Thumbprints
Weekend Getaway: Arcata, CA
Binge Food: Sushi
Dream Vacation: Cabin on the lake
Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Japonessa
Seattle's Best Kept Secret: Pepperdock’s
Food You Despise: Mushrooms and olives
Guilty Pleasure: TLC reality shows
Last Book You Enjoyed: Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn
Music you listen to now: Hardcore and 50s Soul
Philosophy for Living: Just keep swimming!
Isabella (Issy) Lucchesi’s first job was as a barista in the café at Ristorante Picolinos in Ballard. Most people’s first jobs last a summer. Issy liked hers so much she stayed eight years. ”I fell in love with the café culture,” she says. ”I love meeting people and getting to know them and the Picolinos café had a very communal feeling.”
During her time there she watched couples get married and start families. She watched their kids grow up. As much as she loved her job, she decided she needed a job that offered more of a career opportunity. Enter Macrina.
Issy helped open our new café in Kent in 2016. A year later, she transfered to Sodo. She made no secret of her interest in taking on more responsibilities. She handled new challenges with confidence and her skill and experience at building customer relationships impressed everyone. By the time the position of general manager at the Sodo café opened up in the summer of 2018, Issy had proved herself more than capable of taking over for Ariel Singh, who left to open our new Aloha café on Capitol Hill.
When not at work, Issy can often be found reading books or writing stories in the company of her two cats.
For the month of September, Sodo’s walls will be adorned with artwork created by Alexis Hillliard