Cafe Juanita to remodel, Holly Smith to open pop up restaurant in Seattle

Kirkland's famous Cafe Juanita will soon be undergoing a remodel during which owner Holly Smith will open a pop up restaurant in Seattle. The pop up will be located in the original location of Lark, near Seattle University on 12th Avenue. The Cafe Juanita remodel will take about three months. Smith plans to reopen in time for the award-winning chef's 15th anniversary at the restaurant in April.

Seattleites who’ve been meaning to eat at Cafe Juanita but haven’t made the drive to the Eastside are in luck: While her beloved Kirkland restaurant is remodeled, James Beard Award winning chef/owner Holly Smith is bringing Juanita to Capitol Hill during a two-month-long dinner popup at the just-vacated original Lark space on 12th Ave.

Smith tells Eater, “I couldn’t let my staff go without work for three months and I knew that the original Lark space was going to be free and clear...John, JM and Kelly [Lark’s owners] have been very sweet and easy going about us working out of the space.” The first official night of Cafe Juanita at Lark on 12th is Wednesday, February 4...

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Thanks to @Juanitawoman for the heads up.