The space is being turned over to chef and restaurateur Maximillian Petty, who will use it to create his second restaurant in Queen Anne.
The space is being turned over to chef and restaurateur Maximillian Petty, who will use it to create his second restaurant in Queen Anne.

Cupcake Royale founder and owner Jody Hall said closing her Queen Anne location was a tough decision, but it came down to logistics and keeping her company strong.

“We felt like when we opened that it really took a chunk out of our other two stores about a mile apart on either side,” Hall said, referring to her shops in Ballard and at First and Pine downtown.

Hall still plans to expand Cupcake Royale to other locations in the future. She opened her first in Madrona in 2003, and also has stores in Capitol Hill and West Seattle.

Hall used to live in Queen Anne, she said, and had considered it for her first Cupcake Royale, but it ended up taking 10 years to open in the neighborhood, at 1935 Queen Anne Ave. N.

“I think Queen Anne was probably a little too big of a location,” Hall said, “which means the rent was really expensive and costs are just going way up up.”

Hall said closing the Queen Anne location allows for looking at other locations at the right size, and not cannibalizing business from other Cupcake Royale shops.

“All of our employees have homes in other stores, and we’re glad about that,” Hall said about moving staff off the hill.

The space shouldn’t be shuttered long, as Hall found someone else to take over the lease.

Maximillian Petty, Eden Hill owner and chef in Queen Anne, is whipping up a new concept in Cupcake Royale’s place. Petty has been a James Beard Award semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year every year since 2016.

“We love him, and I’m so excited,” Hall said.

The space has a walk-in freezer, full hood, roll up its windows for outside seating, and is located near where the Queen Anne Farmers Market will start back up on May 30.

 “He’s going to do a great job and add beautiful vitality to that corner,” Hall said.