Starbucks closed its Interbay location (1609 W. Dravus St.) in January, with the future of the space unknown to the public for several months. Photo courtesy of the King County Department of Assessments
Starbucks closed its Interbay location (1609 W. Dravus St.) in January, with the future of the space unknown to the public for several months. Photo courtesy of the King County Department of Assessments

A University District cafe and roastery is expanding to Interbay, with plans to open by the end of the year.

Work is now underway to convert the former Starbucks location at 1609 W. Dravus St. — which closed in January — into the second location of the Ugly Mug Cafe.

In an email, owner David Lee confirmed that the space would become a “Coffee/Brunch/Sandwich/Roastery,” with specialty-grade coffee and food menus. It will also serve as the business’s main coffee roasting facility, “so patrons can enjoy the coffee while seeing the coffee roasted right in front of them.”

“With a passion and desire to build a business around quality ‘specialty grade’ coffee and welcoming hospitality in mind, we set out to build a small coffee shop along with a roasting plant,” Lee wrote. “We have been humbly serving University of Washington community, with its professors, students, and local residents, for a good amount of time with huge amount local business presence.”

The existing Ugly Mug location (1309 NE 43rd St.) opened in 2012.

According to property records, the Interbay space was sold in December to Six to One, LLC (incorporated that same month), for $875,000. The building had been listed at $799,950, according to documents advertising the property prepared by Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Northwest.

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