Dulces Latin Bistro is ready to give business another try, it seems. After a two-year odyssey that began with a 2011 exit from the restaurant’s original Madrona home, Carlos Kainz and Julie Guerrero are making plans to revive their bistro inside the Lawrence Lofts project at 19th and Madison.
The husband and wife team haven’t yet confirmed the project but permit filings indicate the project underway in the new retail space on the backside of the Hill is a Kainz-Guerrero production. “We are moving to the Madison Valley and will reopen in mid-September,” the Dulces site promises.
Geographic labels aside, the project marks the couple’s third
t of interest in becoming part of the
Hill area’s food and drink scene
after leaving Madrona. CHS reported at one point that Dulces was later lined up for Broadway’s Joule building. Next came word that the new Dulces was destined for the Oola Distillery project where Zoe roosts now. Ultimately, after 19 years in business in Madrona, Dulces landed downtown on Western Ave. By summer of 2012, Dulces was shuttered again.
With the Dulces project lined up to connect the street to E Madison, 19th Ave will have a somewhat disconnected but bolstered food and drink scene. This fall, Tallulah’s from Linda Derschang and a Molly Moon’s ice cream and cookie shop Hello Robin will open in the soon-to-be-completed 19th and Mercer building just south of the Kingfish Cafe, Fuel Coffee and Monsoon.
What shape the new project will take is left to be seen. Contractor Atelier Drome is at work in the space below the Lawrence’s “131 High-end/Loft Apartments.” Rent runs $25 per square foot per year for the two 2,600 and 3,500-square-foot spaces that were available. Lawrence Lofts is also home to the Breathe Hot Yoga studio.
Meanwhile, another new restaurant project in new construction on the edges of Capitol Hill is ready to open its doors at 15th and Pine. Le Zinc, from the folks behind Maximillien, is preparing for its soon-to-be-announced debut.
You can learn more at dulcesbistroandwine.com.