Seattle’s Queen Anne Uptown Espresso closing after almost 40 years

After almost 40 years, the landmark cafe Uptown Espresso in Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood is closing its doors for good on August 31.

The original café of six Seattle locations, Uptown Espresso opened in 1984 at the hands of Jack Kelly and was later turned over to Dow Lucurell. The store, with its funky, colorful vibe, was an instant hit among locals and its success pushed Lucurell to open five more locations throughout Seattle, including two in West Seattle and one on Pier 70, Belltown and Magnolia.

When Lucurell passed away in 2018, the chain was sold to Fonté Coffee Roasters,

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