Cafe will fill the hole left by Black Eye Coffee in Cap Hill

Anecdote Cafe has plans to reopen for the fall after their landlord sold the old location last spring. Photo by Brendan Pedersen

A new business is moving into the coffee shop under the Moto apartment complex at 820 Sherman Street in Capitol Hill after the storefront sat unused for nine months.

The shop, 1,800 square feet with a stark, upscale interior of black, white, mahogany and gold, was previously Black Eye Coffee. It was an offshoot of the original Black Eye Coffee in LoHi that was shuttered in October because of rent and staffing issues.

In its place, Anecdote — a café serving coffee, cocktails, and offering workshops and other events to the local arts community — leased the space and hopes to open by the fall.

Anecdote owner Emily Hurd originally opened the café in October in the Golden Triangle a few blocks away at 955 Bannock Street. She was forced to close the business six months later after the building was sold to Alpine Investments to be demolished and rebuilt.

Hurd said she spent seven months getting Anecdote’s space ready for business — longer than the spot was open.

“It was very difficult,” Hurd said, formerly a pastry chef for a Vermont culinary resort. “I hope this is uncommon.”

Like its original iteration, the new Anecdote plans to offer coffee, pastries made in-house and cocktails. On top of its arts events and workshops, Hurd also said the cafe eventually will hire a video producer to manage a studio space they’ll make available.

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