Toast Ballard to replace Aster Coffee Lounge

Aster Coffee Lounge (5615 24th Ave NW) is being turned into Toast Ballard. The owners, Frank Trevino and Ashley Bucenec, bought Aster in April and say it was time for a change. They say they’re excited to open the new place that will have more (and fancier) food options, and eventually boast a cocktail menu (once their liquor license goes through).

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The owners say they’ll also start serving Slate Coffee, and will change up the decor a bit. Aster Coffee opened up in 2008, and was originally owned by Beth Scribner. Little has changed at the cafe over the past 5 years, and Bucenec says it was in dire need of a face-lift.  “More modern, less lounge-y,” Trevino says. They plan to be open by Friday, just in time for their weekly Friday night music set; this week Drew Piston will take the stage.

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