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B&O Espresso closes its doors for good

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on February 25th, 2014

photo 1 (4)My Ballard reader Michelle emailed in to let us know the sad news that B&O Espresso (5404 Leary Ave NW) has closed its doors for good.

Owners Majed and Jane Lukatah are reportedly retiring after 38 years of running the business, the first 36 years at their Capitol Hill location and the last two years here in our neighborhood.

“I left a voice mail (in the hopes it was untrue and to order one of their amazing cakes), and the owner called back to confirm that the café had close and that she and her husband were retiring,” writes Michelle.

B&O Espresso moved to Ballard in January 2013 after their Capitol Hill location was set to be knocked down for a new development. It quickly became a neighborhood favorite here in Ballard and surely will be sadly missed. Check out the sign posted on the door below:

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“I’m truly sad to see it go, everyone there was super friendly and funny, the food was great and the cakes were out of this world,” writes Michelle.

The My Ballard team have put in a call to the owners and are waiting to hear back.

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22 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Mary Jean Gilman // Feb 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I can’t resist commenting, having been faithful customers of the B&O for over 30 years. Their friendly presence will be sorely missed, as much as the fine, flavorful and artistic dessert delights I’ve enjoyed for so long. Sad for me, happy for Majed and Jane. Bon voyage, if it must be.

  • 2 Jan Schmidt // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:56 am

    My husband and I were able to stay in Ballard for nearly 6 weeks celebrating our new grandson. B&O quickly became my favorite place to go for my morning crepe treat. I did visit often. Friendly service; but amazing crepes. Thank you for making my visit to Ballard a delight and for the extra whip cream on my crepe. Wishing you well in your retirement.

  • 3 Gary Kelsberg // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

    My wife and I had our first date at B&O. We met for dessert ad coffee and ended up talking until the place closed, oblivious to all around (except perhaps the wonderful dessert!).

  • 4 Lisa // Feb 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Noooooo……. they made my FAVORITE cake! What am I supposed to do now????

  • 5 crystal // Feb 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

    in my heart forever
    thank you

  • 6 boymonkey // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I do love B&O but honestly only went to the Ballard location once. My formative college years and beyond were spent with B&O on capitol hill being a HUGE part. To me, the Ballard location felt like a pale shadow of the original… A very nice cafe but lacked a lot of character that the original exuded. Nevertheless, thanks to them for so many years of great cafe’ing. :)

  • 7 Profile photo of Sunset Hill David Sunset Hill David // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    They picked a pretty bad spot to relocate in Ballard, made me wonder what they were thinking. They would have been much better off on Ballard Ave or Market St. Nobody goes to the block they were on unless they have to.

  • 8 Rindy // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Seattle – building tomorrow’s ghettos today while trading what’s left of its pathetic soul for a bag of concrete.

  • 9 SLU Dan // Feb 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I loved the B&O on Capitol Hill,and in Ballard.All the things I used to love about Seattle in the 80s and 90s (and the early ’00s) are disappearing.I just hope Dick’s isn’t next on the chopping block!

  • 10 onamayday // Feb 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    A deep sadness washes over me as I realize I will never have a decadent mocha again…..Thanks for the memories xoxoxxo D

  • 11 eskiemom // Feb 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Used to go to the B & O at its old location on Capitol Hill. Worked across the street. Loved it. One of the things I missed when I stopped working downtown.

  • 12 Jake // Feb 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    the only respite for those midnight pie cravings! I can’t believe it’s gone. Its a sad day for Seattle.

  • 13 Boomer // Mar 2, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Before we moved to Hawaii nine years ago, my husband and I made the drive from Tacoma often to have foul, the fava beans and boiled egg with pita dish, for breakfast. Fortunately, Majed told us how to make it, so we still enjoy it about once a week here on Oahu. It’s become our comfort food. It’s sad to know B&O is no more. Best wishes to Majed and Jane.

  • 14 Connie // Mar 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    It is a sad day, no more Key Lime pie. I was crazy about it. Any chance that they would consider writing a cookbook or just sharing some recipes, like Key Lime pie, no one makes it better, anywhere! Loved it.

  • 15 Martin // Jun 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Carol and I have just read the bad news and are in shock. The B&O was the first place I was taken to when I moved to Seattle in 1980. Jane and others made our favorite cake — Tara’s — many times for birthdays and anniversaries, so like Lisa (above) we’re wondering where we could go now. Does anyone have any suggestions? Meanwhile, all best wishes to Jane and Majed, and many thanks for everything.

  • 16 Steve // Sep 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Joining the dearly departed ranks of Raison D’Etre, The Last Exit, Torrefazione, The Dog House, and The Unicorn (U District version).

  • 17 Sally // Nov 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I am just seeing this, and I’m very sad to hear the B&O is no longer. My husband and I went to Capital Hill B&O location for a good 30 years, both when we were dating and then when married. They made our tiramasu wedding cake!!! It was a gigantic hit. The Sour Cream Lemon Pie was peerless…to die for, and I am with the poster above who questioned, “…What am I supposed to do now????”. We are devastated. We loooved the B&O and wish the owners well!

  • 18 Amy // Nov 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    This is terrible news! We only became aware of this tragedy today, as we were thinking of Cream Cheese Brownies!The B & O was our favorite dessert place in Seattle. They made our wedding cake, our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah cakes, birthday and all celebratory cakes, and everything in between! Where else can you get the quality in Seattle? Sadly, no where! We had numerous favorites, too long to list here! PLEASE write a cookbook! We can try but it won’t be duplicated. Enjoy your retirement and eat plenty of cake for all of us!

  • 19 James cornelius // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Congrats to Majed and Jane for finally retiring. Majed pulled me up at one of the worst times of my life, he made me a cook and taught me how to cook. They were so supportive and inspiring. Michelle was a great baker and a fun person to work next to.
    Take care old friends

  • 20 Alisha // Feb 24, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Sad to see them go, they made my wedding cake.

  • 21 Cyndi L (Montana) // Sep 3, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I’m so sad to learn B & O really closed its’ doors. Lovely place. Majed and Jean you ROCK! Please do write that cookbook. “Do The Right Thing!” Shukran habibis!!

  • 22 Clare Samoum // Sep 6, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I was going to visit B&O this weekend since moving to Oregon but googled it and found out it’s closed. Good for you for retiring!!! You made a lot of special desserts and memories for many people.

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