The Station (Beacon Hill)
2533 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
Owner Luis Rodriguez is extra-proud of the mocha Mexicano, made with Ibarra chocolate, at his Beacon Hill cafe. The Station is also the 206's place to be, employing and otherwise supporting lots of local hiphop operatives, and it functions as a community center, too. Charles Mudede on one of his visits: "The man and woman sitting on the stools by the window spoke with the owner in Spanish. Two middle-aged white women to my left talked about their kids. A black man on my right drank a beer and surfed the web. An Asian man wearing a Peruvian hat walked in and ordered a bowl of porridge. The barista (a cafe's DJ) played the Supremes' biggest hits ("You Keep Me Hanging On" always breaks my heart). There was nothing here that even whispered 206 hiphop. And this is precisely what makes it the coolest 206 joint in the city and why it replaced Hidmo: It represents the fact that hiphop is now so much a part of the culture that it no longer needs to distinguish itself."
Hours: Mon-Fri 6 am-7 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am-6 pm
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