746 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
- Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Brunch served weekends: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Memorial Day, Monday, May 27: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A Little History
The Aloha Café opened September 6, 2018. It’s the fifth Macrina Bakery and Café. The space, on the corner of 19th and Aloha, was once occupied by the Surrogate Hostess, a community bakery. An extensive remodel uncovered rough-hewn dark wood planks on the walls, which became the backdrop for the white-tiled open kitchen. An expansive natural light-filled seating area has several communal tables designed for gathering with close friends or getting to know your neighbor. Long marble counters display Macrina's favorite breads, pastries, cakes, pies and many savory items. The café also features Macrina’s popular weekend brunch!
Meet and Greet
General Manager Aloha CafÉ: Ariel Singh
About MeHometown: Tenafly, New Jersey
First Job: Hostess at a fancy seafood restaurant
Alternate Universe Job: Housewife
Pastry You Couldn’t Live Without: Chocolate Cornetto
Dessert Specialty: Homemade marshmallows
Favorite Cookbook: ”A Boat, A Whale and A Walrus”
Weekend Getaway: The Magnuson Dog Park!
Binge Food: Poke (from 45th Stop & Shop)
Dream Vacation: Italy (my honeymoon plan!)
Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Sitka and Spruce/ Il Corvo/ Bateau
Food You Despise: Fast food
Guilty Pleasure: Sleeping for 11 hours on my days off
Last Book You Enjoyed: ”Here I Am”- Jonathan Safran Foer
Top Two Movies: The Birdcage, Young Frankenstein
Ariel started working at Macrina’s Belltown café in 2012 in the midst of a remodel. She spent much of her first week working side by side with Leslie Mackie—cleaning and scrubbing—before moving onto more glamorous things.
”Macrina has grown, but Leslie is still present in everything we do,” Ariel said. ”The breads, the pastries, and the values are the same. In some ways, I’d say Macrina has just continued to grow into itself.”
After Belltown, Ariel moved to the McGraw café where she worked as assistant manager. She was promoted to General Manager at Sodo in 2016. ”I love the regulars here. We know their order before they say anything.”. Now, Ariel is coming in as the General Manager of the Aloha Café.
Ariel moved to Seattle from Los Angeles and hasn’t looked back. ”I love Seattle weather, I really like the people, the restaurants, the culture, the art, and the way it can feel like a small town, but you can also escape into the different neighborhoods and discover something new.” Ariel is proudly domestic and lives with her husband, a cat, and a dog.