2408 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
- 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.
Seating Capacity: 36
A Little History
The Belltown Café is the original Macrina Bakery and Café. We opened with six employees, a French Bongard oven as our centerpiece, a stack of convection ovens, one mixer and an espresso machine, an antique display case and a lot of ambition. Right off the bat we offered a full line of artisan breads, ranging from full-flavored, naturally leavened sourdoughs to American favorites like our Rustic Potato loaf. The pastry section was limited to a few muffins, coffee cakes and tarts. Our cozy bakery was soon bursting at the seams, and we took over an adjoining retail space in 1994, which became our café. Today, our line of breads, pastries, cakes and savory selections is extensive.
Meet and Greet
General Manager Belltown CafÉ: Lucas Mautino
About MeHometown: Bellingham, WA
First Job: Blockbuster Video
Alternate Universe Job: Professional Animal Petter
Pastry You Couldn’t Live Without: Morning Rolln
Dessert Specialty: Hot Chocolate Ice Cream
Favorite Cookbook: The Food Lab, by J. Kenhi López-Alt Weekend Getaway: Anywhere on the Oregon Coast
Binge Food: Pizza
Dream Vacation: Backpacking through Japan
Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Yoroshiku in Wallingford
Seattle’s Best Kept Secret: Happy Hour at The Runaway
Food You Despise: Mushrooms
Guilty Pleasure: Pizza with ranch
Last Book You Enjoyed: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
Music You Loved In High School: Reel Big Fish, Refused, Millencon
What You Listen to Now: Vulpeck, Animals as Leaders, The Sword
Top Three Movies: High Fidelity, Hot Rod, The Big Lebowski
Philosophy for Living: "Be excellent to each other!" –Bill S. Preston, Esq.
Lucas is a born storyteller. "I’m my father’s son,” Lucas says. ”Everything is an adventure. It’s all in how you tell it.” He’s amassed quite a collection of adventures, each filled with many entertaining stories.
Primarily raised in Bellingham, Lucas’ held a variety of customer-facing jobs. ”I worked for Blockbuster. I worked for Gamestop. I even worked as a mascot for a baseball team.”
He left Bellingham for Seattle on a train–as a conductor for Burlington Northern. On a freight train, the conductor reviews schedules and shipping records and helps to ensure that cargo and weight are distributed evenly along the train.
"You spend a lot of time sitting next to the engineer and waving to people out the window,” Lucas says. "And you pass through some of the most beautiful country in America. That’s the cool part. When it’s less cool, you’re thigh-deep in a snowbank trying to tie a handbrake.”
After a few years, they furloughed him on his birthday. ”Best gift I ever got,” Lucas says. ”The money was good, but it isn’t what I wanted to do with my life.”
Later, he worked at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in the Pike Place Market. ”That’s where I put two and two together: I really enjoyed talking to customers,” Lucas says. ”Lots of tourists came in, loaded with questions. It was fun helping people discover what My Seattle has to offer.”
When Lucas came to Macrina, he loved pastries but had to learn how to make coffee. He says, ”I loved the look of the espresso machine but was beyond intimidated. Baristas making coffee looked to me like a cross between ballet and a battle with a robot.”
Until Macrina, Lucas’ only association with coffee was family road trips. ”My parents drank coffee from a big green thermos on the way to the Oregon Coast. I was trapped in the back seat of our drip-coffee-scented, two-door Chevy Celebrity, with a seawater-soaked Golden Retriever who didn’t understand the concept of personal space. Learning to love coffee has taken some personal growth.”
We’re happy to report that in his two years at Macrina, Lucas is well on his way mastering the art and craft of espresso. In addition to managing the staff at Macrina’s Belltown café, entertaining regulars and tourists with colorful stories and helpful pointers, Lucas also created the Dogs of Macrina Instagram feed - @dogsofmacrina.
For the month of May, Belltown’s walls will be adorned with artwork created by Jamie Rasmus.