615 West McGraw Street
Seattle, WA 98119
- Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 24: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Thanksgiving Day: Closed
- Friday, November 26: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Seating Capacity: 17
Outdoor Seating: No
A Little History
Following the success of the Belltown Café, Macrina opened in Queen Anne in 2001. The spot was once occupied by another bakery and was left in disrepair. We remodeled the site into an Old World haunt. It has become a staple in the bustling neighborhood.
Seating at the McGraw Café is limited and a hot commodity, but people often enjoy picking up coffee, pastries, bread and cakes to share with family and friends at home or at the office.
Meet and Greet
General Manager McGraw CafÉ: Russell Belcher
About MeHometown: New York City
First Job: Butcher
Alternate Universe Job: Firefighter
Pastry You Couldn’t Live Without: Morning Glory Muffin
Weekend Getaway: Anywhere where I can disconnect from the stress of the city. Camping in the woods is always a good option.
Binge Food: Pagliacci Pizza
Dream Vacation: Turks and Caicos (snorkeling in the sapphire water)
Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Dicks Drive-in Burgers
Food You Despise: Seafood
Guilty Pleasure: Competitive reality television
Last Book You Enjoyed: The Count of Monte Cristo
What You Listen to Now: Hip-Hop
Favorite Movie: 500 Days of Summer
Some might have been intimidated at the prospect of following in the footsteps of longtime McGraw GM Lizz Krhounek (who is now helping manage all our cafés). Not Russell. He’d been working with her for three years. Lizz said, “Leaving McGraw after so many years was hard, but putting it in the good, very capable hands of Russell made it easier.”
Russell thrives in fast-paced environments, perhaps a result of being born and raised in New York City. Gregarious, experienced and efficient, Russell quickly moved into a management role at Macrina. “I love working for Macrina Bakery because there is always room to grow,” says Russell.
Building community is a strength of Russell’s, and you see it in his routine exchanges with the cafés many regulars. “We are lucky enough to have a very supportive neighborhood in Upper Queen Anne,” says Russell. “Our team’s goal is to give back to our customers with positivity, delicious treats and coffee. Supporting them, as they support us, has become even more important to us during the pandemic.”
Co-workers and customers groan and hide their smiles at Russell’s “dad jokes” and good-natured punny asides. But underneath the conviviality, Russell is attentive to the physical and emotional cues of those around him. This serves to keep the team together and allows him to anticipate customers’ needs. The skill also helps him at the poker table, and he hopes, one day, to play in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He says, “When I was eighteen, I played in a private game with a few professional poker players, including a World Series of Poker bracelet winner [the most coveted non-monetary prize a poker player can win], and won. The former champ stood up from the table after I had won his chips and announced to the table: 'Watch out for the kid.'”