Aster, and other new blooms in Ballard

Lotsa newcomers to report from up north:

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Aster, a new "coffee lounge" in Ballard, opened last Saturday. With sparse, simple furniture and cement floors, it says "office away from home" more than "hot hangout," but the (read: my) essential ingredients for a successful coffee shop are there: they're serving (Intelligentsia and Novo) drip from a Clover, desserts and pastries from Upper Crust Bakery in Magnolia, and a limited selection of local beer and wine.

I'm already plotting my perfect work day: Breakfast from up the street at Cafe Besalu (whose pastry chef, James Miller, is up for a James Beard Award, go James!), followed by a morning at Aster (there's Wi-Fi, of course). Good day? Caffienate and work like hell. Bad day? Screw it and head next door for a pedicure. Return for happy hour beer ($3).

I do have to wonder how my favorite local roasts would taste out of the Clover, though.

Aster Coffee Lounge, 5615 24th Ave NW, 784-0615, BALLARD.

Open Mon. thru Thurs. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. 6 a.m. to midnight, Sat. 7 a.m. to midnight, Sun. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Happy hour daily 4 to 6 p.m.

Other news from the area:

My Ballard reports construction began on the Whole Foods in Interbay.

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The Monkey Bridge, Ballard's newest Vietnamese restaurant, is now open.

Farther north, the folks from Olive You near the corner of 85th and Greenwood are opening a sweets and gelato shop on the southeast corner, to be called called Sweet On You. I hope the flavors make up for the garish hot pink and yellow paint job.

 
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