One morning this week I was desperately in need of three things: coffee, breakfast, and wifi. Fremont has many options for cafe culture but I had yet to try the Yellow Dot Cafe at the intersection of Fremont Ave and N 34th.
On this particular morning a tasty scone or pastry would not satisfy my hunger so I thought Yellow Dot’s selection of breakfast burritos might do the trick. I crossed Fremont Ave just near the Fremont Bridge, passed behind the Interurban Sculpture, and stepped into a crisp and brightly lit environment.
This is the second Yellow Dot Cafe location, the original is located on Westlake in South Lake Union. The Fremont location opened last November, occupying a space that had been vacant for sometime just east of the Fremont Bridge. Business has been slowly picking up since then and the Cafe recently added an outdoor seating area that is sure to be popular in warm weather.
Owner Ziyi Li explained that she opened the Yellow Dot Cafe as a result of her own dining experience and finding something lacking. Her objective was for a “casual” and “convenient” dining environment that provides quality food options while keeping things simple and easy. One of the ways the cafe delivers this convenience is by having customers order at the counter in lieu of table service. Ziyi feels this allows patrons to order and dine more at their own pace. Additionally, the breakfast menu includes savory items because she herself is often dissatisfied with sugary options at coffee shops.
Originally from China, Ziyi spent time in Florida and later Manhattan before moving to Seattle with her husband. She says misses Manhattan but loves the urban environment here. The sleek and modern interior, both practical and intriguing shows she has brought some New York influences with her.
Why the “Yellow Dot” cafe? Ziyi says that when she first moved to the United States certain business names were difficult to remember and she wanted to avoid that. She wanted a name that was east to remember, happy, and simple much like her cafe.
The Fremont location of the Yellow Dot Cafe is also unique in that it provides dinner options, staying open until 8:00PM and offering beer and wine. Menu items range from $5-10 and include wraps, sandwiches, salads, and of course, burritos! Happy Hour is from 3PM until close and features $4 beers and $5 BBQ Sliders.
Although it’s somewhat belated, Welcome to Fremont Yellow Dot Cafe!