Across the street from Swedish Medical Center, Roast, once a coffee and paninni shop, is going through a face lift and concept change. And how do I know this? Because I happened to see this sign hanging in the front door of the space at 500 East Hampden Avenue.
Now, I don't know whether or not that "2-3 weeks" claim is accurate, because it's been some time since I was last in this neighborhood. But I can say that work is definitely being done inside this space, because a few days ago, it was completely filled with torn-up equipment and displaced coolers -- and yesterday, half of that clutter had been cleared out.
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I'm excited to see what Roast will do to "revamp" both the long, narrow room and the what had been sandwich-shop menu. An Italian diner sounds a helluva lot more interesting than yet another coffee and paninni joint.