There’s hope for Eastside coffee lovers who frequented the shuttered Tully’s Coffee shop in Clyde Hill.
Aegis Living, the Bellevue-based company that operates senior assisted living and memory care facilities in California, Nevada, and Washington, announced this month it has acquired the building that housed the former coffee shop, and plans to turn the space into Queen Bee Café.
Once a popular hangout for Hunts Point, Yarrow Point, and Medina residents, the shop has sat empty for months, following a decision late last year to close every U.S. Tully’s store as its parent company navigated a financial morass.
According to the King County Department of Assessments, the building, located at 8805 Points Drive NE, was sold to Aegis Living in late-October for $4.75 million.
Renovations are under way, according to an Aegis Living spokesperson, and will include a community meeting room, outdoor seating, and a play area. The café is scheduled to open in February, and it will be the first standalone location of its kind. Two other cafés operate at Aegis Living communities in and around Seattle’s Queen Anne and Madison Park neighborhoods.
According to a company spokesperson, Queen Bee Cafés aim to put seniors in contact with neighbors and the broader community, and have grown a reputation for serving crumpets, a nod to Aegis Living CEO Dwayne Clark’s British mother (original Queen Bee). In addition, the company noted all proceeds (after operating costs) are donated to neighborhood charitable or services organizations.