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Inside Beecher's Cheese Cafe and Cellar, Opening Tomorrow

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view of Cheese making room from mezzanie with seating
view of Cheese making room from mezzanie with seating
[Maite Alvarez]

Tomorrow Beecher's Handmade Cheese, the hotly anticipated Seattle import, will open its huge facility on 20th St. and Broadway. The 8,000 square foot cheese shop, restaurant, and cafe spans three floors of a Landmarked building and opens just three blocks south from another not so small shopping center/food court that goes by the name of Eataly and three blocks north of cheese-vending center known as the Greenmarket.

The on-premise cheesemaking facility—which can be viewed from the street, from the retail section, and from the upstairs mezzanine cafe—will produce about 25 homemade cheeses, to be sold retail and in the cafe and restaurant. In total, they'll serve 75 cheeses from around the country, alongside charcuterie, wine, and beer. At the start, they'll be making roughly 6000 pounds of cheese a week and serving the products from Seattle, since the aging process goes from 13 months to four years.

The upstairs cafe—see the menu here—seats around 25, while the downstairs restaurant/cheese cellar, when ready, will hold 86. The cellar area hasn't been used since 1880, and when it opens, it will feature a bar, chairs made of cowhide, and benches made from the original footstones of the building. They'll be open roughly from 5 - 11 PM and are going to offer four proteins, five vegetable dishes, five different types of mac and cheese, and salads. Find out more on their website here and their Facebook page.
· Beecher's Handmade Cheese [Official Site]
· All Coverage of Beecher's [~ENY~]

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