Recovery Café SODO Opens

Recovery Café, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that helps those experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder, recently opened its second Seattle location in the SODO neighborhood.

The new facility is also home to the Recovery Café Network, which helps groups open Recovery Cafés around the country. Abbott Construction was the general contractor and Lance Mueller & Associates was the architect.

The 18,000-square-foot renovation features a kitchen, which serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a medical clinic. The building also has classrooms and space for trainings, conferences, and meetings.


The construction involved adding a full commercial kitchen and associated infrastructure to a building originally designed for office use. Many of the building’s unique design elements such as oversized metal barn doors and zinc interlocking metal paneling were preserved while making the layout work for the Café’s needs.

Further, the renovation included new windows, a new welcome desk, café bar with coffee and espresso service, and multi-function rooms complete with operable partitions to provide optimal use of the space.

Recovery Café provides warm meals, resource referral and connections, classes, and recovery and mental health wellness support in a community of radical hospitality. They expect to serve 350 members at any given time in SODO and over 1,000 people each year.


Owner: Recovery Café

Owner’s Representative: Martin Koenigs Architects

Architect: Lance Mueller & Associates

General Contractor: Abbott Construction                                                     

Structural Engineer: Quantum Consulting Engineers

Fire Suppression/Sprinklers: Archer Construction

Plumbing: North Coast

HVAC: US Mechanical

Electrical: Zorko Electric

Casework: Generation One

Partitions: Barclay Dean

Photography Credit: Bob Weyrick at Perspective Image


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