Fonté Coffee Roaster bets on downtown Seattle with a new coffee shop in Rainier Square

ByShannon J. Cortes

Apr 25, 2022

Fonté owner Paul Odom wants to see Seattle have fun again in Seattle’s new ‘Hot Spot’

Seattle, WA

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Fonté Coffee Roaster, Seattle’s micro-roasting pioneer founded by Paul Odom in 1992, announces the opening of a new flagship cafe and restaurant in the lobby of 58th floor Rainier Square, making it the newest “hot spot from downtown Seattle. The sprawling lobby is the central gathering hub that connects Wright Runstad & Company’s Rainier Square and 400 college projects to the original single-block Rainier Tower that features 189 high-end apartments, more than 1.5 million square footage of office space, various retail offerings and plenty of parking.

Fonté, a local coffee roaster operating seven cafes and relationships with the country’s top chefs, restaurants and hoteliers, is expected to open the flagship store in fall 2022. The Fonté Café and Restaurant in Rainier Square will not only offer its classic coffee offerings refined and high-quality home-cooked takeout, it will entertain Seattle with a sit-down dining experience featuring a menu made with fresh ingredients.

Fonté’s flagship cafe will join PCC Community Markets as Rainier Square comes to life with 80% of its apartments already rented and a growing list of top commercial tenants filling its offices. For Fonté, an energetic commitment to entertainment will be as important as a commitment to quality. Homemade cocktails prepared at the table from a rolling cart and engaging baristas, waiters and bartenders are on the menu.

“I believe Seattle wants to be entertained again. I hope this collaboration inspires Downtown Seattle 2.0 and brings much-needed play back to our vibrant city,” Odom said. Odom is certain that providing a coffee and cocktail dining experience where people can come together and be social will help start the process. “Imagine New York’s Eataly by day and the former Nomad Bar by night as inspiration for the concept.” The store will operate in the expansive lobby on the ground floor of Rainier Square, offering an indoor lounge and outdoor courtyard seating throughout the day and late into the night.

Located on the block between Union and University and Fourth and Fifth Avenues, Rainier Square occupies a prime location in the heart of downtown Seattle. With easy access to public transport and ample underground parking, getting to Fonté’s new flagship cafe will be easy for city dwellers and tourists looking for morning coffee and breakfast, midday lunch, a place to relax with a cocktail after work or for dinner before the theatre.

About Place Rainier:

Developed by Wright Runstad & Company and opening in 2020, Rainier Square occupies a prominent place in downtown Seattle and on its skyline. The 1.1 million square foot project includes a 58-story tower containing 734,000 square feet of office space and The Residences at Rainier Square, 189 luxury apartment residences on its upper floors. Rainier Square shares the block with the University 400 building and the iconic Rainier Tower. The three properties are connected at the main lobby level which includes Fonte’s flagship cafe and restaurant and provides access to a unique mix of destination retailers, a 20,000 square foot PCC Community Market and ample underground parking. More information about Rainier Square can be found at

On Melting :

Founded in 1992, Fonté Coffee Roaster is the oldest independent micro-roaster still owned and operated by its founder Paul Odom. Fonté’s corporate headquarters and roasting facility is located in the trendy Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, WA. The company owns and operates seven cafes and two more in development under the Fonté & Uptown Espresso brands. The company runs a vibrant wholesale operation that supplies the nation’s top chefs, restaurants and hoteliers, as well as a thriving online business. Fonté roasts the coffee by hand and as part of its commitment to artisan quality has only allowed three qualified people over the last thirty years to act as roasters. One is Fonté’s master roaster, Steve Smith, who has experience dating back to the 1970s when he was the first master roaster for the Starbucks Coffee Company. In 1991, Steve blossomed his expertise with Fonté Coffee Roaster, where curating the finest coffees from meticulous growers in the best regions is a priority. Coffees are selected worldwide based on individual varietal character and are only chosen if they meet Fonté roasting standards. As the buyer of green coffee and full reign of our roasters, we seek to experiment and create the unimaginable, the highest level of excellence in the coffee experience.

Contact details

Forrest Carman

+1 206-859-3118

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