Gravity Bar to introduce bubble waffles to Edmonds

By Brian Soergel | Apr 27, 2018

After nine months of preparation – with promises to bring Edmonds the debut of bubble waffles – Gravity Bar plans a soft opening 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5.

Owners Elyssa Boyd and Heather Hansen, with help from Elyssa’s husband Danny, say the business will open sporadically throughout the week before they schedule a grand opening. It’s at 610 Fifth Ave. S., next to Hamburger Harry’s.

Bubble waffles, in case you didn’t know, and we didn’t, are big in New York City, Boyd said. Originally crafted in Hong Kong, they can be served with ice cream and fruit and flavors such as strawberry, coconut or chocolate.

Mostly, though, Gravity Bar will push its smoothies and juices (acai berry bowls, anyone?), although Elyssa Boyd – a Meadowdale High School graduate – said the shop will offer breakfast, lunch and even some dinner items, including panini sandwiches, salads and cheese platters. She also plans to offer wine and beer.

Of course, shave ice will be on the menu.

Hansen, who graduated from Woodway High School, said she has been studying the juicing world to come up with some good juicing recipes.

For four summers, Boyd offered the summer specialty from her Coneheads Organic Shave Ice, a traveling tiki bar food truck that set up at various locations around Edmonds, including on the 800-square-foot outdoor patio of the future Gravity Bar.

“But we got sick of the traveling, and wanted a storefront,” Boyd said. “We can’t have shave ice all year in Edmonds, so my husband and I wondered what we could do with it. Then Heather and I brainstormed, and we said, ‘Let’s do smoothies.’ There’s no smoothie places in Edmonds.”

Boyd said she’s always been inspired by the former Gravity Bar in Capitol Hill, which closed in 2000.

“I loved the watermelon vodka,” she said. “I used to go there all the time. When the name was released, I said I’m taking it.”

Boyd said the business name is something special.

“We named it Gravity Bar because we want people grounded. We’ll be open at 7 a.m., and we’re not closing until late. We’ll have something throughout the day for everybody. We’re going to see how it works, and we want the community to tell us what they want to see.”

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