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What's Next: Tully's Bella Bottega Space Likely to Become Restaurant

What would you like to see go in at Redmond's two vacant Tully's locations? Tell us in the comments section.

It's been more than a month since Tully's filed for bankruptcy and closed its large Bella Bottega location. 

Although the storefront's windows remain covered in brown butcher paper, Bella Bottega property manager Brad Merlino said the shopping center is actively seeking a new tenant, specifically a restaurant that could utilize the space's outdoor area.

"We have multiple offers on the space,” Merlino told Patch last week.

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Merlino said the 3,000-square-foot space will "definitely not" continue as a coffee shop, adding that Tully's struggled to break even at Bella Bottega, even though it was one of the local chain's highest-grossing locations.

“It’s just too big for a coffee shop to make it there,” he said.

Merlino declined to get into specifics on possible restaurant tenants for the space but said property managers are looking for a business that would offer something not already found at Bella Bottega.

“We’re really careful and really cautious about having synergy in the shopping center and not too much overlap,” he said.

Meanwhile, the smaller Redmond Town Center Tully's location also remains vacant after closing its doors on Oct. 7.

“We don’t have anything new in mind for that yet," said Christina Henning, senior marketing manager for Redmond Town Center. "We have a lot of interest, though. It’s a very popular space.”

What would you to see take over Redmond's two vacant Tully's locations? Tell us in the comments section.

Louise Marley November 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I suppose it's too small a space for Barnes & Noble or the University Bookstore, but it would be great for Redmond to have a new-books bookstore again!
William Gerdes November 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I'd like to see a coffee shop. Too big for a coffee shop, too small for a restaurant, means your rent is too high.
Caitlin Moran November 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hmmmm I'm not sure if a Barnes & Noble would fit there, but I like where you're going with this, Louise!
Caitlin Moran November 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
William, are you personally saying you think it's too small for a restaurant? That's what the property managers would like to do with the space.
Paula November 20, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I think its a perfect size for a restaurant, we have too many 'big' chains in Redmond. Something like Purple in Woodinvile - seems about the same size to me and that spot has a nice patio for summer outdoor dining.
Michelle Underwood November 20, 2012 at 05:41 PM
YES! PURPLE!!!!!!
Randy Randolph November 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
A Pie Shop!
Malia Kawaguchi November 20, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Heck. Yes. A bookstore/bakery. ;) Mini-Powells.
Heather Clark November 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I think it's perfect for a nice restaurant with an intimate setting. The Stonehouse is small and it's wonderful! I'm imagining a nice Italian restaurant but I'm open. Afghani food would be good too! There is (was?) a great one in Gilman Village in Issaquah.
Jenn Whitney November 21, 2012 at 04:25 AM
I would love to see a Chaco Canyon Cafe open a location in the Redmond space! Washington's First Certified Organic Vegetarian Café and Restaurant. The cafe currently has two others locations in the Seattle Area. http://www.chacocanyoncafe.com/
Dennis Anderson November 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Redmond really needs as unique, friendly, and reasonable breakfast restaurant like Patty's Eggnest or The Portage Bay Cafe. Both have websites if you need to see what we mean. Remember the Brown Bag? That is what is missing in Redmond.
Jama November 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Wine bar. Vino Bella would be nice. With lots of music several nights a week. Jazz, Shaggy Sweet Band, Big Band. Tons of energy for people from 35-70 to dance. Elegant environment with great small bites plates.
Tamara December 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I'm confused, if Merlino said, ".... property managers are looking for a business that would offer something not already found at Bella Bottega." why are they still looking at another restaurant? In the same parking lot there are at least five or six restaurants.
Caitlin Moran December 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Hi Tamara, thanks for your comment. Merlino was referring to the variety of restaurants--in other words, they're not looking for another Irish pub or pizza joint, because JJ Mahoney's and MOD Pizza are already located in the shopping center. I understand your point about there being too many restaurants, however, and I'm sure others would agree.
Valerie Myers March 25, 2013 at 02:32 AM
I think Pasta & Co would be perfect for the Bella Bottega Tully's location. Their old location in Redmond wasn't the right area. The shape of the store would be perfect with the outdoor seating.

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