Bake’s Place jazz club to move from Issaquah to Bellevue

December 1, 2011

By David Hayes

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2011

The Bakers’ “living room” is getting larger.

Bake’s Place is closing its doors after eight-and-a-half years in Providence Point following a final performance Feb. 14. Owner Craig Baker and his wife, Laura, decided to move to a bigger facility in Bellevue.

The right fit for the new location was with Columbia West Properties, owner of Pacific Plaza. The new location will be at 108th Avenue Northeast and Second Place in downtown Bellevue, across from Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar.

The new Bake’s Place and Premier Live Music Venue will boast a 4,500-square-foot facility, doubling the Issaquah capacity. Baker plans to expand a mezzanine, to accommodate more seats, and add an outdoor patio.

The rendering shows the plan for the interior of the relocated Bake's Place in downtown Bellevue. Contributed

What started as a little jazz room in the Bakers’ bed-and-breakfast basement living room, located off the highway in Fall City, grew to a premier destination in Providence Point. Downbeat Magazine even named it one of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World.

To celebrate the move, Bake’s Place will invite some of its favorite longtime performers, including Greta Mattasa, Tingstad and Rumbel, and David Lanz, to name a few. In addition, Baker said he plans a couple of all-star performances, including a jazz vocal ensemble and a group of the region’s top male vocalists paying tribute to the Rat Pack.

Baker said the new business will still feature dinner and a performance, but he plans to move away from exclusively scheduling jazz musicians. Rather, the new schedule will be more encompassing, adding singer-songwriters, blues, funk, big band and eclectic, depending on the night of the week.

He’s also excited to have struck a partnership with chef Chris Peterson, a longtime Northwest chef with more than 20 years of experience.

“He’s very good, especially for being a young guy,” Baker said. “But he’s also a businessman, so we’re excited to have his addition.”

Baker said each weekend they’ll be giving away tickets to the grand opening at the new location, which he is planning for sometime in March.

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