Sweet Iron Waffle Bar held a quiet opening for its Capitol Hill location in the new Broadstone Infinity building over the weekend, but there’s still more work left to be done, said owner Adrienne Jeffrey, including signage and a menu board.

“You can only wait so long to open,” Jeffrey said, “so we’re hoping people will be a little understanding.”

Jeffrey opened the first Sweet Iron spot downtown in 2009, inspired by the waffles she grew up with and a trip to Belgium with here daughter, Danielle Jeffrey, who helps her mother operate the business, along with her brother, Paul Jeffrey. After graduating from high school, Jeffrey’s family moved back to Brussels, she said.

“All the American kids like Liège waffles, but they weren’t available in Amrica,” Jeffrey said, so she got to thinking about changing things. “Finally, it got to the point where my daughter said, ‘You ought to do something about it or someone else is going to do something and then you’re going to be angry.’ ”

Liège Belgian waffles are made with a brioche-style yeasted dough and Shepherd’s Grain Flour, then finished with candied pearls of sugar imported from Europe. Denser and richer than a typical waffle, it can stand up to more toppings, which Sweet Iron has in sweet and savory varieties.

“In 2009, when we opened, it was a little difficult because the economy sucked for one thing, and then we were trying to introduce a new product to America,” Jeffrey said, adding there’s still a push with customers to show that waffles are not just a breakfast food. “That’s taken a while downtown, but we’re finally getting people to understand.”

With its new Capitol Hill spot at the Broadstone Infinity building, 1416 10th Ave., Sweet Iron is introducing a gluten-free waffle option and also waffle bakes, which come in two savory and one dessert option, and are baked in a custard.

“I love Capitol Hill,” Jeffrey said. “It’s such a fun place and it seemed natural because a lot of the people that go to the downtown store are 20 or 30 year olds or singles or young families.”

Fresh-pressed citrus juice will be available by itself or in a mimosa, and coffee comes from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Sweet Iron will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Find out more at sweetironwaffles.com.

 

Find out more at sweetironwaffles.com.