Linda began her career in the restaurant industry on the other side of the counter, waiting tables at a busy local restaurant. A full-time mom with a business degree and a fanatical home-baker, Linda had been trying on different "hats" in her quest for the truly satisfying career. Waiting tables marked a turning point for Linda; it was here she discovered she had a knack, and a love, for hospitality. "It felt right, being hospitable, visiting with people. This tiny way of connecting what I loved doing at home with a job I could really care about."
A true interest in people and community and a real love for from-scratch baking is what Linda brings to Irwin's bustling bakery and neighborhood gathering spot. She calls the Wallingford Cafe her "living room", and wants nothing more than for all who enter to feel welcome.
At Irwin's, we provide a warm and welcoming gathering space to eat, chat, and work. We aim to keep this an LGBTQ+ Friendly place and a safe space for all who walk in our door.
Offer delicious, nutritious, and satisfying food and drinks. We purchase only hormone-free milk as well as cage-free eggs. We also provide many yummy vegan and veggie options!
We donate all of our extra food to Family Works Food Bank in Seattle. We also compost all of our other food and container waste, right here in Seattle's picturesque Wallingford neighborhood.
We like to maximize our positive impact on the environment and minimize inevitable negative impacts. In doing so, we only use compostable to-go food containers and serve ware.
We care about our environment and our customers equally. We make products in house and in small batches to minimize food waste and packaging and to maintain the best freshness.
We pride ourselves in celebrating seasonal produce from local businesses like Blue Star Coffee, Blazing Bagels, Columbia Gorge Organic, Merlino Foods, Morning Glory, and The Shepard's Grain.