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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

May 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I’m happy to drive through this toll booth

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Sketched May 23, 2:49 p.m.
During my visit to Finn Hill (see previous post) I stumbled upon a historic drive-thru espresso on Juanita Drive NE across from Village Mart.
Owner Katrina O’Malley said her stand used to be a toll booth on the 520-bridge from 1963 until 1979 (see a plaque she keeps inside.)
Some readers may remember those years of tolls at the longest floating bridge in the world, and more may remember when the drive-thru was called “Toll Booth Espresso” under a previous owner, said O’Malley, 36, who took over the business last December.
It’s interesting to think that history is catching up with this old metal box. As tolling starts again at the bridge soon, likely this summer, commuters who opt to drive around the lake to avoid the tolls may find themselves pulling up for coffee at this former check-point. At least that’s what O’Malley is hoping for.
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Sketched May 23, 2:10 p.m.
Rewind: I spent a day sketching on the 520 bridge back in February. See the post here if you missed it.

Comments | More in Coffee shops | Topics: Eastside, Finn Hill, Kirkland

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