ABOVE: Crumb de la Crumb image via Facebook
By VINCE TROIA
With a short “bittersweet announcement” emailed to patrons and posted on social media, Bellevue’s Crumb de la Crumb owners announced on Monday that they would be closing shop on June 9.
“We want to thank all of our patrons for eight amazing years,” owner Lorie Burcham wrote. “We have been so blessed to have been a part of this wonderful community of Bellevue.”
The popular cafe and bakery on Belle Forest Circle was unique to the community. Lorie and Jason Burcham brought creative dishes and decadent desserts to Bellevue’s otherwise chain-restaurant landscape.
The cafe dealt with parking issues along the quiet circle drive, at one time spending $1,500 on valet parking for patrons and dealt with a broken pipe that flooded the restaurant just a year after opening.
“That was our turning point,” Lorie said in 2014. She and Jason dried out and reopened, giving Crumb six weeks to turn a profit. That was in 2012.
Not only did they stay open, they flourished, and eventually added Capital Coffee to the growing business. Unfortunately, that too will close in June, though the Burchams say they are looking for a new location for the coffeehouse.
“Many of you have become like an extension of our family and we are so grateful to have been a part of your lives,” Burcham wrote. “Although we are so sad to go, we are so excited to see what God has next for our family. Rest assured, you haven’t seen the last of us!”
The restaurant will be hosting its farewell Supper Club at 7 p.m., May 16, with music from Lydia Britten and her band. More information at https://www.crumbdelacrumb.com/events.
When Lorie Burcham was asked why she didn’t pack it in back in 2012, she said “There’s always an open door somewhere.”
Bellevue patrons can only hope that the next open door isn’t too far away.