Meet Blanca Rodriguez, the owner of Greenbridge Cafe in Seattle’s White Center neighborhood. Greenbridge Cafe’s rotating, seasonal menu highlights fresh ingredients from the Pacific Northwest via its sandwiches, soups, baked goods, and more. Former Nordstrom executive chef, Blanca Rodriguez infuses the menu with a signature Latin influence. Greenbridge Cafe’s special house poblano sauce has long been recommended by both regulars and the Seattle Times. Get to know more in this week’s Business Spotlight: Greenbridge Cafe.
Bonus: Blanca also owns Pimienta Bistro & Bar in Federal Way.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
What’s your favorite part about the community your business is in & why?
I love the community and the opportunity to develop the White Center area businesses.
Why is it important to you and your business that people #SpendLikeItMatters?
We are a small family-owned business that focuses on providing great food and community.
As a business owner, what’s the strangest or craziest idea you’ve ever tried?
The craziest idea we had was to open a business away from the main strip mall!
What’s something your customers may not know about you or your business?
I was born in Mexico and developed my cooking expertise with a unique flair, and my mother’s traditional Mexican cuisine contributed to the uniqueness!
What are some of your favorite local businesses and why?
Dubsea Coffee: Their customer service and their great energy!
Anything else you’d like us to know about you and your business?
I was trained as a young girl by my mother on Mexican cuisine, and I’ve spent time in Italy, Spain, and France so I bring a fusion of both cuisines with my passion for cooking and creating.