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Alexa’s Cafe Signs Lease to Join ‘Restaurant Row’ at Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place

Date: Apr 12, 2024

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Alexa’s Cafe will soon be serving up scrambles and pancakes with a side of waterfront views at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place. On April 9, the Port of Everett Commission approved a new 10-year lease with two five-year extension options for a 2,400-square-foot interior restaurant space with expansive outdoor patio along the Marina esplanade.  

The cafe joins Rustic Cork Wine Bar, Tapped Public House and Menchie’s @ the Marina at a new 12,000-square-foot building being constructed at Fisherman’s Harbor, next door to the new Asian-inspired Fisherman Jack’s restaurant and South Fork Baking Co., which opened last year.

“We’ve been working to add a breakfast spot at Waterfront Place to round out the mix of dining options at the waterfront,” said Catherine Soper, Director of External Affairs & Business Development for the Port. “Alexa’s Cafe is a great addition to the Port’s ‘restaurant row,’ and we look forward to bringing this quality establishment, and many more, to the community very soon.”

Co-owner Leigh Henderson founded Alexa’s Cafe & Catering in 1991. The family-owned restaurant group serves breakfast and lunch all day, as well as caters for private and corporate events.

Alexa’s Cafe’s flagship restaurant opened in Bothell in 1995. Their second location, Alexa’s at Molbak’s Garden Cafe, opened in Woodinville in 2020. Though Molbak’s closed earlier this year, Alexa’s is still serving breakfast and lunch there daily, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. through April. The catering arm of the business has been based in Mukilteo since 2015.

After more than 30 years in business, Henderson’s family decided to establish their third location at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place.

“At Alexa's Cafe, we believe in creating a cozy space where friends, families, and neighbors can come together over delicious meals and good conversations,” said Leigh Henderson and Alexa Shaich, owners of Alexa’s Cafe & Catering. “From hearty breakfast options to flavorful lunch specials and decadent desserts, our menu is tailored to delight your taste buds and nourish your soul.”

The menu will be similar to the Bothell location’s offerings: scrambles, benedicts, pancakes, French toast, sandwiches, quesadillas, tacos, burgers and more. Alexa’s Cafe at Waterfront Place will also feature a small market stocked with grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items ideal for the provisioning boater, including pastries, sandwiches and snacks.

Alexa’s Cafe will be sited in one of two new retail buildings coming soon to Waterfront Place’s Fisherman’s Harbor slated to break ground this summer, with businesses opening in 2025. The buildings are being constructed as part of the Port’s new “Restaurant Row.” 

“We are honored that the Port of Everett believes that Alexa's Cafe & Catering is a great fit for Waterfront Place,” Henderson said. “We're excited to immerse ourselves in the Everett community as we've done in Bothell over the past 30 years.” 

The second building coming to Fisherman’s Harbor will add another 6,000-square-feet of restaurant space at the corner of Seiner and West Marine View drives near the Grand Avenue Park Bridge. It will house The Net Shed, a new fish-and-chips and fish market combo. One, 2,800-square-foot space is available, for which the Port is seeking a Mexican restaurant to add new flavor at the waterfront.

Interested in retail/restaurant space at Waterfront Place? Contact the Port’s Senior Property Manager, Tara Hays at

Mark your calendars! You’re invited to the Port of Everett’s annual Waterfront Place Community Open House, taking place on Thursday, June 27, between 4-7 p.m. at Pacific Rim Plaza (1028 13th Street). Explore the latest happenings with the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place mixed-use development. Chat with project developers, learn about recent construction milestones and hear about what’s coming next.

For additional information, contact Kate Anderson, Media & Marketing Coordinator, at


About Alexa’s Cafe & Catering

Leigh Henderson founded Alexa’s Cafe & Catering more than 30 years ago in 1991. As her catering business grew in popularity, she was encouraged to open a cafe. As Henderson continued growing the Cafe & Catering businesses, Danica Cardin joined the group in 2003 and now manages the Cafe and owns and operates the restaurant group with Henderson and Alexa Shaich who is the Chief Operating Officer of Alexa's Catering. The American-style cafe and catering company has two existing locations – the flagship restaurant on Main Street in Bothell and Alexa’s at Molbak’s Garden Cafe in the former Molbak’s Home + Garden building in Woodinville. The family’s catering arm of the business is based in Mukilteo. The restaurant group’s third cafe is slated to open at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place in 2025. Visit for more information.

About Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place
The Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place is a new 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development located on 65 acres at the waterfront near the downtown core in Everett, Washington. The development boasts spectacular views, waterfront access, recreational amenities, and a world-class marina – the largest public Marina on the West Coast – with 2,300 slips and 5,000 linear feet of guest moorage. At full build-out, the Waterfront Place mixed-use development will include 63,000 square feet (sf) of retail/restaurant space, another 20,000 sf of marine retail, 447,500 sf of office, two waterfront hotels, and up to 660 waterfront housing units. Featured amenities include new trails and regional parks, public gathering spaces, a variety of fine and casual dining, local shops, and marine sales and services. The project’s expected $1 billion in public/private investment is estimated to support nearly 2,100 family-wage jobs and generate $8.6 million annually in state and local sales taxes. To date, the Port has facilitated more than $300 million in public/private investment here, with more to come. For more information, visit