Capitol Hill food and drink veteran sells Broadway’s Corretto

Corretto opened on Broadway in spring 2014 (Image: CHS)

Corretto opened on Broadway in spring 2014 (Image: CHS)

After a year of coffee and cocktail craft in the location, a Capitol Hill food and drink veteran has cashed out of Broadway.

Duvall said he’s “only usually on the other side of the counter”

Travis Rosenthal, owner of longtime Pike date spot Tango and next door sibling rum bar Rumba, tells CHS that he has sold his Broadway Italian restaurant and cocktail bar, Corretto. Rosenthal said the sale was driven by a desire to spend more time with his family and focus on his neighboring Pike ventures.

CHS spoke with Jim DuVall who said he bought the Broadway restaurant as an “opportunity” even though he’d never been inside and is new to the food and drink business.

Duvall, who said he works in city government in the greater Seattle area, said he’s “only usually on the other side of the counter” so is in learning mode and isn’t planning any major changes in the near term. “Just like anything else, we’re figuring out how they’ve been doing it,” Duvall said. Later, an expanded menu and hours could be part of the plan.

“Its location actually has quite a bit of potential,” Duvall said.

It’s the second sale of the restaurant business in only three years. In 2014, Rosenthal acquired the Panevino restaurant that had inhabited the space. The Corretto concept he had been planning for Minor and Pine was moved up the Hill. Along with an ambitious overhaul came an ambitious mission to mix the worlds of craft cocktails and craft coffee:

One small business cannot completely embody a neighborhood, but it’s not uncommon for a single bar or cafe to reach symbolic status in a city, to be first thing that leaps to mind upon mention of a certain area or its inhabitants.

It remains to be seen if Corretto will become that business for Broadway or Capitol Hill. But the melding of craft cocktails with craft coffee wrapped in a decidedly Seattle decor certainly looks like Capitol Hill’s ultimate act.

Hmmm. That might have been a bit… much. Over the year since it opened in spring 2014, Corretto scaled back and shed the daytime hours. This month’s sale will further shave away the original concept.

Given our track record in the search for any greater meaning in our write-up on Corretto’s opening, you might want to take any CHS big picture pontification at this point in 416 Broadway E’s lifespan with a grain of salt. But we can tell you this. In addition to more family time and time at Tango and Rumba, Rosenthal also tells CHS he received his commercial real estate agent license, “so if anyone is looking to buy or sell a restaurant,” he says, “look me up.” We’ll let you sort out what it all means.

CHS Pics | Kevin Bacon at The Egyptian

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Bacon at Tuesday’s Q&A (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

IMG_6423The only cinematic connection CHS can find between the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival lifetime achievement honoree Kevin Bacon and last year’s SIFF honoree Laura Dern is this poorly reviewed 2001 Steve Martin vehicle. The audience got a little closer Tuesday night at the Egyptian as Bacon appeared for an audience Q&A and to introduce his classic of wholesome teenage rebellion, Footloose.

Wednesday on E Pine, Bacon gets his trophy — tickets to “an evening with Kevin Bacon” and the screening of his new film are still available:

SIFF welcomes Kevin Bacon to the stage for an interview featuring film clips from his career and to receive the Seattle International Film Festival Career Achievement award. Afterwards, there will be a screening of Bacon’s latest film, Cop Car, directed by Jon Watts.

UPDATE: What? More Bacon? The actor stopped by Garfield High School Wednesday afternoon to meet the drama kids. Thanks to Garfield Stage for sharing pictures from the visit:

Meanwhile, there are still lots of Capitol Hill SIFF 2015 highlights still to come to the screens at the Egyptian and the Harvard Exit in the venue’s final run as a cinema:

A few more pictures and a couple notes from the Q&A from the crowd, below. Continue reading

4 at 11th/Aloha, 6 on Bellevue Ave E, 2035 at City Hall

Coming to 11th and Aloha

Coming to 11th and Aloha

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Wednesday night brings two Capitol Hill projects in front of the design review board — one a local lightning rod for anti-development rancor, the other a plan to create a new apartment building on top of a rejected landmark — while City Hall hosts a public meeting on shaping the city’s development over the next 20 years.Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 12.31.20 PM

  • 748 11th Ave E: Displacement is real. And so are concerns about building new apartments on Capitol Hill without parking, apparently. Bradley Khouri’s b9 Architects and developer Robert Hardy will bring their revised vision for a four-story, 30+ unit apartment building at the corner of 11th and Aloha in front of the design review board Wednesday night for what they hope is the final sign-off on the project that has faced pushback from neighbors living along the streets just above Lowell Elementary. In addition to paring back the project by shaving off two units and attempting to reduce the project’s scale, Khouri and Hardy have thrown concerned neighbors a bone on the parking front:
    Developer has a preliminary agreement with Diamond parking for tenants to lease stalls in the parking lot directly west of the site. The lot is currently used by Seattle Public Schools for teacher parking and other neighborhood events and is not fully utilized.
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Capitol Hill food+drink | Vaca Loca hopes crazy love for sandwiches enough for long stay in Broadway Alley

11156345_1422390878069266_2237833160372104042_nThe recent history of Broadway Alley’s Suite 14 is painful for you, we know. One after the other, affordable, Latin American-flavored restaurants have come to the space, won your heart, and, then, shuttered. Count the ways: Villa Escondida (2014), Torteria Barriga Llena (2013), Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria (2010).

We’re not going to make any promises that first-time restaurateur Daniel Rosero can’t keep but if his newly opened Vaca Loca is going to make it, he knows what will make the little place in the back of the Broadway Alley famous.

“Sandwiches,” he said. “$8.50. And delicious.”

Knowing what on your menu you’ll live and die by is likely an important element to success in a space tucked away inside the eclectic Broadway Alley. Rosero only has to look upstairs for an example of success. Tacos Chukis has survived — and expanded — inside Broadway Alley powered in most part by doing one thing really well. Continue reading

With a stop at Charlie’s, SPD rolls out Safe Place anti-hate crime program

LGBTQ Liaison Officer Jim Ritter was on Broadway Tuesday afternoon to help Charlie’s on Broadway owner Ken Bauer affix his new Safe Place program sticker to the front door of the longtime Capitol Hill restaurant.

Ritter said Charlie’s was one of 50 Capitol Hill businesses to sign up for the new program designed to raise awareness of anti-LGBTQ hate crime — and give victims places to turn to if they find themselves feeling threatened. CHS wrote last week about the new program and the continued rise of bias crime totals that SPD officials say is a product of better tools, procedures, and reporting.

SPD has also launched SPDSAFEPLACE.com which is designed as a portal with information about bias crimes and prevention along with tools to help victims report incidents.

To be part of the program, owners like Bauer must pledge to prepare their businesses as safe harbors for victims and train employees:

By signing this commitment pledge I agree to use these decals/signs for their intended purpose by posting them on my premise. I further agree to instruct my organization’s employees to assist the victims and/or witnesses to anti-LGBTQ crimes by calling the police on their behalf and allowing them to remain on my premise until police arrive.

You can sign up to get the decals here. There are three versions of the rainbow badge you can choose from.

First look: inside Capitol Hill Station

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

With a message one Sound Transit official was so proud of he repeated it twice, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray lead a media tour Tuesday morning of the “ahead of schedule and under budget” U-Link subway line’s Capitol Hill Station.

“When U-Link opens early next year it will transform how people get around this city,” Constantine said before getting to the heart of the matter — a public push to pass the state transportation budget in Olympia including a fully-funded Sound Transit 3 package.

Mayor Murray echoed the call to Olympia before heading underground below Broadway. “Tens of thousands of people will use this as a way to commute to work,” Murray said, “to enjoy life when they’re not working. It’s going to make a difference.”

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Tuesday’s tour was the first public opportunity to see inside the $110 million station that stretches from John to Denny below two acres of Broadway just northwest of Cal Anderson Park. Later this summer, Sound Transit says it will begin “pre-revenue testing” on the twin tracks between downtown and Montlake via Capitol Hill. Starting around August, every train will continue from Westlake tunnel to put the system fully through its paces. Passengers, of course, will need to get off the train before it continues all the way to UW station.
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Upgrades planned for Capitol Hill’s densely packed Tashkent Park

Workers take a break from fiber installation at a new apartment building built next to the park (Images: CHS)

Workers take a break from fiber installation at a new apartment building built next to the park (Images: CHS)

IMG_5791Part of some of the most densely packed blocks in the Pacific Northwest, Capitol Hill’s pockets of public open space play many roles and give us all a little breathing room when we need it.

Tashkent Park on Boylston between Republican and Mercer just a few blocks below Broadway is more tightly packed than most. Built in the late 1980s and named in tribute to Seattle’s Uzbekistani sister city, the park sits near thousands of neighbors and is ready for a major refresh.

Thursday night, you’re invited to be part of the planning for a new project hoped to begin construction this August:

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting for the Tashkent Park improvements. This is an opportunity to learn about the proposed new landscaping and small plaza. The Sr. Landscape Architect from Seattle Parks will present the proposed plan, answer questions and gather community feedback.

Seattle Parks is applying for funding through the Community Development Block Grant and anticipates construction to begin in August 2015.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Capitol Hill Branch
425 Harvard Ave. E

IMG_5808“Our main goal for this project is to improve the landscaping with more shade tolerant plants and make the park plaza ADA accessible,” a Seattle Parks rep tells CHS. Continue reading

Rancho Bravo ready to shift Pike/Pine’s only drive-thru into action

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(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

As a plan to create a pedestrian only area in Pike/Pine’s nightlife zone moves forward, an equally audacious machination in an entirely different gear is also being readied for the two-block radius.

Rancho Bravo’s drive-thru is a “go.”

“I want to make sure the pedestrians and people in the cars are safe,” Rancho’s Freddy Rivas tells CHS.

Sometime likely in June, the not-so-new feature at the six-year-old Mexican joint will swing back into action. The signs are being painted, the menu boards and ordering intercom box have been in place all along.

The drive-thru is likely to instantly become a nightlife magnet on scale with the ultimately doomed Broadway Jack in the Box…

The drive-thru is likely to instantly become a nightlife magnet on scale with the ultimately doomed Broadway Jack in the Box which sometimes required SPD traffic control at the height of its weekend business hours. If Mix were rapping in the early 2000s, he might have made a different choice. Meanwhile, Capitol Hill, like any good American neighborhood, has a good history of food and cars intertwined.

Now, Rancho will suddenly become the only operating drive-thru restaurant in Seattle’s core. The Pike/Pine scene already attracts plenty of cruisers despite a slow go on clogged Friday and Saturday night roads. Expect a scene.

“First, we have to have enough people,” Rivas said of the logistics of opening what he believes will be a new feature that will significantly increase sales volumes at the restaurant. “We are ramping up.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | ‘Thank you for choosing Seattle’ — Eritreans mark independence in annual Capitol Hill celebration

Many of the approximately 39,000 East Africans who call Seattle home were in Volunteer Park Sunday to celebrate Eritrean Independence Day.

On May 24, 1991, “Eritrean People’s Liberation Front forces moved into the capital Asmara, reinstating independence, following a 30-year-long battle against the Ethiopian military regime,” Wikipedia sums it up in what seems to be a massive simplification. Continue reading

Broadway Shoe Repair cobbler Mitch Caddy remembered

Customers and friends at Broadway Shoe Repair are remembering cobbler Mitch Caddy.

A sign posted at the busy shop inside the Broadway Market shopping center announced Caddy’s passing. The West Seattle resident was 61.

Caddy worked with soles — and more than a few heels — on Broadway for 24 years. According to his obituary, he was a musician whose band once opened for Tower of Power and Merilee Rush. “He was a Cobbler who could fix ANYTHING leather,” the tribute notes. CHS can attest — our ball glove got a strap repair courtesy Caddy nearly 10 years ago. It’s held up just fine even if the cobbler didn’t quite match the leathers.

According to the sign posted at the shop, there will be no repairs on Thursday, May 28th so staff can attend services for Caddy. “He loved his Capitol Hill family and we sure do miss his kind and gentle spirit,” the sign posted at Broadway Shoe Repair reads.

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Thanks to Stacy for letting CHS know.