A team of Seattle culinary stars has targeted an E Pike auto row-era building being restored to most of its old glory for a new venture.
We’re told the contracts haven’t yet been signed but permits indicate husband and wife chef team Rachel Yang and and Seif Chirchi are planning a 4,000 square-foot restaurant for the Greenus Building at Pike and Summit.
A newly licensed business registered to Yang and filed for the property’s address currently lists no name for the venture.
The building was the longtime home of Brocklind’s before the couple behind the old costume shop decided to retire and sell the auto row building to Capitol Hill developer Hunters Capital. Hunters opted to overhaul the Greenus as it plans an eight-story preservation and development project across the street. An earlier plan for Havana boss Quentin Ertel fell through earlier this year when the entrepreneur decided to pull out of his plans to create a Roman-style trattoria in the building.
Hopefully for Hunters, Yang and Chirchi will push through on their yet undisclosed food and drink project. Both Hunters and Yang declined to comment on the plans pending a deal between the parties. Continue reading
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- Rash of Seattle U street robberies: Seattle University is warning students about a rash of crime in the past few days around the campus on the southern edge of Capitol Hill. In the most serious incident, two suspects beat their victim and stole his car near 13th and Jefferson early Monday morning. According to the report on the incident, the two assailants stole a gold Honda Civic in the 1:25 AM attack. The suspects were described as two dark skinned males in their 20s, both around 6-foot tall and both had what the victim believed to be East African accents. Seattle Fire Department medics were called to the scene to treat the victim who was bleeding from the mouth. Continue reading
U-Link’s one tunneling mishap — an E Pike geyser in October 2011 (Image: CHS)
News spread Monday that the giant boring machine at work beneath Seattle to drill the new waterfront tunnel is stuck behind some sort of “mystery object” some 60 feet below the surface. It’s a reminder just how incredibly smooth the journey has been for the Sound Transit project to create the nearly three-mile-long set of twin tunnels and two stations that will connect through Capitol Hill to form the new U-Link light rail extension.
The duo of Sound Transit tunnel boring machines that worked on the project and completed the routes in May 2012 were “extraordinarily lucky and didn’t run into any unforeseen obstacles or major delays,” a Sound Transit spokesperson tells CHS. The only sign of trouble at the surface during the yearlong journey was this October 2011 incident when a burst of dirty water briefly flooded E Pike as one of several “observation wells” along the route that hadn’t been properly filled in allowed the boring machine’s concrete and grout to spew to the street above. Continue reading
Some of the kids from Stevens Elementary have their parents rallying for the 12. Riders of the 2 have gone through this before. Who will stand for route 25?
There’s a big slate of potential changes for bus routes on and across Capitol Hill given the seeming unlikelihood of Olympia coming up with a realistic plan for transportation funding.
Tuesday brings a public airing of “community feedback” about the proposed cuts:
Downtown Seattle Service Reduction Public Meeting
Tue, December 10, 12pm – 2pm
Where: Union Station, 401 S Jackson Street, Seattle
Created by firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Come talk with Metro staff about the service reduction proposal. The meeting will be an open house format – with the option to participate in a short, interactive presentation and small group discussion from 1-1:30 pm.
If you aren’t the public meeting type and, like CHS, are booked between 12 and 2p, you can provide feedback on the cutbacks to email@example.com and via Metro’s service survey.
The service for Leonid Kalyuzhnyy was held Monday at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Capitol Hill (Photo: Bryan Cohen)
The 51-year-old man who was shot and killed by Seattle Police November 29th has been identified as Leonid Kalyuzhnyy. Kalyuzhnyy, known to friends as Len or Lenny, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, officials said.
A memorial service was held for Kalyuzhnyy Monday at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Capitol Hill. Several people close to Kalyuzhnyy have told CHS that he was from Russia and had served as a police officer or in the KGB, Soviet Russia’s secret police and counterintelligence agency.
East Precinct Officer Brad Devore shot Kalyuzhnyy early November 29th after Kalyuzhnyy allegedly fired a shot from a window of his 23rd and John apartment building. Neighbors told CHS that Kalyuzhnyy may have become aggravated over a money dispute. Devore is on paid administrative leave per department policy and a county inquest into the incident will likely follow.
Prior to moving into the Elizabeth James House, a Capitol Hill Housing building for elderly and disabled residents, Kalyuzhnyy lived on a sailboat moored at the Parkshore Marina near Rainier Beach. Bill Crawford, a friend who lived next to Kalyuzhnyy at the marina, told CHS Kalyuzhnyy had firearms training but never brandished firearms in public.
“It was out of character, he never ever behaved like that,” Crawford said. “He helped people a lot on the marina, doing carpentry work.”
Crawford said Kalyuzhnyy never discussed his law enforcement past in detail but said he was never aggressive in the time he knew him.
Tracie Mohnkern, who told CHS she started dating Kalyuzhnyy in July, said the man liked to spend his free time on his son’s boat and barbecuing near Lake Washington.
(Image: The Canterbury)
There will be no end-of-2013 New Year’s bash to say goodbye to this incarnation of 15th Ave E’s The Canterbury Ale & Eats. The more than 37-year-old dive will be open through Sunday before shutting down for a scrubbing and major overhaul to rebuild the much loved tavern under some familiar new owners.
Stefanie Roberge tells CHS that with the final days of her lease winding down, the time has simply come to close her version of the joint down.
“I’m hoping to run into a lot of old customers,” Roberge said. She and her husband David Roberge have managed to plan a much smoother exit after 13 years running the Canterbury than they originally feared when CHS talked to her about Capitol Hill Housing’s decision not to renew their lease earlier in 2013.
The new owners seem to know a few things about transitioning Capitol Hill dives into viable engines in the neighborhood’s new food+drink economy. Dave Meinert and Jason Lajeunesse, apparently aware of a market inefficiency, also recently added the Comet Tavern to their holdings. That Pike/Pine dive’s overhaul including the removal of rotted wood and some extensive cosmetic upgrades to some quality old bones is likely a preview of what will come at 15th and Mercer as the Canterbury gets a facelift.
“Basically, Capitol Hill Housing wants a yuppie place,” Roberge told us when the new first broke earlier this year.
She was more diplomatic in announcing the end of business for her version of the Canterbury on December 15th. Roberge said the transition of the business to the new owners including the transfer of the Canterbury name has set the couple up for retirement. They’ll continue to live nearby. Roberge said she’ll probably be a customer of the new Canterbury.
For the rest of the week, however, the joint is still hers. The Canterbury’s Facebook page has been full of nostalgia even if all the bar stools haven’t been filled lately. Roberge hopes to see a few more familiar faces before the weekend ends. “Being around for so many years, there are a lot of old bartenders,” she said. “I haven’t heard from some of them in a long time.”
The truck’s owner says this man was caught on video breaking in and making off with tools
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Some unwanted traditions of the holidays are back as package and car prowl seasons are at their height. Below are a few examples of where the bad guys and girls have been working and a note from SPD about a few things you can do to improve your odds of a happy December.
- Truck prowl: A car prowler working the area around the 700 block of Harvard Ave E was caught on video making a two-part visit for thievery from a parked truck full of tools and equipment. Here’s a note we received on the December 3rd incident from neighbor Steve:
This criminal busted a lock on our box truck & came back later to grab some tools. Continue reading
In late November, a commercial video crew attracted in part by a City of Seattle campaign to draw production work to the city wrapped shoots at the Odd Fellows building and Linda’s. This week brings another round of production to the photogenic neighborhood.
- A commercial shoot is underway Monday through 3 PM near 700 Broadway E, according to this flyer distributed to neighbors and shared with us.
- An apparently unauthorized crew was reportedly chased out of Trader Joe’s Sunday afternoon.
- An NBC News “true-crime” team is in the neighborhood this week to shoot a Mia Zapata episode, according to a call for extras:
Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News, is casting re-enactments for our second season of DEAD OF NIGHT, a true-crime documentary series airing on ID (Investigation Discovery). My name is Keisha Katz and I’m the Associate Producer for this particular episode. Along with my Producer, Ed, we will be shooting re-enactments in Seattle and will need extras on Monday, Dec. 9 from 3pm-5pm and Thursday, Dec. 12th from beginning at 1pm and ending by or before 6pm.
This episode is about Mia Zapata, who was the lead singer of the band, “The Gits” during the early 1990s grunge scene. Just as Mia was at the peak of her career, she was tragically killed. Her case went unsolved for 10 years until DNA technology led to the capture of the man who took her life. This man currently sits in jail. For Mia, however, her legacy lives on through the people that knew her and her music. On Monday we will be recreating a scene of the band performing, if selected as an extra you will be in the audience of their live show. On Thursday, we will be creating a bar scene and a restaurant scene.
Gig pays $10 per hour.
A marcher at Thursday’s rally for the $15 minimum in Seattle (Images: CHS)
For Capitol Hill bar and restaurant owners, the discussion of a higher minimum wage in Seattle starts with tips and the smallest indie businesses making their way in the neighborhood’s bursting food and drink economy.
Lost Lake Cafe owner Dave Meinert said if a straight hike to $15 an hour happened tomorrow, the change would be a “doomsday” scenario for indie businesses, and would likely mean drastic cuts in hours at Lost Lake and could force the owner out of the diner business altogether.
“If we’re wrong and we jump the raise too high and too quickly, small businesses close down and big business fills the gap … it would kill the culture of the Hill,” Meinert said, adding that he fully supports a discussion about raising the minimum wage and believes a full-time job should support a worker living in the city.
Meanwhile, CHS is aware of at least one group of Capitol Hill small businesses that has discussed plans to counter the push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle. Continue reading
It won’t match the snow days produced by 2008′s snowstorm but a “special weather statement” (ALL CAPS!) from the National Weather Service says this Seattle cold snap could finally pay off Monday for anybody wishing for snow. Nobody is wishing for freezing rain. But we might get that too:
ALONG THE COAST…THE LIGHT SNOW WILL QUICKLY TRANSITION TO DRIZZLE OR LIGHT RAIN AT THE BEACHES ON MONDAY AFTERNOON. INLAND FROM THE BEACHES…PLACES LIKE ABERDEEN AND MONTESANO WILL REMAIN AT OR BELOW FREEZING…CAUSING A GRADUAL MIXING WITH FREEZING DRIZZLE. MEANWHILE ON MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…LIGHT SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF WESTERN WASHINGTON.
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL REMAIN LIGHT…WITH ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY REMAINING UNDER ONE INCH.
OVERNIGHT AND EARLY TUESDAY MORNING…SNOW WILL TRANSITION TO LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE OVER THE PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS AND IN THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR OF WASHINGTON. FREEZING PRECIPITATION WILL ALSO BE LIGHT…BUT IT MAY BE ENOUGH FOR SLIPPERY AND HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ON TUESDAY MORNING ON UNTREATED
ROADWAYS AND SIDEWALKS.
For what it’s worth, 2013 has been a mostly un-snowy year in Seattle with some spring flakes and a dry but seriously cold streak to start the year. Last week, our southern neighbors in Portland did the whole West Coast city snow freakout thing.
You can check out area streets with the CHS Cams page and the latest local conditions thanks to weather station KWASEATT169.
UPDATE: Any precipitation seems less likely as of early Monday night — but Metro has released a service bulletin just in case:
Metro preparing for an icy Tuesday morning commute
Some bus service may be reduced; sign up for alerts
If cold weather and difficult travel conditions persist into the Tuesday morning commute,Metro may substitute other available buses in place of articulated electric trolley buses in the Seattle area. That move provides service using buses that are better able to operate during winter weather but could reduce the number of bus trips during the commute.
Metro is monitoring the forecast and changing conditions overnight and will determine if this step is necessary. Riders should prepare for possible service delays and crowdingTuesday morning in case some bus trips are canceled or rerouted, and road conditions make travel more difficult.
Travel conditions are expected to be a challenge until warming temperatures predicted in forecasts arrive later.
Sign up to receive Transit Alerts for the routes you use.
Check the print and online timetables for snow route maps.
If the weather is bad, check the color-coded status map on Metro Online before you travel.
Be patient. Buses are not always on schedule in snowy or icy conditions. Increased ridership during bad weather can result in crowded buses and a longer-than-usual wait on the phone for the Customer Information 206-553-3000.
Your favorite smartphone apps and online trackers may not be reliable when buses are rerouted or significantly delayed.
Dress warmly for the walk to the bus stop, expect delays, and wear appropriate footwear for the weather.
Head for bus stops on main arterials or at major transfer points such as park-and-ride lots, transit centers, or shopping centers.
Riders should wait at bus stops at the very top or very bottom of hills, because buses are often unable to stop for passengers on inclines.
Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, um… Comet… oh well…
Christmas in Pike/Pine may not be the most traditional affair but the Block Party/Chamber of Commerce-backed Holiday Hotspot continues Sunday with a min-tree lot benefitting SASG, Santa pics at Nube Green and a hopefully-eggnog-fueled dance party. Here’s a look at what we found Saturday.
Find more holiday fun including Holigays at Poco and a Julfest celebration on the CHS Calendar.
More pictures below.
| Amelia Bonow - Instigator
Tell me about the piece you made for the group art show “The Laurelton: No Place Like Home” –
The show is about our apartment buildings residents exploring their idea of home. I arrived at the Laurelton a couple weeks after losing everything in a house fire–easiest move ever! I was spinning; all the physical evidence that represented my 27 years of life had gone up in smoke and my identity felt compromised. I spent my first few months in APT 405 pouring over mountains of donations, blathering to myself while repositioning my houseplants, and running up a $750 heating bill. Home eluded me for about a year. It took that long to recognize myself without any of the familiar props, and to feel like home was a place that existed even within myself. My piece for the show is called “Home is in my Body.” I’ve appropriated an object that went through the fire, which still smells like a lifetime of objects that were never meant to burn.
“The Laurelton: No Place Like Home” opens at Vermillion on Thursday, December 12th.
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