Spaghetti Western — Hill’s first and possibly last pasta and BBQ joint — is closing

Just a little more than four months after reopening his Capitol Hill restaurant, Aleks Dimitrijevich has tapped out another classic goodbye message — this time in honor of his Spaghetti Western, the first and possibly last pasta and BBQ joint on Capitol Hill. Here’s his note posted Friday afternoon via Facebook:

And a good day to everyone :) i guess i’ll just make this short and sweet, maybe a touch of bitter to round things out, but such things are to be expected when things just dont seem to go the way you want them to.
i’m going to be closing this space down as Spaghetti Western so to speak. Tonight, tomorrow night and sunday brunch are going to be my last three official services here at the restaurant. five years of exhausting work, no vacations and no free time will suffice as reason enough…

a heartfelt thanks to all the friends and folks who came in and enjoyed round 2, hope you enjoyed everything! Continue reading

A colorful start to Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar testing

Mayor Murray and King County Council and Sound Transit board rep Joe McDermott take a ride (Images: CHS)

Mayor Murray and King County Council and Sound Transit board rep Joe McDermott take a ride (Images: CHS)

In front of a rainbow assortment of new trolleys, the first completed tram for the First Hill Streetcar — sky blue — took a very important load of passengers for a 600-foot ride Friday morning as testing for the system has moved into full motion.

It only required one “reboot.”

“This is another step in our efforts to get streetcars running throughout Seattle,” passenger and Mayor Ed Murray said to the media assembled to cover the event at the system’s International District maintenance facility.

Inside, workers were assembling three more cars set to join the fleet including a hot pink number one Seattle Department of Transportation representative said captured the, um, “modern energy of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.” The colors of the multi-hued cars were “inspired” by the “different characteristics” of the neighborhoods the 2.5 mile streetcar route travels through — Pioneer Square, the International District, First Hill, and Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Rudy’s Barbershop opening on 15th Ave E

(Image: Rudy's)

(Image: Rudy’s)

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

A familiar Capitol Hill-headquartered barbershop chain is expanding its stylish empire this summer into a 15th Ave E space with deep roots in the hair business. CHS has learned that Rudy’s Barbershop has signed a lease to open a new location at 15th and E Republican.

The 15th Ave shop will be the 10th Rudy’s location in Seattle, and the first to open in the same neighborhood as an existing shop. The E Pine Rudy’s first opened its doors in 1993.

“We just thought we could use more business up there,” Rudy’s spokesperson Alyssa Dykgraas told CHS. “It’s far enough away that it’s not going to take away customers from our other Capitol Hill shop.” Continue reading

Step $11* — Minimum wage rally planned Saturday on Capitol Hill

10448616_999792076715411_2076883839272315428_oIn 2014, Mayor Ed Murray came to Capitol Hill to sign Seattle’s historic minimum wage law. On April 1st, the first stage of the march to a $15/hour minimum for all Seattle workers (well, except these folks, maybe) will begin. City Council member and District 3 candidate Kshama Sawant, the biggest champion of the new wage, will return to the Hill for a rally to celebrate and defend the new law:

Seattle’s Getting a Raise – Now, Let’s Enforce It!
Saturday, March 28th at 1 PM
In Front of Seattle Central College – Broadway & E. Pine
$15 was won due to the efforts low wage workers, unions, and grassroots organizations. The next step is to make sure our bosses follow the law.

On March 28th we’ll be visiting low-wage workplaces to let workers know their rights. Join us and take action for workers’ rights under the new minimum wage law.

Starting next Wednesday, the minimum wage at Seattle employers with more than 500 employees will rise to $11 — an 18% jump. Employees at smaller companies with no tips and no medical benefits will also have a $11/hour floor. Small employers of tipped workers and employers that provide medical benefits may pay a $10 minimum and make up the balance with credit for the tips and bennies. No foolin’.


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CHS Pics | A-Maze Balls — inside Smash Putt 23rd and Union

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Put your ball in the start point and turn the maze to guide your ball and achieve your score.

Like so many great games, this is a game of finesse.

Those are the “special rules” for A-maze Balls, hole #8 at the 2015 season of Smash Putt mini-golf at 23 and Union.

They are also words to live by.

CHS told you last week about the opening tee-off at the pop-up of the “MEGA Miniature Golf Apocalypse” in the old post office space at 23rd and Union. Here’s a look inside.

Tickets for the coming Friday and Saturday night are mostly sold out but you’ll find plenty of tee times on Sunday. Or, if you like, you can just hang out in the clubhouse sipping your Arnold Palmer.

Smash Putt is a CHS advertiser and is 21+ only. You can learn more at smashputt.com. More pictures, below.IMG_7927 Continue reading

Blotter | Chop Suey talent booker pleads not guilty to Capitol Hill DUI

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • DUI: Chop Suey talent booker Jodi Ecklund has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving after her arrest earlier this month in the Pike/Pine neighborhood. According to court records, Ecklund pleaded not guilty to the charge after being arrested early Thursday, March 12th near 10th and Pike.
     
    Police say Ecklund, 41, briefly attempted to flee on foot after being pulled over on 10th Ave around 2:30 AM.
     
    Ecklund declined to comment on the record about the case but said she is able to continue working at Chop Suey and plans to fight the charges. As part of her release on $2,500 bail, Ecklund agreed to a list of conditions including abstaining from liquor or drugs including “marijuana prescribed or non-prescribed,” and not operating a motor vehicle. Ecklund’s lawyer Jonathan Morrison declined comment. Her case continues next month with a pre-trial hearing.
     
    Chop Suey reopened earlier this month under new management with Ecklund returning to her longtime post as the club’s booker.
  • Amazon Fresh ripoff: A neighbor living near Volunteer Park writes —
    A number of our neighbors have had things stolen from their porches in the last few weeks. We set up a dropcam on our porch, and, lo and behold, we got a thief in action this morning. Could you post this so others can see her and be on the lookout? Continue reading

Mayor Murray calls for 20K more affordable housing units in next decade

IMG_3672Following his pledge to provide an “aggressive” goal for new affordable housing units in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray announced Thursday he wants to create or preserve 50,000 new housing units in the city over the next decade, 20,000 of which would be income restricted. Murray is directing his Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee to come up policy proposals by May to meet the target.

“Seattle is facing a serious lack of affordable housing options that displace families and people in this city,” Murray said.

The 20,000 income restricted units would be for individuals and families making 80 percent of the area median income and below. The other 30,000 units would be market rate. Murray didn’t specify where those units would be built or preserved, only that they would be within the city limits.

Here’s a look at the income levels for one and two person households that the committee will be targeting:

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As Seattle task force ponders a queer youth homeless shelter on Capitol Hill, LGBTQ community center is back on the table

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Jackie Sandberg (Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Having lived on the streets as a queer youth, Jackie Sandberg says she’s all too familiar with the hate crimes inflicted on the city’s disproportionately LGBTQ homeless population. Unfortunately, Sandberg says the situation isn’t much better when she and others seek refuge inside the city’s shelters.

“So much of what holds us back is not having a place where we feel completely safe,” Sandberg said at the recent LGBTQ violence forum at Capitol Hill’s All Pilgrims Church. “A LGBTQ youth shelter is an essential step to saving youth from experiencing the level of hatred and indifference that we currently do.”

Creating a city-funded queer youth shelter in the neighborhood was one of the most concrete ideas to emerge from the forum. The idea was roundly applauded throughout the evening and in her closing remarks, council member Kshama Sawant vowed to fight for city funding to make it happen.

“Often, queer youth experience harassment at shelters,” Sawant told CHS. “It’s a serious enough question that elected officials should be exploring.” Continue reading

A decade of coffee for Fuel, just the start for one of Capitol Hill’s busiest food+drink entrepreneurs

IMG_8951It was a tough sell for Dani Cone ten years ago when she planned to open a coffee shop in a city already flooded with them.

“This was not my most novel idea,” Cone said sitting in Fuel on 19th Ave E. Novel or not, it worked, the shop is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month.

The milestone also marks a decade of business from one of the busiest food and drink entrepreneurs in the neighborhood. Coffee shops are what she knew, and after 10 years, Cone, whose business interests have expanded to include High 5 Pie and Cone and Steiner general stores, is just grateful for having the chance to work in a business she enjoys.

“Most important to me is really about the community, the customers and the people I get to work with,” she said. “I don’t know how I got so lucky. I really don’t.”

Cone grew up on Mercer Island, and was working at a deli there, since closed, called C’est Cheese. It was the early 90s and the coffee culture was just getting a foothold in many places across the country. While her main job was to make sandwiches, she also got on-the-job barista training when an espresso machine showed up there one day.

“It was like, ‘Oh, yeah, learn how to make these coffees,’” she said. Continue reading

On the List | Jackson Street Jazz Walk, APRIL Fest, Moisture Fest, Comicon events, Polish Home Spring Bazaar

The weekend around Capitol Hill and Central Seattle is highlighted by two awesome grassroots festivals that honor the area’s literary and musical traditions.

Saturday, you’re invited to the Jackson Street Jazz Walk:

The Syrinx Effect (Image: Daniel Sheehan)

The Syrinx Effect (Image: Daniel Sheehan)

On Saturday, March 28, from 4 pm to Midnight, Jackson Commons and Isola Homes present the second annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk: Bringing Jazz Back to Jackson Street. To honor the legacy of the historic Jackson Street music scene and to showcase the talent of some of Seattle’s best contemporary musicians, eight venues on Jackson Street between 17th Ave S and 21st Ave S will showcase twenty performances with a festival-like schedule. All shows are free. The evening showcases the eclectic diversity that makes up Seattle’s jazz scene today.

There’s also a coloring contest! :)

JazzWalk Coloring Page

APRIL-logo-full-Green (1)Meanwhile, the 2015 APRIL Festival continues. CHS wrote about the “largest ever” edition of the small press fest here:

“It’s definitely getting bigger and bigger than we ever could have imagined when we started it,” said Tara Atkinson, who founded APRIL along with Willie Fitzgerald back in 2012, when the two found themselves unemployed roommates in a Capitol Hill apartment that also served as APRIL’s headquarters. The acronym they chose as the name for the festival that comes every March, and which has morphed in to an organization that also offers some smaller literary events throughout the year, is descriptive — ‘Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature.’

You’ll find APRIL’s highlights plus important meetings like the East Precinct Advisory Council, and events like the return of the Moisture Festival, Comicon events, the Polish Home Spring Bazaar and more this weekend on the CHS Calendar. Continue reading