Capitol Hill food+drink | Cherry Street coming to Seattle U, Canon poaches Tavern Law chef

We’re sure the overall Capitol Hill food and drink economy took a solid hit from last week’s snow and ice but there were definitely some pockets of strength. For some, it was a showcase of their place in the local community. If the logistics worked out and employees could make it to work, there were some bars and restaurants that packed the locals in. But it wasn’t easy. Nice work, everybody. Here’s hoping for some easier to manage weather. Got a tip? Hook us up at


(Image: Cherry Street Coffee)

Seattle Met says the mini coffee chain is planning one of two new Seattle locations for the newly opened building. “We’ve always wanted to open up on the Hill but didn’t want to compete with our friends there,” Cherry Street’s spiritually inclined Ali Ghambari told the magazine. “We like the idea of being south of where most of the Capitol Hill action is, because we see it as an opportunity to become the nucleus of that surrounding First Hill neighborhood. Appropriately enough, the new cafe will come to life where James becomes East Cherry Street. It is slated for a May opening. You can learn more at


  • Long ago, the space that will soon be Skelly and the Bean was Cassis. According to Seattle Eater, Jef Fike, the man that created Cassis, will be on hand to help create Skelly as he joins to run the front of house at the community-style 10th Ave E restaurant.
  • Canon, looking to build on its well-reviewed 2011 debut, has added a new player to the mix with the hiring of Andrew Cross from Tavern Law.

Seattle Met has more on the poaching, er, hiring. UPDATE: Canon sent over a quick note to clarify they never “approach someone working at another restaurant, and all of our staff have either approached us personally or answered an ad.”

  • Dinette an example of a restaurant that held its own during snow week.
  • Seattle Times digs into the worries from craft distillers over the impact of I-1183.
  • In January 1931, authorities seized a 25-gallon still from an apartment building at 1612 Boylston Ave.
  • The only Capitol Hill entrant on a city “watch list” of problem bars may not deserve its inclusion and has been working to deal with situation that landed it there. We documented this dispute between a resident and the Baltic Room last spring. Apparently, it’s again an issue though the Baltic Room says it’s doing everything it needs to address the issue and DPD records show no violations at the address.
  • Congratulations to 8oz Burger Bar for making it through a few snow-inspired delays and (finally) opening Friday night. Here are a few pictures from our recent visit to see the space.
  • It’s not exactly how we would do it. We told you earlier about Americana’s birth in the former Table 219. Monday night was the planned grand “relaunch” party but we — and a long list of local media — received this email over the weekend: 

Due to a lack of reservations this relaunch party is canceled.

Nothing like drumming up excitement.

  • This chef likes to eat at La Bete.
  • Should any Capitol Hill chefs make this list?
  • Manhattan Drugs is settling in on 12th Ave and is already approaching its second month of business. We’re told a VIP room is the next big push at the project.
  • Yes, the Tacos Guaymas suite at Harvard Market is (still) for lease. In the meantime, business as usual for the taco joint.
  • One problem with this whole Molly Moon’s/Windows Phone advertisement thing — the guy in the commercial was clearly trying to find the shop on Capitol Hill.
  • We see Broadway’s Saizen Sushi has finally been approved for beer and wine. Hopefully the new feature helps its relative standing on the Hill.
  • Happy lunar new year. With recent openings and the old stalwarts, Capitol Hill suddenly rivals the International District, it seems, with places to celebrate.

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