We’ve moved! After several decades of bringing you the latest new from the Capitol Hill food and drink economy every Monday, we’ve moved the notes to Tuesday. It’s a more fun-ner day of the week (more people comment than on busy Mondays) and fits better with our current news-gathering schedule. This will probably last a week or two and then we’ll bring it to you on Wednesdays. And then we’ll shut it all down and move to Grants Pass. In the meantime, direct tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is he building in there? Mystery items aren’t always food+drink’s finest moments but sometimes the story just needs to get started. We’re getting asked lots of questions about the former Autopro garage space on E Pine just below the new Terravita Apartments building.
In the months since CHS reported the purchase of the old auto garage, brown paper has covered the windows and some amount of work has been underway inside. The Department of Planning and Development wasn’t thrilled with that part, by the way. An order to stop work because no permits had yet been issued was sent out by DPD in May. According to city records, an inspection of the space in July again revealed violations.
It’s not a lock that this story ends up in the food and drink category when all is said and done — but it’s a good bet. Early filings for construction at the corner of E Pine and Summit have Capitol Hill-based restaurant architecture firm Graham Baba’s name all over them. The creator of the current Seattle “look” for food and drink spaces, Graham Baba’s involvement would indicate some big plans for the space.
But we don’t know what those plants entail. The building was purchased by a company registered to Jerry Everard and Erickson Shirley. Everard, part of Capitol Hill firm Groff Murphy, has also been part of the businesses behind Pike/Pine entertainment venues Neumos and Sole Repair. We’ve been told Everard and Shirley aren’t the players here but that’s pretty much where our trail ends. At one point way back when, another investor had sniffed around the address as a potential hotel. We hope, whatever it is, it’s called Autopro when it opens.
- CHS can tell you a little bit about a project on 10th Ave we’re also hearing about thanks to this Slog post last week — Want to Look Inside Basic Plumbing? CHS has been told by people familiar with the situation that the building’s longtime owners aren’t fixing up the former location of the Pike/Pine sex club to make way for a specific incoming food and drink tenant but that they’re hoping the work might attract a new business to the space. The landlords also own the Comet’s space and the location home to Lobby Bar. Meanwhile, next door, Ballet remains in a month to month deal in its E Pike space owned by Capitol Hill real estate investor Ron Amundson.
- According to paperwork filed with the city, you’ll soon have another “Mex”-styled Capitol Hill eatery. Last week, CHS reported on a flurry of activity in Hill Mexican restaurants. Add a Chipotle to the list. According to the permit, the new “Mexican Grill” is destined for a street-level unit of the Harvard Market complex on Broadway near Pike. We’re not certain which current tenant is being displaced but it’s possible one south of the border joint may replace another — Tacos Guaymas has reportedly been on month-to-month status for quite some time.
- EVO Tapas Kitchen is closing after only three months of operation. Next? The Social dance club’s plan for taking the space over and better integrating the lounge space into the business.
- A pinball and arcade bar is opening on E Olive Way in the former Faire space.
- Tango sibling rum bar Rumba will debut on E Pike in weeks.
- E Pike tavern burgled by a regular.
- Spinasse made itself a 4-year birthday dinner.
- Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurant nominees include Artusi and Terra Plata.
- Makini Howell’s 15th Ave outpost is changing its name to Plum Cafe.
- High 5 is doing Mommy + Me Mondays. Free coffee or kids drink with purchase of pie on Mondays, 2-5p. Daddies, etc. too.
- “The long, thin bar is an odd shape for a restaurant and does not fit that many patrons, but oddly it works. Each seat has a view of the park across the street and is perfect for people-watching.”
- 14th and Union’s Oola Distillery says the bourbon is ready. Bottles of its Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey *could* be on sale Saturday *if* Facebook followers don’t claim them all first. Information on reserving and being part of the milestone release is below.
- Publicola points out the stats say we’re drinking more hard liquor post-privatization.
- Canon now posts its impressive list of booze on its website.
- The Gamma Ray Games Kickstarter has now raised sufficient funding to kick in the full bar clause at the opening-this-month Raygun Cafe in the old Travelers space.
- Rione XIII will open this month thanks to Ethan Stowell’s maniacal powers of execution.
- Neighbor Wandering Goose is taking a more leisurely path. You’re not likely to see it open up fully until September, we’re told.
- From the Flickr pool: Americana
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Ad lists “Melrose” as location.
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