23 spookiest Capitol Hill Seattle posts… ever

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How about another Hilloween tradition? We’ve updated our annual list of the spookiest CHS stories… ever. We’re up to 23! Don’t read in the dark! CHS will be out and about on Halloween as always to capture the scene and cover any breaking news. See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. In the meanwhile, here are some of the best tales of mystery and paranormal activity from around Capitol Hill from the CHS archives. Feel free to tell any Capitol Hill ghost stories you know about in the comments.

In 2010, CHS found these lines of numbers written in chalk on the cobbles of E Howell particularly disturbing

In 2010, CHS found these lines of numbers written in chalk on the cobbles of E Howell particularly disturbing

  1. Chalk number mystery on E Howell cobbles
  2. 16th Ave E’s ‘haunted house’ comes down
  3. The Nevertold Casket Company might just be the strangest shop on E Republican
  4. Meet the Klineburger Brothers and Capitol Hill’s taxidermy past
  5. The tale of the Winchester House of Capitol Hill (that never ever existed)
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Plan for a Capitol Hill doughnut bar gets one last push with Pettirosso pop-up

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 2.31.40 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 2.30.46 PMThe plan to bring a doughnut bar “inspired by Tom Waits and New Orleans nightlife
to Capitol Hill will get an extra push this weekend with a 9th & Hennepin pop-up at 11th Ave’s Cafe Pettirosso.

CHS told you earlier this month about the early plans from Justin Newstrum to create a joint serving fresh, hot doughnuts, coffee, and booze on Capitol Hill. The fundraiser behind the project stands at just under $5,000 with only a few days left to go on the $16,000 goal Newstrum is hoping to raise to fund the start-up of 9th & Hennepin. You can make your contribution here if you’re interested in helping get the business started and scoring one of the backer gifts.

Sunday night from 6 to 10 PM, you can meet the doughnut entrepreneur and sample his creations — and, hopefully, get inspired to add your dollars to the kitty:

As one last hurrah before my kickstarter ends, the fabulous ladies at Cafe Pettirosso have agreed to host a pop-up up night of fresh-fried donuts at their space on Capitol Hill this Sunday, November 2nd. Cafe Pettirosso will be open for their normal business hours Sunday night, serving their normal menu with Happy Hour all night long. In addition to that, we’re crafting a short menu of our donuts to fry to order. Donuts will be free, but *cash* donations will be accepted, to be donated to the kickstarter project. For those still on the fence about supporting the project this will be an excellent opportunity to come try a taste of what you’ll be getting when we open.

Now that we have a doggie bar lined up, check out the Capitol Hill plans for a cat cafe

(Image: Seattle Meowtropolitan)

(Image: Seattle Meowtropolitan)

10151787_549796821816308_7131859603313253472_nAs prophesied, Capitol Hill’s first dog bar will likely be followed by Capitol Hill’s first cat cafe:

Matt Lai (official title, according to his email signature, is “Cool Cat”) says cat cafe plans are moving along, but still nascent. He and his two partners are about to launch a round of crowdfunding, which will help determine minor details like the location and the space. Still they’re hoping to be open by mid-2015, preferably somewhere on Capitol Hill.

Nascent, crazy cat lady, so just settle down. There’s not even a Kickstarter yet. But there are cafe designs, logos and even merch on the Seattle Meowtropolitan Facebook page. We’ll keep you posted on any signs this project moves beyond fantasy stage — though with several of the city’s best journalists already on the case, we might not be the ones to break this story. We are, however, hoping it moves in next to Purr.

Capitol Hill is undead — Gathering to remember long-gone goth hangout Aurafice

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Aurafice in 2006 (Image: Joe Mabel)

Seattle in Memory, a project from a long ago CHS contributor, will host a Day of the Dead gathering Saturday night to remember the dearly departed “goth coffee shop” Aurafice:

A vigil for our beloved goth coffee shop. On the Day of the Dead, before you party, remember our long lost cafe. We encourage you to bring your memories to share, and any mementos you’d like to leave in tribute.

Portland-based Stumptown took over the former Aurafice space in 2007.

Saturday’s planned gathering starts at 8 PM. Wear black.

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12th/Pike dog daycare project will also include Capitol Hill’s first doggie bar

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CHS noticed the design renderings for the Chophouse Row mews sure was doggy back in 2013

CHS noticed the design renderings for the Chophouse Row mews sure were doggy back in 2013

Underdog? Play Under the Hill? Dog Play Afternoon?

The Central District’s Play Doggie Daycare is opening a second location in an underground space on Capitol Hill, but the owner has yet to settle on a name and she’s looking for ideas. Feel free to help her out in comments.

Sarah Slater, owner of the popular dog daycare at MLK and E Cherry, told CHS she hopes to be open in the space under Manhattan at 12th and E Pike by mid-January. The daycare will focus on small dogs for partial-day or full-day stays — the Capitol Hill location won’t be set up for overnight boardings. Slater said she expects most people to utilize the space by dropping their dogs off 2-5 times a week while they go to work or just for doggy socializing.

“There are so many apartments with dogs around (Pike/Pine)” Slater said. Downtown Dog Lounge on E Denny Way is the only other large-scale dog daycare currently servicing Capitol Hill.

While the new dog daycare will be located underneath Manhattan, it will also interact with the new Chophouse Row complex going up on the block, with connections to the “mews” storefronts and outdoor courtyard. According to Slater and Chophouse plans, a mezzanine “dog bar” will overlook part of the dog play area — an unfair-to-the-competition but ingenious way to keep bar patrons entertained for hours. Design plans say the bar “will allow for patrons to have a drink while their friends get their exercise in a separate doggy-daycare center below.” Continue reading

Tougo Coffee owner ready to open charcuterie and wine spot Bannister next door at 18th and Union

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(Image: Bannister)

The Central District’s one-block commercial stretch along 18th Ave at E Union is one of the quaintest and most neighborhood-y around. Since 2007, Tougo Coffee has anchored the stretch as a neighborhood hangout. Now owner Brian Wells says he’s hoping to cultivate the same sense of community one door down at Bannister, his new charcuterie-wine venture.

Wells tells CHS he’ll hold a reservation-only soft open starting October 24th and a grand opening on November 1st.

On the menu, Wells said to expect fine cheese, cured meats, olives, made-in-house,  pickles, and a full wine bar.

The restaurant is named after Edward Mitchell Bannister, a 19th century artist Wells said he has long admired.

Wells started his coffee career in Boston in 1991. He moved to Seattle in 1996 and spent most of his time in the service industry. In 2010 CHS reported on financial and tax troubles at Tougo. The 18th Ave cafe closed temporarily while Wells fundraised to pay back business taxes in order to renew his license. Since, Wells shuttered his Westlake Ave location. Wells said these days everything is going swell at Tougo and he’s ready for the expanded business venture. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | What’s it mean to be home to the 6th best bar in the world? 12th Ave whiskey and bitters emporium Canon will show you

IMG_0278Ask two people on Capitol Hill for the best bar in the Seattle Inner City and you’ll get three different opinions. But somehow, the industry journal Drinks International is able to rank the 50 best bars in the entire world. This year 12th Ave’s Canon came in at number 6.

What does that mean for you, dear Capitol Hill drinker?

Since it opened in 2011 with a 12-page menu, Canon has steadily grown and tweaked its dizzying selection of spirits, bitters, and ornate cocktails. It now boasts one of the largest spirit menus in the country — a 130-page tome (PDF) that represents around $1 million worth of inventory.

Owner Jamie Boudreau said the recently released top ranking took him by surprise. Even though Seattle’s high-end food+drink culture has grown by leaps and bounds, Boudreau said the city is still considered quite provincial in the craft cocktail world.

“To crack the top ten when I know the judges are always in New York, always in London, always in Chicago, it’s impressive,” he said. “To have a recognition of Seattle’s cocktail culture is really great. It’s nice that the city is starting to get noticed.”

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Tea Republik getting ready to blend in on Broadway

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With the light rail connection to the University District right around the block and set to open by early 2016, Broadway and John’s cafe connection to places familiar to the University of Washington crowd will also get a boost before the end of the year.

The signs have gone up for Tea Republik in the 200 block of Broadway E just a block from the coming soon Capitol Hill Station.

Owner Jeffry Kurniawan confirmed the hoped-for December opening with CHS. He and business partner Anton Lim will be opening their second Tea Republik to join the original University Way NE location which opened in 2012 and got a full makeover in early 2013.

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Is Capitol Hill’s Electric Tea Garden brewing a redux?

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Thanks for the tip, Marley

Last November, the Electric Tea Garden held a “last blast” dance party in its second story club space above the American Artificial Limb Co. at 14th and E Pike. But on Wednesday night, just under one year after ETG’s final weekend, a sign of life appeared on the shuttered club’s front door: a notice that ETG was applying for a new liquor license.

ETG’s owner Bruce Mason and others associated with the club have not yet responded to CHS on what is in store for the space.

A neighboring business tells CHS that there are plans to reopen the dance club.

When the club closed last year, Mason told CHS that an impending rent increase and gentrification in the neighborhood had weakened the club’s long term prospects. Continue reading

Sam’s Moroccan Sandwich Shop opens at 23rd and Union

Sam (Images: CHS)

Sam (Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

Sam’s Moroccan Sandwich Shop — opened up at 23rd Ave and Union a month ago — is named after Hisham Habchi. Hisham Habchi, of course, goes by Sam. The shop sells all kinds of sandwiches. The most popular seems to be the tuna sandwich which they call, in a simplified spelling of its Spanish inspiration, “Pocadio Tuna”.

“Morocco was a Spanish colony in the past and a lot of our dishes have a Spanish influence in them also,” the Moroccan Habchi tells CHS.

The shop is owned by Habchi and his business partner Mostafa Said. While Habchi is from Morocco and makes different kind of sandwiches from his homeland, his business partner Said hails from Eritrea and has lived in the States for over twenty years. Said said that war with Ethiopia made him flee to Sudan and from there he migrated to the United States.

On a Friday afternoon, you could hear holy music playing in the background as they quietly went about working in the kitchen. The friends met at a local mosque and decided to go into business together. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | First look inside Summit Ave’s new Single Shot

IMG_1577A “food-driven” bar with a two-block target market radius replacing a photo gallery? Next to a “hand-forged” doughnut shop? That’s *so* Capitol Hill.

But that ain’t just any doughnut shop neighbor. That’s the original Top Pot. And longtime Capitol Hill-based photographer Spike Mafford is part of the team putting the newly opened Single Shot together on Summit Ave.

The overhauled gallery debuted quietly over the weekend and is open for service daily from 5 PM to 2 AM.

The “kitchen & saloon” is the latest project from Seattle food and drink entrepreneur Rory McCormick and chef James Sherrill, the team that turned out a similar recipe with Re:public in South Lake Union.

McCormick said the out-of-the-way location and the original masonry building drew him to Summit Ave.

“I’m very aware as to what’s happening to Seattle as a whole,” McCormick told us earlier this year about the city’s relentless pace of development. “You don’t find a lot of single-story brick buildings built in the 20s.” Continue reading

Inspired by north India’s amber waves of grain, Kanak joining 15th Ave E’s restaurant row

IMG_2907On Friday as we checked in with the first time restauranteurs behind the ambitious New World meets Old World project Sur 16, we also made note of a new, slightly less trailblazing but equally exciting project underway downstairs.

Kanak Indian Cuisine is getting ready to open on the changing 15th Ave E very soon — maybe even this week.

“Our menu will be traditional with an American touch,” first-time owner Amar Manhani tells CHS. “We will offer more standard basics but a true taste of Indian food.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Sur 16 gets an education in Opening a Seattle Restaurant 101

Sur 16: Under construction (Image: CHS)

Sur 16: Under construction (Image: CHS)

The contrast can’t be ignored. Across the street, Rione XIII hums along, a well-oiled piece in a restaurant-making machine. Up here in the former home of 15th Ave E’s Bagel Deli, the husband and wife team working to create their first restaurant project feel a bit like machines themselves these days.

“Now we’re here morning and night,” Javier Dalzell tells CHS. “It took weeks just to get permits. Contractors are the next challenge. I told my kid to become a plumber or electrician,” Dalzell joked.

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