Here’s what owner Stowell says about closing Anchovies and Olives

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After eight years of business, Anchovies and Olives will close to end 2017. Seattle restaurateur Ethan Stowell, one of the city’s most prolific chef/owners, says not to try to read too much into the closure. It’s not always about trends and demographics. Sometimes, it’s just time for restaurants to close.

“We’ve loved this restaurant,” Stowell said Thursday after the announcement of its planned December 31st last night of service at 15th and Pine. “You never want to close down a business. You wish everything was a home run.” Continue reading

Westman’s Bagels and Coffee bringing ‘morning culture’ to E Madison

Highly anticipated Westman’s Bagels and Coffee is nearly ready to serve up its first boiled and baked masterpieces with just the right amount of schmear — maybe even opening in time to enjoy a few of the final days of Chanukah. Sometimes big expectations get packed into small spaces on Capitol Hill.

“People are passionate about their bagels,” Monica Dimas tells CHS. “Their expectations can be based on a perfect bagel they had in New York 12 years ago.”

Dimas, a big player in making small spaces work, and baker Molly Westman hope to meet some of those expectations and bring a little NYC to E Madison when they hope to finally debut the new streetside cafe and bagel counter next week after months of anticipation. Continue reading

Starbucks making Capitol Hill ‘move’ of its Broadway/Republican cafe

Broadway and Denny’s coming soon Starbucks

The Seattle-based coffee giant is pretty much ruining the joke. There won’t be a Starbucks on every corner on Broadway.

Employees at the Broadway and Republican location are telling customers that, come 2018, the shop will be “moving” to the new 101 Broadway building, across from Capitol Hill Station at Broadway and Denny.

CHS reported this summer on plans for a new Starbucks in the new mixed-use building near the busy transit station. Now it appears Starbucks corporate has deemed the old Broadway and Republican location unnecessary.

The closure will mark the second Starbucks to shutter on Capitol Hill to end 2017. Earlier this year, the 15th Ave E Starbucks — at one time an indie-styled experiment by the company — shuttered and will make way for a new Full Tilt ice cream shop.

Starbucks, meanwhile, isn’t the only big coffee chain closing cafes on the Hill. CHS reported on the lawsuit and the tax problems behind the closure of Tully’s after 20 years at 19th and Aloha.

As for what is next at Broadway and Republican, CHS doesn’t allow itself to indulge in straight up rumors too often but the exit of Starbucks on this end of Broadway might connect to persistent gossip we hear of a big brand pizza chain looking to expand its Capitol Hill presence. Feel free to speculate further in comments.

The Broadway and Republican Starbucks is slated for its final day of business on January 8th.

 

Victrola expanding coffee roasting operations off Hill but Pike’s small-batch beans will stay

Inside Pike Victrola’s roasting room (Image: Victrola Roasters)

Capitol Hill remains fertile ground for coffee bean roasting but the area’s tight quarters will mean one player is downsizing its on-Hill operations. Victrola has announced it is moving its largest roaster to Lynnwood to focus its growing wholesale production in a new facility:

One of Seattle’s original specialty coffee roasters is getting a strong shot of focused energy and experience with the addition of Torsten Gohre as Director of Wholesale, as well as the establishment of a new production facility. Tor joined Victrola in July 2017, bringing his talents and expertise from 10 years as Western Region Sales Director for a Fortune 500 corporation, where he managed a portfolio of business across 13 states, contributing to 20% year-over-year growth for 10 consecutive years. Tor’s role at Victrola is to define and implement an optimal structure for wholesale operations and oversee all client relationships, including day-to-day service, education and new accounts. He will lead all business development and account management strategy, with a focus on expanding into new market segments such as lodging, airport, college and university, business and industry, and healthcare channels.

Victrola owner Dan Ollis tells CHS “space has become a real concern” at Victrola’s Pike roastery and cafe. “I’m sure you have seen the loading/unloading craziness,” he writes. “The Bigger Roaster will move, and the original roaster will stay in its place at 310 East Pike St.” Continue reading

High aspirations at By the Pound, Capitol Hill’s first deli counter with a secret bar

What if CHS told you a group of people expert at putting together Seattle’s DJ dance nights and building a party scene also wanted to create a space for contemplation, inspiration, spiritual enlightenment, and conversation over a good old fashioned? What if we told you that space would be secreted away behind a Capitol Hill deli counter and you would walk through a meat locker door to get there?

“If you want a great social space, there’s no greater aspiration — feeling warm, feeling comfortable, and having it kind of push you into conversation,” Sean Majors tells CHS about the lofty ideas and ideals behind By the Pound, a new “New York meets Seattle” deli counter business that is now open on E Olive Way at Harvard that has more going on behind the scenes. Continue reading

As Brewlab celebrates winter, Redhook now focused fully on Capitol Hill

Redhook is now all in on Capitol Hill — with some help from Portland. The Pacific Northwest beer brand owned and operated by global brew force Craft Beer Alliance will soon have only one Seattle-area brewing operation under its banner — right here on E Pike — after agreeing to sell its Woodinville brewery site for $24.5 million.

The move follows Redhook’s announcement in spring that it would shut down beer production at the facility to focus on its eight-barrel Redhook Brewlab on E Pike squeezed into the enormous seven-story Pike Motorworks mixed-use development. Its larger production undertakings like the seasonal Winterhook originate at facilities including CBA’s Portland brewing facility.

The Redhook Brewlab debuted on Capitol Hill in August after months of delays. The original plans for a ten-barrel system were downsized to the lower production eight-barrel system with a focus on experimentation, not bottling for retail. Redhook called the project “a beer-focused working space” and “a test ground to experiment and create new small-batch beers primarily for the pub, and to develop recipes that will eventually come to life on a wider scale in Washington and beyond.”

The tightly packed brewing facility is surrounded by plenty of space for tables and a large patio formed by the building’s preservation of the old auto row facade from the showroom and garages that used to stand at the site.

Thursday night, the 714 E Pike Brewlab’s restaurant and table space will be put to use celebrating Redhook’s release of the 2017 edition of Winterhook. If you are among the first to bring a canned good to donate to a holiday food drive for Northwest Harvest, you’ll receive a Brewlab pint glass — which you can then use to try one of the Capitol Hill-created Brewlab pours if seasonal holiday beer doesn’t grab your fancy.

R&M Dessert Bar brings sweet touch to a night out on E Pike

Optimizing the fine dining experience has meant *some* restaurants — nobody on Capitol Hill, of course — would rather you and your lovely date move along to open up a table and, gasp, not have dessert. That’s ok when places like R&M Dessert Bar are coming along.

The little dessert and light bite space with a walk-up window and busy baked-good kitchen opened up quietly on E Pike in the new mixed-use The Cove building.

“Our goal is to offer good quality food, good quality drinks,” Marc Adams tells CHS. “We’re always open late, trying to make it accessible to everybody.” Continue reading

Robatayaki restaurant project next for former Broadway bagel space

The Lyric

While some spaces along Broadway seem like they may never come back to life, others are more fungible. After some construction work, the former home of a big chain bagel shop is slated to be reborn as the latest investment from the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Plenty, Inc.

The Robata project will create a new restaurant concept for the company below The Lyric building at 230 Broadway E. The space was formerly home to Einstein Bros. Bagels until it suddenly shuttered in October 2016. Previously, Einstein sibling Noah’s stood at the location before it was demolished to make way for the Lyric development. Continue reading

Behind the Tully’s Capitol Hill closure: the lawsuit, the taxes, the what’s next rumors

No, the property hasn’t (yet) been sold to a developer but, yes, the financial issues surrounding the closure of the Tully’s coffee after 20 years at 19th and Aloha go much deeper than a lost lease.

CHS broke the news on the coming closure for the popular neighborhood hangout in mid-November. We documented more than $300,000 owed in taxes to the state of Washington and decisions including a $102,000 judgment for unpaid rent on the company’s Western Ave offices. It turns out, the company owes much more. By the end of the month, the Tully’s across the street from St. Joe’s and a few blocks from the Holy Names Academy was closed for good. Along the way, Global Baristas, the company that took over the struggling chain, never responded to our requests for more information on the closure and chair Michael Avenatti blocked us on Twitter. Continue reading

Capitol Hill restaurant crew helps rescue woman from waters of Elliott Bay

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A Capitol Hill restaurant’s night off turned out to be a right place, right time situation along Seattle’s waterfront just after midnight Monday morning.

During an outing planned as a very Seattle morale event — a night of squid jigging on Elliott Bay — chef Shota Nakajima and employees from 15th and Pine’s Adana were fishing when they heard a splash and someone yelling for help near Seattle’s Great Wheel.

Nakajima and his crew put down their poles and found an emergency situation involving a woman in the water. They helped until police could arrive and remove her form the cold waters of Elliott Bay. Continue reading