Capitol Hill, your cheese tea is ready — Atulea now open on 12th Ave

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Green — or black — tea is topped with a slightly salty froth made of a mixture of cream cheese, milk, and whipped cream. That’s a cheese tea. You’ll now find it along with milk teas and matcha at 12th Ave’s Atulea. Continue reading

Chuan on Capitol Hill, modern Szechuan Chinese, coming to E Pike

The fish at Cove Seattle will have something new to watch in 2019 (Image: Cove Seattle)

At Capitol Hill’s new Cove Seattle apartment building, dessert has come before dinner but in a few months, the neighborhood around E Pike will have a new Chinese restaurant.

The concept for Chuan on Capitol Hill is pretty straightforward. Expect Szechuan classics delivered in modern, sometimes non-traditional style.

Yao Huang tells CHS he’s excited to be working with partners on the restaurant — his first — in a neighborhood he knows well. Huang began his education in the United States 20 years ago as in immigrant at Seattle Central. He’s made a career in hospital administration at a community clinic. But Chuan on Capitol Hill will mark the start of a new path. Continue reading

After years of Capitol Hill obituaries, the Redwood has fallen

Surely a Capitol Hill dive bar that warranted annual obituaries but somehow managed to remain open deserves a post to mark its final demolition.

Work has begun to remove from the earth any traces that the Redwood ever stood on E Howell.

Thanks to a CHS reader for a picture of the demolition in progress. We might not have believed the news without it.

The neighborhood bar was notorious for inspiring nearly annual fits of sadness over its pending displacement. The owners and the Redwood’s patrons knew redevelopment was coming and made quiet plans for dealing with and moving on. Six years of inevitable doom came to a close this week.

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Police called to help Broadway’s Nacho Borracho and Neon Taco boot Patriot Prayer

Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson argues with Nacho Borracho security, right, in a 15-minute “Trump Supporter was illegally kicked out of Seattle Bar” video the group posted over the weekend

Police were called to Capitol Hill’s Nacho Borracho bar Friday night after a group told to leave because of their involvement with a far-right group refused to exit the Broadway bar and caused a more than 15-minute disturbance at the establishment.

Officers arrived on the 200 block of Broadway E just after 11 PM Friday after a report of five people involved with Patriot Prayer inside the business harassing staff and customers. The group was heckling people inside the bar, “trying to debate about tolerance,” and being disruptive, according to the SPD report on the incident.

The security guard who called police informed officers that ownership does not allow hate groups in the bar.

The incident reportedly involved pushing and shoving as security attempted to remove the group. There were no weapons reported to be involved and no injuries were reported.

One group member told police he attempted to hold onto a railing inside the bar as security pushed him out after he refused to leave. Police gave the group a “trespass admonishment” and the 35-year-old assured police he wouldn’t return to the bar. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle chefs create organization to fund human rights issues

From +togetherSEATTLE

The Seattle restaurant community is a tightknit one—whether passing along the name of a great line cook or favorite farmer, jumping in to be an extra pair of hands at an auction dinner, or rallying around a friend going through a hard time—there’s something special about being a part of the hospitality industry in Seattle. And it’s that sense of community that chef Ericka Burke experienced when she texted a few of her friends in late June.

“I was sitting in my office reading one devastating article after another,” said Ericka Burke, chef/owner of Volunteer Park Cafe. “I was overrun with outrage and sadness at the cruel and inhuman treatment of immigrant families. I was sick to my stomach and had to do something, so I reached out to some of my chef friends. I didn’t have a plan. I just said, “we need to do something, anything to help these families that are being torn apart.” Continue reading

What you’ll find at Sea-Tac’s coming Capitol Hill Food Hall

Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Tis the season to begin thinking about your coming holiday air travel. By this time next year, you’ll be able to stop by a little bit of “Capitol Hill” on your way out of Sea-Tac.

The Capitol Hill Food Hall is slated to open by June 2019 as part of a massive overhaul of the busy Port of Seattle facility.

“Travelers to SEA are invited to immerse themselves in a bustling urban foodie market featuring some of the Seattle region’s best plates, drinks and gourmet food products,” the port promises.  Continue reading

Gay City spreads out as Kaladi Brothers settles into new (old) home on E Pike

A long, fruitful partnership on E Pike has ended — but everybody is still friends. Kaladi Brothers Coffee is now spread out in its own space just a few doors down as its longtime partner Gay City sets to work on creating a new library and resource center in the former cafe space.

CHS reported on the planned move for Kaladi this summer as the Alaska-born coffee chain’s sole Seattle location readied for the new E Pike address. While the move was logistically easy thanks to an underground connection in the building, the buildout of the former Sun Liquor bottling facility took a bit longer than expected. Continue reading

First look: Whole Foods Madison Broadway

There is a new, upscale neighborhood, of sorts, at the corner of Broadway and Madison. Your new neighbors will celebrate the grand opening of their neighborhood grocery store Tuesday morning.

Whole Foods is continuing to open new stores in great locations,” Pacific Northwest regional president for the grocery chain Angela Lorenzen told CHS during a pre-opening tour of the store Monday as workers put on the finishing touches and stocked the shelves of the two-level, 40,000-square-foot supermarket.

Whole Foods Madison Broadway — diplomatically labelled so as not to play favorites with the First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods it straddles — is set to open at 9 AM 8 AM Tuesday morning with a day of giveaways, and, of course, a DJ. “There will be a line — and lots of excitement,” Lorenzen said. Continue reading

The Crescent, under new ownership, ready for another 70 years on Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill’s last great dive bar has new owners but its vow to never, ever change remains the same.

Brothers Joe Martin, Steve Smith, and David Munden are set to step back in to run The Crescent, the bar their father helped create decades ago on E Olive Way.

“As long as I breathe this air, it will never change,” Martin tells CHS. Continue reading

Now open on Pike/Pine’s midway of treats: Cinnaholic

Cinnamon rolls have joined Seattle Dogs, cupcakes, waffles, Unicorn Balls, and plant-based ice cream on Pike/Pine’s carnival of treats.

The new Seattle outpost of Cinnaholic is celebrating its grand opening with $1 rolls 10 AM to 2 PM Friday. Sure, you can eat a cinnamon roll for lunch.

CHS talked this summer with Maysaa Abouhamze about her new E Pike business with fellow entrepreneur Trieva Katsandres with plans to take over a short-lived salon’s former space next to Capitol Cider and add another sweet component to the neighborhood’s mix of food, treats, and drinks.

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