From Sun to Sol: New owner lined up for Capitol Hill’s Sun Liquor Lounge

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Sun Liquor Lounge, the Capitol Hill bar that went on sale for just under $200,000 earlier this year, might have found a new owner in Andre Sayre, a 30-year-old tech worker taking a break to find a new avenue in life.

“I enjoy the community aspect of a little place that everyone knows and loves,” he tells CHS about the planned purchase of the bar. “I wanted to do what I can to keep it around.”

There aren’t a lot of changes planned for the Summit Ave watering hole, the last vestige of Sun Liquor’s presence on Capitol Hill. Not everything from the bar was included in the deal. When the sales goes through, the old space will have a new name — Sol Liquor. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Alley Party 2018? Benefit for immigrant rights will extend music fest enthusiasm into activated backstreet

In a creative fundraising opportunity, E Pike’s Capitol Cider will use the alleyway west of Broadway between Pine and Pike to celebrate multiculturalism and raise money for the Northwest Immigration Rights Project (NWIRP) during the Capitol Hill Block Party, which takes place from Friday, July 20th to Sunday, July 22nd.

“A lot of us here at Capitol Cider are upset about the current situation regarding immigration and asylum seekers,” Julie Tall, the owner of Capitol Cider, tells CHS.

Capitol Cider has decided to mobilize their resources in Capitol Hill to support the rights of immigrants as the cider bar continues its annual tradition of embracing the activity around the outdoor music festival to throw a celebration of its own. Continue reading

The last Capitol Hill pizza joint without a pop-up DJ bar

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Much of Capitol Hill’s recent food and drink news has been about putting existing spaces to use for new projects.

Add Southpaw to the list — though, in the case of John Sundstrom’s 12th Ave pizza joint, the summer news is about making space to add something new.

Starting Thursday, Southpaw will undergo a nightly, weekends-only transformation with a Pop Up Bar from longtime Lark server Fernando Pacheco: Continue reading

CHS Pics | Machine House Central District makes winning debut

That guy who is probably not really Steven Gerrard seemed to be having a grand time. His pal Zlatan Ibrahimović? Less so.

What’s it like opening Machine House Brewery’s new Central District neighborhood pub as your home nation’s team is playing its biggest World Cup game in more than a decade?

“It’s extremely stressful,” UK-born Bill Arnott tells CHS. “We had a health inspection a half an hour before the last game — and then that went to penalties.”

We think Arnott is talking about England’s Round of 16 victory over Colombia on Tuesday — but maybe the health department does things differently when it comes to tap houses serving English-style cask conditioned ale. Continue reading

Plenty of Clouds settles in at 15th and Pine

Travis Post and Lisa Zack at Plenty of Clouds

Flavors of South Central China by way of New York City have settled in at 15th and Pine.

Plenty of Clouds debuted over the post-4th of July holiday weekend as two Ethan Stowell alumni have started a new restaurant generation in the space formerly home to his longtime Capitol Hill favorite Anchovies and Olives.

For first time restaurant owner and veteran chef Travis Post, Plenty of Clouds is all about the flavors of China’s abundant — and cloudy — south. “There’s the spice,” the chef-owner says. “But there’s a lot more to it than that. A lot of the freshness, fresh veggies, herbs, lighter flavors.”

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Machine House Central District pub ready for Wold Cup debut on E Jefferson

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Just as the World Cup gets really serious, Machine House is ready to debut its new Central District pub:

🚨MHB Central District is opening this weekend at 1315 E. Jefferson St.🚨 Doors open 7am this Friday 7/6 for the start of the World Cup Soccer Quarter Finals! Enjoy $4 imperial pints of the Cambridge Bitter during matches on Friday and Saturday as a part of the celebration!

You might expect a bit of a crowd at the new venue from the Georgetown-born brewer of English-style cask ales Saturday morning as England takes on Sweden.

CHS first reported on the E Jefferson tap room project in January as Machine House co-founder Bill Arnott told us a big part of the drive behind creating the pub was making sure the brewery’s prized creations are receiving the pours they deserve. “Very few pubs can serve it properly,” Arnott told CHS earlier this year. “We’ve found we need to control the experience. We need bartenders who can explain and present it.”

Arnott and co-founder Alex Brenner’s new venture is tiny compared to the massive and spartan factory setting of the Machine House brewery in Georgetown — just 1,000 square feet — so expect close quarters with some good new friends down the rail and plenty of good beer.

Rise and shine: Raised Doughnuts now open in the Central District

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If the test run was any indication, mornings are going to be a little brighter and more delicious on 23rd Ave starting Saturday.

Raised Doughnuts, transformed from the old Collins Gold Exchange and mini-mart at 23rd Ave and Spring, officially opens this weekend with raspberry holes, maple bars, apple fritters, sugared mochi, and good ol’ plain glazed doughnuts for its new Central District neighbors.

“The community right away was embracing us,” I-Miun Liu, a prolific Seattle food and drink entrepreneur and business partner in the project tells CHS. Liu said the opening was eased by advice and help from “businesses in the neighborhood who have come by and supported us.” Continue reading

After 38 years, time for some change on Broadway: La Cocina’s Cantina coming soon

Victor Santiago started working at Broadway’s La Cocina Santiago as a busboy in 1989. By 2001, he had risen the ranks of the Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant and taken over as owner, but not until later this summer will his hopes for the space finally come true.

La Cocina will be taking over the Starbucks next door to make space for a new tequila bar La Cocina’s Cantina. Currently, the restaurant features a small four-foot bar that sits in a little corner but larger drinking experience will soon be just one backdoor away.

“I always dreamed of having my own cantina bar,” Santiago, who grew up in a small mountain town in Mexico, tells CHS. Continue reading

Kaladi Brothers Coffee making big move to its first E Pike location on the same block

June on Capitol Hill, Kaladi Brothers Coffee

Capitol Hill’s Kaladi Brothers is going back to its roots but the change won’t mean you have to head way up north to visit the Alaskan-born chain’s E Pike outpost.

Later this summer, the popular coffee shop will move back to where it began its life in Seattle — a few doors down in a part of the same auto row-era building being overhauled from Sun Liquor’s shuttered mini-bottling operation into a new cafe and community space.

“I’m super excited because the flow of the current cafe, there’s certain things that are a little disjointed,” Erika Zumwalt, manager of the Kaladi location, said. “People will come in and kind of look around and say ‘Oh! Gonna go somewhere else,’” Zumwalt said. Continue reading

Realfine Coffee makes Pride weekend debut on Capitol Hill

An E Pine cafe kicked back into motion Friday. West Seattle-born Realfine Coffee is now open next to the E Pine Rudy’s.

The opening puts the former home of Stumptown back into action after it was shuttered late this summer so the company could focus on its 12th Ave location. Continue reading