CHS Pics | New coat of light and love added to Central District’s MLK, Jr. mural

(Image: Fat's)

(Image: Fat’s via Facebook)

Fat’s Chicken and Waffles is closed on Mondays but another part of its overhaul of the old Catfish Corner is always available.

In September when we told you about the new joint’s debut at MLK and Cherry, CHS also told you about a project bringing back the muralist behind the building’s classic artwork to give the painting a touch-up.

James Crespinel, the artist who created the Martin Luther King, Jr. mural on the building’s eastern wall outside the restaurant, has wrapped up his work cleaning up the giant painting and its inspirational quotation:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

For more on MLK, Jr.’s words, check out this article from the Atlantic about how the civil rights leader’s very real words from his book Strength to Love became intermingled with a quotation he never said.

You can check out images of Crespinel’s MLK, Jr. mural in progress and other works here.


Rhein Haus, Derschang bar managers team up to create ‘Capitol Hill exclusive’ Perfect Strangers beer

(Image: Perfect Strangers)

(Image: Perfect Strangers)

Ryan Minch (Rhein Haus) and Myles Burroughs (the Derschang Group) two of the guys on the other side of the bar making the Capitol Hill food and drink economy click have teamed up with a Washington State brewery to create a new beer. And you’ll only find it on Capitol Hill:

Perfect Strangers IPA No. 1 is the product of a collaboration between Myles and Ryan with Everybody’s Brewing using a 15 barrel brewing system. When approached, Everybody’s Brewing responded with great enthusiasm allowing Ryan and Myles to collaborate with head brewer Jess to conceptualize and execute a unique grain mash and hop profile to be finished with Washington-grown, organic, granny smith apples to create a refreshing, bright IPA meant to be drunk fresh during the late summer and early fall.

Minch tells CHS he and Burroughs turned to White Salmon, Washington’s Everybody’s Brewing to create their brew with a recipe using “malted barley, rye, and wheat in the grain bill” that gives the IPA “a dark, golden bronze color with a combination of American Cascade Hops and German Merkur Hops.”  The brew was finished with Washington grown, organic apples. “Although the apple flavor is subtle, the juice quietly provides just enough bright acidy to complete the beer,” the press release reads.

Minch said the deal with Everybody’s Brewing called for the partners to purchase all beer brewed from the collaboration through the distributor — you brew it, you buy it. The partners are planning to create more “unique, limited-release offerings” in the future.

The beer is now available at Rhein Haus’s Seattle location, Linda’s, Smith, and Tallulah’s “while supplies last.”


Tortas Condesa picks up the E Olive Way late night eats beat


IMG_2919The counter at 1510 E Olive Way has helped fuel many a legendary night on Capitol Hill. Tacos Gringos made way for Kedai Makan in 2013. Now, after Kedai Makan graduated into a full-fledged restaurant space around the corner, a new savior for starving, drunken tummies is open.

Last night a torta saved my life…

Tortas Condesa debuted Thursday serving “Mexico City style” sandwiches created with the love and vision of Monica Dimas and designed for portability to Montana and its curbside streatery just down the hill:


Housemade chorizo, fried egg*, avocado, cilantro, smoked chili mayo, cotija


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Ethan Stowell coming to E Pike

Michael Malone, the driving force behind Capitol Hill developer Hunters Capital, is no dummy. He and his #1 tenant Elliott Bay Book Company may be fighting for better nightlife balance in Pike/Pine but he probably already knew that, when it comes to why people go out in the neighborhood, “60% came for drinking, 41% for dining, 23% for dancing, and 21% came to watch live music.”

Those stats are why Malone is teaming up with one of the surest bets in Seattle food and drink for a premier commercial space in the under-construction Dunn Automotive building, his showcase of Pike/Pine preservation incentives and development at the corner of Pike and Summit. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Peloton at center of bicycle cafe pack coming to Pike/Pine, 12th Ave


Team Peloton: Dustin Riggs, Mckenzie Hart, Paul Dano, and Aaron Grant

IMG_2809A tightly packed group of businesses combining passion for the bicycle with food, drink, and repair and maintenance services is pedaling its way around Capitol Hill. As the yellow jersey in the race of big city trends, you’re probably not going to be surprised to learn that the streets of Capitol Hill and the Central District will soon be home to not one, or two, but three bicycle cafes.

“Many cyclists kind of pick up the sport and it leads to a rabbit hole,” Dustin Riggs tells CHS. “There is a lot of culture around it.”

Riggs and his partners hope to clip into that two-wheeled enthusiasm as they prepare to open Peloton at 12th and Jefferson by early October.

“The coffee and the beer and the bikes. It’s just a lifestyle kind of thing,” he said. Continue reading

Refresh Frozen Desserts opens on Broadway

(Image: Refresh)

(Image: Refresh)

Your wait is over. The big chain Yogurtland has fled the Hill. Crazycherry has passed. Local fro-yo purveyor Refresh Frozen Desserts opens Saturday.

Hours are 9 AM (they serve espresso, too) to 10 PM in the Broadway Building at Broadway and Pine.

Bobby Gaon owns the new business with his wife and family members. He told CHS they snatched the space up as soon as it hit the market after another franchise player backed out, attracted by the shop’s close proximity to Seattle Central College. Offerings include Italian ice, sorbets, soft serve custard and soft serve gelato with coffee from Kuma Coffee, a local direct trade roastery, and yogurt from Arkansas-based Honey Hills Farms.

The opening joins a shift in tenants in the Hunters Capital-owned building. Ian’s Pizza on the Hill is also set to join the building replacing a franchise pizza business that shuttered this summer.

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Hopvine marks 20 years on Capitol Hill with week of craft brew events, special open mic

While Capitol Hill celebrates the birth of another beer-y establishment as the EuroPub opens on Broadway, the legendary Hopvine Pub is ready to mark its 20 years in the neighborhood by doing what it does best with a week of the best in craft brewing, open mic, music, and fun.

11885777_10153001283966283_3404742398035636549_oHere’s the lineup for Hopvine’s 20th anniversary celebration week:

  • Monday September 28th 6pm – Naked City Cask Night .
  • Tuesday September 29th 7pm – Two Beers Brewing
  • Wednesday September 30th 8pm – Anniversary Open Mic Sponsored by Black Raven
  • Thursday October 1st 7pm – Stoup Brewing Hopvine Beer Release
  • Friday October 2nd 9pm – Anacortes Karaoke
  • Saturday October 3rd 8pm – Anniversary Week Finale with Schooner Exact Brewing and the Lonely Mountain Lovers Band.

The Washington Beer Blog has all the details about the hoppy events.

CHS visited 15th Ave E earlier this year to tell the story of 20 years at the Hop:

Two decades of ‘American beer and American comfort food’ at the Hopvine
Bob Brenlin
loves to talk about beer. He has spent nearly three decades in the business of selling suds as a co-owner of three pubs in Seattle, including 15th Ave East’sHopvine, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015.

When he opened the Hopvine in September 1995, he had already been running the Latona Pub in Green Lake since 1987 (the third pub is the Fiddler’s Inn in Wedgwood), so he had time to get the business model down. When he opened, he said he hoped to accomplish two goals.

“We wanted to be part of a local community, a nice neighborhood, and introduce them to interesting craft beer,” he said.

The Hopvine’s open mic events, meanwhile, have become a showcase for up and comers — and everyone in between.

Over the years, the comfy pub on what used to be the comfiest commercial strip on Capitol Hill has also become known for its simple pizzas and warming soups that were made to accompany a pint — or two. “Pairing is a bonus, but at the end of the day, it’s about what you like,” the Hopvine’s kitchen manager Michael Congdon told CHS. “It’s American beer and American comfort food. It’s kind of tough to screw up.”

The Hopvine is located at 507 15 Ave E. You can also learn more about its anniversary week events on the Hopvine Facebook page.

‘Thousands of years of history,’ bottle by bottle, at Broadway’s EuroPub beer room


IMG_1625We did not make EuroPub up.

After a longer than expected construction process, the project from European beer importer Witold Szczepaniak is quietly opening on a limited schedule in the overhauled mini-mart neighboring Phoenix Comics and the Perfect Copy shop just down from Dick’s Drive-In.IMG_1636

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Eat Out (on) Capitol Hill 2015: 23 bars, restaurants, and cafes supporting Country Doctor

11053605_10153240920157545_3129586179130951319_nEarlier this week, CHS told you about what’s next for Capitol Hill Housing — and how you can help support the nonprofit developer at its annual Omnivorous food and drink event Thursday night. Tickets are $85.

Save room

Thursday also brings the annual fundraiser for the Country Doctor Community Health Centers — you should Eat Out on Capitol Hill:

All day long you can Eat & Drink at a variety of establishments on and around Capitol Hill on Thursday, September 24, all while helping to support high quality, caring, culturally appropriate primary health care that addresses the needs of people regardless of their ability to pay!

Here is the 2015 roster of participating venues — let us know if there are last minute additions:

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. with a portion of your bill going to support Country Doctor.

As for the somewhat awkward name, we think Country Doctor should just drop the “on” and fully embrace the streamlined “Eat Out Capitol Hill” brand for the annual fundraiser. We’d certainly buy the t-shirt.