Loxsmith’s Capitol Hill wander continues with an April of Sundays at Vios

The wandering bagel tribe of Loxsmith has a new Capitol Hill home for April. The new location will be a familiar setting for bagel-master Matthew Segal. It’s the kitchen where he set up early every Saturday morning in March before last month’s pop-up series at Montana.

Segal won’t have to move his bagels very far in April. That kitchen at 19th Ave E’s Vios will now be home to a series of April Sunday Loxsmith pop-ups. Continue reading

Hooters ‘coming soon’ to Capitol Hill

A Capitol Hill future prophesied by pranksters in 2007 is becoming reality. It is true. Hooters is coming to Capitol Hill.

Kind of.

Portland-born Little Big Burger, gobbled up by North Carolina-based Chanticleer Holdings in 2015, is rumbling toward an opening at 12th and Pike in a long-awaited buildout of tenant space in the Beryl Apartments mixed-use development that rose on the corner more than three years ago. Continue reading

A changing of the bar taco guard on Broadway as El Xolo joins Nacho Borracho

With his ball cap, tattoo-covered arms and small black studs in each ear, having a beer at the bar of Nacho Borracho on a Saturday afternoon, Ricardo Valdes could be any regular customer.

But he’s not. Starting Monday night, the chef will be whipping up tacos behind the flower-adorned walk-up counter in the back of the Broadway bar. Continue reading

$3.2M deal puts Broadway Grill property back in motion

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There isn’t a month that goes by that somebody doesn’t ask CHS what is happening with the old Broadway Grill. For six years, the answer has been nothing. That is about to change.

“It definitely will be kicking back into life,” prolific Capitol Hill real estate investor Ron Amundson tells CHS. “Paint, lights, a clean-up. It’s time.”

According to King County records, Amundson purchased the property home to the 1936-built restaurant building for $3.2 million in February. Continue reading

Yes, there is a Nazi connection to these Capitol Hill chains

Craft beer. Journalism. Coffee. Sometimes issues in the global industrial marketplace reverberate all the way to 12th Ave thanks to Capitol Hill business connections to worldwide conglomerates.

Fascism watchers of Seattle social media, you can stop messaging CHS. We’ll make sure people are aware. If it helps inform your latte buying decisions, know that Panera Bread and Stumptown Coffee have, well, a Nazi past:

“It is all correct,” family spokesman Peter Harf, who is one of two managing partners of JAB Holdings, told Bild. “Reimann Senior and Reimann Junior were guilty. The two men have passed away, but they actually belonged in prison.”

Reports document the use of forced labor and support for Hitler by the German family whose company owns controlling stakes in a massive portfolio of companies with brands familiar to Seattle consumers including Stumptown. Continue reading

Aoki Sushi, under new owner, saying hello — again — on Broadway

Hitoshi Nishitani has retired and his Broadway sushi bar did, indeed, close after 33 years of business. But Aoki Sushi wasn’t saying goodbye, it turns out.

Reopening under new management, Aoki is being reborn and putting the old sushi bar at 621 Broadway E to the same use. The new owner is a company registered to an Alex Bae but we don’t know any more than that.

Aoki’s revival along with longtime HaNa and newcomers like Noren keeps Capitol Hill in the $ to $$ sushi game as $$$ and $$$$ options increase.

Meanwhile paperwork is also flying down the street at the another Broadway oldtimer. Jai Thai has a new ownership structure, CHS is told, but the same people are involved. The owner remains founder Duangjit Alberts, according to state corporation filings.

Blade and Timber axe-tossing bar hopes to hit mark with Capitol Hill nightlife crowds

The key to tossing an axe, Blade and Timber’s Jessie Poole says, is like most things in life. Most people are trying too hard. Instead, try to make your motion more of a smooth, continual arc and let the heavy blade do most of the work. K-thunk.

Also, wear appropriate footwear.

Friday, the newest addition to the nightlife carnival that is Capitol Hill debuts. Blade and Timber adds to the neighborhood’s midway of fun things to do while you drink. Worrywarts, though, probably won’t be surprised to hear that the debut of an axe-tossing bar in Seattle, Washington will come with the bar completely dry — the state process to secure a liquor license for the new venture is taking longer than expected. Continue reading

Yalla now open — and doing the walk-up counter proud — on E Olive Way

The delicious legacy of E Olive Way’s walk-up counter space continues. Yalla is now open.

CHS reported earlier this month on the transition of chef Taylor Cheney‘s popular Arabic pop-up concept into the latest food and drink start-up to make the counter next to the Montana bar its home. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | New Chef at Tango Restaurant and Rumba

Alan’s deep appreciation for Spanish cooking began as a child living in the Canary Islands. At only age six, he began taking an interest in both the kitchens and dining rooms of his family’s hotels and restaurants, and visiting the farms and fishing piers from which his family sourced fresh local ingredients. This paved Alan’s path to quickly earning his place as a member of the managing & creative teams behind the world’s most innovative & celebrated restaurants, such as Alinea, Topolobampo and Frontera Grill. The professional growth he experienced during those years in Chicago was exponential, and led Alan to begin designing & building thermal circulators for sous vide. He received celebrity endorsements and his products were showcased on television while chefs competed in Bravo’s Top Chef series, Top Chef: Masters series, and PBS’s Mexico: One Plate at A Time. Enamored with the Pacific Northwest, Alan decided to seek opportunities to learn from some of the region’s most notable farm-to-table chefs. Now the Executive Chef of both Tango Restaurant & Lounge and, sister bar, Rumba, Alan’s journey has brought him back to island cooking and into the Spanish kitchen once again.

A ‘citadel of beauty’ on E Olive Way? Rose Temple set to rise from ashes of doomed speakeasy

By the Pound created a financial mess — but good bones for a new bar


Life — especially Capitol Hill nightlife — finds a way. The fully built-out bar space where financially doomed speakeasy By the Pound sputtered to an early death last year will spring back to life this April under new owners.

Rose Temple from two first time bar owners is set to rise from the court document-littered ashes on E Olive Way.

We don’t know much about the concept but Rose Temple is being opened by business partners Austin Polley and Benjamin Smith. Polley left as manager at Westward under Renee Erickson’s restaurant group last year. The bar’s new website touts a planned April opening. Continue reading