Capitol Hill bagel king Loxsmith take over Sundays at the Canterbury in June

Loxsmith is back for June at the Canterbury (Image: Loxsmith Bagels)

19th Ave E was a little too quiet for Capitol Hill bagel king Matthew Segal. So, for June, his royal highness of boiled lye… ness is bringing the bagel pop-up greatness of Loxsmith to 15th Ave E’s Canterbury Ale House. And he’s bringing friends.

Starting this Sunday, the pop-up will take over ye olde 15th Ave E drink spot with its menu of bagel sandwiches, bagel dogs, and the Loxsmith bloody mary bar. Segal is also bringing menu collaborations with locals Raised Dougnuts — the Donut BEC, El Xolo — the blue corn waygu bageldog, and a GariSaba Ume Shiso Uzu Kosho Furkike bagel inspired by By Tae to the weekly menus. Watch for Loxsmith’s special plant dye rainbow bagels for Pride, too. Continue reading

Life on Mars — Capitol Hill’s most anticipated plant-based DJ vinyl bar of 2019 — plans June opening

You should start watching for signs of Life on Mars this week.

Because dad jokes.

Are rad.

And also because the new vinyl bar’s signs are going up, the requisite Weirdo mural is in progress, and the plant-based menu has been posted. Life on Mars is ready to open.

In an era when big hype Capitol Hill food+drink openings have mostly given way to smaller scale newcomers or new ownership and reinvention, Life on Mars is headed for what will likely be the most buzzworthy opening of the year in Pike/Pine. The plan, ownership says, is lined up for an official opening the second week of June. But you’ll likely see the place at the corner of Pike and Harvard in motion beforehand. Continue reading

Chuan on Capitol Hill — and its spicy pots — now open on E Pike

With a spicy pot menu full of flavors from Chengdu, first-time restaurateur Yao Huang is debuting his Chuan on Capitol Hill this week on E Pike.

CHS stopped by Thursday night as the staff and the kitchen at the busy new addition to The Cove building at Pike and Belmont did their best to keep up with the orders of meaty chili pots and spicy soups.

Huang was too busy to talk. Fortunately, CHS spoke with him in November as his plans for a first restaurant came together. Huang, we learned, knows the neighborhood well, beginning his education in the United States 20 years ago as in immigrant at Seattle Central. Continue reading

After starting journey on Capitol Hill, Travelers preparing to serve its final thali

(Image: CHS)

A Capitol Hill-born story of thali, chai, and good karma is coming to an end on Beacon Hill. Travelers, some seven years after it was pushed off E Pine, is shutting down its kitchen.

“We built our restaurant around ‘thali’, and we are proud of what we achieved,” a message from owners Allen Kornmesser and Leon Reed about the closure reads. “When we started serving thali on weekends, cooking in the back of our spice shop and import store on Capitol Hill, nobody else in Seattle was doing it.” Continue reading

Eat Capitol Hill tacos for breakfast

Starting Friday at Good Weather (Image: Good Weather)

Lots of tacos flying around in Capitol Hill food and drink is nothing new. We’re blessed. One great taco joint replaces another, in these parts. Even our bodegas have great tacos. And now you can eat Capitol Hill tacos for breakfast.

Starting this Friday, Good Weatherthe bicycle repair shop and cafe that moved into Chophouse Row in 2017 — is rolling out something it hopes to grow into a big thing: Friday morning tacos — Continue reading

CHS Pics | The 8th annual Pine Box Beer Can Derby

How much does Seattle love beer? Seattle Beer Week is actually 10 days. At Capitol Hill’s chapel to brew the Pine Box, an annual SBW tradition played out Saturday.

The 8th annual Beer Can Derby again brought Boy and Girl Scout level bravery and creative use of glue and graphite to the tracks inside the Melrose beer hall’s breezeway. Continue reading

You’ll need to scan your fingerprints to get into Birch Road Cellar, a new ‘BYOB members club’ in historic First Hill landmark

More than a hundred years ago, it housed the horse-drawn carriages of the Stimson family. Until the mid-1970s, it harbored the famous car collection of Seattle businessman Joshua Green. And starting Friday, the historic First Hill Stimson-Green carriage house will be home to the new “BYOB members club” Birch Road Cellar.

Club owners and lifelong friends Sharon Provins and Kim Bosse call it a “new spin on the private members club concept” and “an oasis for friends to spend the night together uninterrupted.”

Members pay $105 or $135 per month for a storage locker for their favorite wines and spirits, which they can drink in a space that’s not exactly home, but not really a bar, either. It’s open until 2 AM, yes, but doesn’t sell any alcohol. And you’ll need to unlock two doors with your fingerprint — or accompany someone who can. Continue reading

I drank this on Capitol Hill: Superstar at Soi

Greg Clark was behind the bar at Soi when CHS stopped by for a cocktail.

A video game programmer and avid gamer, he’s between projects at the moment, but at the top of his game when it comes to creating cocktails.

The Superstar is a recent innovation with apple brandy, O.F.T.D. (an overproofed rum,) orgeat (fortified almond milk), topped off with lemon, lime, saline, and Angostura bitters, served over a single cube. Continue reading

Toscana to Itto’s to A La Vida to… closed — Newly transformed Summit Ave tapas joint ‘didn’t make it’

Usually when CHS hears about a sad passing in the Capitol Hill food and drink economy, we try to check in to find out more about what was behind the closing. The story isn’t usually a surprise. Slow business. Redevelopment. Life changes.

But we don’t have much more to add than some fancy words to the tweets about the end of Summit Ave’s A La Vida. Continue reading

How a carding kingpin got caught and dealt a death blow to the Broadway Grill

Broadway without the Broadway Grill?

It was a summer day in Las Vegas. Inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during the annual hacker-focused conference Black Hat, the cybersecurity crowd found refuge from the scorching sun. From the podium in front of the darkened room, Norman Barbosa, a computer crimes prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle, tried to clear the air with some humor.

“The original title to this presentation was nixed,” he said of his talk, titled Ochko123 – How the Feds Caught Russian Mega-Carder Roman Seleznev. “I wanted to go with Ochko123 – Why you shouldn’t use ‘Butthole123’ as the password to your hacking empire,” he quipped. It doesn’t work well.”

“Ochko” means butthole in Russian. That’s not what makes it amusing. Something else renders Roman Seleznev the butt of this joke: The fact that Seleznev’s mega-carding empire, built on brute force password attacks of local businesses’ poorly secured point of sale systems, was exposed by poor security as well. He just couldn’t resist using one of his favorite  passwords, Ochko123, on his laptop holding hundreds of thousands of stolen credit card numbers. Continue reading