Happy Grillmore joins the family at 13th and Jefferson

(Images: Alex Garland)

Darren McGill and Kryse Martin-McGill are raising a growing family food+drink businesses in the Central District. Little Happy Grillmore now joins the family at 13th and Jefferson.

The burger joint born as a McGill food truck now neighbors big brother Nate’s CD, the Seattle University-approximate expansion of the waffle and wings brand that came to the neighborhood in 2015. The McGills, meanwhile, are also raising the Central District Ice Cream Company which opened on E Union in late 2016. Continue reading

Community groups pushing for public benefits package have $80M agreement with Convention Center — UPDATE

With reporting by Kelsey Hamlin

The Community Package Coalition has reached an agreement on an $80 million slate of public infrastructure investments surrounding the planned expansion of the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

Details of the agreement were set to be unveiled in a Monday afternoon press conference:

On Monday, October 16th at 1:30 PM, the Community Package Coalition, an alliance of community organizations adjacent to the planned the three-block, $1.6B Washington State Convention Center Addition (WSCCA), will announce results of their months-long negotiations with the developers of the WSCCA to secure a fair public benefits package for the people of Seattle.

The coalition represents community groups and nonprofits including the First Hill Improvement Association, Lid I-5, Capitol Hill Housing, Cascade Bicycle Club, Central Seattle Greenways, Housing Development Consortium, Freeway Park Association, and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

UPDATE: Here is the announced roster of projects that made the benefits package cut:

Summary of WSCC Addition Public Benefits and Investments
Item$ MM
Community Package Projects
Freeway Park Improvements$10.0
Lid I-5 Study$1.5
Pike-Pine Bicycle Improvements$10.0
Olive Way Pedestrian Improvements$0.5
8th Ave Bicycle Improvements$6.0
Terry Ave Promenade$4.0
Affordable Housing$29.0
Other Public Benefits (current estimate)
Pike-Pine Renaissance Pedestrian Improvements$10.0
9th Avenue Pedestrian Improvements$0.6
Public Art$1.9
Historic Building Lighting$1.0
On-Site Features$8.1
Improvements to Olive Way$0.2
Subtotal                                                                             $82.8

The coalition has been pushing Convention Center and public officials to create a broader — and more expensive — package of public benefits package required to justify the vacation of three alleys for the $1.6 billion downtown project. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Play in the Street (safely) for Halloween!

From the Seattle Department of Transportation

Every child deserves a safe space to play, run and simply be a kid.

Sometimes urban environments don’t offer the necessary space for creative play. And that’s why SDOT’s Street Use Team created Play Streets!

This month, Play Streets introduces a special expedited permitting for Halloween. Instead of the usual 30-day turnaround, permits received by October 17 will be processed in time for Halloween. So this Hallow’s Eve treat your favorite ghouls and goblins to a festive celebration with friends and neighbors. Complete your application today!

In case you are not familiar with Play Streets, it’s a permitting program that closes a neighborhood street to traffic so kids and adults can have more space for play and physical activity. Since 2013, over 350 Play Streets permits have been issued in neighborhoods across Seattle.

Your ballot is coming soon — where to meet the candidates this week around Hill, CD

With ballots for November’s General Election set to begin arriving in mailboxes next week, you have two opportunities to see the candidates in the flesh around Central Seattle.

Monday nightSeattle University hosts a discussion with mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon inside the Pigott Atrium:

Conversation with Seattle’s Mayoral Candidates

We talked to both candidates over the summer — The mayor of Capitol Hill 2017: Jenny Durkan Q&A | Cary Moon Q&A. More from both on CHS, soon.

Tuesday, a slate of candidates from nearly every race in the city is expected at Washington Hall for the Africatown-Central District Voter Education Forum:

Africatown-Central District Voter Education Forum



CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Watching the Eclipse

It’s time to catch up after a few months off! The CHS Flickr Pool contains nearly 35,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line.

Broadway & Pine
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Colorful new community crosswalks coming to Melrose at Pike and Pine

Rendering of the coming soon community crosswalk (Images: Melrose Promenade)

The Melrose Promenade community group dedicated to transforming the street into a ” distinctive neighborhood greenway” has unveiled the winning design for new painted crosswalks capping the avenue at Pike and Pine.

Artist Sarah Snedeker’s “Poem Dazzle” concept, which borrows “angles and shapes” from the facades of buildings “as well as the Starbucks window,” was selected in a community vote this summer.

The new community crosswalks will be installed in coming weeks, the group announced Tuesday. “We’re grateful to local artist Sarah Snedeker for devoting her time and creativity to helping us bring to life this latest component of the Melrose Promenade vision, and to the Berger Partnership and SDOT for their technical expertise!,” the announcement reads. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Thursday: Celebrate with Capitol Hill Housing at Omnivorous

From Capitol Hill Housing

Capitol Hill Housing’s annual fine food extravaganza returns this Thursday, and it’s not too late to get a ticket.

The annual fundraiser, now in its seventh year, brings together some of the best bars and restaurants in the city together under one roof to serve an array of food and specialty cocktails. This year’s event will have 29 different bars, restaurants and distilleries serving up dishes like Chavez’s barbacoa-braised pork shoulder with roasted poblano, and cocktails like the Vita Flatliner (Frangelico, Bailey’s Rum and Caffe Vita cold brew).

This year also marks a new venue for Omnivorous, with even more space for food and fun at the newly renovated Washington Hall. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | A New Lease (on Century)

(Image: Century Ballroom)

From the Century Ballroom

We are in some dark times in our country and abroad, but I am sharing some good news with you, because even in the midst of horror and devastation something good is always happening somewhere – and today it happens to be in our backyard.

Today, October 3rd, 2017 – I signed another ten year lease for Century Ballroom, West Hall and The Tin Table.

It wasn’t long ago that we all read that the Odd Fellows Building was up for sale, and it still is (and always will be). During all of that, I was part of the conversation with potential new buyers but wasn’t able to renew my lease. (All conversations included Century remaining in the building.)

I tried signing my lease on 8/8/17 exactly nine years after my last lease was signed with the current owners, which was on 8/8/08, but like all things, some negotiations had to happen.

So today, not a day that means something in particular to me – I sat with Alison and the owners at one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, using my “special pen” and signed my lease (while in the back of my mind I was singing “When I’m 64” by the Beatles).

The choice to sign for ten years, not five or eight, was because I believe in the importance of Century Ballroom in this world. I believe in dance and the community that it creates and the lifelong friendships I have gotten from it. When I think about all the healing moments that have happened in this space, I know it needs to be here.

I believe that this community could and should be ever changing, growing and here forever. Because people will always dance, will always need community; and will always want a beautiful place to come together.

Thank you for 20+ years. Here’s to our next ten together.


“My name is Hallie Kuperman, I run the Century Ballroom” & Alison Cockrill

Capitol Hill Community Post | Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is now open

From Good Weather

Good Weather started in 2016 as a quirky second story shop above Purr is expanding into the heart of the Chop House Row. They’re serving simple food, beer, and wine while continuing to build and fix bicycles for people in Seattle. With a love for beautiful, long-lasting frames and the desire to make a place where people can share a slow moment, they’re excited to add something different to the ground floor.

Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is now open at 1424 11th Ave in the back of The Chophouse Row.  Hours are 11-9:30 (Sundays till 7), Not Open Tuesdays.

It’s a collaboration between original owners Jason Marqusee & Brandon Waterman and Danielle Hammer is running the food side of things.

Capitol Hill Community Post | This Weekend: 5th Annual Cap Hill Soccer Jam

There’s still time to register a team for the 5th annual Cap Hill Soccer Jam, a 4v4 round robin one-day soccer tournament taking place this Sunday, October 8th, at Seattle University Park from 10 AM – 3PM.

Registration is $100 for a team of eight. All proceeds support Street Soccer Seattle, a nonprofit organization using soccer to support homeless individuals throughout our city. The event promises a day full of games, raffles, bubble soccer and more.

Learn more and register your team: https://caphillsoccerjam.splashthat.com/chs

Street Soccer Seattle builds a powerful community around soccer that includes individuals affected by homelessness, coaches, mentors, volunteers, and community partners. Street Soccer Seattle uses the team environment to implement a curriculum of “street skills” alongside soccer skills, helping participants set and achieve goals that lead to jobs, education, and housing.

The team holds weekly practices and plays in local soccer leagues throughout the city and aims to break down barriers between housed and un-housed neighbors. Each year, Street Soccer Seattle prepares a team to the national Street Soccer USA Cup, a tournament comprised of teams of homeless and formerly homeless individuals from across the country.

Learn more about Street Soccer Seattle at streetsoccerseattle.org. Individuals interested in volunteering can email info (at) streetsoccerseattle.org

This year’s Cap Hill Soccer Jam is made possible thanks to the support of a number of generous sponsors, including: AthleticAwards.com, Café Presse, Clif Bar, Futchi, Rave Foundation, Seattle Bubble Soccer, Seattle Reign FC, Seattle Sounders FC and Senda Athletics.