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Zeeks Capitol Hill adds pizza to 19th Ave E’s growing food+drink menu

If you’re looking for your 19th Ave E dad, we might know where he’s been hanging out

Families on Capitol Hill’s quieter eastern slopes have already become accustomed to beating a path to 19th and Mercer for Whidbey Island-style tacos and Macklesmore-style cookies. The intersection will now have even more foot, scooter, and stroller traffic — the first Zeeks Pizza on Capitol Hill is now open.

Debuting Monday with an afternoon of free slices, the company said the new joint has been ready to go but held up from a planned opening in late 2018 due to a few paperwork issues with the new mixed-use building it calls home, The Shea.

The company said it has long coveted a presence on Capitol Hill. The 19th Ave E location is being opened by Sean Murray, a franchise owner who lives in the neighborhood only a few blocks away. With a new pizza restaurant only blocks away from two elementary schools, a Hebrew academy, a middle school, and Holy Names, he has probably made a wise investment.  Continue reading

Here is where Seattle City Council is considering backing off Mandatory Housing Affordability changes on Capitol Hill — UPDATE

“Replacing the house at 16th and Thomas” (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

The City Council committee shepherding Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation toward eventual reality will continue its work Wednesday fine-tuning the plan’s upzoning — block by block.

New amendments could mean areas like Capitol Hill’s Miller Park neighborhood won’t see some of the big changes originally proposed, moves that will slice some of the more ambitious upzoning on the Hill but compromises that could also quell concerns from neighbors worried about taller buildings. Continue reading

North Capitol Hill neighbors appeal Holy Names underground parking decision

Homeowners near Capitol Hill’s Holy Names Academy have filed an appeal to halt approval of a planned 237-car underground parking garage below a new, two-story gymnasium on the school’s 21st Ave E campus on environmental grounds.

The appeal based in State Environmental Policy Act requirements follows last month’s decision by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections allowing the project to move forward. Continue reading

‘Erotic memoir’ writer hopes for silver lining after brass handcuff jewelry ripped off in 15th Ave E burglary

A scene from @arielmstallings Instagram story on the incident

East Precinct cops haven’t tracked down the bad guys yet but they might have a better idea of what to give their loved ones for Valentine’s Day this year.

A weekend break-in at a 15th Ave E coworking space left the office ransacked and the burglar enriched with laptops, tablets, checkbooks, and, the author and artist behind the project tells CHS, about 80 pieces of jewelry being prepared for shipping.

The break-in at The Office above Ada’s Technical Books included several pieces of unique jewelry created to accompany a new book, Pros before Bros, an “erotic memoir” and “true story about sex work and grabbing your own healing by the balls” by Seattle writer Ariel Meadow Stallings. Continue reading

Re-election: Sawant officially enters District 3 race — UPDATE

Kshama Sawant has entered the 2019 race for her seat representing District 3 on the Seattle City Council.

Vote Sawant 2019 is now an official political committee registered with the city’s Ethics and Elections Committee.

According to records, the group is starting with around $2,700 in debt to various organizations including Sawant’s political organization Socialist Alternative, the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, and the Smith & Lowney law firm.

Expect the campaign’s finances to greatly improve. In 2015, Sawant out-raised her opponent by 20%, accumulating some $480,258 in contributions from some 3,900 supporters — about 2,500 more than Pamela Banks. Continue reading

24-year-old South Seattle man victim in Capitol Hill deadly shooting — UPDATE


Family has identified the man who died in Friday night’s shooting in a shopping center parking lot above Broadway and Pike as 24-year-old Jafar Mack

The South Seattle man was shot and killed in the Harvard Market parking lot just before midnight.

Police received reports of a fight disturbance and an armed male in the parking lot and rushed to the area where they found Mack and a chaotic scene with possible suspects fleeing amid witnesses to the bloodshed in front of the shopping center’s Bartell’s. Continue reading

Police search for suspects after deadly shooting in parking lot above Broadway and Pike — UPDATE

Police were searching for possible suspects after a shooting that left one person dead at the Harvard Market parking lot late Friday night above Broadway and Pike.

Officers were called to the area just after 11:30 PM to a report of shots fired in the area.and a male suspect with a gun seen in front of Bartell’s. Continue reading

12+ Capitol Hill bars and restaurants to look forward to in 2019

(Image: Blade and Timber)

Dig Bar, coming this year to the corner of Harvard and Pike

After a year of mergers and acquisitions in Capitol Hill food and drink, there will still be some new territory gained in 2019 as a few long awaited projects finally come together and a couple surprises materialize. Below, we count down the bars and restaurants around Capitol Hill you can look forward to visiting for the first time in 2019.

  • Dig Bar: KEXP isn’t about top 40 or really any kind of lists beyond playlists but Dig Bar tops our charts for 2019. Morning DJ favorite John Richards and his wife Amy Richards are part of the all-star ownership behind this link-up with Steven Severin of Neumos and Leigh Sims to create a new hangout as part of the new construction at Pike and Harvard. “It’s going to be so dope,” Severin says.
  • Zeeks Capitol Hill: The latest outpost of the local Zeeks chain is ready to make its debut in new construction on 19th Ave E January 14th. We’re told that Zeeks has long coveted a presence on Capitol Hill and that the 19th Ave E location is being opened by Sean Murray, a franchise owner with a strong connection to this part of the neighborhood.
  • Homegrown at Metier: It’s not exactly new but sandwich chain Homegrown has announced it will link up with E Union’s Metier in a 2019 transformation of the cycling gear and training facility’s cafe. Watch for the changeover and expect fresh suds from the company’s Metier Brewing. Continue reading

Sawant, D3 candidates respond to reports on Socialist Alternative influence at Seattle City Hall

District 3 representative Kshama Sawant has responded to reports on the control the Socialist Alternative party has over her Seattle City Council office.

Meanwhile, her possible opponents in a race for the D3 seat have weighed in with harsh criticism.

In her statement, Sawant does not refute that she is “democratically accountable” to Socialist Alternative.

“I was elected and then reelected to the Seattle City Council on the basis of my pledge to unwaveringly use my office to help build movements to win victories for ordinary working people,” Sawant’s statement on the reports reads. “A recent article from SCC Insight, now happily picked up by the corporate conservative media, argues that pledge is somehow at odds with my long-standing and publicly declared commitment to remain democratically accountable to the members of my organization, Socialist Alternative.”

Her full statement is here.

Seattle City Council Insight reported this week on findings from a trove of internal Socialist Alternative documents and communications that showed the extent to which Sawant “has handed over her Council responsibilities to Socialist Alternative.”

CHS examined the documents and reported how the Socialist Alternative structure determined Sawant’s votes on City Council actions like the confirmation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.

The documents and letters show that not only is Sawant beholden to the tenets and causes of Socialist Alternative but that the political organization is also calling the shots in Sawant’s City Hall office, setting her policies including how the veteran council member votes, what she will say about her decision in the council chambers, and who works on her city payrolled staff. Continue reading

Work finally begins to make Cal Anderson restrooms all-gender, a first for Seattle Parks

Cal Anderson’s bathrooms — to the left — are getting an overhaul (Image: City of Seattle)

A delayed project to overhaul Cal Anderson’s notoriously filthy restrooms into an all-gender facility is underway in Capitol HIll’s central park. The result should be bathrooms that are better and safer for everybody. Plus, the park’s water feature and reflecting stream and pool will get a much needed infrastructure upgrade.

Seattle Parks and Rec announced the start of construction this week and says contractor Forma Construction Company already has the bathrooms closed down to begin work.

“Although the comfort station will be closed during the project, portable toilets are in place for park visitors,” the parks department promises. Continue reading