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CHS Pics | A Pedaler’s Fair on Capitol Hill

IMG_4984May is Bike Month and Saturday brought the return of the Pedaler’s Fair to 19th Ave E. Bike entrepreneurs, advocates, and creative types gathered for the beer-in-hand opportunity to shop, check out each other’s wares and attend cycling-centered workshops like Bike Fishing — “the art of fly fishing by bicycle.” For more on the annual event, check out pedalersfair.com.

Meanwhile, be ready to share the road with young riders this week:

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2015! Join hundreds of riders in the Seattle area and thousands of other riders across the country on Bike to School Day. Volunteers set up stations at schools to distribute prizes and welcome students who bike on May 6.

Awful traffic, more infrastructure, and better-than-average Seattle weather so far in 2015 might be putting more pedalers on the streets of Capitol Hill this year. By our take on SDOT’s measuring station near E Union on the Broadway Bikeway, trips were up 10% in the first three months of 2015 vs. the same period in 2014.

This week in CHS history | Crumble and Flake, new apartments, homeless stats, Lost Lake

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:


Police investigating after woman found dead in Madison Valley home

(Image: @AmeliaMayHodgen via Twitter)

(Image: @AmeliaMayHodgen via Twitter)

Seattle Police homicide detectives are investigating after a 30-year-old woman was found dead Saturday morning inside the Madison Valley home she shared with roommates.

Seattle Fire was called to the house near E Denny Way and 29th Ave E around 11 AM Saturday after a roommate reported finding the woman, according to radio dispatches. Efforts to revive the woman were not successful and she was declared dead at the scene.

Saturday afternoon, SPD said it was investigating the death. “Crime Scene Investigators and Homicide detectives are on scene collecting evidence,” the brief on the investigation said.

The woman has not yet been identified publicly by authorities.

The house is owned by real estate investors and, according to police radio reports, is home to multiple roommates. There were no obvious signs of fatal trauma and no arrests have been announced.

Seattle May Day 2015 turns into a riot on Capitol Hill

IMG_4329IMG_4330 IMG_4331 IMG_4332 IMG_4333 IMG_4334 IMG_4335 IMG_4336 IMG_4337There were 16 reported arrests and numerous injuries including three police officers sent to the hospital Friday night as clashes between protesters and police were concentrated on the streets of Capitol Hill for the third May Day in a row.

“This is no longer demonstration management, this has turned into a riot,” a voice crackled from command across the Seattle Police tactical radio channel. SPD later identified the speaker as Capt. Chris Fowler who again headed up the department’s May Day response this year.

CHS reported on the events as they happened — including drone sightings, a man stuck on a basketball hoop, and pictures of people taking Capitol Hill riot selfies. You can view the May Day 2015 on Capitol Hill timeline and reports here.

IMG_4209 IMG_3969 IMG_4238Again, an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 people took to the streets from Judkins Park to downtown in the annual pro-worker and immigration rights march and a Black Lives Matter rally in a peaceful demonstration.

And again in 2015, the violence and mayhem of May Day in Seattle was shoved back into Capitol Hill neighborhoods as police blocked the “anti-capitalist” and “anti-police” crowds that gathered at Broadway and Pine later that night from streaming into downtown with strong lines of armor-plated officers who deployed pepper spray, “less lethal” projectiles, and so many flash bangs that the efforts in East Precinct had to be re-supplied. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 26,000 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 –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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Sound Transit: The ‘restoration’ of Broadway and John about to begin

This image of the “conex box” was featured in our January 16th “week in pictures” post

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(Image: Sound Transit — so don’t blame us for the E Olive Way mistake)

It sounds nearly biblical. With service slated to begin in less than a year and the bulk of tunnel and station construction complete, Sound Transit has announced that its contractors will begin a new phase of work this weekend to recreate the sidewalk, curbs, and gutters around Capitol Hill Station along Broadway and E John. Details of the construction work are below including the planned removal Saturday of the big red “conex box” used for pedestrian safety along E John adjacent the construction site. Removal of the Big Red Wall is also underway along with the art projects that have accumulated on the block over the the past five years. Sound Transit estimates the restoration will take about six weeks.

Meanwhile, we’re told Sound Transit was preparing a response to Capitol Hill Housing’s protest over details of the proposal from Gerding Edlen for the Portland-based developer to lease or purchase — and then develop — the transit agency’s two acres of land surrounding Capitol Hill Station. All sides say the issue is moving forward and that they expect to have a resolution in place before a planned May 16th open house.

Restoration of Broadway and E. John Street starts May 2nd

Sound Transit’s contractor has obtained a noise variance from the City of Seattle to remove the pedestrian conex box on E. John Street between Broadway and 10th Avenue E. from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015. Residents may hear noise from the equipment used to remove the conex box and from trucks used to load and haul the pieces from the site.

There will be intermittent closures of the eastbound curb lane on E. John Street in order to safely complete the removal. A police officer and flaggers will direct vehicles and pedestrians around the work area.

Following the conex box removal, crews will begin to demolish the red wall at this location, then install curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the east side of Broadway between E. Denny Way and E. John Street and along E. John Street between Broadway and 10th Avenue E.

On-street parking will be restricted along Broadway between E. Denny Way and E. John Street during restoration work. This phase of restoration is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete, depending on weather.
What to expect:

  • Flaggers and detour signage will direct vehicles and pedestrians around the work area. Intermittent daytime noise from demolition and saws and jackhammers as crews break up concrete and repave the area.
  • Sidewalk closures and restricted on-street parking in the work area.

Further updates will be provided as work proceeds in the area.

No ban on sombreros as radio station again brings taco trucks, 5K run to Volunteer Park

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

KNDD, Seattle’s Entercom-backed “alternative rock” station, is once again sponsoring the Taco Truck Challenge and “¡Fiesta 5K Olé!” in Volunteer Park but the station’s management is distancing itself from any controversy related to the fourth year of the event.

With increased awareness of negative stereotypes sometimes reinforced by Cinco de Mayo promotions and events, organizers hope Saturday’s KNDD fiesta mixing taco trucks, booze, and runners won’t represent some of the worst elements of cultural misappropriation.

“Our intention has never been to offend, but to provide a fun event involving food trucks, running, and live music,” KNDD event director Ryan Schroeder told CHS last month. “Following last year’s event we received feedback and are taking it all into consideration as we continue in the planning stages of this year’s event.” Continue reading

A(nother) Capitol Hill restaurant closure with (probably) nothing to do with the minimum wage

Lunak (Image: Kaisho)

Lunak (Image: Kaisho)

Just days after the Broadway location of an international pizza chain announced it would be closing because of the city’s minimum wage rules for franchises, another chain restaurant Capitol Hill restaurant has closed.

But you can’t curse Kshama Sawant for this one, Dori Monson.

The tech money-powered investors behind the Boom Noodle and Blue C chains of Japanese-flavored concept restaurants are once again rebooting the space at 12th and Pike born as one of the many Booms and eventually transformed into the one-off Kaisho late last year.

The experiment lasted a few months.

Here’s how we described it last year as part of a wave of Asian-inspired openings planned for the Hill:

On the other end of the investment spectrum, Kaisho should open later this summer in the former home of Boom Noodle on E Pike. Backed by the same corporate entity behind the Blue C and Boom Noodle ventures, Kaisho is the creation of Madison Holdings Chief Culinary Officer – and “former protégé of “Iron Chef” Morimoto,” apparently — Jeffrey Lunak. Talking to us from Napa, Lunak told CHS the Kaisho concept was shifted from Bellevue to E Pike as the company decided a plan to expand Blue C would better suit its larger Eastside space. Unlike Blue C’s goals of global sushi conquest, Lunak says Kaisho and its base $200,000 upgrade is “our first step into partnering with very talented chefs” to create unique, single-location dinging experiences. At Kaisho, you’ll find “Chef de Cuisine” Kalen Schramke, formerly of Terra Plata, and a “combination of global influences, Asian flare and local ingredients.”

In Kaisho’s place, the company is planning a reboot of the original Boom concept, according to a Twitter message announcing the abrupt closure.

Meanwhile, Capitol Hill is bursting with new noodle joints. Thursday, Japanese import Kukai Ramen opens officially on E Pine after a week of soft service. CHS told you about the new ramen offerings — and Kukai’s special roasted bone broth — here. But, wait, there’s more. Slog says University District favorite U:Don’s new 12th Ave Arts location is also open as of Thursday. We told you here about the incoming “Fresh Japanese Noodle Station” last year as plans for the new development were coming together. The rest of the arts and affordable housing-focused development’s trio of food and drink offerings will be ready in coming weeks including a planned June 1 opening for the new Capitol Hill Rachel’s Ginger Beer location. If you’re still hungry, there’s also a new Japanese offering on E Union as Gokan by Musashi and its focus on the art of sushi has opened in new construction on the rapidly developing blocks south of Pike.

Thanks to LaRisa for the tip!

On the List | Melrose Market turns 5, Taco Truck Challenge, Indie Bookstore Day, Pedaler’s Fair

Holy smokes. Capitol Hill is set to achieve summer-level entertainment this weekend. Lucky you to be here to enjoy it.

  • First, don’t forget Thursday’s Dining Out for Life with 45 Capitol Hill venues donating proceeds to support Lifelong.
  • You can celebrate Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market as the locally-focused retail and food project celebrates its fifth year Saturday:
    Come out to celebrate the past 5 and many more with all of us at Melrose Market. We will be scraping Raclette nachos for the crowds, and our neighbors will be offering their own goodies as a token of customer appreciation. YUM!
  • The Taco Truck Challenge returns to Volunteer Park Saturday for a day of outdoor gluttony via tortilla.
  • Or you can enjoy a day at the racetrack and a few mint juleps as Bottleneck Lounge hosts its Eighth Annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday afternoon.
  • Believe it or not, some of the weekend’s events have nothing to do with food. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day (and their second anniversary) at Phoenix Comics. Meanwhile, Elliott Bay Book Company is part of a new Independent Bookstore Day celebration.
  • For all you yacht owners in the audience — and the people that love them — the 2015 Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Parade begins at noon Saturday. There will also be helicopters, by the way.
  • Let’s say you don’t want to buy anything including a yacht — and a night of poetry and circus performance. The Seattle Poetry Slam is Saturday at Town Hall while 12th Ave Arts hosts Company Cirque en Déroute’s The Really Weird Cabaret on Friday night.
  • You can also pedal over to Saturday’s 2015 Pedaler’s Fair at the Russian Community Center:
    Pedaler’s Fair is an annual marketplace for Washington based, bicycle-inspired small businesses to exhibit their goods. In its first year, Pedaler’s Fair hosted 23 exhibitors and received over 1,000 guests. In addition to exhibitor booths we had live music, workshops and presentations. We are currently working on bringing you the 3rd annual Pedaler’s Fair, with even more family friendly events, tutorials, workshops and presentations, in addition to all of our fantastic vendors.

Looking for more to do or have something others around the Hill should know about it? Check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

Owner says Capitol Hill pizza joint closing because of $15 minimum wage rules for franchises

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.56.16 AMThese restaurants weren’t closing because of Seattle’s new minimum wage — but this one is.

The owner of the Broadway location of Zpizza — a franchise chain with locations in 14 states, Washington D.C., and three “international” outlets — has announced she is closing her shop across from Seattle Central this summer after five years of service because Seattle’s new minimum wage law makes it too expensive for small-time franchise owners to do business.

“I’m a franchise. The law states that if you’re a franchise, you have to accelerate your minimum wage just like Amazon or Chipotle,” Ritu Shah-Burnham tells CHS. Continue reading