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Philadelphia Fevre closes bringing 30 years of cheesesteaks to an end in the Central District

(Images: @jlunz via Twitter)

“Closed for business” (Images: @jlunz via Twitter)

2014 will go down as a sad year for legendary Central District restaurants as 23rd and Madison’s Philadelphia Fevre has served its last “authentic Philly-style” cheesesteak after 31 years of business.

Here’s the legend Philly Fevre ownership tells of the sandwich shop’s birth:

Philadelphia Fevre was started by Renee LeFevre in 1983.  Ms. LeFevre moved to the northwest from Philadelphia with an idea of starting the first authentic Philly steak shop in the Seattle area.  Renee was a stickler for Philly authenticity and tradition.  Through Renee’s leadership the restaurant quickly established itself as a favorite stop for east coast transplants homesick for an authentic Philly-style meal.  The restaurant received numerous awards and recognition for its great food and unique offering.  Ms. LeFevre created a strong base and long standing tradition that is still felt by many of the shop’s customers today…

B5Eyqc6CAAAnPKrCHS is working to have more on what lead to the closure and the history of the shop soon but it looks like the restaurant’s end was anticipated by its owners. The Fevre’s liquor license was discontinued earlier this fall, often a sign of a business winding itself down. But we hope to be able to report more on the circumstances later this week.

There is no word, yet, on anything lined up to take over the space. If you need to get your Fevre fix, you can visit sibling Philly Fever Restaurant and Bar on 3rd St. in Renton. We don’t know why the sister location opted to change her name from Fevre. Philly owners say they are looking for a new Seattle location in which to reopen.

The 23rd/Madison shop’s closure follows this summer’s end of Catfish Corner which shuttered at MLK and Cherry after 30 years of business. That restaurant space remains empty.

Concern about gay bashing after 10th/John attack

Friends of a man who was assaulted and called “faggot” in an attack the victim says happened near E John and 10th Ave Sunday night around 8 PM say the victim lost several teeth and suffered scrapes and bruises in the unprovoked bashing.

According to the SPD report on the incident, the male victim told police he did not believe he was targeted because of his sexual orientation but also said he had not had any contact with the two male suspects and was not robbed during the incident:

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 10.15.47 AMThe suspects were described only as two white males and police were not notified of the crime until around 2 hours after it occurred.

Details of the attack have been spreading via social media but police are not currently investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“The attacker didn’t know the victim, so there’s not a guarantee they would’ve known he was a gay man,” said SPD spokesperson Detective Drew Fowler. “‘Faggot,’ at times, is used as a general pejorative.”

The incident comes at the end of a year marked with renewed concerns in Seattle about gay bashing and bias crimes against LGBTQ people after a series of high profile and deadly crimes as well as more mundane but equally disturbing assaults.

Should the Pike/Pine parking lot between 10th and 11th be a landmark?

Why is this parking lot depressed? Click here

Why is this parking lot depressed? Click here

A future neighbor of the Hot House

A future neighbor of the Hot House

You’ll need to act quickly to save one of the last (kinda) surface parking lots in Pike/Pine.

The paperwork has been filed to “demolish” the lot on the Tetris-shaped parcel of land destined to squeeze in the Modera project just south of Pike, a sixth new building planned or under construction in three blocks of 11th Ave. Barring some sort of last minute activist intervention, the pay lot between 10th and 11th Avenues will be destroyed to make way for the six-story, 135-unit mixed-use development.

Wednesday, activists, neighbors and concerned citizens will have their opportunity to speak up in person on the potential to protect the White Motor Company building at 11th and Pine as an official Seattle landmark. You can also send your thoughts via email but need to get them in ASAP if you want your remarks to be part of the record.

There will be no such hearing for the parking lot behind the Winston Apartments — home to residential tenants above, longtime lesbian bar the Wildrose, the Hot House spa, and, soon, a Castle Megastore below. The below-present-day-grade lot is a goner. Maybe you’ll want to fire up your old auto row-era jalopy for one final chance to pay $18 per hour to park under the stars of Pike/Pine. (Beats parking at the Broadway/Pike gas station, though…)

But do not despair, lover of the automobile. Like so much change on Capitol Hill, the demolition of the parking lot clears the way for new things. Included in the proposal for Mill Creek Residential’s Modera along with its 6,000 square feet of retail space is a massive underground parking lot with room for more than 120 motor vehicles and 40 or so bikes.

SPD announces arrests in connection with East Precinct armed robbery spree

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 4.13.18 PMSeattle Police detectives say they have made a key arrest of a teen suspect believed to have been involved in “numerous” East Precinct armed street robberies.

SPD announced Sunday afternoon that two teenage suspects — one 15, the other aged 17 — have been taken into custody and booked into juvenile detention for this November gunpoint robbery in a Seattle University parking lot. Continue reading

CHS Pics | March of the Mistletomosexuals

IMG_5647Saturday night, thousands of people in Santa and Mrs. Claus getups wandered the streets of Seattle and Capitol Hill as part of the annual, planned-out debauchery of Santarchy. “Bro ho ho,” was the joke on Facebook. “White male, 35, burgundy Santa Claus suit,” crackled East Precinct radio dispatch at one early point of the evening as officers broke up a disturbance near Broadway and Pike. Meanwhile on E Olive Way, a local response to the event returned for its fourth year. CHS stopped by CC Attle’s to see off the revelers March of the Mistletomosexuals, a gay apparel alternative to the Santarchy crowd with the Hill’s LGBTQ-focused bars and clubs making up the crawl’s itinerary. Like any costumed pub crawl involving eggnog, it wasn’t all jingle bells and peppermint sticks and not everybody was having the best time of their lives at every moment of the night. But it was a chance for everybody to march. And to put that fuzzy green Grinch suit to use.

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This week in CHS history: Canterbury, snow, and Analog Coffee

In 2010, we learned about the early plans for Analog Coffee (Image: CHS)

In 2010, we learned about the early plans for Analog Coffee (Image: CHS)

Here are this week’s top stories in CHS history:

SFD takes care of Denny Terrace apartment fire

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(Image: @lindseyblue via Twitter)

Firefighters battled a third floor apartment fire inside the Seattle Housing Authority building at Melrose and Denny late Saturday afternoon.

The fire was contained to one unit in the Denny Terrace building. One victim was being evaluated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Smoke and flames were first reported on the south side of the third floor of the 12 story building around 3:16 PM. SFD reported the fire was extinguished 20 minutes later.

Denny was closed to traffic during the large Seattle Fire response.

Denny Terrace is part of the Seattle Housing Authority system and its 218 units provide homes for low income tenants.

We’ll update when SFD determines the cause of the fire. UPDATE 12/15/14 9:10 PM: A Seattle Fire spokesperson tells CHS that a lit cigarette falling into a couch caused Saturday’s blaze:

Fire investigators determined the 100 Melrose Avenue East was an accidental fire.  The cause was a lit cigarette that fell into a couch. The fire caused a minor injury to the apartment resident.  AMR  transported the patient to HMC for minor smoke inhalation.  The damage estimate is $70,000.

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Reflecting on Arts by prima seadiva via Flickr

Reflecting on Arts by prima seadiva via Flickr

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 20,000 21,000  22,000 23,000 24,000 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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CHS Pics | Central District Holiday Party — Plus, a weekend of Hill area pop-up gift markets

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Scenes from Thursday’s Central District Holiday Party. More here (Images: CHS)

While the Grinch blew away Thursday night’s A Holiday in Volunteer Park event with strong winds (it won’t be rescheduled, either, organizers say), the frosting and sugar cookies were keeping celebrants warm at the annual Central District Holiday Party hosted by Central Cinema. The other key component (besides decorating cookies) of the holidays gets its turn over the weekend and beyond around Capitol Hill with another round of special pop-up markets. Happy shopping!

  • Friday through Sunday: Gay City LGBT Library Surplus Used Book Saleinfo — Gay City Health Project’s Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library is pleased to announce our next Surplus Used Book sale, featuring surplus LGBT fiction and non-fiction books for sale. It’s a great way to build up your personal library, and the proceeds benefit ours!
  • Saturday — Punk Rock Flea Marketinfo — They said we were getting too big for our britches, and we proved them right! Seattle’s best damn flea market has moved into a BIGGER, BETTER and BALLSIER location. Now located in the Central District’s defunct post office, and with more vendors than ever, we are going to stuff your stocking like never before! The best Punk Rock Flea Market THAT EVER HAPPENED burns the beard off holiday shopping on December 13th, from noon to 10pm at the newly christened “Punk Rock Post Office” on the corner of 23rd Ave. & Union St.MAINFLIERHOLIDAYBIZARRE
  • Sunday — Badwill Market — Holiday Bizarreinfo — BadWill Market is back and we are teaming up with The Rhino Room and hosting “HOLIDAY BIZARRE” a festive pop up market featuring a variety of vendors.
  • Sunday — Ghost Gallery “Vintage Home”info — Stop by for some mulled wine & cookies and browse a wonderful Vintage pop-up featuring local vendors
  • Monday — Public Market Pop-Up Shop at Café Pettirossoinfo — Next Monday, December 15th, at Café Pettirosso we want to help you fight the Mondays and win Christmas at the very same time. Hard, but a totally doable goal! Amiright? Monday is undoubtedly the dullest day of the week; it’s back to the grind with the weekend only a glint in your not-nearly-rested-enough eye. Add holiday shopping and the grind just got stressful.
  • Saturday 12/20 — The Savvy Marketplace at Sole Repairinfo — The last, best shopping experience of the year! Come join us in connecting our local community and donating to the well-being of our furry friends. At The Savvy Marketplace, you can expect to find the highest quality, local vendors, live music, a huge raffle, full bar and much more! Admission is free, but donations are appreciated! All donations and raffle proceeds go to a local no-kill animal shelter.

Looking for more Capitol Hill gift ideas? Check out the Shop the Hill page.

Stateside part of rich wave of Capitol Hill newcomers below Broadway

IMG_0723As 2014 draws to a close, there is suddenly an even more shameful embarrassment of riches in Capitol Hill food and drink thanks to three new Asian-flavored ventures between Broadway and downtown. We took you inside BC-born izakaya Suika in the former home of 611 Supreme earlier this week. Here’s a look inside French Vietnamese-focused Stateside down Melrose-way.

“There’s so many good things here already,” Stateside’s chef/owner Eric Johnson tells CHS. “We’re just trying to create a situation here where a fantastic restaurant community will accept us.” Continue reading