CHS comes to bury Amante’s, not to praise them (Image: sparklingallison)
There is a casualty in the great E Olive Way pot land rush. Amante Pizza will no longer be operating its infamous, pulsating display sign at the corner of E Olive Way and Denny.
Calls to the Hill pizza joint reveal that it has shut down operations at its longtime home and is referring customers to delivery from its 10th Ave E location. We’re still trying to connect with ownership to find out more about the closure. Continue reading
Scotch and Soda’s U Village store (Image: University Village)
The corner once home to quintessential Capitol Hill coffee shop Bauhaus is today home to an upscale cycling lifestyle “clubhouse.” The space around the corner on Melrose that used to be an art gallery before being built into the gargantuan, seven-story Excelsior mixed-use building? Amsterdam-based Scotch and Soda is adding the retail berth to its growing roster of U.S. locations.
Company officials haven’t confirmed the new store, the chain’s second in Seattle joining a location in the University Village mall. Permits filed with the city indicate the start of planning is underway for the shop on the eastern side of Melrose adjacent the entrance to the mixed-use building’s 280-vehicle underground parking garage and across the street from Melrose Market. Continue reading
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- Central District shootout: One person was shot and taken to Harborview and police were gathering shell casings and evidence across the Central District after a rolling gun battle Sunday night. 911 callers reported hearing anywhere from 20 to 40 shots in the moving shootout involving at least two vehicles that scattered shell casings and bullets from 25th and Jackson to 26th and Yesler starting around 10:30 PM Sunday. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police found one of the vehicles with bullet damage ditched near 26th and Yesler where witnesses reported a man shot during the melee had been taken to Harborview by a passerby. We don’t have further information on his injuries but police were able to interview the victim at the hospital, according to radio updates. Police fanned out across the area to collect evidence including 9mm shell casings. One person was taken into custody during the response and a stolen Glock 40 was reported recovered. Police were looking for a new, white Lexus sedan reported to have been involved in the shooting. Continue reading
Next Monday will mark the second anniversary of the opening of Capitol Hill Station. And, yes, the station display signs showing train arrival and departure information still don’t really work.
“We’ve found that the display signs show significantly inaccurate arrival predictions when: (1) trains are deployed (or removed) outside of the schedule that’s been loaded into the legacy system; (2) a major service disruption occurs, such as a disabled bus blocking the tunnel,” a Sound Transit spokesperson tells CHS. “The legacy system cannot account for these situations, resulting in wrong arrival times.” Continue reading
Some of the customers ordering at Broadway’s Tacos Guaymas on September 30th, 2014 weren’t there for the affordable Mexican food served inside a bustling but tiny Capitol Hill restaurant space. Eight times, according to the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson, investigators from the Department of Revenue visited the restaurant that Tuesday.
Last week, founder and owner of the Tacos Guaymas chain Salvador Sahagun was charged with six counts of first-degree theft and three counts of possessing and using sales suppression software in what the AG says was a multi-year scheme to pocket more than $5.6 million in sales tax from cash transactions. Continue reading
Even with growing evidence that driving for companies like Uber and Lyft can be a real grind, the greatest bulk of entrepreneurial energy around Capitol Hill and the Central District continues to be professional drivers.
According to tax information from the City of Seattle, the “transit and ground transportation” category was, again, the single largest category of new businesses started in District 3 ZIP codes last year, topping its nearest rival with nearly six times more companies started in the area in 2017. Continue reading
Add two town hall gatherings involving important Washington leaders to the list of actions, walkouts, protests, and marches planned this month as Seattle students and supporters speak out about gun violence and make calls for more to be done to reform gun control laws.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will come to Garfield High for one gathering next Saturday while Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to participate in a Wednesday night town hall at Seattle University organized by a local television station.
More immediate actions are slated to begin the morning of this Wednesday, March 14th to mark one month since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida set off a national debate on doing more to control gun violence. Student and parent groups are planning walkouts Wednesday at schools across Capitol Hill, the Central District, the city, and the region in solidarity with the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Continue reading
UPDATE 9:01 PM: And, just like that, Seattle City Light has restored most of the customers in the area. As you were.
12th Ave from Cherry to Pine was dark Saturday night as a power outage stretched across the area starting around 7:45 PM.
911 callers reported an explosion and sparks near 12th and Cherry but Seattle Fire checked the area and found nothing to respond to and Seattle City Light was continuing to search for a cause of the outage as of an hour after the area went dark.
Several businesses in the area along 12th and the eastern edge of Pike/Pine were forced to close their doors as they waited for power to be restored.
If you heard a lot of sirens after the start of the outage, you might have heard the Seattle Police and SFD response to a shooting at a residence on E Superior north of Leschi Park where a teen girl was reported shot in the back. According to radio dispatches, the victim was alert and conscious before being transported to Harborview after the 8:15 PM shooting. Police were searching for a victim reported leaving the scene. UPDATE: SPD says it appears the teen was shot when someone fired a gun from outside the residence and a bullet crashed through the house’s front door.
With PCC announcing its plans to open a new downtown Seattle store in 2020, another potential player appears to be off the board to fill the key anchor tenant space in the Capitol Hill Station “transit oriented development” project slated to finally break ground this spring after a decade of planning. After a series of names attached to the project have either backed out or moved on, CHS has learned that talks have centered on a new, growing part of the region’s grocery and retail economy.
Capitol Hill Station master developer Gerding Edlen is finalizing talks with Han Ah Reum Mart, Inc. to fill the key retail space in the massively important housing, commercial, and community development set to fill a block of Broadway surrounding the light rail station, a person familiar with negotiations tells CHS.
The company’s H Mart stores are known for their Asian foods and home goods. The U.S.-based chain featuring fresh produce, meats, seafood, snacks and more opened in the University District last summer even as a long anticipated downtown Seattle project has remained on hold. Continue reading
After a busy few years of upgrades, optimizations, cuts, and eliminations, the next wave of Metro bus route changes scheduled to roll out starting Saturday mostly leave Capitol Hill’s routes out of the equation.
“Riders will receive more King County Metro bus service starting March 10 on dozens of routes, including more frequent daytime service, more commute trips to ease crowding, and expanded evening and weekend service,” Metro crows in its announcement of the new changes.
Routes like the 8, 11, 12 are lined up to receive “additional resources to improve the reliability of service” but most of the big changes are off Hill and, in some cases, out of the city. Continue reading