Capitol Hill food+drink | Project from The Lodge Sports Grille lined up for Charlie’s old space on Broadway

(Images: The Lodge Sports Grille)

(Images: The Lodge Sports Grille)

The mystery of the new tenant lined up for the longtime Broadway home of Charlie’s appears to have been solved.

According to a person familiar with the deal, The Lodge Sports Grille is in the middle of a refurbishment of the space that was home to Ken Bauer’s legendary Capitol Hill restaurant for nearly 40 years before its closure this summer.

CHS wrote about the speculation surrounding the space as a new tenant was lined up and work began to spruce up the dusty old Charlie’s surroundings. “There will be something good coming out in the next 30 days,” building owner Johnny Limantzakis told CHS.

Limantzakis nor the Lodge has confirmed the deal with CHS. We’ll update if we hear back. UPDATE: General manager Ben Rhodes said his restaurants are happy to be part of what comes next in the Charlie’s space and that the new project will be loyal to the space’s past. The restaurant won’t be a “Lodge Sports Grille,” however. We’ll have to wait to find out what the name will be closer to opening — definitely before the end of the year, Rhodes said.

Other details are also under wraps for now but Rhodes said the hope is to be as true as possible to Charlie’s past. “We’re not going to try to reinvent the wheel,” Rhodes said. “Maybe a spoke or two.”

Original report: A Broadway location will be The Lodge Sports Grille’s seventh in the Seattle area. It will next open a new grille in Greenwood, currently under construction. The small chain has spread rapidly from its start in Mukilteo:

The Lodge Sports Grille is a family run business and all that that implies. It started in early 2007, as cliche as it sounds, on a napkin over cocktails at a waterfront restaurant in Mukilteo, WA. Shawn Roten was a contractor that dreamt up and built high end homes in the greater Seattle area. When the market crashed in 2008, the business had to evolve. He and his wife, Elizabeth Stewart, decided to use their experience in the construction industry to build a bar, under the impression that in a recession, beer sells better than houses.

The first Lodge Sports Grille opened in 2010.

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Second phase brings a busier E Pike pedestrian zone

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IMG_0062The rainbow crosswalks served with even greater purpose over the weekend as the second phase of the E Pike pedestrian zone pilot shifted the test of a car-free Pike/Pine into a model with more activity and more options for motor vehicles.

Saturday’s set-up again included the closure of E Pike between Broadway and 12th but north-south cross-streets 10th and 11th remained open to driving — and everything else that cars like to do in the big city. The result was a busy scene with flashing SPD safety lights in all directions. Let’s turn it over to our correspondent at 10th and Pike, Pike/Pinerepreneur Dave Meinert.  “I like it, but I liked it better when the streets were completely closed off,” Meinert said Saturday night. “I could do without the flashing police lights, too.” With the streets closed except for the north/south streets, the rainbow crosswalks were the only safe way to cross.

IMG_0079Saturday’s E Pike closure also included “programming” for the first time — street yoga and drag queens were on the menu this weekend. The threat of mimes was postponed until the next session. The verdict is still out on how the street entertainment mix worked out. SDOT also said data collected on the pilot is not yet ready to share publicly.

Next weekend, On August 29th, Century Ballroom will host queer-friendly partner dance classes On E Pike, planned to include live musicians. Amplified sound will be wrapped up by 11 PM. The programming will then shift gears into more “calming” performances. “We want string musicians to serenade people goodnight and indicate that it’s time to get out of the street, get some food or head home,” EcoDistrict organizer Alex Brennan told CHS.

The EcoDistrict’s pedestrian zone project is being funded through $30,000 of a $160,000 city grant the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce received earlier this year. A similar program is up and running in Portland’s nightlife core. A pedestrian-only pilot program on Vancouver, BC’s bar-laden Granville St. was well-received by the city’s police department, which reported public intoxication calls decreased by almost half. The Seattle Police Department has been supportive of the idea so far as street fights and other crime could be substantially reduced by allowing bar crowds to disperse into the street rather than being crammed together on sidewalks. Spreading crowds over a greater area could also allow police officers to intervene quicker when incidents occur, Brennan said.

Find more information about the pilot program here. You can contact the EcoDistrict with feedback.


(Images: Capitol Hill EcoDistrict via Facebook)

NRA sues to stop Seattle ‘Gun Violence Tax’

The National Rifle Association is leading a lawsuit against the City of Seattle over its tax on firearms and ammunition designed to help offset the expense of gun violence.

The recently passed legislation was sponsored by City Council president and ex-cop Tim Burgess and will institute a $25 tax on gun sales and a 5 cent tax on each round of ammunition. The city estimates the taxes would raise up to $500,000 per year. Burgess said taxpayers paid more than $12 million in 2014 to offset unpaid medical bills for gunshot victims at Harborview. The revenue from the tax would fund a two-year gun violence prevention program.

“Once again, anti-gun activists in Seattle have chosen to violate the Washington State Constitution and trample upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” the NRA said in a press release announcing the lawsuit.

The lawsuit comes after a deadly week in Seattle with four fatal shootings in the city including the slaying of a 23-year-old amid the nightlife crowds of Capitol Hill.

Crush house ready for next life as Coffee Flour test lab

Coffee Flour pasta (Image: Coffee Flour)

Coffee Flour pasta (Image: Coffee Flour)

In 2014, a reinvigorated Crush was being prepared for its 10th anniversary near 23rd and Madison on the edge of Capitol Hill above Madison Valley. Later this week, the James Beard Award-winning restaurant from chef and culinary consultant Jason Wilson will shutter.

“It’s great. We’ve had 10 and a half years there. We’re very proud of what we created,” Wilson said.

The chef tells CHS that his attempt to sell the old house that was renovated to become the home of Crush was part of a plan to move the restaurant. But Wilson found the real estate market a couple years back couldn’t meet his $970,000 price tag. Soon, the long empty lot to the west of the house where the Ship Scaler’s Local 541 building once stood will see the start of construction on this four-story apartment building. And the Crush house that was once home to James A. Roston, an African-American labor negotiator, will move into a new life as a culinary test laboratory for Wilson’s work with Coffee Flour, a wheat alternative made from the discarded waste of coffee bean cherries.

“We’ve found a way to take a trashed ingredient and make it useful,” Wilson said.

Crush is winding down toward its last night of service on August 28th with a daily a la carte menu and tasting menu “that pays respect to the seasons as well as signature items including Beef Short Ribs, Seared Foie Gras, Bacon n’ Eggs, Octopus A La Plancha and more,” according to a release.

Wilson, whose restaurant ventures include downtown’s Miller’s Guild, is also, of course, ready to cook up something new after a decade of upscale, modernist-leaning cuisine at Crush.

“The kind of food that really defined me for a decade,” he tells CHS. “I’m going to be challenged in new arenas.”

Wilson said he plans to announce a new restaurant project before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, neighbors will have a new, slightly less upscale dining option in the area soon as Bottleneck Lounge burger joint sibling Two Doors Down is preparing to open in the old Philadelphia Fevre space.

CHS Pics | Summit Block Party 2015

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Here’s a look at Saturday’s 2015 Summit Block Party — it’s a view of Capitol Hill culture, art, and music armies of developers desperately want to embrace and extend. The fourth annual day of music and art matured, reportedly, in 2015 under new leader Adam Way. “On the whole, there is a (push) for quality,” Way told CHS, with a wink. “I don’t want people to feel like the free admission wasn’t worth it.” Of course, this year there were still irate neighbors, some occasional bursts of loud and obnoxious rock, and various shenanigans that are likely to accompany a grassroots music festival in the middle of some of the densest blocks in the densest neighborhood in the PNW. Like the lined-up-for-upgrades Summit Inn apartment that partly inspired it, Summit Ave is also going to see more change. In the meantime, its street festival manages to grow along with the rents.

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What the Broadway ‘post office’ building will look like — Plus, first look at plans for 95 Slide development

Believe it or not, this is not the plan (Images: )

Believe it or not, this is not the plan at Harvard and Pike (Images: Skidmore Janette )

There aren’t any plans — exactly — to preserve old Capitol Hill buildings as part of two projects slated to share the City of Seattle design review stage this week. We’ll get our most complete look yet at the six-story project that will replace Broadway’s old post office. And, at Harvard and Pike, we’ll get our first look at the plans — and the preservation scheme — behind the seven-story building set to replace 95 Slide.Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 8.09.50 AM

722 E Pike St

722 E. Pike St – Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 7 story structure containing 90 residential units with 4,000 sq. ft. of retail at street level. No parking is proposed. Existing structure to be demolished. View Design Proposal      

Review Meeting
August 26, 2015 6:30 pm, Seattle University, 824 12th Ave, Admissions & Alumni Community Building
Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance  

Project Number: 3020112  View Permit Status  |  View Land Use Notice

Planner: Magda Hogness

CHS first reported this spring on the plan to develop the old pre-1940 building at the corner of Harvard and Pike currently home to sports bar 95 Slide. Owner Marcus Lalario later told CHS he was bummed by the choice to go the redevelopment route and not allow him to buy the club. “Capitol Hill is what it is, now,” Lalario said.

On this particular block, at least, Capitol Hill is set to stand about seven stories tall and be packed with apartment units. The property, by the way, was purchased in June from its longtime owners for $2.9 million. The new owner knows a little bit about Capitol Hill these days — Kevin Pantzar is chief financial officer at W.G. Clark Construction.

Wednesday night, developers Johnson Carr and the architects at Skidmore Janette will bring a design to the review board that will easily fit into the block now dominated by the seven-story Pike Motorworks project. It is being planned for around 26,000 square feet of residential space. At 90 units or so, the average living space will be a tidy 288 square feet.

But the design of the project is less interesting than the means by which developers Tyler Carr and Kelten Johnson propose to build an extra story in the six-story-approved zone: Continue reading

Capitol Hill murder comes in week of fatal shootings in Seattle — UPDATE

Around 30 people attended an anti-violence vigil Saturday night (Image: CHS)

Around 30 people attended an anti-violence vigil Saturday night (Image: CHS)

It appears Sunday, August 16th’s murder of a 23-year-old in a Pine/Melrose parking lot is part of a sad wave of fatal shootings in Seattle this summer.

Police are now investigating the murder of a 24-year-old man after a shooting early Sunday morning near 12th and Main:

The victim was seated inside a parked car in the 1200 Block of S. Main Street with several other people early this morning.  Three males approached the car and a confrontation ensued.   Everyone but the victim got out of the car.  The suspects  shot the victim multiple times as he sat in the car. Following the 911 call, the victim was transported to HMC where he later died.

The murder occurred only blocks from the spot where an International District community organizer was gunned down earlier this month in a case that remains unsolved. UPDATE: SPD has announced an arrest in the case:

The suspect from this morning’s homicide in the 1200 Block of South Main Street is in custody and is in the process of being booked into the King County Jail.
Late this morning, the 21-year-old suspect wanted in connection with the shooting was taken into custody at his residence. He was interviewed by detectives following his arrest and then booked into jail. Detectives are still seeking the other suspect. This remains an active and on-going investigation.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Seattle Police Department or they can call the Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.

UPDATE 8/25/2015: The Seattle Times reports that the victim in Sunday’s shooting actually survived the incident.

This Sunday’s incident follows a fatal shooting Saturday morning outside a Queen Anne gas station that left a 22-year-old man dead and two others wounded:

Homicide and CSI detectives responded to the scene, interviewing witnesses and canvassing for evidence. After further investigation, detectives have determined that the shooting took place inside of the parked car and that suspects and victims have been accounted for. Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting occurred as a result of a drug robbery.

The murders push Seattle’s number of killings this year to 19 — the 17th came on Capitol Hill just after 2 AM on Sunday the 16th when 23-year-old Ramon Mitchell was shot and killed amid a crowd of nightlife revelers. Police continue to investigate the case.

The 16th came just days before in a fatal shooting at 26th and Columbia in the Central District.

In 2014, 26 people were murdered in the city.

Saturday night, a small group held a candlelight vigil in the parking lot where Mitchell was shot.

Violent crime is up 13% in the East Precinct so far in 2015 compared to the same period last year. SPD officials announced earlier this summer they are working with federal agencies to quell a wave of gun violence across the East Precinct and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms revealed its agents had installed surveillance cameras on utility poles in the Central District.

UPDATE by Mohamed Adan: About thirty people gathered Saturday night to take part in the anti-crime vigil organized by Social Outreach Seattle and Daniel Goodman, a Capitol Hill resident who recently wrote an open letter to Mayor Ed Murray and other city officials after being beaten and robbed near Hot Mama’s Pizza while walking home from a gay bar.


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Capitol Retrospective | The Roycroft: A quest for independence at the confluence of speculation, regulation and panic

Seattle, 1899-1901.  Composite of two maps with Roy & Roy Mill circled in red.  Courtesy Office of Coast Survey and Burke Museum

Seattle, 1899-1901. Composite of two maps with Roy & Roy Mill circled in red. Courtesy Office of Coast Survey and Burke Museum

In 1899 the quickest route to West Seattle was by train over a wooden trestle that ran along the northern edge of the Duwamish Bay tide flats crossing what would later become Harbor Island. That May, Edward Roy, his older brother Charles, and father Lucien would have taken this train out to the trestle’s midpoint to tour the lumber mill they would purchase later that month.

Peering out the train’s window to his left while his brother and father talked business, Edward would likely have been distracted by the countless array of shifting channels and tide pools glistening over hundreds of acres of mud. It was here that he saw one of many opportunities to reinvent himself instead of living in his brother’s and father’s shadow.

It was here, and elsewhere throughout the city, that Seattle would experience one of the greatest real estate booms in its history granting Edward both the independence from his family he so dearly desired and a refuge from the coming collapse of the lumber market. This is the story of Edward Roy and The Roycroft Apartments on Harvard Ave E. Continue reading

This week in CHS history | Chop Suey for sale, Ada’s says ‘hello’

8446615686_95034b0f49_oHere are the top stories from this week in CHS history: