Bites of Bangkok, with Broadway bar connection, ‘coming soon’ to 15th Ave E

You can stop emailing CHS. Yes, we saw the sign, too. Somebody is getting ready to break the curse of the Bagel Deli. From what we know, the right people seem to be involved to get it done.

Just as CHS reported on the demise of the Mediterranean-flavored Olive Tree in the challenged 15th Ave E space formerly home to the deli, handmade signs went up announcing a new project — Bites of Bangkok, a “Thai Tapas” concept from Capitol Hill residents Jansri Parichat and Pranesh Sharma.

While the home for Bites might have faced a few struggles with its previous two tenants, what we know about the new restaurant might just set it up to rise above the off-the-street location on 15th Ave E. Sharma has been the highly respected bar manager that has helped Broadway’s Jai Thai punch above its weight class with a stronger than expected cocktail and comedy game. While he will be moving on from his Broadway post, hopefully Sharma gets to bring some spiked Thai ice tea and lychee martinis with him. Continue reading

The curse of the Bagel Deli

While we’re talking about a restaurant opportunity up for grabs on the quiet side of Capitol Hill along 19th Ave E, let us mark the passing of another neighborhood food and drink venture outside the Pike/Pine and Broadway hot zones.

Its death might also have the markings of the latest “cursed” restaurant space on Capitol Hill.

A few weeks back, the dreaded brown paper went up in the windows of 15th Ave E’s Olive Tree. The Mediterranean sit-down debuted in early 2017 as an offshoot of the Kent original. The first Olive Tree continues to thrive. But the Capitol Hill expansion is gone. Ownership has not returned our calls and messages about the closure. Continue reading

Charming, safe, green, and clean — What CHS heard at the 15th Ave E design workshop

Ross Kling owner of Rainbow Remedies considers issues of bulk and scale on 15th Ave (Images: CHS)

If 15th Ave E business owners and neighbors really can get their community priorities out in front a coming wave of redevelopment, these are the people who will help get it done.

The scene at Saturday’s design workshop and community input session for 15th Ave E was a veritable cast party of the neighborhood’s major players. Organized by the street’s resident designers at Board and Vellum and Environmental Works, neighbors, business owners, and quite a few architects assembled at the Summit on E Pike — maybe another community priority for 15th Ave E should be a large community meeting space — over the weekend to start the process of making their preferences known and documenting the design priorities ahead of planned development on 15th Ave E.

Board and Vellum’s Brian Baker said a vibrant and active streetscape will help keep the neighborhood safe, but measures should be taken to ensure small businesses won’t be left in the dust of large commercial development.

“I’m working on the Capitol Hill design guidelines and one of the things we are writing is to encourage flexible floorplans at ground level that can be reused, that can be adaptable and allow for smaller spaces for unique businesses to exist,” he said. Baker is also part of the design review guideline program for Capitol Hill. Continue reading

‘Inhumane’ encampments, development as greenhouse polluter, reset on transit: Here’s what Mayor Durkan talked about during weekend Capitol Hill business tour and town hall

Durkan on 15th Ave E doing a little Saturday afternoon shopping (Images: CHS)

Following a low-profile tour of are businesses along the quieter side of Capitol Hill, Mayor Jenny Durkan met a small gathering of the public at the Miller Community Center on Saturday for a community conversation. Introduced as the city’s first female mayor in nearly 100 years, Seattle native Durkan gave a short address and fielded questions from the audience around homelessness, mental health, zoning laws, and the future of public transportation during the hour long event.

Though the Mayor announced millions in investments to reduce homelessness this year with affordable housing and addiction mitigation and City Hall under her watch is pursuing a $75 million-plus plan to create a new employee tax for big businesses, she said Saturday the city is only a cog in a wheel when it comes to its ability to fortify behavioral health services and facilities in within city limits.

“We are trying to get to a point where we can offer services on demand because we have had defunding of mental health services,” she said. “Right now most of the mental health and treatment dollars go from the state to the county, so if we don’t have a regional solution including both, we’ll never get to the point where we’ll have more mental health facilities, short term and long term in the community or state wide. “

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Victim warns of North Capitol Hill groper

Police investigated Wednesday night after a woman reported she was assaulted and groped on 15th Ave E in North Capitol Hill.

In addition to reporting the attack to SPD, the victim reached out to CHS to make sure others in the area are aware of the assault.

“I reported this to the police but not much could be done,” she writes. “I’m just hoping to make the community aware as this is a spot I typically feel safe and it was in daylight on a busy street.”

The Capitol Hill resident tells CHS she was walking on 15th Ave E where it slopes down to become E Boston St when she was grabbed. “About midway down the Boston hill a man ran up behind me and grabbed my behind really hard,” the victim writes. “Before I could realize what happened, he was sprinting back up the hill.”

She reported the assault to police but there were no immediate arrests. The suspect is described as an unknown race male around 5’7″ or 5’8″, with a stocky build, and wearing jeans and a black hoodie with the hood pulled up at the time of the Wednesday night assault.

If you have information about the incident or can help identify the suspect, call 911.

Workshop will try to get community priorities out in front of coming, taller 15th Ave E redevelopment

15th Ave E from above

By the time the bulldozers show up, it’s way too late to have any impact on how a new building might look.

So a pair of architecture firms located on 15th Avenue East are planning to get ahead of any development on the street they call home. Board & Vellum and Environmental Works are hosting a design workshop, open to the public, to discuss what 15th Ave E could look like as redevelopment happens.

Thus far in the recent building boom, 15th has largely been spared much redevelopment, save for the old Chutney’s site being replaced by the Stream 15 building in 2013. And the lack of change hasn’t just been during the current boom. Chris Parker of Board & Vellum notes that in going back through archived photos, the neighborhood looks largely the same as it has for decades.

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Ready, player? Full Tilt Capitol Hill now open

We don’t know why big coffee Starbucks surrendered but we do know who to thank for Full Tilt coming to Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave E.

“This building was built for them 25 years ago,” Full Tilt’s Justin Cline tells CHS. “When they decided to move, Linda Derschang called and said she wanted us to be her neighbor.”

Full Tilt Capitol Hill debuted with a “quiet opening” Thursday night in the former 15th Ave E Starbucks space next to Derschang’s bar Smith. Expect louder nights to come. The fifth Full Tilt in the city, the 15th Ave E edition is now the chain’s largest and the only location with a reservable party room. You will also find a freezer full of typically delicious, uniquely Full Tilt flavors (including vegan varieties) straight out of its South Park ice cream factory. Continue reading

Full Tilt has new plan for Capitol Hill shop

The plan to bring Full Tilt to Capitol Hill is again in motion. The White Center-born ice cream company announced Thursday that it will bump a global corporation from 15th Ave E as it expands to the neighborhood it has been flirting with in recent years:

In addition to furnishing 20+ Vintage Pinball Machines and classic arcade games, the Capitol Hill Location will be the first Full Tilt to offer all natural (non-powder) soft-serve ice cream made with fresh dairy and offering unique flavors. The Capitol Hill Full Tilt will also be the first location to make available a reservable Party Room. In preparation for the new location, Full Tilt will also be giving one lucky Capitol Hill resident free ice cream for an entire year. Capitol Hill Residents can enter to win already at www.MyFreeCone.com.

According to the announcement, the new Full Tilt shop will take over the 300 block 15th Ave E space that has been the longtime home of a Starbucks shop that at one time was part of the global coffee giant’s attempts at producing indie-styled cafes with unique — but scalable — identities. The 15th Ave Coffee & Tea experiment ended in 2011. According to Full Tilt, it will be moved into the space by January and ready to start the New Year on Capitol Hill.

In 2015, owner Justin Cline had plans to open a Full Tilt shop specializing in ice cream pops as part of the Uncle Ike’s complex at 15th and Republican but that plan was put on ice. “I’m more comfortable in that area than dealing with the bros in Pike/Pine,” Cline told CHS at the time. “We’re more about kids, family. A punk Chuck E. Cheese.”

The Capitol Hill shop will be Full Tilt’s fifth in the city. It will join nearby vegan sweet shop Sugar Plum in providing treats on 15th Ave E.

“We are very excited to be opening a location in Capitol Hill,” Cline said in the announcement about the new Capitol Hill project. “Our Ice Cream Shops are extremely family focused. We offer flavors that appeal to kids, Northwest Craft Beers that satisfy adults and Classic Games that everyone can enjoy. This location is off of the ‘Pike/Pine Drinking Corridor,’ and we intend to do some of the same popular events that our patrons in other neighborhoods appreciate like ‘2-Wheel Sundays’, neighborhood events, and live music! We will be announcing a special free music performance for opening day at the Capitol Hill location.”

Cline says three additional Puget Sound area Full Tilt Locations are in the works.

You can learn more at fulltilticecream.com.

Uncle Ike’s is for sale. Kind of.

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

“Everybody keeps bugging us, so we decided to throw out a number,” owner Ian Eisenberg told CHS Tuesday about a report that he is teaming up to put the two largest marijuana retailers in the state on the market. The price tag for a combined Uncle Ike’s-Main Street Marijuana Washington pot empire stretching from Seattle to the ‘Couv?

$50 million.

It is hard to tell just how seriously to take the asking price from Eisenberg. His two shops are the highest grossing in Seattle with sales of nearly $1.4 million in December while the Main Street chain’s three locations clocked in with more than $2.2 million during the happy holiday period. But there also might be some politicking going on. Continue reading

Dia de los Muertos: Sur 16 closed on 15th Ave E — UPDATE: Reopening… soon

While 15th Ave E celebrates the return of one longtime business and the debut of a significant new one, a restaurant that struggled to catch on in the commercial village has closed its doors.

The windows at Sur 16 have been papered over and a sign went up this week thanking patrons and telling them to watch for “possible new openings or locations” for the restaurant its rookie owners hoped would celebrate the harmonies between flavors of the Old World and the New World.

UPDATE 10/31/2016: We haven’t heard from Sur 16’s owners directly but a comment posted over the weekend said the restaurants is going to “remodel” and “be back soon.”

UPDATE x2: We heard from owners Dalzell and Martos about the situation and we have good news to report for fans of the restaurant. Things have been worked out for an overhaul of the restaurant space and the couple is working on a revamp of the business and a menu. There is not yet a timeline for reopening but the restaurant is, indeed, ready to rise from the dead. Happy Halloween. In the meantime, the kitchen remains open if you’d like to order catering via sur16.com.

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