More food+drink changes on 19th Ave E as now-teenage Vios up for sale

(Image: Vios Cafe)

This has nothing to do with the new neighbors. Some 14 years after he opened the Greek cafe on 19th Ave E, Thomas Soukakos has decided to sell the restaurant.

But don’t shoot dirty looks across the street at the newly opened Macrina Cafe.

“Thomas has been around the block quite a few times,” wife and business partner Rebecca Soukakos tells CHS about the decision. When Thomas opened Vios, his son was two. Today, he’s a junior in high school.

Rebecca says that Thomas is now ready to focus on his “grown up” restaurant — Omega Ouzeri, which opened on 14th Ave in 2015.

“Until the new buyer is found, Vios Cafe & Marketplace will continue to celebrate life with our neighbors, and we hope neighbors will continue the celebration at Omega Ouzeri,” they write in the announcement of the planned sale. Continue reading

Channeling the spirit of E Aloha and the legendary Surrogate Hostess, Macrina now open on Capitol Hill

Macrina Bakery and Cafe is celebrating 25 years of business in Seattle with the opening of its fifth cafe Thursday morning.

The new Macrina at 19th and Aloha is hoped to channel the spirit of the Surrogate Hostess that used to be housed in the 1925-built building overhauled by contractors over the past five months. That Capitol Hill legend was known for its communal tables — and warm cinnamon rolls.

New legends are set to be made at the new bakery with exposed beams and a sleek white and grey palette. Continue reading

CHS Pics | ‘Honk for teachers’ — UPDATE: Tentative agreement

 District officials said Friday they are hopeful for a tentative agreement this weekend after the union representing teachers and educators at Seattle Public Schools said it is prepared to strike.

UPDATE 9/1/2018 6:45 AM: Both sides announced a tentative agreement in the negotiations Friday night. The full announcement from SPS is below.

Thursday afternoon on Capitol Hill, CHS found a group gathered on the corner of 19th and Galer outside Stevens Elementary to bring attention to their push for increased wages for teachers, librarians, and other school staff. Continue reading

Tallulah’s on its own as Linda bids farewell to Capitol Hill’s 19th Ave E

Brunch on Tallulah’s patio reportedly sealed the deal (Images: CHS)

Linda Derschang has put a member of her Capitol Hill food and drink family in new hands. The proprietor behind OddfellowsLinda’s and Smith has sold her 19th Ave E project Tallulah’s and has something new — but typically Linda — cooking in Belltown.

The new owner at Tallulah’s is Brad Haggen, part of the family behind the Haggen grocery chain. The entrepreneur and investor tells CHS that the Linda Derschang creation represented a “no brainer” opportunity as was looking for businesses to start or buy following his family’s 2016 sale of their interest in the grocery chain.

A brunch visit with his wife to the busy restaurant at the corner of 19th and Mercer reportedly sealed the deal.

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Chamber pulls back on plan to expand ‘Business Improvement Area’ and property assessments across Hill

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is pulling back on a years-long plan to expand a Business Improvement Area (BIA) property assessment that would provide hundreds of thousands of dollars for providing street clean-up and merchant support across the neighborhood.

In the announcement from the chamber’s executive committee, the group said it is “re-assessing how the BIA is organized at a larger level based on the changing political situation right now in Seattle.”

“[I]t is apparent that while the intent of the proposed BIA is for a stronger and better Capitol Hill, a shifting political reality in Seattle has made communities less trustful of how money is being spent,” the chamber announcement reads. “Seattle and Capitol Hill are very different places from when this proposal was crafted.” Continue reading

Blotter | Early morning SWAT raid at Capitol Hill house, Louisa Boren greenbelt death — UPDATE

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  • SWAT raid: At least two people were taken into custody in an early Wednesday morning SWAT raid on a Capitol Hill house near 19th and E Howell. According to reports from people living in the area, booms from police explosive devices went off around 6 AM and an armored SWAT vehicle was parked in front of the house. Police were also attempting to communicate with someone inside the house using a loudspeaker. “Police are on bullhorn telling someone to come out and there were 2 big bangs,” one neighbor reported to CHS. The situation was reported as “secure” around 6:30 AM by a commander at the scene, per East Precinct radio dispatches. We’ll check with SPD to learn more about the raid. UPDATE: A spokesperson tells us SPD was not the lead agency on this morning’s raid and could provide no additional details about the arrests. UPDATE x2: No word on if it is related, but the Department of Justice announced it will hold an afternoon press conference with U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes and “other federal, state and local law enforcement leaders” for a briefing “on a major drug ring takedown involving more than 45 locations and 500 officers today in King, Pierce, Skagit, Thurston and Snohomish Counties.” “Today’s actions follow a series of drug trafficking investigations that have taken dozens of conspirators off the street, in an effort to address drug and attendant violent crime patterns in the Puget Sound Region,” the announcement reads. UPDATE x3: We’re still trying to confirm who was taken into custody this morning but the DOJ announced 35 people were arrested on drug and gun crimes in a series of FBI-led operations. “In the fourth major drug trafficking ring takedown in as many months, federal, state and local law enforcement officers fanned out across King, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit and Thurston Counties to execute search warrants and arrest more than 35 members of a drug trafficking organization, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. Today’s arrests are the fourth takedown in a series of cases aimed at reducing drug and gang violence in Seattle, South King and North Pierce Counties.” UPDATE x4: We have confirmed that the raid was part of the federal drug and gun sweep.
  • Greenbelt rescue: Seattle Fire and Seattle Police made their way deep into the overgrown greenbelt below the Louisa Boren Lookout park early Wednesday after a 911 caller reported his friend was unconscious, and unresponsive at a campsite in the leafy ravine. According to East Precinct dispatches, officers located the site just after 6 AM about 1,000 yards down the steep trail below the overlook near a tree marked “Dead End.” Seattle Fire began life saving procedures on the unconscious male and he was taken back up the trail to Harborview. We do not have further information on his condition at this time. A chaplain was called to Harborview, according to Seattle Fire radio. Metro route 10 service was disrupted as police closed off E Garfield for Seattle Fire vehicles during the response. UPDATE: Seattle Fire tells us the victim, a male in his 20s, died at the scene.

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Police take man in reported drug crisis into custody after struggle inside Capitol Hill elementary school gym

It took four officers to subdue a man high on drugs and suffering a crisis who fought with Seattle Police after making his way inside a Capitol Hill elementary school Tuesday morning, according to emergency dispatch reports.

SPD was first contacted about the man behaving erratically outside the 19th Ave E side of the campus around 8 AM as parents dropped off kids for the school day. Just before 9 AM, the arriving officer put out a call for “fast backup” assistance as he struggled to take the man into custody inside the school’s gymnasium, according to East Precinct radio reports. Continue reading

OK, this time pizza *really* is coming to 19th Ave E as Zeeks Capitol Hill plans take shape

(Image: Zeeks Pizza)

19th Ave E continues to be a busy spot in Capitol Hill food and drink as another slice is falling into place along the redevelopment-reinvigorated artery connecting several area schools and some of the neighborhood’s wealthiest, leafiest streets.

Zeeks Pizza Capitol Hill is lined up to anchor the street level retail space at The Shea, a 33-unit mixed-use development planned to complete construction this summer. It will be the Puget Sound-area pizza chain’s 14th location. The restaurant space will stretch from E Mercer along 19th Ave E and will neighbor street longtimer Monsoon. Continue reading

Mayor continues neighborhood focus with Saturday town hall on Capitol Hill

One of Mayor Jenny Durkan’s campaign promises was to be more responsive to Seattle’s neighborhoods. Saturday, the mayor will come to 19th Ave E for a community meeting that promises “to bring City Hall to Capitol Hill.”

Saturday afternoon’s Durkan town hall will feature the mayor sharing “her vision of how our communities can work together to create a more affordable, vibrant, and inclusive Seattle.”

Mayor Jenny Durkan Town Hall

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District 3 community street improvements — including new Olive Way I-5 offramp crossing beacons — on the schedule for 2018

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Last month, we took you inside the community-driven — and sometimes intensely personal — process by which citizens are helping shape a program to allocate small grants to improve neighborhood streets and parks around Capitol Hill and the Central District. The 2018 “Your Voice, Your Choice” process is underway to finalize a roster of future projects.

The 2017, batch, meanwhile, is ready to be built and some, like a new crosswalk on E Yesler Way at 17th Ave S near the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute are already in place. The city has created a new page to help track the projects. Here’s a look at the four improvements coming to District 3 this year. Continue reading