Design reviews include First Hill Trinity Parish condo tower, microhousing project set to replace Central District’s Chateau apartments

The future of The Chateau in the Central District

Design reviews this week for new multifamily housing development on First Hill and in the Central District will feature projects that have also raised issues around displacement in Seattle.

Thursday night, the Central Area Design Review Board will take up its first look at the four-story, 70 or so-unit apartment building planned to replace The Chateau apartments on 19th Ave.

Design review: 119 19th Ave

City Council member Kshama Sawant said residents of the former Section 8 subsidized apartments won an “unheard of concession” thanks to advocacy work this spring after the building was purchased by developer Cadence Real Estate. Continue reading

Eat Capitol Hill tacos for breakfast

Starting Friday at Good Weather (Image: Good Weather)

Lots of tacos flying around in Capitol Hill food and drink is nothing new. We’re blessed. One great taco joint replaces another, in these parts. Even our bodegas have great tacos. And now you can eat Capitol Hill tacos for breakfast.

Starting this Friday, Good Weatherthe bicycle repair shop and cafe that moved into Chophouse Row in 2017 — is rolling out something it hopes to grow into a big thing: Friday morning tacos — Continue reading

Loxsmith’s Capitol Hill wander continues with an April of Sundays at Vios

The wandering bagel tribe of Loxsmith has a new Capitol Hill home for April. The new location will be a familiar setting for bagel-master Matthew Segal. It’s the kitchen where he set up early every Saturday morning in March before last month’s pop-up series at Montana.

Segal won’t have to move his bagels very far in April. That kitchen at 19th Ave E’s Vios will now be home to a series of April Sunday Loxsmith pop-ups. Continue reading

Sawant picks fight over displacement at Central District’s Chateau Apartments


District 3 representative Kshama Sawant Thursday rallied with supporters and residents of the Central District’s Chateau Apartments, a 21-unit Section 8 subsidized building purchased by a Seattle developer two years ago and slated to be replaced by a new microhousing project with 73 “small efficiency dwelling units.”

“The story of the Chateau Apartments is the story of Seattle and indeed every metropolitan region around the United States where we see sky high rent driving out working class people, low income seniors, community members who belonged to the immigrant community, the LGBTQ community, the disabled community,” Sawant said Thursday at the press conference in front of the neighborhood’s Good Neighbor Cafe. “And we are seeing Seattle increasingly becoming a playground for the rich.”

Sawant, who told the crowd she lives near the area of the apartments, called on developers Cadence Real Estate to “ensure that every Chateau resident can continue to live in affordable and accessible homes in their neighborhood” and urged the company  to meet with the residents as part of a Seattle City Council meeting next month.

In a statement sent to CHS and media Thursday, Cadence did not take Sawant up on her offer but said development of the property would not begin for “three to five” years. Continue reading

Country Doctor’s new dental clinic: Now helping smiles on 19th Ave E

Thursday, neighbors and supporters will get their first opportunity to visit the new Country Doctor building next to their longtime clinic at the corner of 19th and Republican. Patients and families are already being served with an expanded array of services from the nonprofit provider of health care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Country Doctor Dental Clinic Open House

“It was a little bit behind but not by much when you consider these kinds of projects,” development director Michael Craig tells CHS about the project’s long journey to Thursday’s open house. “To me we’re kind of right on schedule.” Continue reading

Monsoon marks 20 years — and ‘a little bit’ of growth — on Capitol Hill

(Image: Monsoon)

Brother and sister restaurateurs Sophie and Eric Banh are marking 20 years of business on 19th Ave E. Their Vietnamese Seattle classic Monsoon will have a “20 Bucks for 20 Years” menu starting this weekend featuring “a handful of dishes that were very popular in the early years” and are still popular today.

We’re going to bet that the drunken chicken made the list.

Surviving two decades on the Hill’s quieter side, Monsoon has grown — literally — along with the neighborhood’s food and drink offerings. In 2014, it doubled its capacity, incorporating a bar, and adding a rooftop patio to the restaurant. “It’s amazing how the world turns around,” Eric Banh told CHS about Monsoon’s survival and expansion. “We almost became homeless in 2007. We survived. And now we’re growing. A little bit.” Continue reading

Zeeks Capitol Hill adds pizza to 19th Ave E’s growing food+drink menu

If you’re looking for your 19th Ave E dad, we might know where he’s been hanging out

Families on Capitol Hill’s quieter eastern slopes have already become accustomed to beating a path to 19th and Mercer for Whidbey Island-style tacos and Macklesmore-style cookies. The intersection will now have even more foot, scooter, and stroller traffic — the first Zeeks Pizza on Capitol Hill is now open.

Debuting Monday with an afternoon of free slices, the company said the new joint has been ready to go but held up from a planned opening in late 2018 due to a few paperwork issues with the new mixed-use building it calls home, The Shea.

The company said it has long coveted a presence on Capitol Hill. The 19th Ave E location is being opened by Sean Murray, a franchise owner who lives in the neighborhood only a few blocks away. With a new pizza restaurant only blocks away from two elementary schools, a Hebrew academy, a middle school, and Holy Names, he has probably made a wise investment.  Continue reading

CHS Pics | Early contender for saddest Capitol Hill story of the year

It’s only January 7th and we already have a contender for the saddest story in 2019 on Capitol Hill.

A new, heartbreaking flyer has joined the mix of lost dog and house cleaning service ads on utility poles around 19th Ave.

“First flight the plane took off and kept going!,” it reads. “We could see it high in the sky fly over Meany Middle School and it kept flying north.”

During the recent wind-whipped days, did you see a small, blue and white remote control airplane soaring tragically to the north?

You can make this possible saddest of 2019 into the happiest Capitol Hill story of the year. An image of the full flyer is here complete with contact info for the pilot’s crew.

 

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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