Blade and Timber axe-tossing bar hopes to hit mark with Capitol Hill nightlife crowds

The key to tossing an axe, Blade and Timber’s Jessie Poole says, is like most things in life. Most people are trying too hard. Instead, try to make your motion more of a smooth, continual arc and let the heavy blade do most of the work. K-thunk.

Also, wear appropriate footwear.

Friday, the newest addition to the nightlife carnival that is Capitol Hill debuts. Blade and Timber adds to the neighborhood’s midway of fun things to do while you drink. Worrywarts, though, probably won’t be surprised to hear that the debut of an axe-tossing bar in Seattle, Washington will come with the bar completely dry — the state process to secure a liquor license for the new venture is taking longer than expected. Continue reading

Happy third birthday, Capitol Hill Station

Some 7,698 light rail boardings take place every day at Capitol Hill Station. Tuesday marks the three-year anniversary of the opening of the busy Broadway subway station that has forever changed getting to and from Capitol Hill.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016, then-Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine broke out the giant ceremonial scissors to cut the ribbon opening the $110 million station and the start of service on the $1.9 billion, 3.15-mile U-Link extension connecting downtown to Husky Stadium via Broadway. 16 to 18 trucks per day were used to haul dirt away from the site during construction. Sound Transit officials said some 19,900 trucks plied the streets of Capitol Hill hauling muck churned up by the boring machines. Continue reading

City collecting final feedback on proposed Broadway electric vehicle charging station

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City of Seattle officials continue to collect community feedback on a plan to install an electric vehicle charging facility on Broadway near Capitol Hill Station.

CHS reported on the plan and official insistence that the installation would not pit Tesla owners vs. bicyclists by sabotaging future extension of the Broadway bikeway prior to a Seattle City Light-hosted open house last week.

The city says it continues to collect feedback on “the proposed EV charging location” through this Thursday, March 14th. You can add your thoughts via email at

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Chef Hideaki Taneda is not worried about foot traffic at his new Capitol Hill restaurant — He only has 9 seats

In preparation at Taneda (Image: Margo Vansynghel)

Every evening, around 11 PM, when chef Hideaki Taneda gets back to his home in Lynnwood, he goes out to the artesian well and fills three 10-gallon jugs with the pure, untreated water straight from an aquifer more than 120 feet below the surface. He uses it to cook rice and make soup at his new restaurant Taneda, tucked away on the lower floor of the Broadway Alley mall, the retail complex also home to Americana, Kimchi Bistro, sushi restaurant HaNa, and Tacos Chukis.

“We think it is snowmelt. My family and I have been drinking it for years,” Taneda says. “It tastes completely different.”

To say Taneda has an eye for detail would be an understatement. Everything in his dinner-only traditional kaiseki-style sushi restaurant, which opened on Valentine’s day, is meticulously thought-out and executed to precisely fit Taneda’s dream. Continue reading

Aoki Sushi saying goodbye to Broadway neighbors

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It isn’t clear what is coming next but customers at the Broadway constant are getting the bad news.

Aoki Sushi is set to close later this month.

A call to Hitoshi Nishitani’s 600 block Broadway E sushi joint produced only a brief confirmation — the folks at Aoki were eager to get back to their customers. You still have a few weeks to visit before a planned mid-month closure.

According to liquor permit applications, new ownership had plans for the space but we have so far been unable to reach the Everett-based company listed in the paperwork.

If the restaurant goes quiet for a time, it will join its downstairs space in transition. Metrix Create:Space closed its doors there last August.

CHS will also have to plead ignorance about just how long Aoki has been part of Broadway’s restaurant scene. The corporation listed for Nishitani’s ownership was formed in 1971. Hopefully some CHS longtimers can help us out. We know it can’t be older than the neighboring DeLuxe.

UPDATE: Thanks to Linder in comments and the Seattle Times, we can mark Aoki’s birth to 1986 when founders Tak and Ruth Aoki debuted their “Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar.”

Man charged in rape and attack on sex worker in Capitol Hill apartment

A man has been arrested and charged for a violent rape inside a Capitol Hill apartment last month that left the victim battered. The attack appears to have carried on even as police were called to the apartment but left without contacting the victim.

Terric Shepard, 25, faces a charge of rape in the first degree. Prosectors say he attacked a woman he paid for sex in a February 16th assault inside his E John apartment that left the victim battered with a broken jaw and drifting in and out of consciousness. Continue reading

Wanna be ‘jacks, sharpen up: Blade and Timber axe-tossing bar opens this month on Broadway

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With one of the most hype-filled openings of 2019 taken care of, another is right behind. And it is carrying an axe.

Seattle lumbersexual axe-tossers, you should sharpen your tools. Blade and Timber is planned to open on Broadway later this month.

A Blade and Timber spokesperson told CHS a few weeks back that the Missouri-headquartered company was planning a “mid-March” opening of its Capitol Hill location, its first in Seattle, and its first west of Wichita, whatever and wherever that is. Honolulu will follow as will locations planned in Minnesota, Miami, and Scottsdale. Continue reading

Requiem for the last Capitol Hill funeral home: Bonney Watson demolition underway

It is a funeral, of sorts. Unworthy of landmark status and in the way of a development that will create twin seven-story buildings with more than 200 units of market rate housing along with more than 16,000 square feet of new commercial space on Broadway, Capitol Hill’s Bonney Watson funeral home is being torn down this week.

The demolition of the 1961-constructed modern-style building the landmarks board called underwhelming, boxy, and, depressing is underway after the mortuary business active in Seattle since 1868 departed Capitol Hill for good last year.

In 2013, CHS reported on Bonney Watson’s place on Broadway and in Capitol Hill history. 30 years ago, the busy mortuary handled around 600 deaths annually. In recent years, business had dropped off to around 300 per year. Continue reading

Fire up your Instagram, Korean fried chicken chain Bonchon now open on Broadway

Word spreads quickly. Bonchon is now open on Broadway.

Instagram is already all over it. The long awaited first Seattle outlet for Korean fried chicken phenom Bonchon opened quietly on First Hill over the weekend with limited hours and a limited menu.

The hype for such a thing, of course, is unlimited and it has been building since CHS broke the news in January — 2018! — that the global, South Korean-born chain was coming to Broadway. Continue reading

City officials say electric vehicle charging station won’t pit Teslas vs. bikes on Broadway

Leave it to Seattle City Hall to somehow pit proponents of electric vehicles against bicycling advocates. But a plan for a new charging station to be installed on Broadway near Capitol Hill Station has sparked a debate over the street and the city’s competing priorities for how to best put the right of way to use.

RESCHEDULED: Electric Vehicle Charging Open House

An open house originally scheduled for February but postponed by the snow will take place next week at Seattle Central to discuss a Seattle City Light plan to install two direct current (DC) fast chargers capable of powering most electric vehicles in front of the Capitol Hill Station mixed-use developments under construction at Broadway and E Denny Way.

While the city-owned chargers would power a typical car for “approximately 80+ miles of range in 30 minutes” at reasonable rate of 43 cents per kilowatt-hour, transit advocates who hope for future extension north of E Denny Way for the Broadway bikeway have noticed the station would be directly in the path. Seattle City Light says be flexible.

“In the absence of a bike lane currently, we believe this is a great location for an electric vehicle charging station,” Scott Thomsen, spokesperson for City Light tells CHS. “Should there come a time, we will be able to move our infrastructure.”

The Seattle Department of Transportation describes the situation a little differently. Continue reading