Tiny Broadway taco shop and its Guaymas family of restaurants comes up big as state drops $5.6M tax case

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and investigators from the Washington State Department of Revenue who started their search at a Broadway restaurant have huevos rancheros on their face after allegations of a $5.6 million tax fraud scheme at the Seattle chain of Tacos Guaymas fizzled into a poquito $750 fine.

“It is really a great example of the philosophical Occam’s razor,” Robert Chicoine, lawyer for Tacos Guaymas owner Salvador Sahagun said in a statement to CHS. “If there are two explanations for an occurrence, the one that requires the least speculation is usually the correct explanation.”

Ferguson’s office charged Sahagun earlier this year with six counts of first-degree theft and three counts of possessing and using sales suppression software in what the AG said was a multi-year scheme to pocket more than $5.6 million in sales tax from cash transactions. Continue reading

How would you redesign the Neighbours Alley?

The alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave — the Neighbours Alley

As Capitol Hill becomes an even more crowded and busy place, the neighborhood is finding ways to put more of its space to use.

The alley connecting Pike to Pine just west of Broadway is set for a transformation hoped to enhance the neighborhood and surrounding streets. Tuesday night, you can help start work on redesigning the Neighbours Alley:

Neighbours Alley Workshop

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Police search for suspect after reported 10th/Mercer armed robbery

Police spread out around the north end of Broadway Friday night with a K9 unit in search of a gunman after a reported armed robbery.

Officers were called to 10th and E Mercer around 6:30 PM to the reported street hold-up. They were looking for a suspect described as an Hispanic male, mid 20s, around 5’5″, with a thin build, and wearing a black wool cap, and a hoodie, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot from 10th from Mercer. He was reported to have been armed with a handgun.

Police and a K9 unit searched the area including a construction site and a house near the crime scene reportedly used by squatters.

There were no reported arrests and no reported injuries in the incident.

CHS Pics | A steady flow of democracy fills Broadway’s ballot drop box on Election Day

There was so much democracy going on along Broadway Tuesday morning that King County Elections had to come clean out the ballot drop box in front of Seattle Central — it was full by 9 AM.

Expect a few more visits through the day — you have until 8 PM to be in line to drop your ballot. Continue reading

Police called to help Broadway’s Nacho Borracho and Neon Taco boot Patriot Prayer

Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson argues with Nacho Borracho security, right, in a 15-minute “Trump Supporter was illegally kicked out of Seattle Bar” video the group posted over the weekend

Police were called to Capitol Hill’s Nacho Borracho bar Friday night after a group told to leave because of their involvement with a far-right group refused to exit the Broadway bar and caused a more than 15-minute disturbance at the establishment.

Officers arrived on the 200 block of Broadway E just after 11 PM Friday after a report of five people involved with Patriot Prayer inside the business harassing staff and customers. The group was heckling people inside the bar, “trying to debate about tolerance,” and being disruptive, according to the SPD report on the incident.

The security guard who called police informed officers that ownership does not allow hate groups in the bar.

The incident reportedly involved pushing and shoving as security attempted to remove the group. There were no weapons reported to be involved and no injuries were reported.

One group member told police he attempted to hold onto a railing inside the bar as security pushed him out after he refused to leave. Police gave the group a “trespass admonishment” and the 35-year-old assured police he wouldn’t return to the bar. Continue reading

Trial set for boyfriend accused in Broadway apartment knife attack case

Miskell (Image via Linkedin)

Efforts to arrive at a plea deal have apparently fallen through and a trial date has been set in the case against Branden Miskell, the 31-year-old prosecutors say tried to kill his boyfriend in a bloody January 2018 knife attack inside their Broadway apartment.”

According to court filings following a conference hearing last week, the case is now slated to go to trial early in January though it could face further delays. The court’s setting of a date ends a series of sessions in recent months dedicated to updates in discussions between prosecutors and Miskell’s laywer Saad Qadri over a possible plea deal.

“As you know the case is set for trial, and we are currently considering all options,” Qadri tells CHS. “It is our hope we can reach an amicable resolution.” Continue reading

Plans for (another) Broadway development mixing hotel rooms and microhousing

(Image: Anew Apartments)

Another plan for a project combining a hotel and microhousing is being lined up for Broadway. This one — eventually — will mean the end of a popular little restaurant just south of E Cherry but, likely, a good deal for the restaurant’s ownership.

Developer Brad Padden of Anew Apartments is beginning the public process for the planned two-story hotel below five stories of Small Efficiency Dwelling Units and congregate housing set to replace the building home to the Cedars restaurant location in the 500 block of Broadway.

A public meeting part of the city’s new “Early Outreach for Design Review” process is slated for November 10th to discuss the project: Continue reading

First look: Whole Foods Madison Broadway

There is a new, upscale neighborhood, of sorts, at the corner of Broadway and Madison. Your new neighbors will celebrate the grand opening of their neighborhood grocery store Tuesday morning.

Whole Foods is continuing to open new stores in great locations,” Pacific Northwest regional president for the grocery chain Angela Lorenzen told CHS during a pre-opening tour of the store Monday as workers put on the finishing touches and stocked the shelves of the two-level, 40,000-square-foot supermarket.

Whole Foods Madison Broadway — diplomatically labelled so as not to play favorites with the First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods it straddles — is set to open at 9 AM 8 AM Tuesday morning with a day of giveaways, and, of course, a DJ. “There will be a line — and lots of excitement,” Lorenzen said. Continue reading

‘You would be standing in a parking lot right now’ — Remembering the push for Broadway Crossing

A new message added to the Broadway Crossing building last week is a tribute to the community efforts — and one key community leader — who helped make possible the 2007-built, mixed-use affordable housing development rising above a Walgreens and forever shaped the edges of the waves of redevelopment that would follow over the next decade and beyond in the neighborhood. The addition of the small tribute precedes changes coming to the “Neighbours Alley” area around the building’s lobby that will further the efforts.

Ann Donovan, president of the Capitol Hill Community Council from 1999-2005, was honored last week during a small ceremony inside the lobby of the Capitol Hill Housing-built development at Broadway and Pine. The new etching on the glass of the E Pine entrance includes a quote from anthropologist Margaret Mead and a short tribute to the efforts of Donovan and others to help make the project possible: Continue reading

Last chance this year to hike from Broadway to the mountains

Sunday is the final day of service for the inaugural year of Trailhead Direct service from Broadway to hiking trails up Mt. Si and Mt. Teneriffe.

King County Metro is running a survey to get feedback on the service to help plan the 2019 season.

CHS reported here on the addition of service from Capitol Hill Station under the program created to help ease parking problems at the popular trailheads as the region’s population continues to boom.

Trailhead Direct includes 19 and 27-seat vans with capacity for two bicycles for each trip. Passengers pay a $2.75 flat fare under the public-private partnership between King County and the Seattle Department of Transportation. The 2018 season was also boosted with sponsor support by REI and Clif Bar.

Did you put the new service to use? Where’d you go?