After bikini barista ladies failed to catch on, Dreamboyz Espresso now pulling shots on Broadway

(Image: Dreamboyz Espresso)

The ladybug red and spots are gone. The ladies are gone, too. Starting Friday the 13th, Broadway’s only drive-thru bikini coffee shack is stuffed with men.

“We tried to do the bikini thing but unfortunately it just didn’t work,” a representative for the Ladybug Espresso bikini barista chain tells CHS, “even though there wasn’t any competition in a direct radius.” Continue reading

After only a year of business, Broadway’s Junkichi — and its robot — set to be offline for ‘several months’

We trust this robot — for now

The skewering of meats, open flame of the grill, and even the cute little robot have gone quiet — and nobody is answering the phones. Broadway’s Junkichi Robata Izakaya will be closed for “several months due to renovations” after only one year of business.

The curt message appeared on the restaurant’s website to start the month as the 200-block Broadway E robata grill concept has gone dark. Company representatives haven’t responded to repeated calls and messages about the closure. Continue reading

Broadway’s La Cocina is now La Cocina y Cantina

“La Cocina’s Cantina opening TODAY at 1pm. Congrats to Victor and La Cocina’s family. And there is a big TV showing the Seahawks!” — @whocanstandit

There is definitely some reposado and añejo on the wall. The rested and aged tequila got a little more time to enhance their flavors while we all waited but Broadway’s La Cocina is now, officially, finally, La Cocina y Cantina.

Victor Santiago opened his new bar expansion over the weekend just in time for Seahawks kickoff in the new overhauled space formerly home to a Starbucks. Continue reading

Seattle cancels order for infamous ‘too big’ streetcars for Center City Connector line

The First Hill Streetcar line won’t get its connection to a new line running on Seattle’s 1st Ave until the project opens in 2026 — but when the Center City Connector finally opens, it will have cars that better fit with the city’s streetcar system.

The Seattle Department of Transportation announced Monday that even though it is canceling a $52 million order for 10 streetcars for the downtown line, the project remains on track for its revised 2026 target. The canceled cars were the same vehicles Mayor Jenny Durkan made a centerpiece of her decision to pause the downtown project last year as she stoked concerns the new trams might be “too big” for Seattle’s tracks. Continue reading

Thunder and lightning long gone but Monday morning power outage strikes northern Capitol Hill — UPDATE

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The area came through Saturday’s incredible thunderstorm mostly unscathed but wet branches appeared to be a larger problem Monday morning as a power outage knocked around 7,000 customers offline.

Seattle City light was reporting 6,7000 customers without power in swaths along north Broadway, Roanoke Park, and eastern Capitol Hill along 23rd/24th and Interlaken Park. As of 9:45 AM, City Light said it was investigating a cause and did not yet have an estimated time for restoration.

Witnesses reported hearing loud booms northeast of the Hill just before the outage.

The loss of power triggered alarms and left elevators stuck between floors. Police responded to a false alarm for a possible robbery at a north Broadway bank while Seattle Fire helped in an elevator rescue reported on 14th Ave E.

Saturday night, thousands around the city lost power as an unusually intense thunderstorm produced more than 2,000 lightning strikes across the area.

UPDATE: City Light says its current estimate is a 1 PM restoration of power:

UPDATE x2 11 AM: Restored!

Power has been restored to the North Capitol Hill area. The cause of the outage was due to a tree branch falling on a pair of powerlines. Our crews are also continuing to restore power to those affected by last weekend’s storm. Thank you for your patience.

 

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Seattle Bike Blog: With Pike bike lanes going in, city also making it easier to get to Broadway bikeway

CHS reported Wednesday that the Seattle Department of Transportation is ready to lay down paint to begin a major transition of Pike from the edge of downtown to Broadway to add new bike lanes. Seattle Bike Blog has news on even more bike-friendly changes coming to the streets of Capitol Hill’s core and some important safety changes near the First Hill Streetcar route.

By the end of the year, bicyclists, scooter riders, skaters, and more will find a new, special turn lane at Denny designed to make  the start of the Broadway bikeway easier to get to, SBB reports:

As noted in the fact sheet (PDF), “Southbound cyclists often miss the entrance to the Broadway protected bike lane.” The idea here is that people biking south in the general purpose lanes on Broadway will have two options for getting into the two-way bikeway on the left side of the street starting at Denny Way: Wait in the existing two-stage turn box on the right side of the intersection until the signal changes or merge into a bike-sized left turn lane. People already make this maneuver today using the painted buffer area, but this will make it more official.

The city says the new enhancements at Broadway and Denny will have four components: Continue reading

How you can help shape the future of Broadway by helping shape the future of Seattle Central’s buildings

The view from SCC (Image: Seattle Central College)

The City of Seattle is looking for Capitol Hill community members to serve on a Citizen Advisory Committee to help develop a new Master Plan for Broadway’s Seattle Central to guide the school’s future development.

“Volunteers would serve on a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) which is made up of neighborhood residents with experience in neighborhood organizations and issues, land use and zoning, architecture, landscaping, economic development, building development or educational services who will work with the City and SCC,” the city announcement reads. Continue reading

As redevelopment plan creeps forward, you still have time to enjoy Annapurna — and help it find a new Capitol Hill home

The future of 1833 Broadway

Thanks to the neighborhood’s deep love for the restaurant — and the dedicated ongoing documentation of “changing” Seattle by Vanishing Seattle — CHS’s inbox lit up this week with concern.

Did you know Annapurna’s building is going to be torn down?

We did.

CHS reported on the impending doom for the 1905-built Capitol Crest building back in 2016. The project to create a new development with a mix of 50 apartment units above 3,500 square feet of space for a store or a restaurant on the property even started the design review process back in 2017 but has been on pause since. With a bustling light rail facility across the street, the trade of 14 apartments and business space for a denser development is probably a good one. Continue reading

What’s more painful? Running for mayor of Redmond — or closing down your struggling Capitol Hill coffee shop?

Redmond City Council member Steve Fields should have bigger things to worry about than the closing of a Capitol Hill coffee shop his wife Ronni Fields has run for three years. He’s running for mayor of the Eastside city, the state’s 18th largest.

“I’m the grassroots candidate. My opponent is very well established with lots of support from developers.”

The political match-up, in a way, parallels the August shuttering of Harvard Ave’s tiny Down Pour Coffee.

Fields says the lessons from Down Pour are about making sure you remember you’re going up against a well established system when you’re chasing your dreams of small business ownership. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Tex-Mex bar and grill Rooster’s kisses Broadway — and ‘irrelevant and unnecessary’ critics — goodbye

(Image: Rooster’s)


There is another opportunity on Broadway opening up for a food and drink entrepreneur to make a big, comfortable splash on the neighborhood’s central drag.

After four years of Tex-Mex by way of Madison Park on Broadway, Rooster’s Bar & Grill is set to close at the end of the month.

Owners Stan Moshier and Lori Campbell announced the impending closure with a sign in the window of the north Broadway restaurant. Thanks to eagle-eyed reader Todd for the tip.  Continue reading