Grab and go at By Tae, secreted away inside Chophouse Row

By the time this post hits Facebook, you had probably already be hustling through the back alleys of Chophouse Row. The handrolls move fast at By Tae and the lunchtime counter can fill up faster.

Chef Sun Hong’s settled-in pop-up has been open for a few weeks in the small counter space behind Marmite and Spirit in the Bottle in the Pike/Pine food, shopping, and office complex on 11th between Pike and Union. But the don’t-necessarily-call-it sushi chef is still working out a schedule. By Tae is currently open 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM weekdays for lunch, with occasional “drinking hour time” openings at night and weekends still in the works. Continue reading

By chef Sun Hong’s hand, By Tae handrolls coming to Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row

Chef Sun Hong at a recent pop-up at Bar Ferd’nand (Image: By Tae)

For chef Sun Hong, quality fish, seaweed, and perfectly seasoned rice are, each, a given. What matters is the tae — “the hand,” the style, the detail, and the finishing of each creation he wants to serve.

“Your hand is your signature,” Hong tells CHS. After a run of popular pop-ups around the city, Hong is brining to his By Tae handrolls to Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row. Continue reading

Kurt Farm Shop’s ice cream man staying, for now, in ‘the center of ice cream for the city’

(Image: Kurt Farm Shop)

Kurt Timmermeister turned the proceeds from his sale of the legendary Septieme into his now-legendary Kurtwood Farm on Vashon Island.

Now Timmermeister is considering the sale of his latest Capitol Hill creation but he tells CHS not to worry about Kurt Farm Shop’s ice creamy goodness going anywhere anytime soon.

“I have had a great summer at the Farm Shop with such a long, hot summer that continues,” Timmermeister tells CHS. “Although I did mention it to someone, I have no plans to sell at this time. The neighborhood has become the center of ice cream for the city and I am loving being a part of it.” Continue reading

City Arts move adds to Capitol Hill’s independent media two-block radius

Like weedy little flowers, pockets of culture continue to somehow find places to thrive on Capitol Hill. Like a cockroach you can’t smash, media lives on here, too.

City Arts, recently independent after splitting from glossy arts program publisher Encore Media Group, will now call Capitol Hill home.

The “independent local arts media company” and Capitol Hill “shared workspace, lounge and bar” the The Cloud Room announced the move Monday morning. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill Cupcake Royale makes space for new neighbor Ghost Gallery

A space carved out of the Capitol Hill Cupcake Royale has made a new home for longtime neighborhood art boutique Ghost Gallery.

“I got really scared once I started looking at spaces and price tags,” shop owner Laurie Kearney told CHS at the debut of the new space during Thursday’s Capitol Hill art walk. “I got really discouraged and freaked out. But then I got a phone call from Jody Hall.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Stormy, the Capitol Hill jewelry shop dog

Stormy is the shop dog at Honed, the little jewelry store tucked into Chophouse Row between Kurt’s Farm Shop and Marmite. You can usually find Stormy sitting close to Claire, the store’s owner. Stormy is a miniature Australian Shepherd. Just over three years old, Stormy traveled with Claire from NYC and is known for giving the best hugs. “He gives full body hugs, climbs up on you, puts his arms around you,” Claire said. Don’t get too excited. though. Like anyone, he has to get you know you first.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

Ghost Gallery finds new Capitol Hill haunt in Chophouse Row

After being pushed out to turn her retail space into a new apartment unit in the building her shop had called home for seven years,  Laurie Kearney put on a brave face when she announced last fall that her Ghost Gallery would have one last holiday season where Denny meets Summit and E Olive Way. “I’m not ready to give up yet, while being completely aware of the challenges ahead,” she told CHS at the time.

Her confidence was well-placed. Kearney said she can now announce she will reopen her gallery and boutique in a new Capitol Hill home. Continue reading

Capitol Hill creperie Petite Galette ready to open, hidden away inside Chophouse Row

Happy New Year. It’s time for Sara Naftaly to make you a crepe.

Petite Galette, tucked away behind Sara and Bruce Naftaly’s Marmite and Spirit in the Bottle inside Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row, is ready to open Wednesday. CHS stopped through a preview party this week to check it out.

Sara — who also bakes at her Amandine next door — has partnered with Capitol Hill food and drink royal family member Tallulah Anderson on the hidden away, understated counter space and cafe specializing in savory buckwheat crepes, “classic” sweet crepes, and fresh juices. Continue reading

In 2018, Sara Naftaly wants to make you crepes at Chophouse Row’s Petite Galette

Let us look ahead in hope to the future. 2018 should start out just fine. Sara Naftaly is going to make you crepes. Petite Galette is slated to open in January in the hidden away counter space inside 11th Ave’s Chophouse Row:

Petite Galette is a new crêperie inside Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row by Sara Naftaly of Marmite and Amandine Bakeshop. We will serve savory buckwheat crêpes (which will be gluten free) and classic sweet crêpes along with fresh squeezed juices. From our sister business Marmite we will be offering our chef Jason’s amazing kombucha as well as one of Bruce’s vegetable soups daily. While there will be seating at our counter and a few small tables, Petite Galette will mostly make our crêpes for take away. Tallulah Anderson, who currently works with the Naftalys at Marmite and Amandine Bakeshop is working the opening as well. We anticipate Petite Galette will begin service in January of 2018.

“We look forward to providing a warm and friendly space in the heart of Chophouse Row,” Naftaly said. Petite Galette, Naftaly says, will use “seasonal and local ingredients for our Breton style crepes.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is now open

From Good Weather

Good Weather started in 2016 as a quirky second story shop above Purr is expanding into the heart of the Chop House Row. They’re serving simple food, beer, and wine while continuing to build and fix bicycles for people in Seattle. With a love for beautiful, long-lasting frames and the desire to make a place where people can share a slow moment, they’re excited to add something different to the ground floor.

Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is now open at 1424 11th Ave in the back of The Chophouse Row.  Hours are 11-9:30 (Sundays till 7), Not Open Tuesdays.

It’s a collaboration between original owners Jason Marqusee & Brandon Waterman and Danielle Hammer is running the food side of things.