Uncle Ike’s ‘Capitol Hill West’ shop ready to start construction on E Olive Way

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A year after The Reef won the race to bring legal pot to Capitol Hill’s western slope of E Olive Way, its neighborhood competition will finally begin construction on its new store.

Last week, the city’s planning department finally approved the construction permit for Uncle Ike’s “Capitol Hill West” shop, a project that will convert a former two-story legal office building neighboring The Crescent into E Olive Way’s second marijuana store.

Pot entrepreneur Ian Eisenberg paid more than $2 million for the two-story, 1967-era property in the fall of 2017 as a land rush for E Olive Way properties played out after shifting laws and policies opened up the street to I-502 pot development. Continue reading

911 | E Denny armed robbery, 4th of July dognapping, driver hits man and child at E Olive Way/Harvard crossing

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  • E Denny hold-up: Police responded to a reported gunpoint robbery near Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill Station’s southern entrance early Sunday morning. Police were called to the scene near 11th Ave and E Denny just before 2 AM to a report of a street robbery by a man armed with a silver handgun. Witnesses told police the suspect may have fled the area in a vehicle last seen westbound on Denny. The light rail station was closed at the time of the incident. Police contacted at least one suspect vehicle in the area and were checking serial numbers on at least two recovered handguns, according to East Precinct radio. There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests reported.
  • Big police presence on Broadway: A large contingent of Seattle Police filled the area around a 300-block Broadway E apartment building just before 1 AM on July 5th after a reported possible domestic violence incident set off a short standoff in the building. Police were able to clear the apartment and determine there was no danger. We do not have information on any arrests. There were no reported serious injuries.
  • Dog robbery: The victim in a 4th of July dognapping at a Capitol Hill market is looking for help bringing Layla, a white and brindle-spotted Boxer, home. According to a social media post about the incident, Layla was stolen from the victim in an altercation at E Olive Way’s Hillcrest Market:

    Two men approached the owner, inside of the market, and harassed him to sell her. After being denied, one of the men punched the owner in the chest and stole her. Not only is Layla his service dog, she has allergies and is on a special diet, in addition to being a senior dog.

    If you can help, you can find contact information in the post — or give police a call.

  • Pedestrians hit at E Olive Way and Harvard: A Wednesday, July 3rd pedestrian collision at Harvard and E Olive Way sent an adult to the hospital but fortunately left its younger victim not seriously injured. According to police, a driver struck the 45-year-old male and the child just before 7:30 PM as they crossed at the intersection of Harvard and E Olive Way. E Olive Way and Harvard were closed to the north and the west during the response and the adult was taken to Harborview in stable condition while the child escaped injury. We don’t know yet if anybody was cited in the incident.

With a prescription for Japanese whiskey and yakitori, The Doctor’s Office to replace Blue Stone on E Olive Way

A scene from The Doctor’s Office pop-up (Image: Drivers Club)

The doctor is in and a small but loved E Olive Way restaurant that has been looking for an exit has a deal in hand. The prescription has been written for The Doctor’s Office, a new Japanese-inspired, compact 12-seat tasting room and bar with a yakitori takeout.

“Let’s see if we can create that environment where people end up in a conversation about what whiskey they’re drinking,” Matthew Powell, MD said as the first-time bar owner described some of the vision behind the new project that will team him with Seattle food and drink expert Keith Waldbauer, an outgrowth of the relationship the men started over pours when Waldbauer was part of the ownership at Liberty on 15th Ave E.

Blue Stone Bistro owner Chong Kim announced the closure Monday and set off speculation about the “high-end bar” set to replace the 2015-born Korean joint. Powell said he found out Blue Stone was available in a chance conversation over the counter with the owner of a nearby bar. A lunch meeting later a few months back, and Kim and The Doctor’s Office had a deal. Continue reading

Like the Capitol Hill jungle, Rose Temple now rises above E Olive Way food+drink ruins

You can still get a sandwich and a stiff drink at the corner of Harvard and E Olive Way but the bullshit is long gone.

“We don’t have any grand ideas,” Rose Temple co-owner Austin Polley tells CHS. “We know we’ll be whatever this neighborhood wants us to be.”

Debuting fully this week and inspired, in part, by the dearly departed Moon Temple bar in Wallingford, the new bar has sprung to life over the top of the financial wreckage left behind by the failed By the Pound speakeasy like the jungle-y plants that line its walls and the fruits that flavor its tropically boozed-up drinks.

“When you have a $20,000 budget, this is what you get.”

Rose Temple is a testament to reuse but not the kind that puts old auto row showrooms to use as fancy new Pike/Pine restaurants. Continue reading

The Crescent’s Pride flag still flies after vandals target Capitol Hill bar’s LGBTQ symbol

The flag restored above The Crescent — “Hey homophobes! Less than 24 hours got that Pride flag up again lol! Yasss!!!” (Image: The Crescent)

The Pride flag is again flying above E Olive Way’s The Crescent after vandals targeted the dive bar’s queer banner over the weekend in what appears to be one of a handful of similar attacks across the city.

“Three cowardly men decided to shred our flag from in front of the Crescent!,” the bar posted Sunday morning after the vandalism. “If you think our freedoms and equality are not being challenged and threatened daily, think again!”

By Sunday night, a new flag was proudly flying again.

Security video posted from the bar shows a group of three males walk by the tavern in the early hours of June 16th and then stop with two of the suspects forming a base to boost the other up to reach the flag.

White Center gay bar The Lumber Yard also posted about a similar attack Sunday morning. 16th Ave SW’s The Swallow was also reportedly targeted. Continue reading

‘Capitol Hill Development Site’ — $21M deal includes E Olive Way commercial buildings and Fred Wildlife events space

Part of the pitch for the “Capitol Hill Development Site” from JLL

A Capitol Hill land deal so large it takes multiple real estate industry rags to track down all the details has gone down, putting a block of commercial buildings and the home to a popular neighborhood event space along E Olive Way on the road to redevelopment.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and Puget Sound real estate industry chronicler The Registry have both reported portions of the deal that will put “half an acre” of Capitol Hill commercial property under the control of “Vancouver, Canada-based real estate investment and management companyLow Tide Properties. The registry tallies a price tag of $16.9 million for two of the “office buildings” while the DJC puts the complete deal at $21 million.

The “Capitol Hill Development Site” has been a prime target for investors after the large block of properties just off E Olive Way was brought to market for its longtime owners by the Jones Lang LaSalle firm. Continue reading

Yalla now open — and doing the walk-up counter proud — on E Olive Way

The delicious legacy of E Olive Way’s walk-up counter space continues. Yalla is now open.

CHS reported earlier this month on the transition of chef Taylor Cheney‘s popular Arabic pop-up concept into the latest food and drink start-up to make the counter next to the Montana bar its home. Continue reading

Man shot by police after report of armed suicidal male on Melrose Ave — UPDATE

One person was reported shot in an incident involving Seattle Police on Melrose just south of E Olive Way,

Seattle Police were reporting one suspect was shot and down at the scene in a shooting involving at least three police officers, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. Seattle Fire was called to the scene just after 9:30 PM.

According to police radio, officers were called to the area minutes earlier Tuesday night to a report of a suicidal male armed with a gun. Continue reading

A ‘citadel of beauty’ on E Olive Way? Rose Temple set to rise from ashes of doomed speakeasy

By the Pound created a financial mess — but good bones for a new bar


Life — especially Capitol Hill nightlife — finds a way. The fully built-out bar space where financially doomed speakeasy By the Pound sputtered to an early death last year will spring back to life this April under new owners.

Rose Temple from two first time bar owners is set to rise from the court document-littered ashes on E Olive Way.

We don’t know much about the concept but Rose Temple is being opened by business partners Austin Polley and Benjamin Smith. Polley left as manager at Westward under Renee Erickson’s restaurant group last year. The bar’s new website touts a planned April opening. Continue reading

Yalla next to step up to E Olive Way walk-up after Tortas Condesa exit

(Image: Yalla)

Last week, CHS marked the return of the Loxsmith Saturday bagel popups to E Olive Way’s Montana bar — and we couldn’t help but note the empty walk-up counter next door.

The space left empty by the February exit of Tortas Condesa can’t be a new home for Loxsmith, though. With Monica Dimas now graduated from the walk-up space, the counter will become the launchpad for the next should be famous Seattle food and drink concept to put the popular walk-up to work.

Yalla, grown by chef Taylor Cheney into a popular and long-running Arabic cuisine pop-up, will settle into the E Olive Way counter space next to Montana later this month. Continue reading