Developer ready to build two seven-story buildings on Broadway flips one in Pike/Pine for $69M

(Image: Modera Capitol Hill)

Residents of the 11th Ave Modera Capitol Hill Apartments were surprised to be informed last week that their brand-new building has already been sold.

Just as its development to replace the Broadway Bonney Watson funeral home has received the OK from the design review board, Mill Creek Residential is getting a big wad of cash in a deal to sell another of its Capitol Hill developments. Continue reading

Capitol Hill currently down one coffee shop

(Image: Honor Coffee)

Honor Coffee, a Seattle-area chain that got its early start on a hoped path to market in China with a 2015 opening on Capitol Hill, has quietly closed one of its two cafes in the neighborhood.

The Honor cafe at 15th and Pine is dark and empty this week. CHS was told by a person familiar with the situation that Honor decided not to renew its lease for the space. We have not heard back from Honor Cafe’s Hana Hu about the closure.  Continue reading

Blotter | No injuries, no arrests after shootout reported in Pike/Pine

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  • Pike/Pine shots: Gunfire involving reports of at least two armed males shooting at each other rattled Pike/Pine early Monday morning. There were no reported injuries and no immediate reports of property damage. Seattle Police received multiple 911 calls around 12:10 AM after gunfire broke out on 10th Ave near Lost Lake Cafe. Police spread out across the area searching for suspects matching the descriptions provided by witnesses including two different males reported carrying handguns. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, another male was seen running to a white SUV parked west of Cal Anderson yelling, “They’re shooting at me.” Police searched for the reported shooters and the vehicle seen leaving the area but there were no immediate arrests. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Era of a new awning at Capitol Hill’s Egyptian theater

While one old Capitol Hill theater has started a new life this summer, another has finally recovered from an indignity that left its historical face scarred for the past few years.

Destroyed by a truck during an October 2016 storm, the Egyptian’s E Pine awning has finally been repaired and upgraded.

The old awning had to be torn down after being ripped apart by a delivery truck on a blustery Seattle day. In the time since, a “SIFF CINEMA / EGYPTIAN THEATER” banner did its best to hide the scar on the Seattle Central-owned property.

The work is part of a busy year for Capitol Hill’s old theaters. In July, the Mexican flag rose above the Harvard Exit where the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle has moved in and now serves hundreds daily.

As for the Egyptian, SIFF updated much of the 1915-built theater after it took over the venue following the exit of Landmark Theaters.




KUOW: More women come forward with Meinert accusations


Six more women have come forward with stories of sexual misconduct and assault against Seattle nightlife entrepreneur David Meinert. They include a musician, a journalist, and a woman working with the public relations and crisis communications firm Meinert hired to try to control the brewing storm around him.

From KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone:

Six more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against David Meinert, the Seattle nightlife entrepreneur. These women contacted KUOW after reading an earlier story about Meinert, in which five other women had accused him of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and rape. The addition of these women’s stories makes 11 accusers total. They span the years 2001 to 2015.

KUOW’s report a week before the neighborhood’s Capitol Hill Block Party festivities on five women who accused Meinert of sexual misconduct and rape shocked Pike/Pine and sent reverberations through the many businesses he was involved in.

Last week, CHS reported on Meinert’s former Pike/Pine business partners buying him out of his Capitol Hill ventures including Lost Lake and the Comet. While Meinert has been removed as an owner on Capitol Hill, his money may still be involved in area businesses. Via Tribunali, one company CHS contacted during our reporting, told CHS it had also acted to distance itself from the 52-year-old. “I can confirm that David Meinert was separated from Via Tribunali immediately following the allegations against him,” owner Mike McConnell told CHS. “He is no longer a passive investor in any of our businesses.”

Meinert does not face criminal charges in any of the allegations. Some of the women who came forward in the latest report from KUOW said they were moved to stand with the first accusers as Meinert denied the specific allegations of rape and sexual assault. It is unlikely the most serious allegations will ever be heard in a criminal prosecution — the statute of limitations for sexual assault in Washington is three years if not reported to police within one year of the incident. Efforts to change parts of the system like that might be the next chapter as the victims and Meinert’s former associates look to move forward.

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New artwork in Chophouse Row builds on old foundations — the ‘ghost’ of a Capitol Hill farmhouse

The living and dead gathered together in Chophouse Row on Saturday for the unveiling of the “Ghost Cabin,” a new art installation that pays tribute to a house that once stood on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, the unveiling also commemorated the opening of the new headquarters for City Arts Magazine in the Cloud Room, a workspace and lounge above the 11th Ave development.

When Chophouse Row was being built, contractors had to excavate the foundations of the old buildings to create a footing for the new development. When they were doing that, according to Liz Dunn, the developer and owner of Chophouse Row, they struck the remains of house deep beneath the surface of the ground.

“They hit the foundations of the old farmhouse 25 feet down that we knew were there,” Dunn said. “The contractors were completely freaked out. They were like ‘oh my god, we hit grandma’s house. The ghost is going to haunt us for the rest of the project’ and, in fact, she did because it was a challenging project.”

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Paper sign in the window season: Goodbye Octo, recover soon Fogon, welcome YoYo Station

An artist rendering of a new sign set to replace the paper sign that went up announcing Broadway’s Tea Republik is no more

When a business dies on Capitol Hill, it can often be a quiet affair — especially in summer, the season of printed paper “closed for remodel” messages. Thanks to CHS readers, we hear about a lot of these signs during the summer months. Not all of them are bad news. Below, as part of CHS’s ongoing duty to keep track of the comings and goings of Capitol Hill, here are some of the signs and business changes we’ve been asked about. Remember that behind every business are people and hopes and dreams so no need to speak ill of the dead and paper-signed. Continue reading

Sexual misconduct and rape accusations force Meinert to sell stake in Lost Lake and the Comet

This “PSA” was posted by the venues Thursday

When it comes to Capitol Hill nightlife ventures, David Meinert is now an ex-owner.

“As of earlier this week, Pike Pine Diner LLC and David Meinert came to an agreement to part ways. David is officially no longer an owner at Lost Lake, Comet, Guild Seattle or Grim’s,” a statement from former Meinert business partner Joey Burgess sent Thursday to CHS and other Seattle media reads.

CHS reported earlier on the Pike/Pine business and jobs fallout in the wake of sexual misconduct and rape accusations against Meinert.

The 52-year-old, who denies the specific allegations of rape and sexual assault and does not face criminal charges in any of the allegations, has been forced to sell his stake in a collection of Capitol Hill bars and restaurants.

The Pike Pine Diner limited liability corporation owned by Meinert and longtime business partner Jason Lajeunesse has held Lost Lake and the Comet tavern, as well as shares in Grim’s, and Guild Seattle, the company that manages the venues. Meinert has now reportedly sold his stake in the holding company. Continue reading

Beneath Capitol Hill’s Rhino Room, it’s Now or Never

Check our new sister bar / club #noworneverseattle

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There are levels to it. Pike/Pine’s auto row-era bones that restaurants, bars, and nightclubs have put to good use often come with another past feature ready for nightlife repurposing. You can now celebrate the Pike/Pine underground at Rhino Room’s new subterranean sister bar, Now or Never.

The venue debuted around Capitol Hill Block Party. Building out a basement party zone is longterm endeavor. CHS broke the news on the project way back in January 2016 as Rhino Room owner Patric Gabre-Kidan began the planning process for the new bar beneath the 11th at Pine club.  Continue reading

With $4.6M deal for uber green project at 13th and Pike, developer leaps ahead in race to build new Capitol Hill condos

(Images: Solis)

A $4.6 million land deal at the corner of 13th and Pike will kick off a race to build the first new condominium project on Capitol Hill in… a really long time.

Developer Solterra slapped down the cold, hard cash in a transaction reported to the county Monday for the former Fran’s Chocolates building and a 2016-approved plan to build Capitol Hill’s (and Seattle’s) first Passive House-certified mixed-use project at 13th and Pike.

The new wrinkle in the uber-green project? Condos. Here’s how the developer is describing the planned Solis project: Continue reading