Capitol Hill food+drink | Heritage Distilling opening Pike/Pine tasting room

The problem, many said, with Meat and Bread was that the sandwich shop on the backside of Pike/Pine closed for the day just as the neighborhood’s nightlife district was waking up. The next venture to take over the space inside the Central Agency Building left behind by the M&B closure appears ready to be part of the party.

CHS has learned that Heritage Distilling Co., a Gig Harbor-based maker of craft spirits born in the 2012-era wave of microdistilleries, is bringing a tasting room to Capitol Hill, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Heritage representatives declined to comment on the project at this time.

The new tasting and sales room will join Heritage’s Gig Harbor main distillery and a tasting room facility on the South Puget Sound city’s waterfront. Heritage is also opening a distillery in Eugene, Oregon. Jennifer and Justin Stiefel founded the company — Justin serves as master distiller and CEO. Continue reading

Serious injuries reported after driver hits woman at 14th/Pine

A 28-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Thursday morning after being struck by a driver at the intersection of 14th and Pine.

A Seattle Fire spokesperson said the woman was in serious but stable condition after the 8:30 AM collision only one block from Fire Station 25.

Seattle Police is investigating the incident.

According to a Seattle Times analysis of Seattle Department of Transportation data from 2007 to mid-2014, the 14th Ave crossing isn’t the most dangerous intersection along E Pine. That dubious distinction belongs to two crossings farther down the Hill at Boylston and Bellevue, according to the dataset. You can view the full map below. Continue reading

Deemed a flight risk, Peaches McFly taken into custody on Capitol Hill

Busted (Image: peachmcfly via Instagram)

Busted (Image: peachmcfly via Instagram)

Free-range Central Seattle cockatoo Peaches McFly has an Instagram account. Now Peaches also has an arrest record.

Monday night, SPD took the bird into custody after a series of sightings across Capitol Hill: Continue reading

What it’s like being in the same bar as Real World: Seattle

(Image: @uhluviuh via Twitter)

(Image: @uhluviuh via Twitter)

What is it like having the Real World: Seattle cast living and playing in the neighborhood? Ask Capitol Hill resident Julia Aaker about her recent brush with the production inside a Pike/Pine bar over the weekend.

“That’s what made me mad!” she tells CHS of the moment when an apparent Real World producer intervened to stop a bouncer from removing a foul-mouthed bigot from the bar Aaker and friends were in Saturday night. Aaker says the producer wanted to keep the creep in the scene for the reality TV shoot. Continue reading

Boom Noodle closes after decade at 12th and Pike

When Boom Noodle was born in 2007, the version of Pike/Pine’s entertainment district we know today was just beginning. Investments like Boom, for better and for worse, made it happen. Over the weekend, the chain concept that never really got off the ground closed for good after a decade of shifting concepts at 12th and Pike.

The farewell message was posted on Boom’s doors letting customers know that Sunday would be the last day of service for the Japanese fusion noodle house from the Blue C family of restaurants:

We’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the Capitol Hill and Seattle area for the past 10 years and it saddens us to announce that this weekend will be our last. Our lease is coming to an end and it’s time to bid our wonderful guests and neighbors farewell. Continue reading

Police search for possible hit-and-run driver after man found seriously injured in Capitol Hill parking garage

Police are searching for a driver who may have hit and seriously injured a man found late Thursday night “at the bottom of a parking garage ramp” on Summit between Pike and Pine:

Detectives Investigating Possible Hit and Run Injury to Pedestrian on Capitol Hill
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are investigating a possible hit and run collision that left a man with life-threatening injuries overnight on Capitol Hill.

On August 18th, shortly after 11:00 pm, a man was found at the bottom of a parking garage ramp in the 1500 block of Summit Avenue. Officers believe the man was been struck and drug by a vehicle. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate any witnesses.

Seattle Fire Department Medics arrived and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene and are investigating what lead up to the man’s injuries.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Det. Aaron Parker at (206) 233-0059

Police and Seattle Fire were first called to the scene around 11:05 PM for what was believed to be a man who had been assaulted inside the parking garage of The Summit building.

If you have information to assist SPD with the investigation, call (206) 233-0059 to speak with detectives.

UPDATE 8/22/2016 10:15 AM: Police say the man’s condition has improved and his injuries are no longer considered life-threatening. Detectives continue to investigate the case.

CHS Pics | Hearthstone and cupcakes


(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Pokemon Go still brings a crowd to Cal Anderson. It’s not the only game bringing people together on Capitol Hill. Wednesday night, CHS stopped by a regular Hearthstone meetup. We won’t begin to try to explain the game to you but we can tell you about cupcakes from host venue Cupcake Royale and free pizza from Windy City Pie. Seattle gaming company RumbleMonkey is behind the Hearthstone meetups designed for both the “competitive player” and those who need to “practice.” The meetups are free and BYOD — bring your own device. You can watch the RumbleMonkey Facebook page to keep track of the next get-together.

Interior designer — and pillow boutique — moves in as businesses shuffle on E Pine

IMG_0010 Michelle Dirkse’s interior design firm was set to become the victim of a familiar bogeyman in Seattle – redevelopment. The Belltown building which housed her 3.5-year-old business was getting a facelift, but Belltown’s loss is Capitol Hill’s gain, as she moves into new offices on E Pine.

“Now, we have a bigger, better space in a great neighborhood,” Dirkse said.

Dirkse said walking to work is a priority for her, so she’s actually moved house from Belltown to Capitol Hill, as well. Both she and the business changed locations at the same time in mid-June.

The new location affords Dirkse space for the dual focus of her business. Dirkse and the three others who work there are a traditional interior design firm with both residential and commercial clients. While the designers are always looking for just the right piece, she said the firm prides itself on being able to help actually design pieces of furniture for a space, rather than buying them from retailers.

“We’re not just shopping, we’re designing,” she said. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Block Party ready to welcome Paul Allen-backed Upstream to Seattle music festival scene

As Capitol Hill Block Party owner Jason Lajeunesse decompresses from the 20th edition of the annual E Pike music festival, it’s hard not to turn an eye to 2017. The CHBP crew have already started the process of booking bands for the 21st installment of the event, but planning this time around is coming with a little more urgency and trepidation than in years past.

Last week, Paul Allen announced Upstream, a large South by Southwest-style music and ideas festival that will takeover a massive footprint in Pioneer Square from May 11th-13th.

With a goal of booking 200 artists, primarily drawn from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, the festival has the potential to lock-in bands with contracts that prevent them from playing other nearby festivals or venues during the summer. Continue reading

Reminder: Pike People Street feedback deadline

(Image: Capitol Hill EcoDistrict)

(Image: Capitol Hill EcoDistrict)

pikePed1nodes pikePed2side pikePed3largeTo compile its final report and plan for test events later this year, the Seattle Department of Transportation is collecting community feedback on two final components of how a Pike/Pine pedestrian zone should work: layout and timing. Do you want a “Nodes,” “Side Saddle,” or “Large” layout? Are there specific days and times in September and October you would like to see the test transitions of Pike and nearby streets into pedestrian plazas?

CHS told you about your options for shaping the Pike People Street plan earlier this month. SDOT is also looking for people to get involved “activating the street” and participating during the planned test events. Feedback on the proposals is due by 5PM on Friday, August 19th. You can learn more and add your comments on the SDOT Pedestrian Program page.

SDOT planner Seth Geiser tells CHS this last call for feedback on the program has already generated a “surprising” level of responses. Interest in the program is clearly high. Geiser hopes you also consider what kind of People Street would also compel you to attend and be part of an ongoing, sustainable, longterm program. “Think about how you might participate,” Geiser said. CHS is dropping in its suggestion for a “media lounge” ASAP.

Harvard Market will work with SPD to keep parking lot free of troublesome weekend crowds


The entrance to Harvard Market’s troublesome parking lot (Image: CHS)

The owners of a Capitol Hill parking lot at the center of a string of recent shootings have agreed to restrict access to the property and work with police to keep the Harvard Market shopping center clear of late night weekend crowds, the neighborhood’s chamber of commerce announced Monday.

According to the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce announcement, Harvard Market ownership will be “enforcing a parking lot closure” on Friday and Saturday nights:

Working in close partnership, the property owners and Seattle Police Department will be enforcing a parking lot closure on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. to any person without a valid residential permit. In addition, no trespassing rules and towing regulations will be enforced between these times.

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