Paseo Capitol Hill is coming

Paseo died. And then the Fremont legend and its much-loved Caribbean roast sandwiches were reborn. And then Paseo grew to a new SoDo location. And now it is coming to Capitol Hill.

Mix in an earnest entrepreneur with the cash to make all of the above happen, and you have a very modern Seattle story. Ryan Santwire, who purchased the rights to the Paseo name and its original Fremont location, will open Paseo Capitol Hill in the space in front of music club Neumos left empty when Pike Street Fish Fry closed in late 2015. Continue reading

Man charged for bag incident that brought snipers, bomb robot to 12th Ave


SPD’s bomb robot at work on 12th Ave (Image: @mmitgang via Twitter)

The man police say wore a mask to cover his face as he dropped a bag in front of a Seattle Police vehicle at the East Precinct headquarters and caused what prosecutors call a “massive response” to a bomb scare on Capitol Hill the weekend of the Chelsea explosions in New York City has been charged with second degree “malicious placement of imitation explosive device,” the King County Prosecutor’s office tells CHS.

David Gurz, 44, was taken into custody by police as the blocks around the precinct at 12th and Pine were cordoned off around the suspicious bag in the Sunday, September 18th incident. Police say he was caught on surveillance video but had shed some of his clothing and turned his shirt inside out as he attempted to flee the area. Continue reading

New Pike/Pine design and furniture showroom finds Plantation name worked in LA, won’t work in Seattle

Looking out from the showroom that will not be Plantation Design (Image: CHS)

Looking out from the showroom that will not be Plantation Design (Image: CHS)

Times change. If Plantation Design was born in any other era than the late 1990s, it might be known as Midcentury Modern Design or Flat Pack Scandinavian Design. But the new furniture and design boutique that just opened in Capitol Hill’s Pike Motorworks development was born when Southern Californians were into the plantation look of botanical motifs, woven surfaces, and shutters, apparently.

“We’re a small business and we’re back where we have roots,” Katie Largent tells CHS.

She also says the work has begun on a branding change. Plantation Design worked for around 17 years in Los Angeles and another showroom in San Francisco. But in Seattle and with the current awareness around the Black Lives Matter movement, the name has brought online criticism and a change of heart. Continue reading

Take a look inside the Capitol Hill Real World Seattle house

The production is wrapped and the 12th Ave space transformed into living quarters and a set for the MTV reality series Real World is being flipped back to offices. Editors are probably frantically splicing together dramatic scenes in time for the show’s announced October premier. Even if you aren’t interested in the fabricated human drama that played out across the neighborhood, you probably want to know what kind of couches they sat on, right? Warning: contains couch spoilers. Here is a sneak preview complete with “the only room with doors” in the house — the Real World confessional.

Design review: Passive in Pike/Pine, towering on First Hill

Passive in Pike/Pine

Passive in Pike/Pine

Towering on First Hill

Towering on First Hill

You can get a quick handle on the latest building trends in your neighborhood in one evening of design review.Two projects fully emblematic of the respective waves of development moving across First Hill and Capitol Hill will come before the review board Wednesday night. On Capitol Hill at 1300 E Pike, six stories of what could be Seattle’s first Passive House-certified, net-zero energy, most-hyphenated ever, mixed-use development will be up for review. On First Hill, meanwhile, the story at 707 Terry is not one but a set of matchy matchy, artfully leaning, skybridge-connected 33-story towers just elegant enough to call the Frye Museum a neighbor.

Look. Plans for a mural.

Look. Plans for a mural.

1300 E Pike
On Capitol Hill, the buildings may only reach six or seven stories but they’re starting to get complicated. Destined to rise above the corner at 13th and Pike currently home to the former Fran’s Chocolates, this uber-green development cruised through its first review this spring. CHS reported then on the first of its kind “sustainable apartment building” that will include “a passive house design that reduces energy needs to as close to zero as possible.” Continue reading

Next for Melrose and Pine: Rapha Clubhouse Seattle

(Image: Rapha)

A Rapha Clubhouse (Image: Rapha)

Some four and a half years after CHS first reported that a developer had purchased the Bauhaus block with plans for a massive mixed-use apartment building, the project is nearing the end of construction and compiling its first roster of tenants to make this overhauled stretch of E Pine home. Included in the mix: a high-end cycling brand, a local skin care retailer, and a juicery.

Bauhaus, its owner now bankrupt and its cafes shuttered, of course will not return to Melrose and Pine. In its place, a global cycling brand is planning a “clubhouse.” London born Rapha is making plans to hold down the Melrose and Pine corner location the old cafe used to call home with one of its Rapha Clubhouses, part retail, part event space, and, possibly in the Seattle incarnation, part cafe.

An architect working on the project in the 200+ unit Excelsior mixed-use development with 16,000 square feet of retail space told CHS earlier this summer the shop will be “a bicycle clothing store, and might have a cafe element,” but said he could not reveal the identity of the tenant. New filings reveal Rapha and its Portland-based North American subsidiary is behind the investment. Continue reading

Mayor Murray grilled about SPD’s North Precinct project at Capitol Hill event


Mayor Ed Murray may have faced his toughest challenge yet to his controversial $149 million plan to build a new police precinct in north Seattle.

In a heated exchange caught on video with a Block the Bunker activist Tuesday night, Murray said it was a mistake that the city did not use its “racial equity toolkit” to evaluate the project.

“I inherited the proposal and I made mistake about not stopping that proposal,” Murray said of the decision to not analyze the racial implications of building the new precinct. He said the city would conduct the analysis going forward, but nevertheless made a passionate case for why the city needed upgraded police facilities. Continue reading

Pike People Street tests continue in October with ‘art walk,’ ‘daytime’ editions

In any pilot program, there are winning ideas — and a few losers. The Seattle Department of Transportation is out with its Pike People Street – 2016 Work Plan complete with the framework for three trial dates this October testing further refinements of the original goal: creating a strong pedestrian experience in the middle of Pike/Pine.

Here is the schedule and the description of each of the three variations SDOT will be testing around E Pike next month:

  1. FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 11 PM – 3 AM Full closure of E Pike St between 10th Ave and 11th Ave. This expanded pedestrian space will relieve pressure on the limited sidewalk space during nightlife hours. Continue reading

Stranger sued over Drunk of the Week photo

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-9-42-02-amA Vancouver, Washington woman is suing 11th and Pine-headquartered The Stranger after she says the alt-weekly included her bare-breasted photograph in its “Drunk of the Week” feature when she was actually celebrating her grandma’s 90th birthday in Pittsburgh.

Ex-Stranger photographer Kelly O’Neil is also named in the defamation suit brought last week on behalf of Tamar Hage against Stranger parent company, Index Newspapers: Continue reading

Area 51, providing excellent window shopping for 17 years, cuts back prior to ‘building re-tenanting’

(Images: Hunters Capital)

(Images: Hunters Capital)

It’s funny what businesses seem to be most firmly stitched into the collective fabric of Capitol Hill. CHS can tell by the number of messages we’ve received about E Pine design and furniture gallery Area 51 that the retailer is a key stitch in many people’s daily lives — if only because we walk by and wonder how much the store gets for that sofa in the window.

If you’ve seen Area 51’s windows darkened recently, no, the shop hasn’t gone out business. Ownership tells CHS that the store is operating on reduced hours and open only on Saturday and Sunday afternoons but declined to say more about the future of Area 51 at this time.

We can tell you that the commercial space in the Colman Automotive building is available for lease.

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CHS Pics | Cupcake Royale effort to Make America Gay Again pays off with $8K check for National Center for Lesbian Rights

Cupcake Royale’s quest to Make America Gay Again had done more than provide a good, subversive chuckle of a response to the warped circus of the Donald Trump campaign. A portion of proceeds from sales of the hats and shirts and the bakery’s much-loved The Gay cupcakes during this year’s Pride was poured into a giant prop check and handed over Thursday night to Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

We did it! In June, with money raised from the sale of The Gay cupcakes and Make America Gay Again apparel, we (our whole community) raised $8000 for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Come join us as we celebrate the NCLR and present them with this donation! Meet members of the NCLR and learn more about their work advancing the human and civil rights of LGBT people and their families.

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Caffeine revolutionaries behind Seattle Coffee Works bringing the cause to Capitol Hill with new Pike/Pine cafe

On E Pike in the middle of the Pike/Pine entertainment district, plans for a place of re-education of the Capitol Hill coffee palate — and the coffee soul — are coming together.

“A Coffee 301, maybe,” Pipo Bui tells CHS. Bui along with husband and business partner Sebastian Simsch are bringing a new Seattle Coffee Works to Capitol Hill on E Pike between 10th Ave and Broadway, smack in the middle of the neighborhood’s already rich cafe culture.

It is that richness and the opportunity to elevate how we think about the source of our coffee that brings the project to E Pike.

“We’re really trying to understand where this coffee is coming from, trying to do it in way that isn’t exploitive,” Bui said. “Everybody involved is trying to make coffee better than it has been.”

Coffee Works was born in the mid-2000s when Bui and Simsch arrived in Seattle with expectations of landing in a coffee mecca. In the heart of the city’s downtown, they instead found a Johnny Rockets. Bui called it a “low moment” in Seattle coffee history when “Starbucks had bought up everything.” “You gotta go to the neighborhoods,” Bui said she was told. So the couple explored and decided to build a mecca of their own downtown using bits and pieces inspired by Seattle’s neighborhood cafes. Continue reading