Inspired by China’s Seattle-like land of plenty, Plenty of Clouds coming to 15th and Pine

A pair of restaurant veterans who came to Seattle to be part of an Ethan Stowell project will take the space where his Anchovies and Olives shuttered last year forward into a new life as Plenty of Clouds, a project focused on flavors from South Central China set to open at 15th and Pine this summer.

“A little bit lighter, a little bit spicier,” Lisa Zack tells CHS. “A lot more fresh herbs and vegetables. This is not going to be the standard Chinese.”

This will be the first restaurant from Zack and husband Travis Post but the couple have made a career in the business, moving from New York to Seattle so Post could take the helm in the kitchen at Stowell’s Bramling Cross.
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Coalition of small Capitol Hill property owners wants to halt chamber’s ‘Business Improvement Area’ expansion

Center of the opposition: This isn’t the first time Groberman has stood up against a BIA. In creating the existing Broadway BIA, planners “gerrymandered” his Harvard Market shopping center out of the assessment zone

Seattle’s “tax revolt” spring of 2018 includes a skirmish along Broadway, Pike, and Pine. Instead of a battle over “No Tax on Jobs,”  this fight pits the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce vs. a coalition of the neighborhood’s few remaining smaller and family commercial property owners and its relatively few co-op and condominium property residents. Together, the group could prove a major barrier for the chamber.

“We have huge traction to fight the proposed Business Improvement Area,” prolific Capitol Hill real estate investor Morris Groberman tells CHS.

Groberman, who owns or is partner in a collection of Capitol Hill properties including the Harvard Market shopping center at Broadway and Pike, is at the head of an effort to organize opposition to the chamber’s proposed expansion of a Business Improvement Area across most of Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Person safely down off freeway sign after emergency response brings I-5 traffic to halt below Pike

A person threatened to jump from a freeway sign below Pike onto I-5 Tuesday night in an incident that brought southbound I-5 through downtown Seattle to a standstill.

The person was reported safely down and in police custody around 10:15 PM.

The incident began just before 9:30 PM as a person was reported climbing on sign scaffolding below Pike and emergency vehicles began to stage in the area as traffic was brought to a stop on southbound I-5.

After 45 minutes, the patient was safely on the ground and with police, according to East Precinct radio reports.

I-5 traffic was reopened shortly after.

Starbucks stores including Roastery close for racial bias training across Capitol Hill, CD

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Starbucks cafes across First Hill, Capitol Hill, and the Central District including its specialty Roy Street Cafe and Melrose Reserve Roastery will close early Tuesday afternoon as part of a nationwide day of training.

“For several hours this afternoon, we will close stores and offices to discuss how to make Starbucks a place where all people feel welcome,” the company said in a Tweet earlier in the day. “Thank you for your patience and support as we renew our promise to make Starbucks an inclusive gathering place for all.”

Around 180,000 employees at Starbucks stores and at its Seattle headquarters will receive training that will “focus on understanding prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the United States.” Continue reading

Man reported stabbed in chest in massive E Pike melee

The Memorial Day weekend got off to a violent start on Capitol Hill early Saturday morning after a man was stabbed in the chest in the middle of a melee that closed E Pike and put a handful of East Precinct police officers in a tense standoff with a massive crowd.

Police rushed to the area of E Pike between 10th and Broadway just after last call and found a crowd of reportedly hundreds, an adult male bleeding after being stabbed in the chest during the fight, and several people fleeing the area. One male suspect was chased down in the 1500 block of Broadway and taken into custody. A knife was recovered at the scene of the arrest, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. Continue reading

New Capitol Hill apartment project has brilliant plan: Be Dingfelder’s Delicatessen neighbor

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A new project lined up to replace a surface parking lot on the northwest corner of 14th and Pine still needs to complete its earliest planning but already has a major selling point. If you want to live above a coming soon Capitol Hill Jewish delicatessen, have we got the apartment building for you.

Revolve Development has begun the permitting process on a four-story, 80-unit mixed-use apartment building that will wrap around Dingfelder’s Delicatessen. “Currently, we are in the middle of exploring different design options and hope to have a front-runner by the end of June,” Revolve’s John Schack tells CHS. Continue reading

Union cocktail lounge will bring together Capitol Hill gay bar legends

The Zoe events space will soon go back into motion as gay-friendly lounge Union (Image: King County)

Capitol Hill’s gayborhood will grow back onto a new block as Union, a cocktail lounge serving the gay community, will open in the old Zoe restaurant space at Union and 14th.

The new Union will represent a great coming together of rival legends of the gay bar scene.

Union is backed by gay nightlife veterans Steve Nyman, Nathan Benedict, and Mark Engelmann. According to Nyman, “Union will include elements from the previous bars we have owned and other bars we have all worked. That’s one of the reasons we settled on Union as the name; it’s a union of our ideas and experiences, and we hope it’s also a union of community, bringing people together.” Continue reading

Celebrating ten years of Vermillion with owner Diana Adams

When Diana Adams opened Vermillion she wanted it to feel like an art opening every night. People always have fun at openings, she reasoned, but the rest of the time they don’t necessarily feel comfortable in galleries. She formulated a simple philosophy: “If you give people freedom to express themselves and treat them with respect, they will come up with the most amazing shit,” she says.

This month, Vermillion celebrates ten years as an insurgent hive of creativity and booze on Capitol Hill. The front space is devoted to visual art exhibits and a random assortment of arcade games. In the back, on any given night you’ll find a wide range of cultural happenings, from poetry readings to socialist slide talks to musical performances. It’s a hub for local hiphop emcees, DJs, and jazz musicians, a haven for visual artists operating outside the “cool kids” clique, and a last bastion of stubborn independence in a sea of velvet-roped meat markets catering to the bridge-and-tunnel crowd.

Vermillion’s continued survival on a shoestring budget seems miraculous in the face of the market forces bearing down on one of the city’s densest and most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Adams has a surprising explanation.

“My place has been subsidized by customers who come over on the weekends from the Eastside to get way drunk and crazy,” she says, “The art is subsidized by bros, basically. It’s my favorite ironic twist to this whole situation.” Continue reading

Seattle Bike Everywhere Day includes City Hall rally for safer routes to downtown

It’s not Bike to Work Day any longer. Friday brings brings Bike Everywhere Day to Seattle and bicycling advocates are marking the day with a rally at City Hall:

Friday, May 18 is Bike Everywhere Day. This year people on bikes will ride together, demonstrating demand for a safe and protected network of places to bike in Seattle. At 8:00 a.m., they’ll meet up at Seattle City Hall to rally for a completed Seattle Basic Bike Network, and to hear from an all-female slate of community leaders – from both inside and outside City Hall – about why Seattle needs a Basic Bike Network by 2019.

What is the Seattle Basic Bike Network? Riders and transportation planners have been advocating for a connected system of bike-safe and traffic-safe infrastructure throughout the central core of the city: Continue reading

Police investigate reported knifepoint robbery at Pike/Pine tattoo shop

Seattle Police were investigating Tuesday night after a reported knifepoint robbery at Pike/Pine’s Supergenius Tattoo shop.

Police were called to the shop around 9:45 PM to a report of a robbery involving a teen male and woman. It’s not clear if the shop was held up or if a customer was robbed in the 1400-block 10th Ave incident. UPDATE 5/17/18: The victim’s report on what happened turned out to be more convoluted. She told police that two known subjects had robbed her in the past — and again Tuesday night somewhere on Union — but this was the first time she had reported it to police. The victim told police one of the suspects went by the street name “Cyanide.”

Officers were looking for two suspects — one described only as a teen white male wearing black pants and a white female in her 20s reportedly wearing overall shorts. The suspects were believed to be two known homeless people who frequent the area around the shop, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests.