Korean fried chicken joint Bonchon has First Hill plans

Such is life in the swiftly changing core of Seattle. We had no Korean fried chicken joints. Now we’re about to have two.

Despite the corporate parents insisting there are “no plans” to open in Seattle, CHS can report that efforts are just getting underway to build out a new, first-in-the-Pacific Northwest location of Korean chicken chain Bonchon at the corner of Broadway and James, across the street from the southwest corner of the Seattle University campus. Continue reading

Machine House taproom will be E Jefferson neighborhood pub with cask ales and football on the telly

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If you want to do it right — create your own cask ales, “served through beer engines and at cellar temperature” — you’re going to have to do it yourself. Georgetown-born Machine House Brewery is building a cozy tap room and soccer pub to showcase its English-style beers amid the growing food and drink scene along E Jefferson because it’s a bloody shame to waste great beer.

“Very few pubs can serve it properly,” Machine House co-founder Bill Arnott tells CHS. “We’ve found we need to control the experience. We need bartenders who can explain and present it.”

“It’s this kind of thing that doesn’t have the best reputation if you get it wrong. When it’s done right it’s completely exceptional.” Continue reading

Worker dies in fall at Seattle U dorm construction site

State labor officials are investigating the death of a 23-year-old ironworker who suffered a fatal fall in late December from atop Seattle University’s dorm and office project near Madison and 12th Ave.

Raymond Estores is reported to have fallen down an elevator shaft in the Saturday, December 30th morning incident from near the top of the 10-story Vi Hilbert Hall project under construction along E Madison. Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene just after 9 AM. Continue reading

Please report your paintball gun-toting asshole friends who drive a red Fiat to police, thanks

If you know assholes with a paintball gun who like to shoot at people from a red Fiat, give SPD a call. 9-1-1 works fine. They’re looking for information after a string of reported paintball drive-bys around Capitol Hill last week.

On Monday, November 20th around 9:30 PM, three people reported to Seattle University campus security that they were shot at by a male and his crew of cool friends in a red car on 12th Ave.

Police responded to another paintball shooting on 13th Ave near Pine on Tuesday night around 10 PM in which a male was hit in the leg. While police responded to that call, another reported shooting in South Seattle provided police with a partial plate of the vehicle used in that attack. Continue reading

Happy Grillmore joins the family at 13th and Jefferson

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Darren McGill and Kryse Martin-McGill are raising a growing family food+drink businesses in the Central District. Little Happy Grillmore now joins the family at 13th and Jefferson.

The burger joint born as a McGill food truck now neighbors big brother Nate’s CD, the Seattle University-approximate expansion of the waffle and wings brand that came to the neighborhood in 2015. The McGills, meanwhile, are also raising the Central District Ice Cream Company which opened on E Union in late 2016. Continue reading

Why is the Space Needle red this weekend? Seattle U 125

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The Space Needle and a host of Seattle landmarks will be bathed in red light starting at sundown Saturday. Seattle University is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The school’s homecoming weekend will include the light display at the Needle along with other landmarks like Centurylink Field, the Great Wheel, the Columbia Tower, and Key Arena, where the men’s basketball team will take on Utah Valley.

Mayor Ed Murray, meanwhile, has proclaimed Feb. 2nd through the 5th as “Seattle University Weekend” in the city.

history_1931-back-to-broadwayYou can learn more about the anniversary on the school’s website. Its history section is a good read including an early chapter when the school barely survived the Great Depression:

President William M. Boland, S.J., rented a duplex on Roanoke East to serve as a makeshift “campus” for 21 college students. The high school eventually became Seattle Preparatory School, which still occupies the Interlaken site. After the stock market crash of 1929, President Walter J. Fitzgerald, S.J., provided steady leadership. While dreams of a permanent site waited, the college rode out the financial crisis in this makeshift space with a record 30 students.

 

Seattle University RAMPs up Central District with small biz project

Central District businesses can look to Seattle University for help thanks to a program funded by a $500,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase. Many CD businesses owned by minorities, women and immigrants face worries over lost space, high rents, changing markets and construction, according to a press release. Seattle U’s Resource Amplification & Management Program (RAMP), aims to keep businesses in the neighborhood and help them grow.

“The objective is to work with the business owners to create a customized strategic game plan with multiple elements, from marketing to raising capital and more for their long-term success and sustainability,” said the university’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center team executive director Sue Oliver.

Oliver and the IEC team are the grant recipients and have been working on a pilot funded by JPMorgan Chase during the past year.

During the three-year program, the RAMP team will use the grant dollars and school and community resources to more than 200 CD businesses by providing resources, training, coaching and connections.

Student interns and a team of business mentors will spend a year each working with neighborhood business owners to determine their needs and help connect them to resources, including existing civic and private services and Seattle U’s interns, researchers and mentors. Continue reading

San Francisco and Seattle mayors compare notes on homelessness — ‘We did not plan to grow affordably’

screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-3-53-37-pmEach individual needs a different approach when it comes to homelessness, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee agree.

The two mayors discussed what they’re doing about West Coast homelessness during a public forum Wednesday at Seattle University. journalist Joni Balter and Seattle University master of public administration director Larry Hubbell directed the discussion that covered challenges in funding, effectiveness of current and past services and new approaches taken in Washington and California. Though one theme seemed to echo throughout each topic: taking a holistic approach.

“It’s important to talk about how we got here, not just what we do now,” Mayor Murray said. “We did not plan to grow affordably, which is why we’re in this crisis.” Continue reading

Police: Man arrested at Seattle U investigated in connection with string of gropings

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Seattle Police say a man taken into custody Monday afternoon wanted on a felony warrant is being investigated in connection with a string of sexual assaults on the streets around the Seattle University campus.

A department spokesperson confirmed the Monday afternoon arrest on the 12th Ave at Madison campus but said the man is currently being held on a warrant unrelated to the string of reported gropings. Continue reading

Seattle U likely heading to court after refusing to bargain with faculty union

Students and faculty rallied on campus in support of a union in 2015. (Image: CHS)

Students and faculty rallied on campus in support of a union in 2015. (Image: CHS)

Seattle University may be heading to court after administrators formally refused to enter contract negotiations with a labor union newly representing adjunct faculty at the Capitol Hill college.

After organizing for nearly three years, SU’s non-tenured faculty voted in September to join Service Employees International Union 925. The university administration has opposed the union from the start, saying federally regulated contract bargaining would violate the college’s First Amendment protections of religious freedom. Administrators are specifically concerned about being required to hire faculty members that do not subscribe to its Jesuit style of teaching. Continue reading