Itto’s Tapas makes a November change on Summit with boquerones, stuffed dates, zaalook, and dolmes

The old Toscana was filled to the brim at a soft opening over the weekend (Image: Itto’s Tapas)

A tapas and cocktails lounge is replacing a longtime Summit Ave restaurant but there are lots of reasons to be excited and zero reasons to be sad about this Capitol Hill change.

“We actually aren’t new to the summit area, the owner, Khalid Agour, has owned Toscana since 1999,” general manager of the new joint Devrim Øzkan tells CHS. “It has always been a dream of his to have a throwback to his Moroccan roots that highlight some of the foods he grew up with.”

Itto’s Tapas — really, Itto’s Tapas 2 — will celebrate its grand opening Tuesday at 601 Summit Ave E, the space formerly home to Toscana until it shuttered late this summer to make way for the new project. Don’t worry — its closure marks only a minor setback in Hill’s wave of pizza domination.

The Itto’s opening comes two years to the day after the Agour brothers opened the first Itto’s in West Seattle. Our friends at the West Seattle Blog helped them celebrate their first anniversary last November. Late November is also a bittersweet time for the family as it marks the anniversary of the passing of the family’s matriarch and restaurant namesake, Khalid and Aziz Agour’s mother Itto. Continue reading

Private Northwest School announces $8.6M in property acquisitions around Summit campus

(Image: Northwest School)

The challenges of educating Seattle’s youth are daunting. But schools continue to be a growth industry on Capitol Hill.

Summit Ave’s private Northwest School announced Wednesday morning $8.6 million in property acquisitions to expand its city-style mixed middle and high school campus.

Map courtesy Northwest School

Formerly owned by Barokas Martin and Tomlinson Law Firm, the properties include land and building structures at 1422 and 1418 Bellevue, and a 14-space parking lot at 1417 Bellevue. “The building at 1418, which is in disrepair, will be deconstructed and the land converted into a ‘pop-up’ garden. In accordance with the school’s sustainability values, the materials from deconstruction will be salvaged or repurposed, whenever possible,” according to the school’s announcement. The school’s business offices, meanwhile, will move temporarily to the 1422 building.

There are bigger plans for the properties ahead. Continue reading

Sad about the ghosts of Capitol Hill? Ghost Gallery making best of lost lease

We’re just going to warn you right now. The end of any year typically brings a pulse of sad news as businesses new and businesses old lose or give up their place on Capitol Hill. With a boom economy, surging real estate market, and destructive capitalism coursing through Seattle’s veins, 2017 will probably be rough on your nostalgia.

Maybe we can all learn something from Hill business owner and Ghost Gallery founder Laurie Kearney. Her announcement of a lost lease and one final holiday season in the shop’s seven-year home was downright positive and hopeful: Continue reading

Police looking for driver after woman raped in Capitol Hill apartment in Sunday attack

Seattle Police say they are looking for a driver after a woman was attacked and raped inside her Capitol Hill apartment Sunday.

According to police, the victim said the attack happened after a Seattle ride-share driver “forced a woman into a Capitol Hill apartment and sexually assaulted her for hours” after picking her up Sunday afternoon.

Below is the SPD brief on the attack and investigation.

Police tell CHS that additional information like the physical description of the driver and the ride service he was driving for are not currently being released per the discretion of the investigating detectives.

Police Investigating Ride-Share Driver for Rape
Police are investigating a report that a Seattle ride-share driver forced a woman into a Capitol Hill apartment and sexually assaulted her for hours on Sunday.

Shortly after the victim, a woman in her 20s, was picked up by the ride-share on Capitol Hill on Sunday afternoon, the driver cancelled her ride and told her she would not be charged. He then reportedly drove her to an apartment near the 1700 block of Summit Avenue on Capitol Hill and forced her into an apartment, where he raped her for several hours until she was able to get away.

The woman contacted police the following day and investigators are now working with victim and the ride-share company to confirm the identity of the suspect.

 

SPD is urging customers of services like Uber and Lyft “to be aware of any attempts by a driver to cancel a ride while you are in the vehicle” and to “ensure the vehicle and driver match with any notifications you receive from the ride-share company.”

“If you have a crime to report involving a ride-share driver, please call police and file a complaint with the ride-share company as soon as possible so the driver’s information will be flagged for authorities,” SPD says.

 

Here’s how much the City of Seattle spent to license Pac-Man for its Capitol Hill pavement park

$0. Turns out, a municipality can (probably) use all sorts of characters in its civic investments.

Along with our questions about the logistics of the pavement park program, CHS asked the Seattle Department of Transportation about any licensing arrangement required for Summit at Howell at E Olive Way’s Pac-Man Park. It’s all about fair use, a spokesperson tells CHS:

SDOT worked closely with attorneys on evaluating this installation under the Fair Use Act provisions. SDOT believes that the use of the Pac Man inspired mural falls into the non-profit educational clause of the Act- particularly because this interpretation on a street is transformative and new; it captures the original use and design for an entirely different, educational, and not-for-profit purpose. Because we are not using the image for proprietary purposes, the city’s attorneys considered this installation to be defensible.

Forgive us for being paranoid. Capitol Hill just happens to have a history of litigation related to some of its more popular examples of street art.

Meanwhile, this might be now be the closest point to the park at which to play its namesake game:

CHS Pics | Ready! Capitol Hill’s Pac-Man pavement park takes shape

Pavement to Parks, Summit & Denny

A stretch of relatively dry winter days means any ghosts wandering around E Olive Way had better be on the lookout. A Seattle Department of Transportation crew has been at work installing the area’s latest pavement park, a now Pac-Man-themed stretch of street on a small section of Summit Ave E between E Denny Way and E Olive Way. Continue reading

Capitol Hill neighbors vote on Pavement to Parks designs for Summit, ask for more activities

A seating area, games, a stage, a food truck — these were all suggestions for how to transform a small section of Summit Ave E between E Denny Way and E Olive Way into a public park.

But first the Seattle Department of Transportation took votes on nine maze-themed designs to brighten up the pavement Thursday night at the site as part of the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk. The department also accepted other submissions for the Pavement to Parks project that evening.

“The more colorful, the better,” said Keith Haubrich who lives nearby. He liked SDOT’s suggested Pac Man-themed design.

Capitol Hill resident-submitted designs included a blue and green Earth-like maze, a geometric design created with triangles that seem to pop out of the pavement in the options of blue or orange tones, the words “Capitol Hill” in four different color options, and “The Hill in Transit” a public transportation map.

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How about a 3D ‘pop-up’ maze for Capitol Hill’s Summit pavement park?

(Image: logicmazes.com)

Something like this on Summit? (Image: logicmazes.com)

The City of Seattle has crunched the numbers and processed the feedback for Capitol Hill’s first Pavement to Parks project. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation planner working on the project, this is what City Hall heard about the opportunity to claim 3,000 square feet of Summit Ave between Denny and Olive for community use beyond parking and driving:

  • The results from this survey indicated significant interest in providing seating and natural elements in the new public space.
  • Several people also suggested painting a ground plane mural on the street that would celebrate Capitol Hill’s arts culture. The idea of an interactive maze (similar to the new painting at Seattle Center) received strong support from the respondents.
  • Based on these results, we discussed creating a 3D pop-up maze that could include benches and planters integrated with a painted maze on the street surface

According to an email sent to representatives of community groups working on the project, the city is thinking about holding “a maze mural competition in the neighborhood to involve the local artists in the design of space” and holding a vote to select a favorite design. The vote will likely take place during the July 14th Capitol Hill Art Walk.

According to the email, SDOT will reach out to “adjacent businesses and property owners” about the project.

Summit/Howell SWAT response was for report of suicidal man

Thanks to all who sent information and pictures from the scene

Thanks to all who sent information and pictures from the scene

Seattle Police and SWAT units cordoned off an area around an apartment building at Summit and Howell Monday evening after a report of a possibly armed male inside who had threatened to commit suicide.

With the area secure, police made entry and discovered the man dead inside the first floor apartment around 7 PM. The King County Medical Examiner was on scene to investigate the death.

The situation began in the late afternoon, according to police radio dispatches. An SPD spokesperson said the nature of the person’s threats required an “abundance of caution.” SWAT units including a large Bearcat vehicle were positioned around the area as apartments near the unit were cleared and the streets were blocked off. CHS provided updates on the incident via Twitter during the police response.

The victim in the suicide was not identified but his family was in contact with police.

For resources and help to prevent suicide, please call the national suicide-prevention hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE or the local crisis clinic: (206) 461-3222.