E Pine’s Fogon to add sister bar La Josie’s on E Pike

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E Pine’s much loved Fogon is adding an E Pike sister bar that will also honor a lost loved one.

La Josie’s Tequila Bar will give fans of Fogon’s Capitol Hill take on “family style” Mexican restaurants a new place to hang out and enjoy a beer or a house margarita just a block from the popular E Pine eatery.

“Sometimes people just want to have a snack and a drink,” Noel Cortez tells CHS. Continue reading

Police search for suspect after reported Central District stabbing — UPDATE

Police and a K9 unit were searching the area around 29th Ave and E Pine in the Central District Friday afternoon after a man was stabbed in the back in an assault.

Seattle Police confirmed they were investigating a stabbing but Seattle Fire had not yet provided details on the victim’s injuries.
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Want to be part of 110 affordable new apartments above Capitol Hill Station? Here’s how to join the Station House crowd

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With rent for even its most expensive units expected to be 35% below Capitol Hill averages, the affordable Station House apartments above Capitol Hill Station are set to draw hundreds and possibly thousands of interested residents.

There are only 110 units to go around.

The Capitol Hill Housing-developed component of the massive complex of housing, retail, community, and plaza space being built above the busy light rail station is set to begin its leasing process in the new year with its new apartments planned to open by March:

CHH will build 110 apartments affordable to households earning at or below 30%, 50%, and 60% of area median income in a mix of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units at the corner of 10th Avenue East and East John Street. The building is being built with a goal of reaching a LEED Platinum standard and will also include a 1,409 square foot community room.

The first stage of the application process will begin January 7th. It will be a busy day. Continue reading

Sawant to propose moratorium on winter evictions in Seattle

Newly reelected District 3 representative Kshama Sawant is embracing a call from the Seattle Renters’ Commission to place a moratorium on evictions in Seattle this winter.

“I am grateful to the Renters’ Commission for recommending an emergency moratorium on winter eviction,” said Sawant said in an announcement of the proposal. “I strongly agree that Council needs to put this into effect immediately. My office will bring forward legislation next week, amending the City’s Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, in coordination with City Council staff and the City Attorney’s office.” Continue reading

MISSING: This Capitol Hill ‘streatery’

On one hand, the City of Seattle’s dabbling in relatively lightweight experiments in tactical urbanism should be lauded for its ability to test small, relatively inexpensive and unobtrusive concepts on the fly. On the other, it can make it look like nobody gave a shit about the principles behind the experiments in the first place when they are removed — poof — without a trace.

On 15th Ave E, one of those installations meant to reshape and help us rethink city streets has disappeared. Continue reading

It’s time to start shaping a new contract for Seattle’s police officers — again

At the end of 2018, the Seattle City Council finally approved a hotly debated new contract for the Seattle Police Officers Guild that critics said didn’t go far enough to cement needed reform. It was a six-year deal.

So why is the City of Seattle heading back to the bargaining table again? Most of the deal struck last November was about the past — a back-dated contract to cover the city’s officers who had been working without an agreement since 2014.

By the end of 2020, Seattle will need a new deal in place. The city’s Community Police Commission is hoping you’ll be there from the start to help shape it: Continue reading

‘We are the staff’ — Taurus Ox will bring Lao food, chef-centric business model to Capitol Hill

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After a couple of recent examples highlighting the challenges of big, expensive leases in Capitol Hill food and drink, a smaller player will join the scene Friday in a tight, efficient space that made Little Uncle a popular part of the neighborhood.

Starting Friday, Taurus Ox will bring Laotian food and drink — and a new also tight and also efficient, chef-centered business model — to the restaurant space below the Mad Flats microhousing at the corner of E Madison and 16th.

“It’s a small enough space for first time owners to succeed,” Janessa Sneva tells CHS. “We are all bringing our own expertise.”

Chef Sneva is teaming up with two more chefs to create the new venture — Sydney Clark and Khampaeng Panyathong. Sneva met Clark when both worked at Broadway’s Poppy and Clark first teamed up with Panyathong — or KP, as he is known — in the kitchen at Manhattan, the 12th Ave steakhouse concept that ultimately sputtered out in 2015.

Informed by those experiences, Taurus Ox will have a lean, mean business model. Three chefs in the kitchen is a lot. But at Taurus Ox, the trio will combine for even more of the experience. Sneva tells CHS the plan, much like plenty of other small businesses, is for the owners at Taurus Ox to also be the workers. Continue reading

Regional Homelessness Agency faces key King County vote — and questions about Seattle’s power in the new authority

Seattle’s hopes for leading a regional approach to homelessness solutions could move forward Thursday with a key King County Council vote.

Thursday, the County Council’s Regional Policy committee is scheduled to vote on a $132 million plan that would create a new Regional Homelessness Agency bringing together elected officials from cities across the county to “administer and oversee regional homelessness efforts.” Continue reading

Another late 2019 Capitol Hill closure, Añejo exits old Dilettante space on Broadway

The end of 2019 is bringing a small ripple of restaurant closures with one big thing in common — large spaces on Capitol Hill.

When owner Edgar Pelayo first told CHS about his plans for Añejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar in the former home of Dilettante on Broadway, he summed the situation up.

“It’s large — which translates to expensive.”

A year and a half from its April 2018 opening, Añejo quietly shuttered this week at the corner of Broadway and E Mercer just a block from the new north Broadway home of the Seattle Consulate of Mexico.

There is apparently something else already lined up to take its place. Continue reading

On the List | Holiday in Volunteer Park, leather Santa, Stevens tree sale, more WTO 20

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The lights are up and cheery music is playing – the holiday season is upon us.  Though Black Friday (and all the associated marketing children of it) is past, shopping may still be on the mind.  To that end there are a variety of pop-up markets to check out this December, including the Holiday Market at Westlake Park and the Full Moon Market at Stumptown Coffee.  But if you had your fill of shopping, check out some of the events below. You can find more o the CHS Calendar.

For gift ideas, deals, and holiday events including this weekend’s holiday tree lighting at the Hotel Sorrento on First Hill, check out Shop the Hill.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4:  The Tenant Rights Bootcamp series continues with this week’s bootcamp being co-hosted by Be:Seattle and The Urbanist to help educate renters on what their rights are and how best to apply those rights to create better living for Seattle’s renters.  Ada’s Technical Books and Café, 6 PM – 8 PM. Continue reading