INSERT COINS — Capitol Hill’s Time Warp arcade bar is ready to play

 

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The year began with CHS reporting the dream of a Pike/Pine pinball arcade bar lived on. It will end with the dream becoming a reality.

Time Warp is ready for a December 2022 debut on 10th Ave in the heart of Pike/Pine with plans for a grand opening next week.

The project from buds and business collaborators Joe Ricci, Sean Bray, Tim Uomoto, and Greg Larson fired up its games and its drinks Wednesday night to put the pinball and arcade bar through a test run with the friends and loved ones who have been waiting to play since the venue was first planned in early 2020.

“We have a bunch of friends that are super into pinball,” Ricci said. “Seattle’s a huge pinball city.” Continue reading

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Investigating ‘the golden age of Capitol Hill bagels’

We truly are blessed — this really is a golden age for bagels around Capitol Hill. Videographer and Northwest Film Forum board member Becky Bruhn sent along this video “investigation” of the pillowy and chewy goodness.

 

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911 | E Union shooting, utility pole set on fire outside Linda’s, Planned Parenthood bomb scare

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt/Signal (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS 911 coverage here. Hear sirens and wondering what’s going on? Check out Twitter reports from @jseattle or join and check in with neighbors in the CHS Facebook Group.

  • E Union shooting: An overnight shootout near 32nd and Union generated multiple 911 calls, left at least one vehicle damaged, and may have sent a male victim to the hospital. SPD says it was called to the Madrona area just after midnight Thursday to the reported gunfire involving a red Toyota Prius and a black sedan. Arriving police found evidence of a shooting including a damaged vehicle parked near the scene but the suspect vehicles fled the area and no victims were immediately located. Around an hour later, police were called to Harborview after a gunshot wound victim was reported to have arrived at the emergency room. It was not clear if the victim was related to the East Precinct shooting and we do not have additional information on his condition.
  • Pine/Boylston fires: Seattle Fire responded after a utility pole near Boylston and Pine was lit on fire by a person suffering an apparent mental or drug crisis Wednesday night. SFD was called to the pole outside Linda’s Tavern just after 6 PM and quickly took care of the burning pole. About 30 minutes later they were called to take care of a dumpster fire up the block on Boylston. According to East Precinct radio updates, the arson suspect was spotted acting erratically and running nearby but there were no immediate arrests reported.
  • Bomb scare: The arson and bomb squad was dispatched to E Madison’s Planned Parenthood Tuesday morning after a suspicious pipe was found outside the facility. Police were called to the area around 10 AM to assess a “metal pipe with two end caps” found outside the building. SPD determined the pipe was benign, according to a department spokesperson, and said no recent threats had been made against the location. The building is near an area busy with construction of the Madison Bus Rapid Transit route.
 

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As the moon waxes full, SugarPill and its neighborhood apothecarist are leaving Capitol Hill

 

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This will be the final holiday shopping season on Capitol Hill for neighborhood mercantile and apothecary SugarPill.

“I’m still gonna be doing what I do, and I’ll do everything I can to make the transition as easy as possible for you as well as for me. And I’m totally gonna cry every time I see you between now and when we pack these shelves up to move, so prepare yourself to see me be an absolute wreck for the next few months. Love you ~ karyn” (Image: SugarPill)

Owner Karyn Schwartz has announced she is moving and taking the store with her to Whidbey Island in 2023 after more than 11 years on E Pine just off Broadway:

There’s a lot of reasons why I will be leaving this perfect little jewelbox space on Pine Street, and believe me, I am just as heartbroken as I am excited for a new adventure. I’ve been in the gayborhood since 1989 and I have known some of you for just that long, while others of you are new acquaintances, and it’s going to be SO HARD to let go of that familiarity. Continue reading

Mayor’s climate order will create three ‘low-pollution neighborhoods’ in Seattle, transition city fleet to electric vehicles

 

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Seattle needs new resources to handle climate change including clean air shelters and new rules to protect workers when temperatures soar and wildfire smoke returns. The city also must do more to help reduce its own contributions to global warming. This week, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed an executive order with new requirements hoped to “reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions” in Seattle’s transportation sector.

“We recognize the inherent link between our infrastructure, transportation systems, climate, and community wellbeing – meeting the scale of the climate crisis and fulfilling our commitment to strong and healthy communities requires addressing them together,” Harrell said in the announcement on the order signed Thursday at City Hall.

The new plan includes more than 20 initiatives, including making 20 miles of “Health Street” roadways permanently marked for pedestrians and bicyclists, hosting a youth environment summit in 2023, and eliminating all gasoline vehicles from the city’s fleet by 2030. Continue reading

No hot pot but lots cooking at Capitol Hill Station with Glo’s Diner and Seasmith coffee shop planning 2023 debuts

 

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A sign of progress for the new Glo’s above Capitol Hill Station — thanks to the CHS Facebook Group for sharing

Alas, Capitol Hill Station is not getting a Chinese hot pot restaurant — but a much anticipated new diner and a new coffee shop will be opening there in the new year.

The Daily Journal of Commerce reported last week that Ma Lu Bian Bian is planning a new restaurant in the development above the light rail station. But that report was based on city construction permits for 120 Broadway. One of the buildings above Capitol Hill Station is 120 Broadway East leading to the confusion at the DJC.

No worries. The good news is Ma Lu Bian Bian is, indeed, coming to Broadway but it will be part of Vulcan’s first major Yesler Terrace development — Yesler Terrace Block 3. We reported on the plans for the project here in 2016.

The other good news is work continues to kick the food and drink projects above Capitol Hill Station into motion. Continue reading

With an owner returning to the community that first welcomed him, Tamarind Tree will reshape R Place building in 2023

 

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Tam Nguyen (Image: Friends of Little Saigon)

Little Saigon’s Tamarind Tree restaurant is coming to Capitol Hill in the former R Place building in 2023.

“Our hope is to serve our Vietnamese foods in the culture we adopted to and the culture that gave us so much opportunities to reach our dreams.” said Tam Nguyen, owner of the popular Vietnamese restaurant that has been part of the International District for nearly 20 years.

CHS previously spoke with Nguyen early this year about his interest in expanding to Capitol Hill. King County property records show the former E Pine home of R Place finally sold for $2.5 million.

The Nguyen family is going it alone in the major real estate deal. CHS previously reported that Capitol Hill-based tech firm Add3 was eyeing a deal for a new headquarters, and space for a new venue in the former R Place building but CHS learned the company decided to move on over concerns about the cost of seismically retrofitting the 1917-built Bothell Motors garage building. Add3 founder and nightlife entrepreneur Brian Rauschenbach turned his attention instead to E Olive Way where he partnered in a deal to purchase the buildings home to his Captain Black’s as well as the Stumbling Monk, The Doctor’s Office, and the former Glo’s. Continue reading

Metro warns buses sidelined by steering problem will add more canceled trips — UPDATE

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Already challenged by staffing shortages, King County Metro says a steering problem identified in some of its buses will possibly add to canceled routes and delays.

Metro revealed the issue Tuesday, saying it impacts only about 10% of its around 1,500 buses.

“After two Metro operators identified a manufacturing issue in the steering system in some vehicles, Metro proactively removed 126 buses from service out of its 1,500-vehicle fleet,” the announcement reads. “The identified problem did not lead to any accidents or injuries. Metro inspected all its buses to ensure all vehicles in service continue to perform safely and within specifications.”

Metro is advising riders to double check its trip planning tools.

In September, CHS reported on Metro’s across the system route cutbacks due to “ongoing workforce shortages.”

UPDATE: Multiple routes have been “temporarily suspended” while Metro sorts out the mechanical issues in its fleet:

Metro is delivering about 90% of its typical 11,000 weekday trips and temporarily suspended 19 bus routes. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage riders to review transit alerts and real-time tools below before traveling. Temporarily suspended for Dec. 7: routes 9, 15, 17, 18, 29, 55, 56, 57, 64, 111, 114, 121, 125, 162, 177, 214, 301, 304, 330. Due to the fluid nature of the situation, a small number of trips may run on routes that are fully suspended.

 

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Capitol Hill holiday fun this week includes December Art Walk, annual Holiday in the Park, and maybe a little more snow

The holiday season began over the weekend with snow on Capitol Hill and Christmas trees at Stevens Elementary. More Hill holiday good times are ahead.

The school’s parent teacher association held its annual tree and holiday wreath sale Friday night and Saturday morning, living on as Capitol Hill’s only charity tree lot on a cold and icy first weekend in December.

The cooler weather will continue but we’ll see mostly rain until Friday night and through the weekend when the National Weather Service says we should see a mix of rain… and snow.

Holiday things to do will continue, too, including Thursday night’s December Capitol Hill Art Walk and the annual Holiday in the Park event in Volunteer Park.

Check the CHS Calendar for Hill area holiday events and more. You can also check out Shop the Hill for holiday gift and shopping ideas.

 

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