Here’s what we know: The Dawson building at 1522 12th Ave, home of a family-run plumbing and fixture business since 1936 and now standing in the shadow of the recently completed Packard Building, has sold and, along with that sale, according to a store employee, the business is shutting down.
And here’s where the rumors start: In Dawson Plumbing’s place, we’re told, a restaurant ‘I can’t tell you the name of’ is set to move in. There are no permits, yet, on file and we’re not sure what the $1.6 million (listed price), 4,800 square-foot building’s buyer has planned but we have some ideas.
We’ve been reporting on Skillet’s plans to open a Capitol Hill diner since November 2009. This summer, we learned Skillet would not be part of the Packard Building as we first heard. Could the grandaddy of Seattle’s new street food scene be behind the Dawson Building project? People familiar with the area say Skillet was definitely kicking tires on 12th Ave. Could the Airstream-powered street food vendor have the scratch to be part of this kind of investment? It definitely sounds like Skillet Capitol Hill is about to ramp up — the restaurant will be ‘previewing’ its Capitol Hill menu next week at the Mt. Baker Community Center.