If you took the old signs from Bellevue Ave E’s Harry’s Fine Foods, the young chef behind the project set to transform the former corner market into a new restaurant would like you to consider bringing them back.
“They’re the original signs. Maybe whoever took them will put them back over the fence,” Julian Huntley Hagood told CHS Thursday morning, still hopeful that the old signs for Harry’s and “ozen Meats” that hung from the 1910-built market might be hanging nearby on a Capitol Hill wall.
The signs were taken from the building sometime last week but, so far, haven’t turned up.
The project is currently in the midst of early construction and a land use process to allow the change of use for the property from market to restaurant. Hagood said he hopes to make the history of the corner part of the new life for the old building and the signs were a small, but important part of connecting the old Harry’s to the new.
If you have any information about the theft or ideas about where to find the signs, you can drop us a line at [email protected] or call (206) 399-5959.
UPDATE 10/4/15 8:58 PM: A neighbor passes along some not very clear pictures with a very clear description of what happened to the signs. Unfortunately, the mystery only deepens:
Attached are the grainy photos I shot the evening of Sept. 21, as the signs had been removed (I live across the street). Unfortunately, I’m a terrible photographer, and the window screens obscure A LOT, but feel free to pass them along. According to my iPhone, I took these shots at 7:32pm.
Since the people removing the signs were so obviously & carefully taking down the signs from the place, it never dawned on me that I was witnessing a theft, so I didn’t get the license plate details or anything of that nature.