The Amante Pizza sign has come beaming back to life and at least one Capitol Hill man is making it known he is very unhappy about it.
Long a source of neighborhood grumbling, the video screen that flashes pizza promotions at Denny and E Olive Way has been criticized as an unfitting welcome sign to Capitol Hill. After a complaint was made last year, a city inspector confirmed it was not only a matter of taste, finding a “violation of changing image frequency.” A subsequent inspection found the same issue.
The video screen then went dark in November after new owners took over the franchise restaurant. At the time, a City of Seattle spokesperson said new owner George Kozhuharov was made aware of the complaints and pulled the plug to be a good neighbor.
CHS was unable to reach Kozhuharov Wednesday for comment about why the sign was recently re-illuminated. An employee at the restaurant said the owners had been working on changing some of the messaging, and perhaps the image frequency. The emloyee also said complaint calls, mostly from one nearby resident, have started to pour in. “All I know is that we’re legal,” the worker said.
Kozhuharov took over Amante amid a wave of pizza activity on Capitol Hill. While the restaurant shut down briefly for some upgrades, Kozhuharov told CHS he would stay the course as far as the restaurant’s concept was concerned.