A portion of a Pike/Pine bar’s pandemic-era streetside seating was destroyed Thursday night as a driver plowed into the structure just west of Broadway.
Nobody was seated in the portion of the patio seating when it was hit and there were no reported serious injuries in the before midnight crash in which a driver in a white van veered across E Pike and the protected bike lane into the seating area outside Capitol Cider.
CHS is still gathering details from Seattle Police who responded to the crash. The driver reportedly passed a field sobriety test at the scene.
Photos posted the Capitol Hill Seattle Facebook group showed some of the damage as police responded and a witness account described the close call for one couple who were seated next to the vestibule that was hit.
Capitol Cider’s custom-built streetside setup and planters were included in CHS’s report from March on the proliferation of pandemic-era restaurant patios across Capitol Hill.
City officials have cleared the way for venues to add and maintain the seating through 2022 — and, perhaps, permanently.
We’re also checking in with Capitol Cider about the space and whether it will be able to be reopened for customers.
UPDATE: Capitol Cider owner Julie Tall says the bar is open for business as usual “both inside and out.”
She said the shelter that was hit is being rebuilt and should be ready by the weekend.
“I am profoundly grateful that no one was injured,” Tall said, “And I’m glad in general that we have a bike lane between the sidewalk cafe seating and traffic.
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