Capitol Hill Community Post | Loxsmith bringing Bagel Bodega to Nacho Borracho

From Loxsmith Bagel Co.

Hey there! It’s Loxsmith Bagels. I’m doing a pop up 1/24/21 at  Nacho Borracho called Bagel Bodega.

Lox box preorder can be picked up includes 100g sustainable Alaskan wild ocean king lox, 200g cream cheese and caper onion tomato. $30 — Venmo @loxsmithbagels, pick up day of at 209 Broadway E, 10 AM to 2 PM.

Bodega Menu
My possies’ on Broadway

Choice of challah roll or bagel

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Capitol Hill restaurants reach new neighborhoods with expansions including Aviv Hummus Bar’s meaty counterpart and Due’ Cucina’s second opening

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After months of operating under COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty, some Capitol Hill-born restaurants aren’t just digging in to survive but expanding with new locations and what they hope will be recipes for long-term food and drink success.

15th Ave E’s Aviv Hummus Bar is opening its sister restaurant Aviv Shawarma Bar in South Lake Union and Broadway’s Due’ Cucina pasta shop has expanded on the Eastside. Both business expansions began as pre-pandemic endeavours, but offer cuisine well-suited for the coronavirus age of relying primarily on takeout.

Meanwhile, a 15th Ave E original has expanded to Ballard and a sibling of Broadway’s Lionhead has risen near Climate Pledge Arena.

Aviv Shawarma Bar
This shawarma-centered street food spot has opened South Lake Union from the creators of Capitol Hill’s vegetarian friendly Aviv Hummus Bar.

David and Jodi Nussbaum opened their hummus and falafel eatery back in 2017 on 15th Ave E and have been waiting for the right location to bring their shawarma vision to life.

Situated in the up and coming South Lake Union tech area and not far from Capitol Hill, Nussbaum believes the new spot will have adequate foot traffic for the authentic shawarma street food experience of “seeing a glorious, large stack of meat slow rotating in front of a vertical flame that slowly cooks the meat with each rotation, dripping the succulent juices down.” Continue reading

Part of Capitol Hill’s class of 2020, Cornelly’s craft pizza and pasta now part of the neighborhood on Summit Ave

Brett Phillips has some Summit Ave pizza for you

With 2021 so far taking a “hold my beer” approach to outdoing 2020 in the stress over things you can’t control department, the comfort of a hot pizza from a neighborhood joint should not be overlooked.

Cornelly’s opening last year down on Summit Ave may have been missed by a few — it ranked inside the top 10 of Capitol Hill newbies in our review of 2020 in food and drink but in only ninth place — but you can make up for that now that the new year is here. Continue reading

Now hiring: the soon to open Central District Amazon Fresh grocery store

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Company officials have confirmed to CHS the Central District store in the new mixed-use development at 23rd and Jackson will be part of the company’s first Amazon Fresh groceries to open in its home state of Washington.

We are proud to be bringing hundreds of good jobs with benefits to the Seattle area as we prepare to open the first Amazon Fresh grocery stores in our home state of Washington,” Roetta Greene Elton, district manager of Amazon Fresh grocery stores, said in a company statement on the openings. “We’re excited to provide customers with new, low-priced grocery stores in their neighborhoods and look forward to contributing positively to the community.”

Amazon’s big message about the big new store that has risen where the neighborhood’s Red Apple grocery used to stand focused on one important component: jobs. Continue reading

Capitol Hill counter legend Carmelo’s Tacos opening new location on 12th Ave — this time, with tables

Thanks to a CHS reader for the tip!

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Add one more to our roster of Capitol Hill bars and restaurants to look forward to in 2021. Carmelo’s Tacos is expanding with a second location — and, when we can finally go back inside, this new Carmelo’s will have tables.

The new Carmelo’s is being readied to open at 12th and Cherry across from Seattle U near the Cherry Street Coffee and 12th Ave Square Park. Continue reading

‘I will not open in Seattle again’ — Why Capitol Hill’s The Wandering Goose really closed

Earnhardt at the Goose’s 2012 debut (Image: CHS)

News that Capitol Hill bakery and cafe The Wandering Goose was closing permanently hit hard around the neighborhood and the city.

The 15th Ave E favorite’s biscuits and generous slabs of cake were a comfort and a popular neighborhood stop even through the challenges of COVID-19.

As the state is putting a new phased plan in place for reopening the economy after the latest virus lockdowns, owner Heather Earnhardt tells CHS the city needs to do more to support small businesses like the Goose.

“Our local politicians let us down honestly,” Earnhardt tells CHS. “It was impossible to acquire any funding or grants (not for lack of applying mind you) and the fact that we made it 10 months on our own doing only to-go is something I’m proud of.”

Earnhardt says that she and co-owner Mike McConnell, the founder and former owner of Caffe Vita, along with managing partner Alexandria Ladich did what they could to keep the business open through the various lockdowns and phases put in place to try to slow the spread of the virus. Continue reading

14+ Capitol Hill bars and restaurants to look forward to in 2021 — UPDATE

Somehow in the middle of a global pandemic with crippling local economic consequences, more than 30 new food and drink ventures were started in 2020 across Capitol Hill and the Central District.

Now, as we start a new year of challenges and opportunities, a new class of restaurants, cafes, bars and more is ready to join the scene.

Here is a look at the new places to look forward to in 2021. Hopefully in the year ahead you’ll get a chance to visit them — and the class of 2020 — in person as we get back to the people and things that we care about and make us happy in life in our neighborhoods. UPDATE: Added a few more to the list!

  • Rey Amargo Chocolate Shop: A Mexican chocolate shop is ready to open soon on Capitol Hill with treats and drinking chocolate made with real cocoa. The new shop from the Jalisco-based chocolate company Rey Amargo will nestle up next to the temporarily shuttered Life on Mars bar on E Pike at Harvard as a construction project that started nearly a year ago finally enters its final phases. “We are a Mexican Chocolate Shop with more than 80 years of experience, seeking to conquer the palate of Seattle,” Rey Amargo promises. You can keep track of updates here @reyamargo_us.
  • Kitanda: The global flavors continue with this Brazilian coffee concept set to open on Broadway across from Capitol Hill Station this month. Kitanda promised CHS it is bringing its cheese bread — pão de queijo — and Brazilian lattes made with sweetened condensed milk to the Hill when its new shop opens soon in the space formerly home to an American Apparel at Broadway and John.
  • Capitol Hill Station H-Mart and more: There are still no firm dates but the construction is nearing completion and people are ready to move into the new mixed-use developments above Capitol Hill Station. At the center of the new retail  will be a new Capitol Hill H Mart grocery along with a mix of small businesses planned to include a new coffee counter, a restaurant, and a cafe alongside the development’s large plaza.
  • Union: Capitol Hill gay bar Union isn’t new but it will make a new home in 2021 after a classic four-block move. Construction permitting has just begun on the new Union where the LGBTQ bar will transform the space most recently home to Portland’s Sizzle Pie and join nearby neighbors including Optimism Brewing on the backside of Pike/Pine.
  • Solid State: File this one under “high hopes.” CHS reported on plans for the 10th Ave pinball arcade bar in the heart of Pike/Pine last February. You probably remember what happened in March. Will the plans for Solid State finally come together in 2021? We’re checking into it and will let you know if the sure to be popular bar will materialize to be part of post-pandemic Pike/Pine. UPDATE: The dream is alive. Ownership tells CHS the folks behind the project are moving forward with their plans but with a “take it slow” approach to construction and the buildout. Another thing they’re working on is what to call the bar. Expect a new name when they get closer to opening.
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    Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House: By February this year, Kobuta and Ookami is planned to be open on 15th Ave E in new construction between Aviv Hummus Bar and Bakery Nouveau bringing katsu to this corner of the Hill.

  • (Image: Q Cafe)

    Q Cafe: An entertainment and cafe concept from a Seattle area escape room events company is being readied for later in 2021 at 13th and Pike. Q Cafe will be part of the Solis development that has risen on the site where Fran’s Chocolates used to call the Hill home and will feature steampunk design, interactive games, and shiny desserts.

  • Flight Wine + Chocolate: Speaking of Fran’s — and chocolate — Flight is hoping to add to Capitol Hill’s date night options with the cafe set to neighbor the Q Cafe in the Solis centered around flights of wine paired with chocolate.
  • Ike’s Bottle Shop: Sometimes we run into project names that don’t stick. We don’t know exactly what is planned for potrepreneur Ian Eisenberg’s 23rd and Union bar space after the Neighbor Lady was shown the door but permit filings show an overhaul underway and an application with the state liquor board for a permit to operate a “beer/wine specialty shop” retail business at the location. Eisenberg has not responded to our questions about the project.
  • Volunteer Park Cafe reboot: A new owner with architectural chops and a Yakima vineyard will restart the VPC in the new year with hopes of maintaining the cafe’s place as a community hangout while showcasing the wine of Freehand Cellars.
  • Sea Wolf Bakers: Montlake will enjoy a new bakery and cafe in 2021 as Sea Wolf expands into the neighborhood on 24th Ave in the space where Capitol Hill gay bar ex pat Purr shuttered two years ago. The Montlake expansion is hoped to create a new bakery and cafe designed to achieve the openness and light of the Stone Way original, Sea Wolf’s Jesse Schumann said.
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    Standard Brewing: Also off Hill and not a new spot at all, Standard Brewing will see its food offerings take a new shape in 2021 as longtime Capitol Hill restaurant veteran Jason Stratton has landed in the kitchen of the Central District brewery.

  • Ishoni Yakiniku: CHS first reported on the Japanese grill concept taking over a Broadway Tex Mex joint a year ago in January 2020. COVID tossed a few wrinkles in the plan but Ishoni Yakiniku and its tabletop grills are still the plan in the 600 block of Broadway E in the space Galerias once called home.
  • Inside Passage: Capitol Hill rum bar Rumba is adding an undersea expansion with a neighboring bar accessed by descending through Rumba into a grotto of idols and South Pacific style designed by tiki bar legend Notch Gonzalez. “We’re still hard at work making Inside Passage a reality,” the Pike St. Rumba family posted this fall. “We are so excited to share our vision with you. Covid has delayed us, but it hasn’t stopped us!”
  • Blotto: CHS told you here about the craft pizza pop-up Blotto showing up weekly in the Broadway Alley. Jordan Koplowitz is also on the hunt for a permanent home for his pizza creations and is lining up a spot on Capitol Hill. Stay tuned.

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CHS Year in Review 2020 | New beginnings and sad goodbyes — the year in Capitol Hill food+drink

Back in March just as we were beginning to find out what we were in for in the year ahead, Mezcaleria Oaxaca added a long-planned taco window

Even when Capitol Hill bars and restaurants have been able to be open in 2020, the world has thrown in a few kinks. No fries at Dick’s? We will persevere as long as Liberty remains forever open.

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Somehow, despite the ongoing pandemic, the necessary but painful restrictions, and government’s ineptitude and neglect on creating meaningful financial relief, flickers of life continued to burn in the hardiest core of Capitol Hill’s food and drink scene.

Below, we look at the year in food and drink through the brave new businesses that joined the neighborhood, the favorites we lost, and a few tweaks and changes along the way. CHS looks forward to more openings — and, hopefully, not too many painful closures — in 2021.



  • La Rue Creperie and Espresso emerged from below The Reef on E Olive Way
  • Rapport introduced self-pour beer and wine — a concept made for these times — on North Broadway
  • Communion delivered on its promise of grits, Seattle Soul, and equitable development in the Central District
  • Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s new taco window arrived just in time
  • Drip Tea Cafe preceded the pandemic and brought Instagram worthy boba and tea to Pike/Pine Continue reading

After eight years and ‘one million biscuits,’ Capitol Hill’s The Wandering Goose has closed

The Wandering Goose’s 2012 opening (Image: CHS)

15th Ave E Southern flavored bakery The Wandering Goose announced it is closing after eight years of business on Capitol Hill.

“We are heartbroken to share that today we announced to our staff and family that the Wandering Goose would close permanently,” the announcement reads. “After eight years in Seattle and over one million biscuits baked, we want to take this moment to thank all of our extended Goose family and our amazing supportive community.”

The bakery and cafe was created by a team of Capitol Hill food and drink all-stars with baker Heather Earnhardt at the helm in a project backed by Cone and Steiner founder Dani Cone and Caffe Vita founder Mike McConnell. Continue reading

Kitanda to bring Brazilian lattes — and Brazilian cheese bread — to Broadway to start 2021

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2021 will bring a massive burst of activity to the area around Capitol Hill Station. The newest location of Eastside-born Brazilian coffee chain Kitanda will put a corner space across from it into motion just in time to be part of the changes.

While your favorite Brazilian might be excited about a coffee shop dedicated to a South American focus on darker, stronger flavors and Kitanda’s acai selections, let’s be real. What they’re really going to be excited about, general manager Laura Alves Ferreira  admits, is the cheese bread, a staple of the culture’s breakfast and morning snacks.

Though the Brazilian lattes with sweet condensed milk will also hold their own, Alves Ferreira says. Continue reading