Realfine Coffee makes Pride weekend debut on Capitol Hill

An E Pine cafe kicked back into motion Friday. West Seattle-born Realfine Coffee is now open next to the E Pine Rudy’s.

The opening puts the former home of Stumptown back into action after it was shuttered late this summer so the company could focus on its 12th Ave location. Continue reading

Meaty Johnson’s brings ‘Seattle barbecue’ to Capitol Hill

Pine’s newest addition is surely a win for the meat lovers of Capitol Hill. In May, Meaty Johnson’s BBQ opened at 1201 Pine.

“It’s one thing to make barbecue good, it’s another thing to make it good all day so that people can enjoy it,” said Meaty Johnson’s namesake, Zac Johnson, who also works as a real estate agent and music promoter. Johnson began barbecuing as a hobby, and it quickly became a hit with his friends and family. He then began catering for huge house parties of friends and the reception continued to be overwhelming.

Meaty Johnson’s got its entendre-ful start at Cowgirls, Inc., the notorious country bar concept with a 1st Ave Seattle location. Continue reading

Pike/Pine entrepreneur tells Big Mario’s goodbye as he gears up for stadium Gridiron project

Meinert, center, on patrol on E Pike

Capitol Hill-born Big Mario’s has new ownership. But don’t be sad. Your favorite chain of faux dive pizza bars is in familiar, local hands.

Dave Meinert, a Seattle nightlife entrepreneur with his fingers in many of the most popular venues in the core of Pike/Pine entertainment district, announced he has been bought out of the three-location pizza chain by his longtime partners and frequent collaborators. Continue reading

The Belmont debuts as Capitol Hill wine bar transforms to add cocktails to the mix

A quick change at E Pike and Belmont (Image: The Belmont)

The revolution is over. It’s time for a cocktail.

Owner Mark Brown tells CHS that the closing of his Capitol Hill wine lounge and bottle shop Revolution Wine is also the opening for a project with a new twist.

The Belmont opens Thursday night as “a wine and cocktail lounge inspired by the eccentric London social clubs like The Groucho, Soho House and Blacks Club.”

“We want to create an adult hangout spot on Capitol Hill, a comfortable space to meet with light fare, an excellent wine program, and well-made craft cocktails,” Brown writes.

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Merlot, pinot, and chardonnay on tap with less waste the plan for Capitol Hill’s Footprint Wine

Seattle is beer country with more breweries than any other city in the nation. Kenneth Dillon, a Seattle wine aficionado, has decided to do something about evening the score — and doing it with a new, more environmentally friendly approach.

Dillon plans to open his own unique Footprint Wine bar and tap on E Madison by September.

“I’m happy to now be joining the Capitol Hill wine community and hope to give a little back to the community one glass of wine at a time,” Dillon said.

Before realizing he could work with wine as a career, Dillon spent 10 years in human resources, including four at the University of Washington. He always had a passion for the grape since it was legal for him to drink it, but didn’t actually break into the industry until 2016. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Honeyhole loses round in trademark battle over name

The Corleone is definitely worth a court challenge (Image: Honeyhole Sandwiches)

Pike/Pine dive bar and sandwich joint the Honeyhole is facing a legal battle over its very essence: its classic name.

Last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board handed down its ruling affirming a decision rejecting Honeyhole’s application to trademark its 19-year-old Capitol Hill brand because of an existing claim on the name: Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s one-of-a-kind Unicorn planning White Center expansion

(Image: The Unicorn)

Unicorn owner Adam Heimstadt is planning for the longterm. Last summer, the Pike/Pine nightlife entrepreneur purchased a former White Center bowling alley that has been used for everything from a church to a tattoo parlor for $2.45 million.

The Seattle Times reports he has 2019 plans for the project — a new Unicorn:

Unicorn owner Adam Heimstadt said Monday that White Center’s Unicorn will be bigger than his carnival-themed bar on Capitol Hill, 15,000-square feet including two stages for karaoke, drag shows and art exhibits.

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Inspired by China’s Seattle-like land of plenty, Plenty of Clouds coming to 15th and Pine

A pair of restaurant veterans who came to Seattle to be part of an Ethan Stowell project will take the space where his Anchovies and Olives shuttered last year forward into a new life as Plenty of Clouds, a project focused on flavors from South Central China set to open at 15th and Pine this summer.

“A little bit lighter, a little bit spicier,” Lisa Zack tells CHS. “A lot more fresh herbs and vegetables. This is not going to be the standard Chinese.”

This will be the first restaurant from Zack and husband Travis Post but the couple have made a career in the business, moving from New York to Seattle so Post could take the helm in the kitchen at Stowell’s Bramling Cross.
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Victrola’s downtown cafe brings along Capitol Hill roots (and opportunity to make some big new giant retailer friends)

Born in 2000 on 15th Ave E, Victrola has survived neighboring competitive corporate mimicry — remember 15th Ave Coffee & Tea? — and downright overwhelming investment on a global scale. This week, the small chain of cafes has expanded into new Seattle territory directly in the maw of massive brands downtown at 3rd and Pine — and it has made some surprising alliances along the way.

Wednesday, Victrola opened its new cafe inside the Macy’s building, well off Capitol Hill.

Victrola’s Andrew Wheeler tells CHS one of the 15th Ave cafe’s earliest customers called that shop “the living room of the neighborhood.” It’s an ideal Victrola hopes to carry downtown. Continue reading

Celebrate Doughnut Day as Raised Doughnuts makes final preparations on 23rd Ave home

It’s not quite ready for business yet but 23rd Ave’s coming soon Raised Doughnuts couldn’t let the celebration pass by unmarked.

Friday in celebration of National Doughnut Day, Mi Kim’s crew will be ready starting at 7 AM with half-dozen boxes all set for you to grab and go from in front of the about to open shop on 23rd Ave at Spring. Continue reading