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After nearly 40 years, Pagliacci Pizza leaving Broadway

(Image: Gibraltar Investment Property Solutions)

A part of the street since 1983, Pagliacci Pizza is leaving Broadway.

The Capitol Hill-headquartered chain confirmed the planned closure which they are calling a “move” and said the plan is for the 400 block Broadway E shop to close next month.

While many pixels have been spilt discussing Seattle pizza restaurant closures and the city’s minimum wage, the Broadway closure is about Pagliacci’s new project on Capitol Hill: Continue reading

‘Derelict’ house burns in 10th Ave E fire — UPDATE: Reported violations

Thanks to reader Neil for the pictures

Seattle Fire’s mission late Monday night was to keep the flames from spreading as a smoky blaze burned through a 10th Ave E house cleared for long-planned demolition and a new townhouse project.

A 911 caller first reported the smoke and flames around 11 PM coming from the house on 10th Ave E between John and Thomas. SFD units arrived to find the two-story structure fully engulfed. With fire spread across both floors and the house’s “derelict” status, SFD deployed a defensive strategy to keep the flames from spreading to nearby structures and trees.

The fire was significantly knocked down after about 30 minutes but crews were on site late into the night dealing with the blaze. Firefighters reported having to remove plywood from the structure’s boarded-up windows to allow access to spray water on the flames.
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Seattle moving forward with plan to add 51 cent Uber/Lyft fee and minimum wage for drivers

Vintage Lyft, circa 2015

Mayor Jenny Durkan also has something to celebrate in the City Council’s vote Monday to approve a 2020 Seattle budget with only a few progressive tweaks to her base $6.5 billion plan.

The process also produced legislative approval of the mayor’s “Fare Share” plan that will add a 51 cent fee to every Uber and Lyft ride in Seattle to pay for the Center City Connector streetcar, new housing, and ride-hail industry regulation. Continue reading

Juice Club planning a ‘natural wine party’ on E Denny Way

Organic, low intervention, simply complex, imbued with possible health benefits, it is no surprise that natural wine is becoming the official beverage of our times — or, at least, the official beverage of Capitol Hill, Seattle circa 2020.

Juice Club, a popular pop-up project that has grown into a Seattle phenomenon around the city’s bar scene, is making plans for its first rooted investment with a new joint on E Denny Way on the ground level of the Saint Florence.

The E Denny facing space in the 1914-built masonry apartment building just up from the E Olive Way intersection underwent a recent overhaul and is awaiting a new tenant. A state liquor license application shows the Club lining up to create a new “beer/wine specialty shop” in the space indicating a project leaning more toward the event and retail end of the natural wine spectrum. Continue reading

SPD searches for suspect after reported Belmont Ave E stabbing — UPDATE

Seattle Police were searching for a suspect who reportedly fled on foot after a stabbing incident near Belmont and the Melrose connector trail Sunday night. UPDATE 9:20 PM: The suspect was tracked down and taken into custody nearby around 9:10 PM.

According to East Precinct radio updates, police were searching for a suspect who reportedly stabbed a female in an assault inside a vehicle near the location.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene around 8:51 PM. We do not yet have information on the severity of the victim’s injuries. A private ambulance was called to the scene for transport to Harborview, typically a sign of non-life threatening injuries. UPDATE: According to radio updates, the victim was stabbed in the arm. UPDATE x2: SFD says the victim in her 20s was transported in stable condition.

Seattle Police were searching the area of the trail and along Lakeview Blvd E.

UPDATE 11/25/19 10:51 AM: SPD says the assault seems to have stemmed from a domestic violence situation. The stabbing victim reportedly deployed pepper spray at some point of the assault. Police say the male suspect was also found to be carrying narcotics at the time of his arrest.

Council set to add homelessness and ‘restorative justice’ spending to Seattle’s 2020 budget

The final major action of the current version of the Seattle City Council will apparently be the addition of a progressive encasement to the city’s $6.5 billion 2020 budget including increased spending for restorative justice programs and more money for shelter and homelessness services in the city.

Monday, the council is set to approve a final version of the city’s 2020 budget after weeks of proposals and debates to transform Mayor Jenny Durkan’s $6.5 billion package and its core of public safety-focused spending and smaller sale social line item tied to “one-time” revenue infusions from events like the Mercer Megablock sale and public benefits cash received in exchange for public right of way used in the expansion of the downtown convention center.

Led by budget chair Sally Bagshaw, the council’s changes to the budget package left Durkan’s core fully intact but redirected many elements on the surface of the massive spending package in more progressive directions like funding to open three additional tiny home villages, $1.5 million for a new youth homeless shelter, $1.8 million for a health clinic to be embedded in a shelter, and $1.28 million for mobile bathroom facilities to serve the homeless population.

An addition of $150,000 proposed by Lorena González for a Capitol Hill “Public Life” study that could someday lead to the creation of a pedestrian and bike only Pike/Pine superblock also made the cut.

But the biggest winner in the 2020 budget, Crosscut reports, is the city’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, with the effort focused on pushing low level offenders into services, not jail, coming through the council’s budget process with $3.5 million in 2020 funding, a 50% expansion Durkan’s administration did not include in its budget proposal.

For advocates of restorative justice, the addition of $300,000 in one-time funding for youth diversion and education programs championed by the council’s members including District 3 representative Kshama Sawant will also be a small victory. Continue reading

Former Capitol Hill Arts Center below Velocity Dance going back into motion with Tails of the City dog daycare

(Image: Tails of the City)

Mostly inactive since the final days of the Capitol Hill Arts Center more than a decade ago, the area beneath Velocity Dance Center’s 12th Ave building will be swirling back into motion with more energy than even the curl ups and tendus going on upstairs.

Tails of the City, a longtime Georgetown doggy daycare, is expanding with a second Seattle location in the basement of the 1600-block 12th Ave building — a huge space that will provide room for the business to add a highly demanded new service: dog boarding.

“This space used to host raves and parties. I toyed with idea of making an area so people can watch,” Karyn Johnson tells CHS. Sorry to report, Johnson said the doggy bar just wouldn’t work out. And, yes, that’s the second time you can be disappointed about that. Continue reading

La Dive — dark and cozy and comfortable and pink — now open on E Pike

Opatz, Custer, and Gurwitz

La Dive, a new natural wine bar and hangout from one of the creative forces behind Montana and Nacho Borracho, is ready for its new pink bar top to add a new layer to Pike/Pine nightlife.

“Sometimes I want to have a glass of wine,” Kate Opatz said at a friends and family debut for the new E Pike venue. “It’s still dark and cozy and comfortable but, yeah, a little more grown up.”

CHS reported this summer on the plans for Opatz to team up with first time owners Ani Custer and David Gurwitz on the transformation of the former Other Coast sandwich shop into a new bar with a minimalist approach to great wines — and some more outrageous elements like champagne bong “chambongs” and frozen wine slushies like friesling and frojolais.

The trio’s match-up is a good pairing. Custer grew her knowledge with the Garbage People Love Wine pop-ups, while Gurwitz built on his experience at Lark and Spinasse to build La Dive’s menu of bar toasts and dumplings. Opatz, meanwhile, has been part of creating successful neighborhood bars outside of the Pike/Pine core. Montana and Nacho are, affectionately, labeled dive bars. Continue reading

Central Area design board takes up 500 Broadway microhousing+hotel project

Two projects set to come before the Central District’s design review board will add new housing neighboring the Liberty Bank Building and create an intriguing mix of hotel and apartment units on Broadway near Seattle U.

Thursday night’s session of the Central Area Design Review Board takes place at Washington Hall:

Central District Design Reviews | 500 Broadway and 1419 24th Ave

500 Broadway
The first project on the night’s roster is up for what could be its final pass in front of the board. Anew Apartments is the developer on the Neiman Taber Architects-designed project to create an eight-story hotel building with “91 sleeping rooms for congregate residences” and retail on Broadway between Jefferson and James. Continue reading

Read the CHS comments: SDOT makes correction to Capitol Hill ride-hail zone signage

You don’t want to read all comments — but you should read the CHS comments, for sure.

The Seattle Department of Transportation tells CHS it is making a simple change to clarify its signage for the new Capitol Hill “ride-hail zone” after a mistake was spotted by an eagle-eyed CHS reader.

The new zone, which directs Lyft and Uber drivers and riders to specific pick-up locations to try to clear up street congestion in the Pike/Pine nightlife district, was intended to be in effect during the neighborhood’s most intense demand for the ride services on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

But the way the signs were worded put the pick-up spot parking restrictions in effect — technically — on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from midnight to 3 AM. Continue reading