CHS Pics | Era of a new awning at Capitol Hill’s Egyptian theater

While one old Capitol Hill theater has started a new life this summer, another has finally recovered from an indignity that left its historical face scarred for the past few years.

Destroyed by a truck during an October 2016 storm, the Egyptian’s E Pine awning has finally been repaired and upgraded.

The old awning had to be torn down after being ripped apart by a delivery truck on a blustery Seattle day. In the time since, a “SIFF CINEMA / EGYPTIAN THEATER” banner did its best to hide the scar on the Seattle Central-owned property.

The work is part of a busy year for Capitol Hill’s old theaters. In July, the Mexican flag rose above the Harvard Exit where the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle has moved in and now serves hundreds daily.

As for the Egyptian, SIFF updated much of the 1915-built theater after it took over the venue following the exit of Landmark Theaters.




Artful nights on Capitol Hill: Art Walk, 3rd annual Lusio lights in Volunteer Park, ANiMA in Cal Anderson

In addition to August’s second Thursday bringing this month’s Capitol Hill Art Walk to the neighborhood’s galleries, cafes, restaurants, and bars, the next couple of nights will also fill Capitol Hill’s parks with art and performance.

Thursday, check out the monthly art walk including a few friends of CHS — a full roster and map is available at Make sure to stop by the Ghost Cabin installation, echoing with the spirit of a long-gone Capitol Hill farmhouse in Chophouse Row.

Friday, you’ll be faced with an artful choice — bright lights in Volunteer Park or a “future without borders” in Cal Anderson. Continue reading

KUOW: More women come forward with Meinert accusations


Six more women have come forward with stories of sexual misconduct and assault against Seattle nightlife entrepreneur David Meinert. They include a musician, a journalist, and a woman working with the public relations and crisis communications firm Meinert hired to try to control the brewing storm around him.

From KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone:

Six more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against David Meinert, the Seattle nightlife entrepreneur. These women contacted KUOW after reading an earlier story about Meinert, in which five other women had accused him of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and rape. The addition of these women’s stories makes 11 accusers total. They span the years 2001 to 2015.

KUOW’s report a week before the neighborhood’s Capitol Hill Block Party festivities on five women who accused Meinert of sexual misconduct and rape shocked Pike/Pine and sent reverberations through the many businesses he was involved in.

Last week, CHS reported on Meinert’s former Pike/Pine business partners buying him out of his Capitol Hill ventures including Lost Lake and the Comet. While Meinert has been removed as an owner on Capitol Hill, his money may still be involved in area businesses. Via Tribunali, one company CHS contacted during our reporting, told CHS it had also acted to distance itself from the 52-year-old. “I can confirm that David Meinert was separated from Via Tribunali immediately following the allegations against him,” owner Mike McConnell told CHS. “He is no longer a passive investor in any of our businesses.”

Meinert does not face criminal charges in any of the allegations. Some of the women who came forward in the latest report from KUOW said they were moved to stand with the first accusers as Meinert denied the specific allegations of rape and sexual assault. It is unlikely the most serious allegations will ever be heard in a criminal prosecution — the statute of limitations for sexual assault in Washington is three years if not reported to police within one year of the incident. Efforts to change parts of the system like that might be the next chapter as the victims and Meinert’s former associates look to move forward.

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Still meaty, Central Smoke rises on E Jefferson

Eric Banh and chef Mike Whisenhunt (Images: CHS)

A rush of red meat in the Seattle restaurant scene has settled out with a transformation of E Jefferson steakhouse Seven Beef into a new concept centered on more accessible but still meaty offerings — Central Smoke.

With fried rice and pickled cucumber on the menu alongside ribs and brisket, Central Smoke now brings Texas-style smoked meats and a unique combination of Taiwanese, Japanese and Chinese flavors to E Jefferson. Headed by owner Eric Banh and chef Mike Whisenhunt, who together carry more than 40 years of experience in the kitchen, the new bar and smokery replaced Seven Beef on the corner of E Jefferson and 13th Ave last month.

“What we do is multicultural. I would call it very eclectic,” Banh said. “I want to do something that is very soulful and really feed our creativity and passion.”

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Sweatshirt bandit holds up Broadway bank — UPDATE

Seattle Police filled the streets around the 200 block of Broadway Wednesday afternoon after a reported hold-up at the nearby Bank of America.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were looking for a suspect last seen leaving the bank headed north on Broadway described only as a white male in his late 60s, wearing a white Nike hat, and, despite temperatures above 90F, a grey sweatshirt, and unknown color pants at the time of the robbery.

The suspect reportedly handed over a note demanding money before fleeing the bank just before 4:30 PM. We do no know how much if any cash he made off with.

Police were continuing to search the area but there were no immediate arrests.

All details in this report are preliminary and have not yet been confirmed with SPD.

UPDATE: Police say one witness say the suspect is homeless and has been seen panhandling near the Convention Center. Police say the suspect made off with around $500 in the heist.

CHS Pics | Even more neighbors will come to E Republican’s block party next year

The neighbors around E Republican between 10th Ave E and Federal Ave have been gathering together for Night Out block parties for a few years now. Tuesday night, CHS stopped by the party. Next year, there will be even more neighbors to join in.

“We need to have more housing but development in a way that kind of fits the neighborhood,” neighbor John Stuntebaeck told CHS about the four-story, 36-unit apartment building under construction on the block.

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Capitol Hill smoke? Arson investigation after semi fire behind Harvard Market QFC — UPDATE

Seattle Police are investigating after a reported arson fire set a semi truck’s load ablaze on Harvard behind the Broadway at Pike QFC.

The incident began just before 8:30 AM as the truck was in the area for a grocery delivery to the nearby Bartell’s. According to East Precinct radio reports, police were interviewing at least one witness who saw a person acting suspiciously in the area.

According to Seattle Fire radio dispatches, the driver was unloading a delivery outside the QFC and returned to find someone had apparently set the contents of the trailer on fire. Continue reading

At Jayapal Election Night party on Capitol Hill, a rose-colored view of August Primary ‘Blue Wave’

Jayapal celebrates the first August Primary ballot drop on Election Night at Optimism Brewing

Pundits, analysts, and the candidates continue to see evidence of a rippling “Blue Wave” of Democratic support here and in states across the nation in response to the Trump administration. In Washington, the free postage didn’t hurt.

Big names vying to continue representing Seattle and Capitol Hill at the state and federal level made strong showings in Tuesday night’s first counts of August Primary voting — and smaller big D Democrat candidates across the state also gave many reason for hope.

“There’s 3 seats in Washington that are really competitive,” incumbent Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal told CHS during her election night party at Capitol Hill’s Optimism Brewing. “That’s the 8th, the 5th and the 3rd. We have great candidates. We’re all waiting to see what happens in the 8th, but I think everybody will rally around whoever wins that race. Then we’ll all take on Dino Rossi who has lost elections multiple times and deserves to lose again. I really hope that we have an increase in Democratic members of the Washington congressional delegation.” Continue reading

Design review: Twin seven-story buildings set to replace Broadway’s Bonney Watson funeral home

The Modera Broadway development set to embrace E Howell’s approach to Cal Anderson and replace Broadway’s Bonney Watson funeral home and its surface parking lot with twin seven-story, market rate apartment buildings will go in front of the design review board for what the developers and its team of architects hope will be the third and final session Wednesday night.

Design review: 1812 Broadway

“Although development will occur on two separate parcels, the buildings will be designed to create one cohesive resident community with shared management, ample resident amenities and outdoor space,” developer write about the project. “Design will incorporate opportunities for maximizing light and views to the apartment homes, creating overlooks and encouraging people-watching. The buildings will work together toward a shared design concept with similar massing, materials and detailing in support of creating a vibrant transit-oriented development.”

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Capitol Hill Pets | ‘Outdoorsy’ princess Isis in Volunteer Park

CHS found Isis chasing frisbees in Volunteer Park. Isis is an “almost eight”-year-old street dog of Rat Terrier and Chihuahua descent from San Marcos, Texas. She was found and adopted almost seven years ago and once climbed to the summit of the South Sister of the Three Sisters peaks in Oregon. “She’s outdoorsy AND a princess,” we’re told.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

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