Coming soon Fern Thai Eatery and Bar will put 10th and Union Soi restaurant space back in motion

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A space born in a brief era on Capitol Hill when bigger was better will finally go back into motion next month with a new restaurant at 10th and Union.

Fern Thai is expanding from its Bellevue Main Street original and taking over the large space left empty when Capitol Hill Thai concept Soi went dark during the pandemic.

Fern Thai says it plans to be open on Capitol Hill in September.

Husband and wife restaurateurs Gabe Wiborg and Yuie Helseth Soi were the first to grace the restaurant space, opening with a northeastern Thai-flavored menu and cocktails in the expansive Broadstone Infinity building in August of 2015. After finding success with their first restaurant venture in Kent Thai concern Banyan Tree, the couple were joining the booming Capitol Hill food and drink scene. Continue reading

O Maki Rolls + Teriyaki joining North Capitol Hill cluster of food and drink around The Roanoke

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Delivery and takeout friendly sushi rolls and teriyaki are joining a cluster of North Capitol Hill restaurants.

Plans for a “togo” version of Greenwood-born O Maki Rolls + Teriyaki are taking shape for the 10th Ave E space formerly home to the last Capitol Hill stand of Amante Pizza, the one-time E Olive Way joint notorious for its obnoxiously flashing signage. Continue reading

Signs of Capitol Hill normalcy: Little Oddfellows set to reopen inside Elliott Bay Book Company

A sign of normalcy — and a sign of the times — Little Oddfellows, one of Linda Derschang’s remaining Capitol Hill joints, is making tentative plans to reopen Friday inside 10th Ave’s Elliott Bay Book Company.

Even one of the city’s longest running food and drink entrepreneurs is being challenged by the pandemic’s ongoing impact on the labor force. Derschang says Friday’s opening is pending last minute hiring including an assistant manager and a line cook.

While the cafe has remained dark, the Elliott Bay store has continued to serve customers through the pandemic and is now a union shop. Retail on 10th Ave has also gone through some changes. Macklemore’s golf fashion play Bogey Boys stopped through for a temporary stay before teeing off again in University Village. New era furniture retailer Joybird is lined up to take over the former Everyday Music space across 10th Ave. Last summer, Glossier restarted its global beauty retail ambitions with a new store on the street. Continue reading

New Great Jones Gallery opens in a familiar space for Capitol Hill arts

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Capitol Hill has a new art gallery in a familiar space that — so far — has stayed clear of waves of redevelopment. It is brought to you by some familiar Capitol Hill arts faces.

The Great Jones Gallery, a joint project of Leah St. Lawrence and Timothy Rysdyke, is now open at 1216 10th Ave in a 1911-era former auto garage building that has made a home for a variety of arts and creative efforts over more recent years.

The location previously housed The Factory, another gallery of Rysdyke’s, which has since relocated to the first floor of First Hill’s Museum of Museums. In keeping with the namesake of The Factory, inspired by Andy Warhol’s New York City studio of the same name, Great Jones Gallery gets its name from the street where Warhol rented out one of his studio spaces to Jean-Michel Basquiat.

St. Lawrence and Rysdyke sought to create in Great Jones Gallery a unique space that resembles what the next phase of The Factory may have looked like. Continue reading

Furniture retailer Joybird to land on Capitol Hill in former Pike/Pine music shop space

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Powered by ecommerce and online social influence, another buzzworthy, multimillion dollar retail brand has selected Capitol Hill as its choice for Pacific Northwest expansion.

Joybird, an online furniture retail play gobbled up by La-Z-Boy for $75 million in 2018, is readying plans for a new Seattle showroom on Capitol Hill’s 10th Ave.

According to city permits, the new store is set to take over the 6,200-square-foot space left empty since the 2021 exit of music shop Everyday Music. Everyday had been resident in the space — formerly used as a parking garage — for ten years. Continue reading

Welcome, neighbors: New apartment building — one of three market-rate developments acquired for affordable housing — opens for homeless young adults on Capitol Hill

LIHI volunteers helping to assemble furniture for the new apartments (Image: LIHI)

A design rendering of 506 10th Ave E

Dozens of new neighbors are moving in just off Broadway.

The Low Income Housing Institute announced its 10th Ave E building, one of three under construction, market-rate Capitol Hill developments purchased last year by the city for affordable housing, has opened for leasing as “Permanent Supportive Housing” and began welcoming its first residents as February began.

“Buying a newly constructed building saved precious time during the pandemic to stand up critically needed PSH housing for homeless people,” LIHI executive director Sharon Lee said in a statement.

“We did not have to search for land, securing financing and wait for permits and construction to get completed. We saved three or more years,” Lee said.

Residents of the 10th Ave E building include people transitioning out of tiny houses, homeless young adults referred from the Seattle Indian Center, ROOTS, YouthCare, Urban League, REACH, and other agencies, and people exiting the Executive Pacific Hotel, one of two city-leased hotels utilized last year as a “shelter surge” effort to move more people out of encampments during the pandemic. The Executive Pacific shelter effort was slated to end last month.

LIHI said it was able to open the building thanks to a last minute push from volunteers coming in to help with finishing touches including assembling furniture for the building’s 36 studio units. Continue reading

Once notorious for its E Olive Way sign, Capitol Hill’s Amante Pizza has closed

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Capitol Hill’s Amante Pizza and Pasta has closed taking its relatively affordable pies and memories of its notorious flashing E Olive Way sign with it.

CHS reported here on the 2018 closure of the E Olive Way Amante to make way for an overhaul for a new pot shop.

It turned out, the restaurant’s outsized flashing electronic sign was also shut down and removed. Cannabis retailer Reef opened in the building later that year with downstairs neighbor La Rue Creperie and Espresso joining the mix in 2020. Continue reading

With planned fall openings, City of Seattle acquiring three Capitol Hill developments for homelessness housing — UPDATE

The City of Seattle announced Monday it is acquiring three nearly complete Capitol Hill developments to be turned into “new income- and rent-restricted housing” as part of a first round of acquisitions powered by millions of dollars of local, state, and federal funding.

CHS reported here on one of the developments part of the acquisition — a microhousing project on Boylston Ave E that had been teed up to include two of its 60 units under the city’s Mandatory Housing Affordability program.

The seven-story project is being acquired by the city and will be used to offer housing to “adults experiencing homelessness or at extreme risk of homelessness” and will be operated by the Low Income Housing Institute. Continue reading

What North Capitol Hill’s freeway lid will look like… in 2030

North Capitol Hill’s freeway lid will complement Montlake’s, but not until 2030

By Ryan Packer

With work well underway in Montlake adding a new freeway lid that will also sit under a newly reconstructed Montlake Boulevard, the Washington State Department of Transportation is still progressing forward with its plan to complete what it calls the “Rest of the West” projects. Earlier this year, WSDOT announced that the schedule for completion of the segment of 520 over Portage Bay and the accompanying freeway lid at East Roanoke Street would be delayed by a year, with the opening date pushed from 2029 to 2030.

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When North Capitol Hill’s freeway lid is complete at the end of this decade, it will completely remake the street grid around E Roanoke Street, providing bike and pedestrian connectivity that just doesn’t exist now and stitching the city back together a little. 10th Ave E and Delmar Drive E will be joined together by an open space lid almost as large as Roanoke Park to the north of it. Pathways on either side of the central green space will allow people walking or rolling to take shortcuts across the lid. Continue reading

No charges for shooter as alleged suspect killed in Capitol Hill armed robbery identified — UPDATE

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The 24-year-old shot dead at an E John bus stop early Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill has been identified but few details have been publicly released in the shooting as authorities complete their investigation and weigh any charges in the case.

The King County Medical Examiner’s office says the 24-year-old has been identified as Jayson Williams. Williams died early Tuesday after being shot in reported self defense during an attempted armed robbery at 10th and John.

Investigators say Williams died of multiple gunshot wounds. Arriving officers reported the 24-year-old down and shot in the stomach, according to East Precinct radio reports from the night. He was pronounced dead by the time he was taken to Harborview by Seattle Fire. A second male involved in the alleged stick-up reportedly fled on foot and was not injured by the gunfire. Continue reading