A busy new center of food and drink activity in the middle of the Pike/Pine nightlife and entertainment district is not a restaurant you can visit. Instead, they bring “homemade” food to you.
Shef, a startup with an Airbnb-like platform for home cooked meals, as Forbes put it, is busy on 10th Ave.
“Many of the “shefs” in Seattle cook out of local commercial kitchens and drop their food off at our drop-off locations. Our primary drop-off location in Seattle is currently the one on 10th Ave,” a company spokesperson tells CHS. Continue reading →
Seattle Police are investigating after a fire was intentionally set inside a four-story apartment building under construction near 10th and Roy Monday night.
Seattle Fire says its investigators ruled the just before 10:30 PM fire incendiary and say it was set intentionally in the interior of the building under construction just north of where Broadway jogs to become 10th Ave E.
SFD was able to knock down the flames but not before an estimated $4,000 in damage to the structure. Continue reading →
The St. Nicholas building, north of the cathedral (Image: St. Mark’s)
By Jethro Swain
A major gift is helping an important Capitol Hill spiritual community shape the future of its 10th Ave E home.
This fall, Capitol Hill’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral was donated full ownership of the St. Nicholas school building by the Laura Ellen and Robert Muglia Family Foundation. The property is worth $8.4 million according to the latest county appraisal.
The St. Nicholas building, adjacent the church and purchased from the Cornish College of Arts in an LLC partnership by Saint Mark’s and the Muglia Foundation in 2003, is primarily used by two independent schools, the Bright Water Waldorf School and Gage Academy of Arts, but is also a hub for a variety of nonprofits in the community. Continue reading →
The St. Nicholas building (Image: The Bright Water School)
There could someday be more than housing for more than the Maker at St. Mark’s Cathedral but any possible changes are still years off as the congregation of Saint Mark’s is beginning considerations of what to do with a signature part of its 10th Ave E campus, the St. Nicholas building. A consultant has recommended changing the building into a multi-family residential development.
The building at 1501 10th Ave E, just north of the cathedral proper, is home to the Gage Academy of Art and the Bright Water Waldorf School. Both of these schools have leases that run through 2023, and the church is in the early phases of deciding what to do with the building when those leases run out.
Even though the consultants have made a recommendation, the Very Rev. Steven Thomason, dean and rector of St. Mark’s stressed that the church is still weighing its options, and that nothing is happening in the immediate future.
“We are not making any decision, any time soon, about what to do with the building,” he said.
The church’s involvement in the property stretches back to 2003. At the time, St. Mark’s and a group called the Willow Trust purchased the building from then-owner Cornish with an eye toward converting it into a parish life center. The church wasn’t ready to move forward with the life center at the time, and so they began renting it out (technically subleasing it, since the building is officially owned by an LLC made up of the church and the trust and then leased to the church) to Gage and Bright Water.
Now the members of the Willow Trust, who have thus far remained anonymous, are granting full ownership of the building to the church. So, the church is beginning consideration of what it will do with the property. Continue reading →
Since March, Capitol Hill has been without access to perhaps its greatest retail asset — the busy shelves of the Elliott Bay Book Company. Elliott Bay turned its business on a dime earlier this year providing online and curbside service to readers even as COVID-19 restrictions required it to close the store to customers.
Now the favorite book shop is back with a big first step in fully reopening.
“We are ready to open our doors to you again!,” the retailer announced Wednesday afternoon. “We are limiting the number of people in the store, so if you’d like to be sure to get in, schedule an appointment.” Continue reading →
The horse racing-themed Hot Tip is considered the granddaddy of solid-state pinball machines
Williams Electronics is credited with creating the first mass-market pinball machine with solid-state technology. The microprocessors introduced more complicated play including lighting effects, sound, and speech. A new pinball arcade bar dedicated to honoring those silicon roots is being readied to flip flip, ding ding in the heart of Pike/Pine by this summer.
“It was the first time that things became software computerized,” Joe Ricci tells CHS. He and a group of fellow first time bar owners are hard at work shaping Solid State, a new arcade, drinking, and Cup Noodles venue being planned for 10th Ave in the Jack building between Pike and Union.
The pinball wiz… no, we won’t do it… expert Ricci already supplies some of your favorite games on the Hill at the Raygun Lounge. He hopes for Solidstate to add to the arcade community already on Capitol Hill with a connoisseur-level collection of games and by taking a craftsman’s approach to the machines with the highest level of fine tuning, maintenance, and repair. Continue reading →
Growing up in Guadalajara, Angelica Villasenor was the only one of her seven siblings who hated to cook. When Villasenor’s father opened a Mexican restaurant in Kent and asked her and her siblings to help out, she secured a bartending position and let her siblings take care of the cooking roles. Now, her Capitol Hill restaurant D’ La Santa is getting ready to begin its third year of business with an expansion plan that will put that bartending experience to good use.
D’ La Santa is getting ready to add a new catty-cornered bar and six-table patio to its 10th Ave E location. Along with the bar comes an addition of authentic Mexican cocktails and new food items including handmade traditional and green tortillas made with Poblano peppers.
“Finally we have a restaurant that tastes like Mexico,” Villasenor said.
During the decade Villasenor’s father’s restaurant grew, so did Villasenor’s love for cooking. Eventually in 2016 Villasenor considered opening a restaurant of her own in the city, but she didn’t have the money, a location or professional training as a chef. Now, after opening two years ago next month, Villasenor’s authentic Mexican restaurant D’ La Santa in Capitol Hill is expanding. Continue reading →
There’s a wave of new housing coming south of Capitol Hill. 12th and Yesler will be home to around 279 new units.
Projects creating around 550 new homes along 10th and 12th Ave will come in front of the East Design Review Board Wednesday night. All will be built well south of Capitol Hill, part of the massive changes coming around Yesler Terrace.
The 12th and Yesler project from the real estate investors at Northwest Builders Finance could take its final bow in front of the board while Vulcan’s latest project in the neighborhood at 1000 E Yesler returns for its second try before moving onto the final recommendation phase. Continue reading →
An image of the papered over Estate on 10th Ave from the court filings
In 2017 when CHS first reported on the arrival of the club-focused 1923 Management and F2T Hospitality company offices on E Olive Way, a plan for a new ambitious speakeasy-style bar in the neighborhood also included a twin fashion retail venture’s move to the Hill.
With the shuttered By the Pound now embroiled in a $75,000 lawsuit over unpaid rent, it turns out paying the bills is also an issue for the fashion end of things on Capitol Hill for the companies involved.
According to King County Superior Court records filed in October, the company behind Estate — “a home for international streetwear/contemporary menswear. Brands: Estate, Represent, Knomadik, En Noir, Stampd La, Chapter, I Love Ugly & much more” planned but now shuttered in the new Modera building on 10th Ave — owed around three months in in unpaid rent for the Pike/Pine shop. Continue reading →