The COVID-19 crisi has claimed Capitol Hill’s Barca, a bar that managed to survive multiple editions of Pike/Pine’s rapid mutations. That stubborn sense of righteousness did the bar in, longtime manager Dan Carlisle tells CHS.
“We didn’t want to open in a pandemic,” Carlisle said.
With state and local officials warning that the spread of the virus has again reached levels that will soon overwhelm the area’s health systems, and people being asked to mark the Thanksgiving holiday alone, does it make sense to keep Capitol Hill’s bars and restaurants open?
Carlisle said the management at the 11th Ave bar considered “50 different ways” to reopen but none made financial or moral sense. Continue reading →
Chophouse Row is hosting outdoor music sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 6 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 1 pm through Labor Day — wear a mask! (Image: CHS)
As its Capitol Hill and its businesses and restaurants reopen, one of its most innovative developments is also finding new ways to be a safe part of people’s lives as they slowly venture back out to enjoy some neighborhood shopping, food, and drink. Chophouse Row is introducing a new restaurant and a new Capitol Hill temporary dining street as it joins the neighborhood’s reopening.
“In these tough times we are excited to work with amazing business owners, growers, makers, chefs, fitness experts and local musicians to support customer needs in a safe and responsible way”, said Chophouse Row developer Liz Dunn. “We’re growing and adapting as things quickly change, while also creating ways to support our community.”
The preservation, office space, retail, and food and drink development announced its newest food and drink venture will open next month as Chophouse tenants are also working together to create the neighborhood’s latest food and drink-friendly street closure for outdoor dining on 11th Ave south of E Pike.
Owner Eli Dahlin and his business partners Ezra Wicks, Will Mason, and Salomon Navarro are sure to surprise with their carefully curated food and drink offerings. The restaurant is set to open early September, with plenty of outdoor seating in the Chophouse Row courtyard. Their operating hours will be 12pm-11pm, 5 days per week.
Sibling wine shop Wide Eyed Wines has already opened offering “sustainably grown, small production wines from around the world.” Continue reading →
A victim in Tuesday morning’s shooting incidents is loaded in an ambulance at 11th and Denny (Thanks to a CHS reader for the image)
Seattle Fire took one person to the hospital and a possible second shooting victim was rushed by private vehicle to Harborview as Tuesday began with another bout of gun violence on the edges of the Capitol Hill protest camp at Cal Anderson.
Seattle Police confirmed they were responding to a shooting at 11th and Denny early Tuesday and confirmed one person had been shot and taken to the hospital. UPDATE: SPD has posted a brief on the incident saying the victim is a man in his 30s who was not cooperative with police and provided no details of what led to the shooting. SPD says it does not know if there was a second victim.
According to Seattle Police radio updates, police were called to the area on the north end of Cal Anderson near residential apartment buildings around 4:45 AM. After staging for about five minutes to gather enough officers to enter the area of the protest camp, police reported finding a man who had been shot screaming on the northwest corner of 11th and Denny. Continue reading →
Slowly but surely, the area around Capitol Hill is becoming an easier place to ride a bike. The area’s bicycle-focused hangouts have also grown and, apparently, prospered. One venture in the heart of Pike/Pine has now cycled from a small shop tucked away on an upper floor above 11th Ave to the heart of Chophouse Row, and, now, an expansion in the development’s mix of food, drink, and retail.
Chophouse bike cafe Good Weather is expanding by 100%.
“Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is doubling in size at the end of February and adding space to both the full-service bike shop and the cafe/bar,” co-owner Brandon Waterman said in an an announcement on the expansion. “We’ll warmly continue serving our delicious breakfast tacos as well as ramp up our beer selection, add seating for events and groups, and showcase a larger curated selection of bicycles and parts.” Continue reading →
The first full work week of 2020 will include new offices kicking into motion for the first time above the streets of Pike/Pine in a project many thought would never survive WeWork’s tumultuous 2019.
WeWork Capitol Hill is set to officially debut as the company’s newest Seattle facility Monday, January 6th officials confirmed with CHS this week.
The opening will continue a string of activity for WeWork in the area. Its Ballard location — a more modest, two-floor affair above a development that also added a Target to the neighborhood, opened last week.
Late last year, news spread that the preservation-boosted Kelly Springfield office building hoped to bring more jobs to Capitol Hill and help spark more daytime activity in Pike/Pine would have one gargantuan tenant — global coworking powerhouse, WeWork.
With construction on the building nearly complete, the finishing touches being put on its restored but still representative auto row-era facade, and the streetscape and rainbows restored, the company’s newest Seattle office-space location is nearly ready to offer up its first “hot desk.” When it does, want-to-be Pike/Pine workers will find five stories of dedicated WeWork space including “light-filled lounges, modern conference rooms, and sleek private offices” and some of the rapidly growing companies newest features like the Made by We store.
WeWork representatives haven’t responded to our inquiries about opening plans but the new facility is accepting sign-ups for tours and workspaces. Last year, the company said to expect workers to arrive “by late summer.” Continue reading →
Roxy is a newer addition to 11th Ave’s Pettirosso. Working as a bartender since June, they are already adding drinks to the menu. While new to Pettirosso, Roxy has plenty of Hill experience — at First Hill’s Hideout and Vito’s.
When Roxy isn’t developing new cocktails, they work as an artist, both as a costume designer, and, recently, as a woodworker. Continue reading →