New Finch and Pine seasonal Pacific Northwest cafe seeks to achieve neighborhood ‘symbiosis’ on Bellevue Ave

A Finch and Pine marble rye tartine with housemade gravlax, cured with fennel seeds and fennel frans. A seasonal selection of tartines will always be on the cafe menu. (Image: Finch and Pine)

The close relationship between a bird and a tree is the inspiration behind Finch and Pine, the seasonal Pacific Northwest cafe set to open soon in the former Cafe Barjot space on Bellevue Ave.

Sara Moran has visions of the crystal finch living in a pine forest, eating pinecones, and spreading seeds for more trees.

“What we would like to be — a symbiotic relationship with the community, the farmers, the fishermen,” Moran says.

Along with partner Paolo Gentile who will handle the beer and wine end of things, Moran is planning a May 6th reopening of the space. CHS reported here on the decision from owner Wylie Bush to sell Barjot and focus his efforts on nearby Joe Bar.

With experience from her own food allergies, Moran wants the menu — centered around locally grown produce, and seafood, and as many locally forged items on the menu as possible — to be gracefully friendly to diners including pescatarian, vegetarian, and items that “just happen to be” vegan or gluten free. Continue reading

Seattle Fire battles blaze in Bellevue Ave lowrise lined up for redevelopment — UPDATE

UPDATE: An image from the blaze sent to CHS by a neighbor

Thanks to reader Mark for the pictures from the scene

A small apartment lowrise at Bellevue and Harrison destined for redevelopment as a six story, 20-unit residential building burned overnight on the western slope of Capitol Hill.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene around 4:21 AM to reports of smoke and flames coming from the two-story building. The fire was reported knocked down and under control just before 5 AM. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading

Plan for new City Market building: eight stories, mass timber, and a new home for the longtime Capitol Hill grocery — UPDATE

A rendering of the preferred design showing the proposed basic layout of the development (Image: Ennead Architects)

Plans spawned pre-pandemic for a mixed-use development to replace — and create a new home for — Capitol Hill’s City Market along with eight stories of new apartment and retail space just off E Olive Way will move forward Wednesday night with the “mass timber” project’s first pass through the Seattle design review process.

The review will be a test for Juno Residential, a San Francisco real estate startup launched only last summer with Apple and Tesla pedigree that is seeking to change the residential development market with mass production and pre-fabrication techniques. New York’s Ennead Architects is designing the project while Capitol Hill’s Board & Vellum has provided the landscape plan.

UPDATE 4/1/2021: Wednesday night, the review board agreed the project is ready to move forward in the city’s development permitting process. It will move on to its second and possible final review in coming months.

CHS first reported on the Bellevue Ave and E Olive Way development plans from local firm Barrientos Ryan for the property and early promises that City Market would remain in the mix in the fall of 2019.

Juno’s just revealed plans propose an eight-story, 102-unit timber apartment building with 6,200-square-feet of ground floor retail including a new home for City Market. Parking for two vehicles — presumably for City Market’s needs — is included in the proposal. Continue reading

911 | Police investigate Bellevue Ave stabbing

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  • Bellevue Ave stabbing: Seattle Police were investigating a stabbing at a Bellevue Ave apartment building early Monday morning. SPD and Seattle Fire were called to the address of the Belfiore Apartments in the 1700 block of Bellevue Ave just off E Olive Way around 12:30 AM after a man was reported stabbed in the leg, according to East Precinct radio updates. It was not clear what led up to the stabbing but police were looking for a female suspect in her 20s. One person was taken into custody but we haven’t yet confirmed if it was the suspect. The victim was reported as unconscious and was being treated by Seattle Fire. Continue reading

‘SPD activity’ shuts down area around E Olive Way — UPDATE

Police activity at a building near E Olive Way and Bellevue closed streets through the night into early Thursday morning.

All information on the situation at this point is preliminary and not yet confirmed by the Seattle Police Department. UPDATE: SPD confirmed that it took a suspect into custody after he allegedly threatened a neighbor with a knife inside an apartment building in the area.

Police had Bellevue Ave between E Olive Pl and E Pine shut during the hours-long response. Continue reading

Ghost Note’s next measure of Capitol Hill coffee: craft subtlety, no tipping, and Bellevue Ave’s first barista dress code

An up and coming player in Seattle’s craft coffee scene is bringing his take on the subtleties of a good brew to Capitol Hill.

“It’s really a simple kind of core idea with the coffee but we’re doing every little small thing we can to make it better,” Christos Andrews tells CHS about Ghost Note, the new multiroaster cafe set to take over the Bellevue Ave home of Broadcast Coffee.

Ghost Note is a tuneful reference to “a note that has rhythmic value but no musical value,” Andrews says, and a nod to the nuances his new venture will foster to help raise the cafe to a higher register of Seattle coffee culture. Custom mugs from a local ceramics maker, collared shirts and uniformed employees, no tipping, fresh herb and citrus garnishes, “an emphasis on housemade elements borrowed from craft bartending” — all will add to the accompaniment. Continue reading

Spaghetti Western — Hill’s first and possibly last pasta and BBQ joint — is closing

Just a little more than four months after reopening his Capitol Hill restaurant, Aleks Dimitrijevich has tapped out another classic goodbye message — this time in honor of his Spaghetti Western, the first and possibly last pasta and BBQ joint on Capitol Hill. Here’s his note posted Friday afternoon via Facebook:

And a good day to everyone :) i guess i’ll just make this short and sweet, maybe a touch of bitter to round things out, but such things are to be expected when things just dont seem to go the way you want them to.
i’m going to be closing this space down as Spaghetti Western so to speak. Tonight, tomorrow night and sunday brunch are going to be my last three official services here at the restaurant. five years of exhausting work, no vacations and no free time will suffice as reason enough…

a heartfelt thanks to all the friends and folks who came in and enjoyed round 2, hope you enjoyed everything! Continue reading

IHOP bandit strikes again — This time, target is Bellevue Ave quick mart

A man matching the description and modus operandi of the suspect who held up E Madison’s IHOP restaurant where he threatened that he had a gun early Friday morning has apparently pulled off another heist.

Police were searching Sunday morning for the bandit who again implied he had a gun in a midnight hold-up of J’s Quick Stop on Bellevue Ave just off E Pine.

The suspect description in the 1 AM Friday IHOP heist and the description of the thief in the midnight robbery at J’s are nearly identical — an older black male possibly in his 40s, heavyset, and bald. This time, he was sporting all grey sweats during the heist and was last seen running eastbound on Pine from the scene of the crime.

While a search for the suspect was not immediately successful, a person at the store said he had seen the man shopping at the market before.

Capitol Hill food+drink | Spaghetti Western serves up BBQ and noodles — with a wink


The maturation of the Capitol Hill food and drink scene includes enough weapons of modern marketing that it is often difficult to sort the hype. Some new projects launch in a massive cloud of buzz and attention. While others, for whatever reason, appear more quietly.

The arrival of Spaghetti Western on Capitol Hill has thrown the buzz machine for a loop. On one hand, it’s only Aleks Dimitrijevich’s re-concept of an existing venue. On the other — and this would be the trigger hand, gunslinger — Spaghetti Western is the embodiment of the latest ideas from a restauranteur who created one of the most popular, no-gimmick restaurants on Capitol Hill only to crumple it up and start fresh with a concept so out in the tumbleweeds, some people still think it’s a joke.

“There’s definitely some ‘wink wink’ in it,” Dimitrijevich told CHS this week as he reopened on Bellevue Ave for the first time since shutting down La Bete earlier this year.

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By the way, Capitol Hill’s The Sterling is also not a landmark

Screen-Shot-2014-08-18-at-7.40.53-AM-367x550The Sterling — the 1950s-era 323 Bellevue Ave E apartment complex CHS called the “anti-aPodment” for its design mimicing the privacy of a single family home environment — is not an official Seattle landmark.

The Landmark Preservation Board rejected the property from the city’s protection and monitoring program last month.

While landmark nomination activity in Seattle is often connected to pending sales and development plans, there are no records of any transactions or construction planning currently filed for the address.

The Sterling was completed in 1956 and named for original owner Sterling Taylor, “a Seattle attorney and polio survivor who worked as an advocate for people with disabilities,” according to the nomination. He and his wife, Frances Taylor, developed the property and managed the apartments until his death in 1972. In 2005 after a series of owners, Dan Chua bought the property for $1,050,000.