COVID-19 closures and a few hopes of new locations: Little Neon Taco, By Tae, Drizzle and Shine, and more

With word of a sad closing on First Hill — and some good news about some return visits planned for Capitol Hill — here are a few area COVID-19 crisis closures to catch up on.

  • Little Neon Taco: Even the lower rent from a reduced footprint couldn’t save the Boren favorite from small space master Monica Dimas. The three-year-old fixed-space home for her Neon Tacos is no more. Dimas announced the closure and said to watch for Little Neon Tacos at E Pike natural wine bar turned temporary COVID-19 era natural wine shop La Dive. “We are so grateful for the support of our friends and neighbors during this time,” Dimas writes. “We know that this year has been hard on everyone and while we are sad to be leaving our current location, we’re excited to partner with La Dive to keep doing what we do best: feeding good people good food.” Continue reading

Serious crashes on major arterials in Capitol Hill, Central District and First Hill area up from 2018, long road to Vision Zero, SDOT data shows

In April, a car seriously injured a bicyclist at the intersection of 24th Ave E and E Madison. A few months later, a driver was severely hurt in a crash just a couple of hundred feet up the street, on the intersection of 23rd Ave E and E John St.

The locations of these two crashes don’t just point to the places where lives were wrecked. They also offer a first glimpse into the traffic pain points on Capitol Hill, which have clustered on and near Madison in the first six months of 2019, data from the Seattle Department of Transportation show. The Seattle Times first reported on the data.

The two crashes are among the 98 serious or fatal collisions that happened in the first half of 2019. Ten people were killed in traffic. 88 were seriously injured, of which six on Capitol Hill, four on First Hill and eight in the Central District (including a sliver south of I-90). The dataset showed no fatalities in these neighborhoods in the first half of this year.

One important caveat, per SDOT: The data the department provided are preliminary. Usually, there’s a “pretty rigorous auditing process” in which SDOT works with officials from the Seattle Police Department, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Patrol and hospitals to review and filter out discrepancies for a report that comes out at year-end, SDOT said.

Still, the data provides a glimpse into Seattle’s long road to Vision Zero, its plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030, and problem zones for Capitol Hill, the Central District and First Hill, particularly on or near arterials.

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Police make quick arrest after reported First Hill kidnapping attempt — UPDATE

Police arrested a convicted drug dealer only days from when he had been ordered to begin his “community work program” after a reported attempted kidnapping of a child at a Boren Ave apartment building Saturday night.

According to police, the child’s father called 911 just before 10 PM Saturday to report the attempted kidnapping by a stranger. Police say the man told officers that the child had been playing outside at the apartment building in the 100 block of Boren Avenue “when an unknown man walked up to the child, picked him up, and began to run away.” Continue reading

Little Neon Taco: a different take on the Dimas Model on First Hill

Monica Dimas

Little Neon Taco is not created under the Dimas Model — small, stylish, and pop-up light. For one, it’s not little. For two, it’s not inside somebody else’s bar. And for three, it’s on First Hill.

For four, there’s another element: The food is typically delicious and relatively affordable.

Monica Dimas’s newest creation is now open on Boren just off E Madison. It’s related to its original sister Neon Taco born inside Broadway’s Nacho Borracho — but, in this case, little sister is the big girl. With a big space and an emphasis on lunch, Little Neon is another step into daylight hours for Dimas who is ready to become a mother for the first time.

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One injured as car flips in Boren crash — UPDATE: DUI

Witnesses said a car appeared to veer out of its lane and strike another before flipping on its roof in a crash on Boren just north of Pike early Tuesday evening.

Seattle Fire responded to the “heavy rescue” response just before 7:30 PM and found a small sedan on its roof in the northbound lane of Boren with its driver still inside. The responding crews were able to quickly remove the driver from the vehicle. The male in his late 20s was transported to the hospital in stable condition, according to SFD.

Police at the scene took witness statements and pieced together a series of collisions reportedly involving the car that eventually flipped. Witnesses said the car appeared to veer out of its lane as it traveled on Boren, striking another car headed in the other direction, and flipping. A 911 caller reported that a car matching the description of the flipped vehicle and been involved in a nearby hit and run just before the crash.

There did not appear to be any other significant injuries involved with the crash.

Police closed the area to traffic during the response and to make way for removal of the flipped car.

UPDATE 12/6/2017 9:25 AM: Police tell CHS the driver of the flipped car was arrested for DUI but was still hospitalized as of Wednesday morning with non-life threatening injuries. According to SPD, officers determined that the suspect’s Honda FIT had struck two vehicles before it rolled over onto its roof. The suspect vehicle had struck a car at Minor/Pike then drove away from the scene westbound before striking the second vehicle. The suspect driver, a 42-year-old man, was pinned inside his car until SFD was able to remove him. The collision investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence. Police confirm the occupants in the other cars were not injured.

Police search for masked, hard-hatted suspect after Pike Grocery hold-up

Police searched lower Pike/Pine and a still snow-patched Freeway Park Monday afternoon after a hold-up at the nearby Pike Grocery.

According to East Precinct dispatches, the masked suspect entered the small grocery at Pike and Boren around 4:20 PM, told the cashier he had a gun, and demanded cash — reportedly he asked for only tens and twenties.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s or 30s with a thin build and wearing a hard hat, a white face mask, and a bright green and black construction jacket. He was last seen leaving the store on foot, headed east.

While the suspect said he was armed, no gun was displayed, according to police radio.

CHS Pics | Concerts at the Columns at the base of Capitol Hill

Last Friday night between the rushing rivers of cars along Pike and Boren above and I-5 below, the Concert at the Columns series got back into the swing of things for another summer of free music in Plymouth Pillars Park. Wander by this Friday for more tunes with David Deleon.

The neighborhood’s parks have sprung fully into life — and not just as Pokestops. Here are a few more ways to enjoy parks on and around Capitol Hill this week including free music in Volunteer Park, the grand opening celebration of Broadway Hill, a dog party in First Hill Park, and a community event to check out the ideas for the Summit pavement park: Continue reading