With plans for pot in background, Amante Pizza exits E Olive Way and Denny

CHS comes to bury Amante’s, not to praise them (Image: sparklingallison)

There is a casualty in the great E Olive Way pot land rush. Amante Pizza will no longer be operating its infamous, pulsating display sign at the corner of E Olive Way and Denny.

Calls to the Hill pizza joint reveal that it has shut down operations at its longtime home and is referring customers to delivery from its 10th Ave E location. We’re still trying to connect with ownership to find out more about the closure. Continue reading

Apartment dweller hit by drive-by bullet inside his Capitol Hill building

Seattle Police have released new details in what appears to have been a freak drive-by shooting incident on Capitol Hill early Sunday in which a man was hit by a bullet after hearing gunfire outside his E Denny Way apartment building

CHS reported on the incident over the Presidents Day weekend but SPD has now released its report on the strange shooting and the apartment dweller’s unlucky brush with a bullet.

As we previously reported, the victim told police he heard gunfire in the street below his apartment just after 1 AM and went to the window to see what was happening. As he turned, a bullet smashed through the glass and grazed his body, leaving a four inch-long wound along his rib cage:

“The bullet slug was embedded above the inside of the front door, approximately 1 inch above the door trim, and approximately 4 inches from the right side of the door,” police report. Continue reading

Police investigate Madison/Seneca stabbing — Plus, man grazed by bullet inside E Denny Way apartment

Police were looking for two suspects from a fight reported just before a man was found stabbed in the chest in an assault near Madison and Seneca early Sunday morning.

Police and Seattle Fire were at the scene across from Seattle University on the backside of Pike/Pine just before 2 AM where a man reported to be in his mid 20s had been stabbed. Police say the victim was conscious but was not able to provide a detailed description of his assailant.

A fight had been reported in the area near 12th and Madison shortly before the stabbing. UPDATE: A bulletin from Seattle U security reports that the stabbing apparently happened at 11th and Madison:

On February 18, 2018 at approximately 1:51 AM, the Seattle Police Department responded to the north side of the intersection at 11th Avenue and East Madison Street for reports of a physical fight involving a small group of individuals. As the police arrived, those involved in the incident began to clear from the area, away from campus. Police identified one person remaining at the scene who had been assaulted with a knife. The Seattle Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital.

Seattle Fire reports the victim was transported to Harborview in critical condition.

UPDATE x2: SPD confirms our details of the stabbing and says the stabbing victim asked a woman who found him bleeding from his injuries. The passerby called 911 and possibly saved the man’s life considering how much blood he was losing. Meanwhile, the victim’s condition meant he was unable to provide much information to arriving officers:

Detectives are reviewing security video that captured the initial altercation.

E Denny Way shooting
A man was grazed by a bullet inside an E Denny Way apartment in an early Sunday morning shooting reportedly involving gunfire from the street.

911 callers reported multiple shots fired just after 1 AM and police found at least one bullet casing in the street across from the Bonneville Apartments at 600 E Denny Way, according to East Precinct radio reports.

Police found the victim inside the building and a bullet hole in an apartment unit window. The man was treated by Seattle Fire for what was described as a grazing bullet wound. SFD described the victim’s injury as minor.

UPDATE: Police say the victim said he heard gunfire in the street below his apartment and went to the window to see what was happening. As he turned to walk away, a bullet smashed through the glass and apparently grazed his body. Police say they recovered the slug from the apartment unit.

A grey sedan was reported fleeing the area following the gunfire.

Seattle gang detectives were called to assist in the investigation.

UPDATE x2: Friends have posted about the incident on social media:

Sad about the ghosts of Capitol Hill? Ghost Gallery making best of lost lease

We’re just going to warn you right now. The end of any year typically brings a pulse of sad news as businesses new and businesses old lose or give up their place on Capitol Hill. With a boom economy, surging real estate market, and destructive capitalism coursing through Seattle’s veins, 2017 will probably be rough on your nostalgia.

Maybe we can all learn something from Hill business owner and Ghost Gallery founder Laurie Kearney. Her announcement of a lost lease and one final holiday season in the shop’s seven-year home was downright positive and hopeful: Continue reading

Big, smoky fire scorches old Capitol Hill ‘dog lounge’ building

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

(Image courtesy Ella Li)

The building formerly home to a Capitol Hill’s “dog lounge” burned Wednesday morning in a smoke-spewing fire that sent one woman to the hospital.

Seattle Fire was called to the intersection of E Denny and E Olive Way just before 8:30 AM and began to battle a blaze from inside and on the roof of the building. The fire was upgraded to a “two alarm” response to bring in additional crews.

Seattle Fire crews reported the fire was nearly under control by 9 AM but it continued to burn and create significant amounts of smoke.

Seattle Fire says one woman was taken to Harborview from the scene. According to radio dispatches, the woman was outside the building and suffered smoke inhalation. SFD reported the woman to be in stable condition.

The building was home to the Downtown Dog Lounge until it left this summer due to what the owner said were crime and landlord issues.

The large, single-story 1924-built auto row building and surrounding property is also home to In The Bowl, the Holy Smoke head shop, and an outlet of the Beyond Vape chain. The long-shuttered Apocalypse Tattoo and Bus Stop bar spaces have also been vacant in the building for years.

UPDATE 12:40 PM: SFD says investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the fire. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

Woman critically injured in E Denny Way apartment building fire

A resident trapped in the flames was rushed to the hospital in critical condition as crews battled a serious fire at the top of Capitol Hill’s more-than-90-year-old Roxborough Apartments building Friday afternoon.

Seattle Fire was called to the building in the 1700 block of E Denny Way just before 3:30 PM Friday and found the injured woman in the third floor apartment where the fire was believed to have started. The woman in her 60s was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Continue reading

Downtown Dog Lounge leaving Capitol Hill

Just as the plans for Capitol Hill’s first cat cafe are finally taking shape, one of its longest running canine-focused businesses is getting ready to move out.

The Downtown Dog Lounge has been getting its furry clients ready for the big change on E Denny Way for a while now but officially announced its planned departure this week after 10 years on Capitol Hill: Continue reading

Dino’s Tomato Pie baking plan for new music venue below E Olive Way

Dino’s Tomato Pie is kind of like a Denny at E Olive Way time machine. Its next stop is a small start in reversing the neighborhood’s trend of restaurant concepts and developments pushing out the last vestiges of the Capitol Hill music scene.

“One, I like the idea of anti-gentrification, where small music venues are closing, we can actually add something,” Brandon Pettit tells CHS about a project he hopes will eventually create a new music and events venue at Dino’s.

Two, Pettit has a Dino’s-sized underground level to work with below the bustling pizza joint. Continue reading

Pedestrian hit by driver at Denny and Bellevue

(Image: SDOT)

(Image: SDOT)

A person crossing the street near Denny and Bellevue was struck by a driver and sent to the hospital after being thrown to the pavement Tuesday night.

First responders arrived at the corner on Denny’s steep climb just before 9:30 PM to find a female pedestrian down on the pavement after being struck at the busy intersection.

The female victim was first reported to have suffered serious injuries prompting a large emergency response but a SFD spokesperson said she was hurt less seriously than first thought, characterizing her injuries as “minor” — though the woman’s injuries were serious enough to require treatment at Harborview.

Seattle Police officers were at the scene to assist with traffic and investigate the crash. Denny was closed in both directions during the response. We’ve asked SPD for any details on the investigation and will update if we learn more about the incident.

UPDATE: CHS has confirmed that two people walking together were struck in the collision. We’re told both were injured in the crash but fortunately only one required a trip to the emergency room.