Having a drink at Captain Blacks on the patio is a real Capitol Hill summer tradition. On a slow, sunny afternoon, Matty the bartender — and drummer in the band Cat Toy, playing their first show October 19th at the Belltown Yacht Club — made a Gun Smoke, a concoction of his own design. Made with lime juice, a sugar cube, mezcal, Aperol, and muddled jalapeño, Matty calls the drink “spicy, bitter, sweet.” While peppery, the spice only hangs out for a second. A solid cocktail for a hot day.
I drank this on Capitol Hill is a semiregular photographic tour of some of Capitol HIll’s best cocktails and libations. Have a suggestion for something we should drink? Let us know in comments.
A year after The Reef won the race to bring legal pot to Capitol Hill’s western slope of E Olive Way, its neighborhood competition will finally begin construction on its new store.
Last week, the city’s planning department finally approved the construction permit for Uncle Ike’s “Capitol Hill West” shop, a project that will convert a former two-story legal office building neighboring The Crescent into E Olive Way’s second marijuana store.
Pot entrepreneur Ian Eisenberg paid more than $2 million for the two-story, 1967-era property in the fall of 2017 as a land rush for E Olive Way properties played out after shifting laws and policies opened up the street to I-502 pot development. Continue reading
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A scene from The Doctor’s Office pop-up (Image: Drivers Club)
The doctor is in and a small but loved E Olive Way restaurant that has been looking for an exit has a deal in hand. The prescription has been written for The Doctor’s Office, a new Japanese-inspired, compact 12-seat tasting room and bar with a yakitori takeout.
“Let’s see if we can create that environment where people end up in a conversation about what whiskey they’re drinking,” Matthew Powell, MD said as the first-time bar owner described some of the vision behind the new project that will team him with Seattle food and drink expert Keith Waldbauer, an outgrowth of the relationship the men started over pours when Waldbauer was part of the ownership at Liberty on 15th Ave E.
Blue Stone Bistro owner Chong Kim announced the closure Monday and set off speculation about the “high-end bar” set to replace the 2015-born Korean joint. Powell said he found out Blue Stone was available in a chance conversation over the counter with the owner of a nearby bar. A lunch meeting later a few months back, and Kim and The Doctor’s Office had a deal. Continue reading
You can still get a sandwich and a stiff drink at the corner of Harvard and E Olive Way but the bullshit is long gone.
“We don’t have any grand ideas,” Rose Temple co-owner Austin Polley tells CHS. “We know we’ll be whatever this neighborhood wants us to be.”
Debuting fully this week and inspired, in part, by the dearly departed Moon Temple bar in Wallingford, the new bar has sprung to life over the top of the financial wreckage left behind by the failed By the Pound speakeasy like the jungle-y plants that line its walls and the fruits that flavor its tropically boozed-up drinks.
“When you have a $20,000 budget, this is what you get.”
Rose Temple is a testament to reuse but not the kind that puts old auto row showrooms to use as fancy new Pike/Pine restaurants. Continue reading
The flag restored above The Crescent — “Hey homophobes! Less than 24 hours got that Pride flag up again lol! Yasss!!!” (Image: The Crescent)
The Pride flag is again flying above E Olive Way’s The Crescent after vandals targeted the dive bar’s queer banner over the weekend in what appears to be one of a handful of similar attacks across the city.
“Three cowardly men decided to shred our flag from in front of the Crescent!,” the bar posted Sunday morning after the vandalism. “If you think our freedoms and equality are not being challenged and threatened daily, think again!”
By Sunday night, a new flag was proudly flying again.
Security video posted from the bar shows a group of three males walk by the tavern in the early hours of June 16th and then stop with two of the suspects forming a base to boost the other up to reach the flag.
White Center gay bar The Lumber Yard also posted about a similar attack Sunday morning. 16th Ave SW’s The Swallow was also reportedly targeted. Continue reading
Part of the pitch for the “Capitol Hill Development Site” from JLL
A Capitol Hill land deal so large it takes multiple real estate industry rags to track down all the details has gone down, putting a block of commercial buildings and the home to a popular neighborhood event space along E Olive Way on the road to redevelopment.
The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and Puget Sound real estate industry chronicler The Registry have both reported portions of the deal that will put “half an acre” of Capitol Hill commercial property under the control of “Vancouver, Canada-based real estate investment and management company” Low Tide Properties. The registry tallies a price tag of $16.9 million for two of the “office buildings” while the DJC puts the complete deal at $21 million.
The “Capitol Hill Development Site” has been a prime target for investors after the large block of properties just off E Olive Way was brought to market for its longtime owners by the Jones Lang LaSalle firm. Continue reading
The delicious legacy of E Olive Way’s walk-up counter space continues. Yalla is now open.
CHS reported earlier this month on the transition of chef Taylor Cheney‘s popular Arabic pop-up concept into the latest food and drink start-up to make the counter next to the Montana bar its home. Continue reading
One person was reported shot in an incident involving Seattle Police on Melrose just south of E Olive Way,
Seattle Police were reporting one suspect was shot and down at the scene in a shooting involving at least three police officers, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. Seattle Fire was called to the scene just after 9:30 PM.
According to police radio, officers were called to the area minutes earlier Tuesday night to a report of a suicidal male armed with a gun. Continue reading
By the Pound created a financial mess — but good bones for a new bar
Life — especially Capitol Hill nightlife — finds a way. The fully built-out bar space where financially doomed speakeasy By the Pound
sputtered to an early death last year will spring back to life this April under new owners.
Rose Temple from two first time bar owners is set to rise from the court document-littered ashes on E Olive Way.
We don’t know much about the concept but Rose Temple is being opened by business partners Austin Polley and Benjamin Smith. Polley left as manager at Westward under Renee Erickson’s restaurant group last year. The bar’s new website touts a planned April opening. Continue reading