Aloha means goodbye: Capitol Hill’s Marination Station announces permanent closure as Seattle’s catering business dries up

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Marination Station, the first foothold in what may have been Capitol Hill’s most successful blossoming of a food truck into Seattle brick and mortar street food empire, is shutting down after nearly a decade of business above Pike and Broadway.

“Our team was small and mighty as was that store,” Kamala Saxton tells CHS about the decision to permanently close the longest running fixed-place location in the Marination food and drink family.

Saxton says the Station, while known to neighbors and weekend nightlife visitors as a place for fast Hawaiian-Korean style chow, also was the company’s catering core with the busy kitchen supplying lunches for Seattle’s voracious corporate appetites. As catering opportunity has all but disappeared in the city, Saxton said it didn’t make sense to keep the Station open. Continue reading

About that early Saturday morning gunfire you heard on Capitol Hill… — UPDATE

If there is truly a staffing issue at Seattle Police and in the East Precinct, it wasn’t evident early Saturday morning after a bout of nighttime gunfire drew a small army of officers and ended with at least four people cuffed and in custody.

Five or so gunshots reportedly rang out across Pike/Pine just before 3 AM from the area near the Harvard Market parking lot. Police had already been responding to a large fight disturbance in the Broadway Mud Bay parking lot when East Precinct radio dispatches reported the firearm activity nearby. Continue reading

Capitol Hill smoke? Arson investigation after semi fire behind Harvard Market QFC — UPDATE

Seattle Police are investigating after a reported arson fire set a semi truck’s load ablaze on Harvard behind the Broadway at Pike QFC.

The incident began just before 8:30 AM as the truck was in the area for a grocery delivery to the nearby Bartell’s. According to East Precinct radio reports, police were interviewing at least one witness who saw a person acting suspiciously in the area.

According to Seattle Fire radio dispatches, the driver was unloading a delivery outside the QFC and returned to find someone had apparently set the contents of the trailer on fire. Continue reading

Dead Stock wants to make Capitol Hill center of Seattle’s designer sneaker consignment scene

You might have seen the long lines of hopeful shoppers queued up around Pike/Pine in the past week outside Likelihood and BAIT. They were hoping to get their hands — but not their feet — on a pair of Sean Wotherspoon-designed Nike Air Max shoes.

We don’t know why. But we do know you don’t want to wear those shoes if you’re hoping to make a buck in the collectors market. Discerning collectors don’t want your worn, stinky sneakers. They want never touched, never tried-on dead stock.

“I’m what the city has been missing,” the mostly modest but occasionally boastful Parris Johnson tells CHS about the next step for his growing sneaker fashion venture. Johnson’s Dead Stock sneaker consignment shop is planned to be open by summer above Broadway and Pike. Continue reading

Flying above Broadway, Ooink ramen shop is now open

14581326_187921664949611_3091621270873695299_nAdd another fall opening to the Broadway list. Little Ooink has been open for a few weeks above Broadway and Pike in the northeast corner of the Harvard Market shopping center. It’s a worthy new neighbor to Marination Station in providing fast but satisfying and relatively affordable chow.

CHS first told you about the ramen shop taking over the Harvard Market space back in August as we tallied the 2016 food and drink openings still to come around the Hill. “This one is our first restaurant,” Jiaxin Wang told CHS about the restaurant that showcases the creations of her husband, chef Chong Boon Ooi. “He’s been working for other people but now we can be on our own.” Continue reading

Harvard Market will work with SPD to keep parking lot free of troublesome weekend crowds


The entrance to Harvard Market’s troublesome parking lot (Image: CHS)

The owners of a Capitol Hill parking lot at the center of a string of recent shootings have agreed to restrict access to the property and work with police to keep the Harvard Market shopping center clear of late night weekend crowds, the neighborhood’s chamber of commerce announced Monday.

According to the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce announcement, Harvard Market ownership will be “enforcing a parking lot closure” on Friday and Saturday nights:

Working in close partnership, the property owners and Seattle Police Department will be enforcing a parking lot closure on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. to any person without a valid residential permit. In addition, no trespassing rules and towing regulations will be enforced between these times.

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Man found stabbed outside Harvard Market QFC

A man was found stabbed and bleeding outside Capitol Hill’s Harvard Market QFC early Sunday morning.

Seattle Fire and police were called to the scene just before 4 AM to a report of a male with multiple stab wounds to his arms outside the Harvard entrance to QFC near the upper parking lot, according to radio dispatches. Arriving medics found the man in his 20s with several puncture wounds and a deep laceration to his arms. He was rushed to Harborview for further treatment.

Police were investigating the incident and working to determine where the stabbing occurred. According to SPD dispatches, police were looking in the area of the parking lot near the Knights of Columbus building on Union a few blocks from where the victim was found. There was no suspect information broadcast and no immediate arrests.

Police were busy on Harvard for the second night this weekend. Early Saturday morning, police investigated gunfire in the parking lot above the QFC.

Perpetually broken Harvard Market escalator to be replaced (with stairs)

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(Image: CHS)

Harvard Market shopping center developer Morris Groberman has had enough.

“Truly sad, but economically we could not keep it in operation; every time we fixed it, it was destroyed / vandalized,” Groberman tells CHS about his decision to finally kill off the notoriously broken escalator on the northeast corner of the shopping center at Broadway and Pike.

CHS looked at the history of the Harvard Market development here in 2010. Built as an old-school, parking lot-focused shopping center in the mid-90s, the project continues to be home to a mix of national and regional chains and local independents above a giant grocery store. And, for much of that time, the Harvard Market escalator has been unable to perform its duties of delivering shoppers up and down from the corner of Broadway and Pike.

This time, the fix will be permanent. Harvard Market will spend $160,000 changing the escalator to a staircase, according to a permit filed with the city. Groberman said yet another costly repair — $20,000 — and immediate return to broken status for the troubled escalator was the last straw.

In spring of 2012, we asked Groberman why the escalator connecting the sidewalk to the center’s upper level of stores and parking was always broken:

“We’ve spent a quarter of a million — $250,000 — repairing the escalator and the elevator,” Harvard Market partner Morris Groberman tells CHS. “Just when we think we have them fixed…” Groberman trails off. ”They’re very sensitive escalators.”