When it is finally reborn, Capitol Hill’s Coastal Kitchen will be a changed restaurant with plans for another 30 years on 15th Ave E

In 1937, the building was home to Mrs. B’s Electric Bakery — Seattle Before and After

When Coastal Kitchen finally reopens after having been shuttered since its abrupt closure after a driver smashed his car through the entrance in May, much more will have changed than the front door at the nearly 30-year-old restaurant.

“The car was an opportunity,” restaurant spokesperson Robyn Nielsen tells CHS. “The car allowed us to stop, revalue, and see the potential of what we can do and plan for the next 10, 15, 20 years. I don’t think we could have continued with the same.”

The May crash followed on the heels of the pandemic in both revealing the challenges of business for the 15th Ave E restaurant and providing the opportunity to change.

“There will be no more diner-y vibes of the past,” Nielsen said.

Nielsen said a “rebrand” of the 1993-born restaurant will keep the name and the core spirit of fresh seafood but hone in on the strongest aspects of Coastal Kitchen’s future — an “elevated” dinner experience with weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Continue reading

Residents of Capitol Hill’s La Quinta fought to have their building saved — Now they’re getting a new La Quinta building behind the old one

(Image: Viva La Quinta/Jesse L. Young)

While residents at one historic Capitol Hill apartment building are calling for their building to be saved from market forces that will likely bring costly upgrades and higher rents, tenants at another “saved” landmark building are going to get new neighbors.

Early filings with the city this summer show plans for a new twin apartment building taking shape to join the landmark-protected La Quinta apartments at 17th and Denny.

According to the early paperwork, developer DEP Homes is preparing a plan to demolish a set of old houses that have served a range of capacities from duplex and up over the years to make way for a new apartment building on the land behind the Frederick Anhalt-designed La Quinta and its clay tile roof, its dozen two-story apartments, and its large central Mediterranean Revival courtyard. Continue reading

No serious injuries reported as driver smashes into Coastal Kitchen — UPDATE

(Image: CHS)

The driver was in custody and there were no serious injuries reported after his small sedan ripped into the front of Capitol Hill’s Coastal Kitchen Tuesday night, destroying the entrance to the restaurant.

Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were called to the 400 block of 15th Ave E scene just before 7:15 PM to a report the driver had either swerved or intentionally rammed into the mid-block restaurant. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s boutique consignment shops were some of its first small biz pandemic victims — Now, Creature ready to open on 15th Ave E

 

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Creature, coming soon to 15th Ave E (Image: CHS)

By Hannah Saunders

After meeting in Portland while working for a consignment shop six years ago, Cybele Phillips and Emily Schikora moved back to Seattle where they reconnected and began discussing the possibility of opening their own shop.

By last December, the pair laid out sturdy plans for a new Capitol Hill consignment shop — Creature — which will open its 15th Ave E doors to the public on June 1.

“We were ready to jump because we thought about it hypothetically for so long,” Schikora said.

Schikora and Phillips found the perfect space at 415 15th Ave E where Superb Cleaners had gone out of business during the pandemic and pounced at the opportunity.

“The space was kind of a blank canvas, which was really exciting,” said Phillips. “It was literally just a concrete box the first time we saw it, and there were so many possibilities in terms of what to do with the actual space.”

Phillips said the large space allowed Creature to expand into menswear and to create a fluid experience for movement, rather than having shoppers feeling confined to a men’s or women’s section.

Phillips said that the Capitol Hill neighborhood was where they wanted Creature to be. Phillips moved to Seattle from the east coast in 2001, was in Portland for a short time, then moved back to Seattle; during her time living in Seattle, she has been on Capitol Hill.

“I just thought the business would fit really well here, and I feel like this kind of shopping experience is really lacking in Capitol Hill right now, too,” said Phillips. Continue reading

Victim in Saturday stabbing homicide identified — 2nd Capitol Hill homeless man murdered this month

 

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Caradonna

Saturday, Jonathan Caradonna was stabbed and killed on 13th Ave E — the second man living homeless on the streets around Capitol Hill to be murdered in March.

Tuesday afternoon, the King County Medical Examiner officially identified the 32-year-old. Cause of death: multiple stab wounds. Manner of death: homicide.

Seattle Police say Caradonna died Saturday after he was found that morning in an apartment building doorway along the 100 block of 13th Ave E where he staggered and could be heard yelling for assistance after the attack. Police have released no suspect information and announced no arrests. Police were reported checking the area around a nearby 7-11 where a male had been in a possible mental crisis previous to the incident and were also on the search for a greyhound puppy reported missing by the victim. Continue reading

Man dies after found stabbed on 13th Ave E — UPDATE: Homicide investigation

Seattle Police say a person found Saturday morning in the 100 block of 13th Ave E with a stab wound suffered life threatening injuries.

UPDATE 5:55 PM: SPD says the man has died of his injuries and are asking for anybody with information to help the investigation by calling the tip line at 206-684-5300.

UPDATE 3/21/2022 10:30 AM: SPD says there remains very limited information they can share about the investigation at this point but a spokesperson said it is believed the man was attacked and stabbed and that the injury was likely not the result of accident or self-inflicted. The incident does not appear to have been a robbery though a dog reportedly belonging to the victim was not immediately found.

According to SPD and East Precinct radio reports, the male victim was reportedly seen around 8:30 AM running down the street before collapsing in a doorway where he was treated by Seattle Fire and rushed to the hospital. Police say he had been heard yelling for assistance. Continue reading

After 46 years, The Canterbury’s Capitol Hill reign is ending

 

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The Canterbury of the time of Capitol Hill’s knights and dragons is long past. It is time to put the legend to rest.

After 46 years as a neighborhood tavern, the Canterbury is making plans to close in a deal that will transform the longtime dive turned alehouse into a new restaurant with new owners.

No date has been announced for last service at the 15th and Mercer pub but staff have begun informing patrons. Owner Ryan Lewis said earlier this year that a deal was in the works and the new ownership has declined to comment until the transaction is closed in coming weeks. Continue reading

Suddenly a flashpoint in mayor’s new response to Seattle homelessness, Capitol Hill’s Seven Hills Park to be cleared of encampment Thursday — UPDATE

Groups of residents and protesters awaited a Friday night tour of Seven Hills planned with city officials. Public safety director Andrew Myerberg met privately with a smaller group, instead.

The notices went up Tuesday at the park. Thanks to a neighbor for the picture.

The city has posted notice that Capitol Hill’s Seven Hills Park will be cleared of tents and belongings Thursday as Mayor Bruce Harrell’s office says it is responding to concerns following months of complaints from neighbors about tents and disorder in the 16th Ave at E Howell park.

Officials say they requested “that outreach efforts at Seven Hills Park intensify” in advance of the Thursday sweep.

“At the beginning of this week, city staff observed 12 tents, and outreach has identified eight individuals residing at this location long-term,” a Seattle Parks spokesperson said.

Officials say the effort had resulted in two referrals to “24/7 enhanced shelter” — “outreach is ongoing and those remaining onsite will all receive offers of shelter prior to an encampment removal,” the spokesperson said.

UPDATE 2/17/2022 9:30 AM: The clearance is underway:

The sweep follows months of complaints from residents in nearby buildings about camping in the park that began at the height of the pandemic with the number of tents ebbing and flowing along with clearances at other nearby parks spaces including Cal Anderson, Williams Place, and Miller Playfield. Continue reading

Early design for Capitol Hill Safeway development gets review board OK

A view of the basic massing proposal for the project. With Wednesday’s approval, the development is on track for a review of its final design plan later this year (Image: Weber Thompson)

It probably won’t take three years of design review to approve the redevelopment of the Capitol Hill Safeway. Wednesday night, the East Design Review Board agreed the project to create two new five-story buildings including a 50,000-square-foot grocery, about market rate 400 apartment units, some new, smaller retail spaces, and an underground parking lot for about 350 cars should move forward in the city’s public development process, signing off on the early design proposal in a more than three hour meeting.

CHS reported here on the design proposal from developer Greystar and architect Weber Thompson for the project that will replace the single story grocery and large surface parking lot currently resident on the 15th and John site. The early plans showed two residential buildings rising along the 15th Ave E side of the project mixed with first-floor commercial spaces separated from the grocery by an internal plaza. Continue reading

24 units planned for 14th and Howell

Wednesday night will bring an opportunity for public feedback on the design proposal for a new, 50,000-square-foot grocery store, about market rate 400 apartment units, some new, smaller retail spaces, and an underground parking lot for about 350 cars on the 15th Ave site of the Capitol Hill Safeway.

It’s also the last chance to weigh in on a smaller project nearby at 14th and Howell.

At only 24 units, a five-story building proposed for 14th and Howell is undergoing an administrative design review and Wednesday is the deadline for public comment on the plan. Continue reading