OK, now we know where on Capitol Hill the new Ben and Esther’s vegan Jewish deli will be


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The Tofu “egg” salad — “lettuce, tomato, cucumber and onion served on fresh marble rye.” (Image: Ben and Esther’s)

Two Capitol Hill food and drink stories, it turns out, are intertwined.

Remember the closure of E Pike’s Capitol Coffee Works we just reported this morning?

Remember the Portland-born vegan Jewish deli with nationwide aspirations announcing its plans to open on Capitol Hill in an undisclosed location we reported on earlier this month?

Same place.

The non-disclosure agreements have been lifted and the roasted carrot lox and hearts of palm whitefish are being prepared. Ben and Esther’s is coming to E Pike.

The small chain announced the location for its first Seattle expansion — “right in the heart of Capitol Hill <3” — over the weekend. Thanks to the many CHS readers who sent tips. Continue reading

Capitol Hill is getting a Ben and Esther’s vegan Jewish deli

(Image: Ben and Esther’s)

Portland-born vegan Jewish deli chain Ben and Esther’s has aspirations of someday bringing its plant-based corned beef reubens to the East Coast. First, it will add a location on Capitol HIll.

With three delis already in motion — two in Portland, and one in San Diego — the company has announced its next expansion will be to Seattle. Continue reading

Closed for renovation, Town Hall Seattle comes to Capitol Hill with neighborhood’s histories and ‘what we’ll build next’

With Town Hall’s more-than-100-year-old First Hill home closed for a year-long renovation, the community forum is distributing its effort to bring illuminating speakers and timely issues to the city into Seattle’s neighborhoods.

Next Monday night, Town Hall Seattle and its “Neighborhood Resident” representative Erik Molano will come to E Pike for a free gathering of “poets and storytellers celebrating the history of Capitol Hill” and “a panel discussion on how we can help navigate the future of the neighborhood.”

In Residence—Histories of Capitol Hill and What We’ll Build Next
Monday, April 16th — 7 PM
The Summit on Pike, 420 E Pike


Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, won a 2016 American Book Award. In 2015, Da’ was both a Made at Hugo House Fellow and a Jack Straw Fellow. Her next book, Instruments of the True Measure, is forthcoming in 2018. Continue reading