Meaty Johnson’s brings ‘Seattle barbecue’ to Capitol Hill

Pine’s newest addition is surely a win for the meat lovers of Capitol Hill. In May, Meaty Johnson’s BBQ opened at 1201 Pine.

“It’s one thing to make barbecue good, it’s another thing to make it good all day so that people can enjoy it,” said Meaty Johnson’s namesake, Zac Johnson, who also works as a real estate agent and music promoter. Johnson began barbecuing as a hobby, and it quickly became a hit with his friends and family. He then began catering for huge house parties of friends and the reception continued to be overwhelming.

Meaty Johnson’s got its entendre-ful start at Cowgirls, Inc., the notorious country bar concept with a 1st Ave Seattle location. Continue reading

Starbucks stores including Roastery close for racial bias training across Capitol Hill, CD

(Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

Starbucks cafes across First Hill, Capitol Hill, and the Central District including its specialty Roy Street Cafe and Melrose Reserve Roastery will close early Tuesday afternoon as part of a nationwide day of training.

“For several hours this afternoon, we will close stores and offices to discuss how to make Starbucks a place where all people feel welcome,” the company said in a Tweet earlier in the day. “Thank you for your patience and support as we renew our promise to make Starbucks an inclusive gathering place for all.”

Around 180,000 employees at Starbucks stores and at its Seattle headquarters will receive training that will “focus on understanding prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the United States.” Continue reading

Facing Pioneer Square rent and construction challenges, neighborhood butcher Rain Shadow Meats to focus on Capitol Hill

(Image: Rain Shadow Meats)

Capitol Hill’s neighborhood butcher is now even more focused on its Melrose Market shop. Rain Shadow Meats announced that a big jump in its Pioneer Square rent and sagging business due to construction in that neighborhood has forced the company to pare back:

After five years of operation, Rain Shadow Meats Squared is closing its popular restaurant location in Pioneer Square. The closure is due in part to a significant rent increase, coupled with a recent drop in sales as a result of debilitating construction surrounding the immediate area. Business owner Russell Flint has decided to get back to his original mission statement by focusing solely on his Melrose Market butchery program, while expanding his newly launched Home Delivery Service. The Capitol Hill full- service butcher shop will continue to remain open with regular business hours 10am-7pm every day.

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CHS Pics | Melrose Ave’s new ‘Poem Dazzle’ community crosswalks

The Melrose Promenade group threw a spur of the moment party Thursday night after a Seattle Department of Transportation work crew needed only one night to install new “community crosswalks on the street the organization is dedicated to improving.

“Thank you to our artist Sara Snedeker for her design, Seattle Department of Transportation and Berger Partnership PS for their partnership, everyone in the community for helping select this public art, and Promenade team member Patrick Jones for always being in the right place at the right time with his camera!,” the Melrose Promenade note about the community party read. Continue reading

‘We are here’ — $3M Melrose Promenade project takes shape

Community leaders, neighbors, and advocates at last week’s Melrose Promenade open house (Image: CHS)

By Dagmawit Kemal, UW News Lab/Special to CHS

There’s a $3 million plan to reimagine and reengineer Melrose Ave as a safer, more active street and center of community on the western slope of Capitol Hill. Dozens of community members interested in the re-construction of Melrose gathered last week below the Melrose Market for an open house to shape the plan. If we can’t completely reconnect Capitol Hill with downtown and Eastlake, at least we can have a new promenade with an excellent view of our neighbors.

For the past eight years, community members have been meeting and conceptualizing the idea of making the avenue safer, vibrant and accessible for bikers and pedestrians. They’ve created a visual design book of different outcomes for the street which include things like implementation strategies, as well as public outreach.

Claire Corley, owner of Butter Home located inside of the Melrose Market, said transforming Melrose is a dynamic idea and something that Seattle could use especially because there are so many more people and we need more outside spaces. Continue reading

Weigh in on one-way idea and more at Melrose Ave open house

Rendering of the coming soon community crosswalk (Images: Melrose Promenade)

Seattle Department of Transportation and Melrose Promenade community group representatives will be on hand Tuesday night for an open house to gather ideas and feedback on a potential slate of improvements lined up to “reimagine” Capitol Hill’s Melrose Ave. It’s a list that sounds good for most any street — but especially one where SDOT has found an eager community partner, killer view of downtown fro across I-5, and a lot of potential:

  • traffic calming
  • sidewalk upgrades
  • street crossings
  • public space
  • lane redesign
  • wayfinding signs
  • lighting
  • seating
  • bike facilities
  • pavement repair

Open House | Melrose Promenade Project

“Our project goals build off the promenade vision to connect people and places while improving safety. The corridor is a key walking and biking connection in our citywide network,” SDOT says about the project.

“We’re engaging with the community this spring to learn what’s working and what’s not with the corridor, and to better understand what people want us to invest in and where,” the Melrose Promenade group wrote about the open house. The biggest change being considered as a new initiative for the group is the possible reconfiguration of Melrose to one-way traffic between Pike and Pine.

In 2016, about $90,000 in Melrose enhancements made the city budget.

The Melrose Promenade group has also pushed forward with a plan to add colorful community crosswalks on the street. That work should be scheduled soon this spring, SDOT says, weather permitting.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Help redesign Melrose Ave: Open house 4/3

From Melrose Promenade

Capitol Hill residents, businesses, and regional safe streets advocates have worked for years to reimagine what an updated Melrose Ave could mean to the community. Their vision has focused on a “vibrant and visually stunning promenade.”

We want to talk with you about the project and learn what you think. Please attend our open house on Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-7 PM, at Melrose Market Studios (1532 Minor Ave).

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The Baltic Room, Capitol Hill nightclub legend, ready for new owner

(Image: The Baltic Room)

Capitol Hill nightclub The Baltic Room is changing hands but before its owner said goodbye after a decade fostering a longtime piece of the neighborhood’s nightlife culture, he wanted to get things right at the club.

“How do I properly get this set up for somebody to take over in a responsible way?” Jason Brotman said he asked himself about the work in the past year to prepare the Pine club bridging the gap between downtown and Capitol Hill ready for a new era. Brotman spoke with CHS a few weeks back as he waited to finalize the deal to take over the club. Continue reading

Euro fashion retailer Scotch and Soda set to join Melrose Ave

Scotch and Soda’s U Village store (Image: University Village)

The corner once home to quintessential Capitol Hill coffee shop Bauhaus is today home to an upscale cycling lifestyle “clubhouse.” The space around the corner on Melrose that used to be an art gallery before being built into the gargantuan, seven-story Excelsior mixed-use building? Amsterdam-based Scotch and Soda is adding the retail berth to its growing roster of U.S. locations.

Company officials haven’t confirmed the new store, the chain’s second in Seattle joining a location in the University Village mall. Permits filed with the city indicate the start of planning is underway for the shop on the eastern side of Melrose adjacent the entrance to the mixed-use building’s 280-vehicle underground parking garage and across the street from Melrose Market. Continue reading

December 19th, 2008 — the day a bus *almost* slid off an icy Capitol Hill onto I-5

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CHS’s view that day. We went straight to Thomas and only slipped and fell three times while trying to cover the crash (Image: CHS)

History doesn’t always repeat but sometimes it echoes.

It was this day in 2008 that two wayward charter buses narrowly avoided tragedy on an icy, snow-packed Capitol Hill in a crash that left one of the coaches jutting out from Melrose and hanging precariously above I-5.

While the scale of Monday’s tragedy was much greater and much more terrible, the dangling Amtrak car in the DuPont derailment reminded us of that Friday, December 19, 2008 afternoon when CHS was new to the neighborhood news beat and found itself trying to cover an unbelievable story playing out at the base of an icy Thomas where the two buses slid into Melrose’s I-5 barriers. Fortunately, we had a lot of help from readers and neighborhood photographers.

“Just in from the scanner. Bus with around 50 passengers on board has crashed off Melrose and is hanging about 10 feet over the lanes of I5 below,” we reported confidently that day as the situation first was unfolding — though we were mostly unsure what we were hearing was really happening. “Accident involves two buses and there are reports of injuries. Heading out now for coverage and pictures.” Continue reading