Driver busted for DUI after crashing outside Capitol Hill ice cream shop

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The driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI after a trip to the hospital and damage was fortunately minimal after a car crashed into the front of a Capitol Hill ice cream shop Wednesday morning.

Fortunately no pedestrians were injured in the just after 9:30 AM crash along busy E Pike at Boylston where the Toyota Corolla came to a rest against the building home to the Capitol Hill location of Salt and Straw.

Police closed E Pike in both directions during the response as Seattle Fire worked to get the driver out of the crashed car.

The driver was taken to Harborview for evaluation and then taken into custody by police for investigation of driving under the influence.

King of Capitol Hill’s coffee culture, Caffe Vita is in new hands

There were signs something new was coming. In the last days of 2019, a Seattle real estate investment company purchased the E Pike building home to the headquarters and roasting facility of Caffe Vita from Vita owner Mike McConnell for $5 million and also rolled out a new 10-year lease for a new Vita entity incorporated last August with ownership that only listed a lawyer and a law firm.

Seattle Met has the scoop. Caffe Vita has a new owner:

On January 1, Deming Maclise officially took over Vita’s 10 shops (spread across Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn), three roasting facilities, and a network of hundreds of wholesale customers in all 50 states, not to mention a critical mass of Seattle bars and restaurants.
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Police search for suspect after gunpoint robbery reported on E Pike

Seattle Police were searching the streets around 13th and Pike after a reported Friday night armed robbery.

Police were called to the area around 8:30 PM to a report of a victim held up at gunpoint and robbed by a suspect with his face covered by a black bandana.

Officers fanned out to set up containment in the area and a police K9 unit joined the search but there were no immediate arrests.

The victim told police the suspect threatened him with a handgun and stole his phone in the holdup.

There were no reported serious injuries.

‘Neighborhood institution’ The Cuff now part of Capitol Hill Queer/Bar family

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Capitol Hill’s complex of leather, fetish, and kink for more than 25 years, The Cuff has new owners and is now part of a family of venues dedicated to neighborhood LGBTQ nightlife and culture.

Joey Burgess, owner of Pike/Pine’s Queer/Bar, tell CHS he purchased the 13th Ave venue and took over just in time for New Year’s with an eye toward preserving the “neighborhood institution” and putting The Cuff “back in queer ownership.”

“It’s a huge venue with a rad patio and awesome staff. Some people have been here for decades. We’re looking to preserve all that,” Burgess said. Continue reading

Meet Korean BBQ will fill former Trove space on Capitol Hill

If one of the big stories of 2019 was the closure of Capitol Hill restaurants with large spaces and large leases, maybe 2020 will be the year of showing how quickly those spaces can fill with new life.

Meet Korean BBQ is lined up to take over once of those large spaces — and the table top grills are already in place.

Meet will take over the 5,000-square-foot Pike/Pine venue formerly home to the ambitious Trove, the Seattle Met reported just before the Christmas break:

Heong Soon Park, of Chan and Bacco Cafe in Pike Place Market, will open Meet Korean BBQ here at 500 E Pike. As the name punnily implies, this spot will focus on quality protein, namely beef and pork. “Nothing but angus prime or American wagyu and Kurobuta pork,” says Park. “We’re not doing anything else.”

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One shot in Pine nightlife shootout — UPDATE

A shootout involving multiple gunmen left one person down with life threatening injuries in a bout of gunfire amid Pike/Pine nightlife crowds early Sunday morning.

Seattle Fire was called for one of the reported shooters down at Pine and Melrose where an officer found the man on the pavement on the north side of the intersection and began CPR while others fanned out around the area in search of one or two possible additional shooters in the 2:20 AM incident. Continue reading

Seattle makes $300K call for artists for projects to help connect Capitol Hill to the Waterfront

People walking the Viaduct before its demolition began in early 2019 (Image: Chun Kwan/City of Seattle)

Officials hope the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct won’t just reshape Seattle’s connection to Elliott Bay. The plan also looks to the east and the connection all the way from the water, up Pike and Pine to Capitol Hill.

To help build that connection, the city is looking for artists to create new works to encourage people to move through, explore, and enjoy their streets in new ways:

The Waterfront Seattle project will create 20 acres of new public spaces, streets, parks and buildings. Pike and Pine Streets will connect the waterfront to the Capitol Hill neighborhood through the downtown retail core. The artist/s will work with the city and its design team to create a unifying identity for these streets and sited artwork that act as gateways and/or gathering space.

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With studio approaching 20 years on the Hill, new owner stretches out with SweatBox Yoga

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The SweatBox Yoga studio sits in the middle of Pike/Pine where more than a few of the nightlife venues are now owned by tenders, chefs, and managers turned bar and restaurant owners.

Earlier this year, Frani Assaf officially took ownership of SweatBox Yoga  after starting as a student and teacher at the Capitol Hill mainstay since the early 2000s.

“She’s always risen to the occasion. She and I are both from the midwest. We get that mentality and we get each other,” longtime owner Laura Culberg said. “Once I hired a broker and put the SweatBox on the market, I met with a few people who were interested in buying the studio and my gut told me it wasn’t right. I couldn’t imagine selling this living community to a stranger . . . A lot of people think Frani is the owner already, and it seemed like a natural fit… Frani at the helm would be the best for the community.”

Assaf has taught yoga since 2003, and was recently SweatBox’s studio manager. Hailing from Iowa, she trained as a dancer for over twelve years and was introduced to yoga around 1996 when she and a friend started practicing poses from a book in their living rooms. Continue reading