Change coming to Summit Ave (Image: Itto’s Tapas)
2018’s year of mergers and acquisitions in Capitol Hill food and drink has continued into 2019. Another new owner on the Hill is hoping to take the take over and transition route to food and drink success.
Manager Jody Claggett tells CHS he has purchased Summit Ave’s Itto’s Tapas from longtime owner Khalid Agour and will set about a quick transformation and overhaul of the restaurant and bar into a more Spanish flavored A La Vida.
Claggett said the name for the tapas, gin, and wine bar was inspired by a customer who turned him onto new music and a song about the joy of life.
“Everybody that I meet, it’s just a great conversation,” Claggett said of life behind the bar and the counter after a career in tech. Continue reading
(Image: Sun Liquor)
Not everything has to change. Summit Ave’s original Sun Liquor may now be Sol Liquor — and under new ownership — but a holiday favorite is scheduled to make a return to the bar this week.
A special pop-up is slated for Friday night at Sol as Sun Liquor’s famous aged eggnog makes a temporary return to Capitol Hill. The first glasses are scheduled to be poured at 5 PM. Happy holidays.
Originally only a seasonal treat for neighbors visiting the bar before finally bottling it for sale on a small scale, Sun has grown its eggnog business into a Santa-sized annual event with retail distribution.
Carmelo Gaspar is at the center of things on Summit Ave E
Tucked inside the Hillcrest Market is Capitol Hill’s newest culinary delight from south of the border. Serving up fresh salsas, homemade tortillas, tender meat, and succulent cactus leaves, Carmelo’s is bringing the flavors of Mexico City to Seattle, one taco at a time.
This family owned and operated business is staffed by four employees, including the owner Carmelo Gaspar, who was slicing asada when CHS went for a visit. Carmelo’s manager Miguel Cruz says they worked close by and knew the owner of the store. “We saw the teriyaki guy was out, so we started talking to the owner and we got an opportunity to start,” he said. Continue reading
The old Summit Block Party is all growed up. Now branded as the Mercer X Summit Block Party, the 2018 edition that took place Saturday in the streets in the middle of one of the most densely populated centers of Capitol Hill featured bigger acts, deeper pocketed sponsors (thanks KEXP), and, still, no admission. Continue reading
(Image: Sun Liquor)
Sun Liquor Lounge, the Capitol Hill bar that went on sale for just under $200,000 earlier this year, might have found a new owner in Andre Sayre, a 30-year-old tech worker taking a break to find a new avenue in life.
“I enjoy the community aspect of a little place that everyone knows and loves,” he tells CHS about the planned purchase of the bar. “I wanted to do what I can to keep it around.”
There aren’t a lot of changes planned for the Summit Ave watering hole, the last vestige of Sun Liquor’s presence on Capitol Hill. Not everything from the bar was included in the deal. When the sales goes through, the old space will have a new name — Sol Liquor. Continue reading
A woman said she was robbed at gunpoint and gunfire was reported in the area just before midnight in an incident near the 600 block of Summit Ave E late Sunday night. UPDATE: Police say the incident appears to have been drug related and not a robbery.
Police rushed to the block home to the Summit Pub and Sun Liquor around 11:55 PM where the victim said she had been robbed about 10 minutes earlier by a man and woman reportedly in a ReachNow-style car-sharing vehicle.
The victim told police a shot was fired during the robbery. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading
The latest discussion in the Capitol Hill Seattle Facebook Group brings together many themes familiar to readers of CHS — public space, parks and p-patches, homelessness… and dogs.
Kim posted this image of the E Olive Way at Summit at Denny Pac-Man pocket park and raises a valid issue — what use is a pocket park if nobody uses it? “I pass this sad scene every day and have never seen anything suggestive of added value going on there,” she writes. “Would make a great pea patch or dog park with a little investment.” Continue reading
(Image: Sun Liquor)
Born on Capitol Hill as a lounge powered, in part, by Summit Ave doughnut cash, Sun Liquor appears poised to make a final break with its home neighborhood.
Owner Michael Klebeck has confirmed details of the listing on Craigslist advertising the bar now available at the NEW PRICE of $195,000. “Desirable Capitol Hill neighborhood location on a synergistic block with active co-tenants including Single Shot, Top Pot Donuts and Summit Public House,” the sales pitch reads. Sorry: “Business name not included in sale.” Continue reading
(Image: Sun Liquor)
Last year, the hype was as thick as the nog and Sun Liquor couldn’t scale production to meet demand. This year, it sounds like the market has evened out for Sun Liquor’s aged eggnog and there are still bottles on the shelf at the Total Wine chain where it is distributed.
But, especially in its native Sun habitat, the eggnog remains a special drink.
As one of the lucky souls remaining on Capitol Hill this holiday weekend, you can take advantage of geography and stop in the original Sun Liquor Lounge for a glass with your neighbors Friday night through Christmas eve:
Our Aged Eggnog will be available by the glass at Sun Liquor Lounge this year Friday December 22nd through Sunday December 24th. We will be closed Christmas Day.
Also toast the longtime Summit watering hole after a big year of change for the company.
Last winter, we reported on Sun Liquor’s plans to move its distillery off E Pike to a larger facility near University Village. Its E Pike lounge shuttered along with the move of the production facility — the East Trading Company bar project from the Oasis Bubble Tea family of businesses is lined up to eventually open in the space.
Meanwhile, the E Pike Sun bottle shop — where people used to line up for a small release of bottles of the aged eggnog — is also being prepared for future plans. Merry Christmas.
Sun Liquor Lounge is located at 607 Summit Ave E. You can learn more at sunliquor.com.
The old Toscana was filled to the brim at a soft opening over the weekend (Image: Itto’s Tapas)
A tapas and cocktails lounge is replacing a longtime Summit Ave restaurant but there are lots of reasons to be excited and zero reasons to be sad about this Capitol Hill change.
“We actually aren’t new to the summit area, the owner, Khalid Agour, has owned Toscana since 1999,” general manager of the new joint Devrim Øzkan tells CHS. “It has always been a dream of his to have a throwback to his Moroccan roots that highlight some of the foods he grew up with.”
Itto’s Tapas — really, Itto’s Tapas 2 — will celebrate its grand opening Tuesday at 601 Summit Ave E, the space formerly home to Toscana until it shuttered late this summer to make way for the new project. Don’t worry — its closure marks only a minor setback in Hill’s wave of pizza domination.
The Itto’s opening comes two years to the day after the Agour brothers opened the first Itto’s in West Seattle. Our friends at the West Seattle Blog helped them celebrate their first anniversary last November. Late November is also a bittersweet time for the family as it marks the anniversary of the passing of the family’s matriarch and restaurant namesake, Khalid and Aziz Agour’s mother Itto. Continue reading