West Seattle restaurants: Burger Boss cooking up a walk-up in South Delridge

April 24, 2014 at 10:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 13 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One full year after signing the lease for the former Circle K site in South Delridge, the proprietors of Burger Boss are close to opening West Seattle’s next burger joint.

We talked with co-proprietor Brian Azzano at the almost-ready-to-open site (9061 Delridge Way SW) last night. WSB readers had reported sightings of activity for weeks – and we noticed exterior work, including the parking lot resurfacing – but it took a while to connect with the proprietors.

Now they’re uncloaked online too, with a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. And they have an in-your-face logo – a burger and fist.

But job 1 is to get the home of Burger Boss open.

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Dining Out for Life 2014: Six West Seattle/White Center restaurants

April 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | No Comments

Less than two weeks until this year’s citywide Dining Out for Life benefit for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, on Thursday, April 24th. Six West Seattle/White Center restaurants are on the participants list so far, all listed as donating 30 percent of their proceeds during the dayparts noted below:

Duos (WSB sponsor) – dinner
Buddha Ruksadinner
Locol Barley & Vinedinner, late night
Mac’s Triangle Publunch, dinner, late night
Proletariat Pizzadinner
Talarico’s Pizzeriadinner, late night

The full area list is here (sortable by cuisine, neighborhood[s], daypart).

West Seattle Blue Moon Burgers confirmed for Alki Auto’s former beachfront site

April 7, 2014 at 11:15 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 19 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Now that Alki Auto has moved into its new Luna Park home, its former beachfront site’s future has been confirmed: Blue Moon Burgers is indeed opening on Alki.

As reported here last month – when we first learned that the auto shop was moving – although the city website said a restaurant was moving in, with BMB proprietor Charlie Olson‘s name on the permit, he wasn’t ready to comment on whether that was the plan.

Now he is, so we just talked with him by phone to get the details:

Alki will be the fourth Blue Moon Burgers location, after South Lake Union, Fremont, and Capitol Hill.

Blue Moon’s distinctive features, according to Olson, include:

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West Seattle biznotes: Amante Pizza announces new interim location; U-Frame-It update

March 26, 2014 at 10:19 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 2 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:19 AM: Starting today, Amante Pizza and Pasta is operating temporarily out of Bamboo Grill on Alki, according to the two establishments’ owner. We first reported in December that 3239 California SW, home to Amante and U-Frame-It, was slated for demolition to make way for townhouses/single-family houses on the site; one month ago, U-Frame-It announced it was seeking a new location, and now we’ve heard for the first time about Amante’s plans. Owner Plamen Stoyanov says, “We will continue to serve our customers regular hours (11 am-11 pm) every day. The phone number stays the same, 206-933-7555. This is just temporary and we are looking for a new place!”

ADDED 2:49 PM: After publishing this, we went over to check with U-Frame-It. They say they have found a new location, at Jefferson Square, but they don’t have a moving date set yet.

West Seattle restaurants: Heartland Café’s new owners announced

March 22, 2014 at 10:18 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 13 Comments

After a few months on the market, the Heartland Café and Benbow Room in The Admiral District have new (and also local!) owners: West Seattleites Allison and Ian Hill. Here’s the announcement from Jay Wergin, who opened the Heartland four years ago (March 2010 WSB photo at right):

After a memorable four years serving Midwest-inspired comfort food to the people of West Seattle’s Admiral District, the owners of the Heartland Café announce that we have sold the business to new owners Allison and Ian Hill, effective in April, 2014.

We are grateful for the community’s support over the past four years and thank everyone who took the time to stop in and patronize our business. I’m thrilled that we had the opportunity to resurrect the Benbow Room bar and launch a family-friendly café in the Admiral District. As longtime residents of the area, we knew our neighborhood needed an establishment like the Heartland. It took us almost an entire year, back in 2009, to breathe new life into a building that had been abandoned and neglected for five years.

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Alki Beach burger battle? New restaurant on the way, and Blue Moon Burgers owner’s name is on the application

March 17, 2014 at 11:31 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 43 Comments

Thanks to Jonathan French for the tip: Online city records say the site of Alki Auto Repair (2504 Alki SW) is proposed for conversion to a restaurant. The site is already next to two – Christo’s and Duke’s. What restaurant is on the way, you ask? The DPD docs offer only one big hint: The “financially responsible party” is listed as Charlie Olson, owner of Blue Moon Burgers, and the address listed on the application, 920 Republican, checks to Blue Moon’s South Lake Union business-district location.

The Blue Moon name is NOT on the publicly viewable city documents, though; they list another company with which he is affiliated, Olson’s Baking Company. (No restaurants in that company, though, so far as we can tell.) Olson declined comment. Blue Moon has three locations – besides SLU, Capitol Hill and Fremont; back in 2007, we mentioned it here on WSB because of a story elsewhere mentioning it was eyeing WS. If the new restaurant does turn out to be a BMB, it would join Fatburger, which opened its first Seattle location on Alki last October, and longtime burgers-and-more Pepperdock. Updates as we get them (including anything we learn about Alki Auto’s future).

ADDED TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Dane at Alki Auto confirms what was mentioned in comments:

We the staff at Alki Auto Repair are pleased to inform you that we will be moving to Avalon way and the site of the british auto center as of April 1. We will continue to operate at the 2504 Address until the end of the month. Our future is bright in the auto repair business and we will continue to strive in helping our customers with quality auto repair.

Dane W. Hurn
Service manager
Alki Auto Repair

On ‘reality TV’ tonight: ‘Mystery Diners’ at Zippy’s Giant Burgers

March 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 49 Comments

Thanks to Lance for the tip – he noticed that Zippy’s Giant Burgers is on the “reality TV” schedule tonight. It’s an episode of the Food Network show “Mystery Diners,” listed as airing at 10:30 pm. Episode synopsis: “Blaine, the owner of Zippy’s Giant Burgers in Seattle, contacts Charles to investigate rumors that his new mascot is misbehaving. Mystery Diners Nadine and John go undercover to discover exactly who is behind the mascot costume.” (Who indeed? We’ll find out tonight.)

Duos Lounge: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

February 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 6 Comments

Going out for dinner? drinks? brunch? this weekend and/or beyond? New WSB sponsor Duos Lounge in Luna Park would love to see you. Here’s what Duos would like you to know:

Duos Lounge works with a variety of small and large farms throughout the Pacific Northwest that provide specialty meats, seafood, and produce, making Duos the perfect place to enjoy local products.

On our menu you will find 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised beef, handcrafted pork, and sustainably raised free roaming poultry; all of which contain no steroids, hormones, coloring, or antibiotics. We celebrate these authentic and natural products by pairing them with our handmade breads and pastas, from-scratch sauces, and great Northwest produce.

The most common reports from Duos clientele usually revolve around people showing gratitude for our atmosphere, craft drinks, local music, and our use of local, sustainable foods. We often hear from our clients how great it is that they can dine at Duos and enjoy its offerings without having to drive over the bridge.

A large reason for our guests’ visits to Duos is that we offer daily events like our “Wino Wednesday,” where you can enjoy 1/2 price bottles of wine; “Throwback Thursdays,” where you get discounted classic cocktails; Fridays, when we have our “Dress to the Nines,” where our staff and guests dress in their Sunday best; and Saturdays, with ’80s music and dancing after our dinner service.

Duos simply offers a great neighborhood spot to unwind, relax, and dine. We do not pressure our service staff to quickly turn tables or to up-sell items to increase ticket sales, and we think that really shows when you dine here. It really makes Duos unique in the sense that we really do care about the food we serve and how our guests feel when coming here. We want this to be that small-town place in a big city.

Duos is involved in the community, too, and after just 10 months in West Seattle has already had the opportunity to support many great local schools, firefighters, and other great small businesses in the area. We look forward to building more great relationships with local organizations as we grow.

Duos is at 2940 SW Avalon Way, open 4-10:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm for weekend brunch (Saturdays and Sundays), 4-9 pm Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays. You can make a reservation, see menus, and check the music schedule via duoslounge.com.

We thank Duos for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle restaurants: Matador to close March 9-14 for remodeling

February 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 6 Comments

If you’re a fan of Matador in The Junction, mark your calendar: They just announced plans to close for remodeling starting Sunday, March 9th, until a scheduled reopening at 4 pm Friday, March 14th. The announcement says, “The interior will be redone with reclaimed barn wood accents and new metalwork will be added to the decor. There will be more seating added, including several new booths and an expansion of the fire-pit area, and a completely new floor. Owner Zak Melang will be hand-crafting all new tables, and a new bar top.” Matador will mark its 9th anniversary in West Seattle this summer.

West Seattle restaurants: See inside Cassis, opening Wednesday

February 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 14 Comments

Story by Tracy Record
Photos by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

Jef Fike is so focused on fresh food, his about-to-open Alki restaurant doesn’t even have a freezer.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 19th) is the official opening night for Cassis, a name already known to fans of fine food who mourned the end of its Capitol Hill edition a decade ago and cheered when news of an Alki rebirth broke last year.

As a pink sunset glow topped storm clouds off Alki a few hours ago, we stopped in by invitation for a few photos of the just-completed interior, and an opening-night-eve conversation with Fike (above).

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1 week until West Seattle’s next new restaurant; 3 other food notes

February 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 18 Comments

Four West Seattle restaurant notes:

CASSIS OPENS NEXT WEEK: The new French restaurant on Alki will open at 2820 Alki Avenue SW one week from today, on February 19th, according to proprietor Jef Fike. Here’s the opening menu Fike shared for our most recent update two months ago. In case you’ve missed previous coverage, this is a reincarnation of the well-regarded restaurant he ran on Capitol Hill a decade ago. See behind-the-scenes photos on the Cassis Facebook page.

ON THE OTHER END OF ALKI: Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) at Seacrest plans to launch a series of summer events including luaus and barbecues, according to this All You Can Eat report at SeattleTimes.com (WSB partner), which says that’s part of what well-known regional chef Angie Roberts will help develop, now that she’s joined the “Marination empire.” (Added: Here’s the news release.)

TERRA COLE BUTCHERY & FINE FOODS’ MENU CHANGE: One of The Junction’s newest food venues recently launched its winter menu of sandwiches and sausages – see it here. Trace Wilson from TCBFF says, “We’re gonna keep changing menus every quarter or thereabouts just so we can stay fresh and seasonal with what’s good! Popular favorites (i.e. the pastrami, the pulled pork, the slaw & the smoked potato salad) will continue to hang around forever, but we’ll mix it up enough to keep it interesting.”

SAIGON BOAT CAFE OPEN: Just a note if you haven’t been to Alki lately – the King County Health Department did clear Saigon Boat Café to reopen on January 31st, three and a half weeks after closing it for violations.

West Seattle restaurants: Pho Aroma invites you to Lunar New Year lion-dance celebration

January 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 18 Comments

Melinda Nguyen and Scott Dang are in their fourth year of operating popular Vietnamese restaurant Pho Aroma in North Delridge, and are getting ready for a Lunar New Year celebration. We stopped by the restaurant today after getting word that they’re inviting the community to be there at 2 pm Saturday, February 1st, for traditional festivities including West Seattle-based lion-dance team, Âu Lạc Vovinam. Pho Aroma is at Delridge/Findlay (map).

West Seattle restaurants: Saigon Boat Café closed by health inspector

January 7, 2014 at 9:53 am | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 51 Comments

9:53 AM: Just in from King County Public Health:

Saigon Boat Café, located at 2632 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, was closed by a Public Health food inspector on January 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm for the following food safety violations:

Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
Improper cooling of potentially hazardous food
Foods not protected from cross-contamination
Poor personal hygiene practices: handwashing
Equipment/utensils not properly sanitized
Handwashing facilities inaccessible and not working

The establishment will be reopened once the inspector confirms that all issues have been resolved.

We’ll check back, and you can also watch its status at the county website.

(Side note – the restaurant is located in a building set for replacement by a development project that goes to Design Review next month.)

ADDED 11:30 AM: A commenter reminded us that this is not the first time a Public Health inspector has closed Saigon Boat Café – the closure in February 2010 was attributed to a lack of proper permits/plans; the restaurant reopened two months later.

Home stretch for The Westy, including a different kind of crowdfunding

January 4, 2014 at 8:50 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 14 Comments

(WSB photo: The Westy’s bar takes shape)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

It’s become almost routine for new enterprises to do some crowdfunding – asking friends, family, online supporters to chip in to help cover startup costs. The Westy Sports and Spirits, under construction at 7908 35th SW in Westwood, is joining that crowd – but not via the usual donation drive.

The Westy has just become the 15th area enterprise to launch a drive via Community Sourced Capital – which you might call crowd-loaning instead of crowdfunding. And unlike the major donation-type crowdfunding sites, CSC is based in Seattle (see who else it’s worked with).

After hearing about The Westy’s campaign on Thursday, we returned to the under-construction space Friday afternoon to check in with its proprietors.

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Puerto Vallarta liquor license in 2nd day of state-ordered suspension

January 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 12 Comments

After Puerto Vallarta Restaurant owner Eduardo Morales-Cardenas was charged in November with trafficking in stolen liquor, we asked the state Liquor Control Board what that meant for the restaurant. At the time, a spokesperson told us, the LCB had taken no action. But today, we received a reader tip that Puerto Vallarta’s license had been temporarily suspended, and we have just verified that with the LCB. It’s a ten-day suspension – 3 pm yesterday until 3 pm January 12, according to a flyer posted in the restaurant’s window. LCB spokesperson Mikhail Carpenter tells WSB that the penalty is for “liquor purchase from an unauthorized source,” and that the penalty was either a thousand-dollar-fine or a 10-day suspension, and the latter was levied, he said, because “the fine wasn’t paid on time.” Carpenter says additional penalties are possible pending the outcome of the criminal case; Morales-Cardenas, arrested in September, is one of five people charged. We just checked the online case files, which show his next hearing set for January 13th.

West Seattle restaurants open on Christmas: The list is up!

December 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 17 Comments

If you’re looking for someone else to do the cooking on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day – our annual “West Seattle restaurants open on Christmas” list is now available for your perusal. See it here. Please note the disclaimers – this is compiled via more than 100 phone calls/e-mails over the course of multiple days, and if an establishment changes its plan, we won’t necessarily get notification. But we hope it’s helpful. Also note that it includes New Year’s Eve/Day listings, if available. If a local restaurant is NOT listed here at all, it means either they are closed on all four days we asked about OR that they did not return our phone calls/messages. We’ll continue to add any information that comes in, including changes on the holidays themselves; e-mail is the best way to get information to us – editor@westseattleblog.com. Thanks!

Proletariat Pizza, now open for lunch! Welcome, new WSB sponsor

December 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 15 Comments

Today we’re welcoming Proletariat Pizza as a new WSB sponsor – as they invite you to join them for lunch!

Proletariat Pizza is serving not only pizza (slices as well as whole pies) but also sandwiches, salads, and other specials for lunch, starting at 11 am weekdays. Proprietors Mike and Stefanie Albaeck (Highland Park residents, shown above with Hollis) say it’s an idea they’ve been working toward or a long time; originally, they were thinking about opening a sandwich shop, but decided instead on pizza. And now that Caffé Delia is renovating its own space next door, after starting off in the Proletariat space during mornings/early afternoons, it’s lunch time for Proletariat!

Proletariat Pizza‘s daily lunch menu rotates – regularly featuring a cured-meat sandwich as well as a quinoa salad – in addition to the full Proletariat dinner menu (see it here). Slices are also available, and lunchtime continues until 3 pm, when dinner begins. Daily lunch specials are often featured on the Proletariat Facebook page. Stefanie and Mike also want you to know that the daily lunch specials always include a gluten-free option, as does the dinner menu.

Proletariat Pizza also recently expanded its space, as noted here, and they want you to know that space is bookable for parties – just contact them, 206-432-9765, or e-mail proletariatpizza (at) gmail (dot) com. They’re at 9622-A 16th SW in downtown White Center; online at ProletariatPizza.com.

We thank Proletariat Pizza for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle restaurants: Cassis menu preview, chef choice, construction plan

December 11, 2013 at 10:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 12 Comments

The buildout starts next week at 2820 Alki SW, future home of French restaurant Cassis, according to proprietor Jef Fike, who just shared this update, including a menu preview and news of his choice for chef:

Construction of Cassis begins this Monday the 16th. We are projecting opening within the first two weeks of February.

Although I’m sure there will be some changes between now and then, I am attaching the opening menu to give you an idea of what we’ll be doing. Our hours to begin will be Wednesday-Monday, closed Tuesdays. In April or May we will open for Saturday and Sunday brunch and in June open 7 days and nights through the Summer months. We will also be doing a happy-hour menu daily from 4-6.

My Chef is Andy Dekle, a neighbor in West Seattle, formerly Head Chef at The Ruins, Local Vine, and currently at Portage Bay through the end of the year.

I encourage folks to like our Cassis page on Facebook. I’ll be doing updates on our progress as we chug along towards the opening.

Cassis’s previous incarnation was on Capitol Hill a decade ago; the Alki plan has been in the works for almost a year, but the location – formerly home to Alki Arts (which still has its Harbor Steps gallery downtown) – wasn’t finalized until this fall.

West Seattle (and vicinity) food and drink news: 5 notes

November 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 8 Comments

Five West Seattle food and drink notes to share tonight:

LUNCH RETURNS TO SKYLARK: After the new owners of Skylark Café and Club took over, they said they planned to bring back lunch. And they have done just that. Co-proprietor Matt Larson says they’re open for lunch daily at 11:30 “and have our new menu in effect as well. It features our house cured bacon and pastrami, house ground beef, and a good selection of salads and sammies. Looking forward to giving our neighbors a new lunch option.” The A-board photo is courtesy of Skylark neighbor PB&J Textiles (WSB sponsor).

In The Junction:

PAGLIACCI REMODELING: Noticing the work under way at Pagliacci Pizza‘s West Seattle delivery kitchen, we took the question to their company HQ and co-proprietor Matt Galvin replied that they are “siding the building, putting up a new sign, new awning, new flower pots, windows, bar-height seating inside, additional entrance that can access outside seating, and interior painting. We are excited about the long-overdue improvements to the building. We are hoping the work will be finished by Thanksgiving.”

NEW SPECIALS AT MARINATION MA KAI: At Seacrest Pier, Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) has launched a new round of bar specials – listed on this flyer, which also points out the MMK happy hours, Tuesdays-Fridays, 3-6 pm.

TAP STATION NOW OPEN: The beer/wine store at 35th/Kenyon is now serving customers, reports West Seattle-headquartered Washington Beer Blog. We featured the then-in-the-works Tap Station here back in June.

MUDHONEY ICE-CREAM-LAUNCH PARTY: Full Tilt Ice Cream‘s flagship location in White Center (9629 16th SW) has announced a launch party for its ice-cream flavor named after Seattle’s legendary band Mudhoney. At 6:30 pm December 11th – a Wednesday, which is usually FT’s “Bring Your Own Vinyl Night” – they’re planning to spin Mudhoney’s greatest hits while scooping Mudhoney ice cream, described in FT’s news release as “Mudhoney ice cream mixes satisfying riffs of in-your-face cinnamon with a mellow backbeat of honey and fudge, all rounded out with Full Tilt’s creamy hand-made texture . . . Like all Full Tilt ice cream, Mudhoney is crafted in small batches, so it’s always extra smooth and luscious.” Its local ingredients include West Seattle’s own Shipwreck Honey.

P.S. If you’ll be looking for food/drink on Thanksgiving – check the restaurant/coffee lists in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.

West Seattle biznote: The Bridge sets final day at original location

November 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 14 Comments

(FRIDAY UPDATE: The “epic photo” has changed to Sunday, December 1st, at 3 pm)

(Photo added Friday morning, courtesy of The Bridge)
Just in from Jenny Almukhtar of The Bridge, which is just a few weeks away from opening its new location at the overhauled former Chuck and Sally’s Tavern in Morgan Junction:

We are very excited to announce that we have finalized when our last day at The Bridge’s current location at 4439 35th Ave SW will be, which is Monday December 2nd.

In Bridge style, we will be showing the Seahawks hosting the Saints, starting at 5:40 pm with sound. There will be a photo op under the reader board before the game begins, and we invite all our guests to join us for this epic shot. *SEE BELOW* This will be a great way for us to capture all the amazing energy and love we have received from West Seattle and bring it with us to our new location at 6301 California Ave SW that will open shortly after our closure on the 2nd.

(Friday update: The “epic photo” day/time has been changed to Sunday the 1st at 3 pm)

(back to original story) It’s been a fast-moving renovation – less than six months have passed since we broke the news of the move. The Bridge has to leave its current location because of the revived mixed-use project in the works for the site.

Chaco Canyon Café celebrates anniversary, award, Art Walk

November 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 7 Comments

Tonight during West Seattle Art Walk, Mackenzie Berg and Miguel Cornelio are featured artists at Chaco Canyon Organic Café (3770 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor) – read about them and preview their work here.

Chaco Canyon is also celebrating two big achievements: An anniversary and an award. (And read through to the end to learn about an expansion!) The announcement from proprietor Chris Maykut:

Fresh off celebrating our 10th anniversary on September 1st, the Chaco Canyon Organic Café received its biggest accolades to date, winning the 2013 Green Washington Award in the Food and Beverage category of the annual event put on by Seattle Business Magazine.

Being recognized in the same forum as such luminaries as Fred Hutchinson, Microsoft, and the University of Washington, we are truly honored that our small business was recognized for the one thing that our mission and outright existence are built around: creating a more sustainable planet and enrolling our community in this.

Excerpts from our award acceptance speech, which we were told by the host of the evening was the “best of the night”:

“First off, I want to thank Seattle Business Magazine for this award and for celebrating the concept of business taking a leadership role in the concept of community sustainability. This award is dedicated to the hundreds of former and current employees that we have had through our 10 years of existence. It wasn’t always like this, as you all know. I graduated from Berkeley in the ’90s with a business degree and the clear message that the concept of sustainability and profit were mutually exclusive.

“Much has changed in the last 20 years, in both curriculum and practice, but disparity still reigns in our society. In founding the Chaco Canyon Organic Café 10 years ago, I’ve been driven to prove the messaging I received wrong, and to create a business that can succeed by being completely unreasonable with regards to our green practices: Namely, putting sustainability first at almost any cost. We’ve done pretty well with that, and I couldn’t be prouder of all of my incredibly hard-working staff that have come together to collaborate and make us who we are over the last decade, culminating with this award tonight.

“I’ll leave you all with a call to action. In the course of your businesses over the next decade, push the envelope with this ethic. Be unreasonable. Choose a green strategy not because you think it will save you money or bring you more business, but simply because it’s the right thing to do. What we do as innovative business leaders can create a ripple effect throughout our community, and who knows what we can change together?”

Opened in a tiny 800sf space on Brooklyn Avenue in 2003, Chaco Canyon Café has grown to 2 locations and 53 staff in our 10 years. We are obsessed with sustainability, and have built into our mission statement that the more we grow as a company, the closer we will adhere to our values. We plan on opening our third location in Ballard by the fall of 2014.

P.S. Rejoining the WSB sponsor team recently, Chaco Canyon has a new coupon on the WSB Coupons page – 10 percent off your ticket – get it here.

West Seattle restaurants: Opening day at Redline WS

November 5, 2013 at 11:52 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 31 Comments

One week after our sneak peek inside sports bar/restaurant Redline WS, it’s officially open as of today. We stopped by for a photo a short time ago, after getting word they’re ready for customers. Here’s manager Chris Ramsey with the beer taps:

They’re open 11 am-2 am for starters; the menu is now online. You’ll find Redline WS on the ground floor of The Residences at 3295, on the southeast corner of 35th/Avalon, with some parking available in the building’s garage.

Redline WS: New family-friendly sports bar/restaurant almost ready to open

October 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 48 Comments

(From left, Scott Goerig, Mike Bauer, Joshua Huckabay)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The new family-friendly sports bar/restaurant Redline WS is days away from opening.

While it’s just across 35th SW from the site that until three years ago housed the Redline, whose then-proprietor Scott Goerig is now a consultant for Redline WS, this is not a re-creation or relocation. This is something new.

Mike Bauer, retired from the telecom industry, is Redline WS’s owner; he and Goerig talked with us on Monday as finishing touches were well under way.

We found out they’re intending the establishment on the street level of The Residences at 3295 to be not “just” a sports bar and restaurant, but also a coffee shop geared toward the numerous commuters who catch and/or change buses steps away at the busy 35th/Avalon intersection.

“Our biggest hope is that people will understand we are trying to take this to the next level,” Goerig enthuses.

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West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas in view off our shores

October 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 12 Comments

12:05 PM: After a few days of “heading this way” but not getting within view of West Seattle, we’re told orcas ARE now in view off our shores – Trileigh Tucker just called from Lincoln Park. (Thanks also to Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales for reporting earlier this morning that they had again been seen off North Seattle and were southbound again.)

12:41 PM UPDATE: Jeff just texted that the orcas have apparently turned and are now headed back NORTHBOUND, last seen off Colman Pool.

2:10 PM UPDATE: Didn’t have any luck seeing them ourselves this time, but others certainly did, including the KING 5 helicopter, whose video is embedded above (commercial that plays first is theirs, not ours). The Orca Network Facebook page‘s latest sighting report has them headed back past Bainbridge, so that’s likely it for our area for today. P.S. This is the season for orcas to venture south; last major day of sightings here was in late September.

2:31 PM UPDATE: OK, not a whale, but still wonderful – Mark Wangerin, who shares wildlife photos often, sent this harbor-seal photo, noting that it was taken “from Lincoln Park where we saw Orcas, Harbor Seals, Bald Eagle fishing, and a river otter, not to mention Loons, Grebes, etc. Amazing West Seattle Wildlife!” (P.S. The resident orcas, today’s visitors, do NOT eat seals. Transient orcas – who visit sometimes, but aren’t here now – do.)

West Seattle restaurants: Opening day for Alki Fatburger

October 28, 2013 at 11:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 42 Comments

The third restaurant on the southwest corner of 61st/Alki since the abrupt Alki Bakery closure three years ago, which also happens to be the first Fatburger in the Seattle city limits, is now open. The franchisees decided over the weekend to open at 11 am today; it wasn’t in the cards when we talked with them last Friday, to set a time this morning to come in and take photos. But as noted in our West Seattle Monday preview (thanks to a reader tip), a sign went up on the door this morning, almost three months after we first reported Fatburger was coming in after the closure of Bada Bistro.

In addition to the Fatburger menu focused on burgers and fries (gluten-free bun available for an extra charge, by the way), this location also is co-locating Buffalo’s – which, you might correctly guess, focuses on wings – and a full bar (the menu posted on the window lists a variety of specialty drinks).

Proprietor Bruce, working fast to get ready to open, told us this morning that this isn’t a “soft open” – this is it. Hours are expected to be 11 am-9 pm for starters. If you’re not familiar with Fatburger – it was founded in Los Angeles in 1952; in Western Washington, it’s had Eastside locations for years, but the Alki location is the first one in Seattle.

West Seattle restaurants: Opening day at ‘Zaw

October 19, 2013 at 11:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 7 Comments

Back on Wednesday, the first day of the “soft launch” for the new ‘Zaw take-and-bake pizza shop at 35th and Fauntleroy, Jennifer shared that photo of her son Owen with pizza maker Aidan, as they picked up the first of dozens of free pizzas given away via RSVP. No more freebies, but today is the shop’s official opening day; hours are 2-9 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2-8 pm Sundays-Thursdays. Here’s their menu, all takeout – pizza, salad, take-and-bake dessert, and beverages, including wine and beer. ‘Zaw is a local chain with eight other locations in Seattle and on the Eastside.

West Seattle food notes: Fatburger, Zaw, Terra Cole, Copper Coin

October 14, 2013 at 2:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 28 Comments

Four West Seattle food notes to share:
FATBURGER’S TIMELINE: Lots of questions about when the first Fatburger within the Seattle city limits is opening; as first reported here in August, it’s in the heart of Alki, in the former Bada Bistro/Beachside Café/Alki Bakery spot at 61st and Alki. Today, an answer from its owners: The restaurant is expected to open in two to four weeks. Hours are likely to be 11 am-9 pm for starters, but given that it’s the offseason at the beach, that might evolve once they’re open and see how it goes. If you’ve been to a Fatburger on the Eastside, note that this one will come with something extra – two things extra, actually – wings and a full-service bar. (Photo: Illuminated sign visible through Alki window.)

(Photo added 7:41 pm – sign’s up at the new West Seattle location)
ZAW PREVIEW FREEBIES: As noted here two months ago, Zaw Artisan Pizza – which is a take-and-bake shop – is opening a West Seattle store in the for-sale strip mall on the northwest corner of 35th and Fauntleroy. Via its Facebook page, it’s offering “sneak preview” freebies this Wednesday-Friday, by advance reservation.

TERRA COLE BUTCHERY OPENS IN THE JUNCTION: The new meat-and-more shop in the former Coffee to a Tea spot in The Junction, featured here last month, has soft-opened. (Don’t go today, though – they’re closed Mondays.)

COPPER COIN’S ANNIVERSARY: Proprietor Aaron Shepherd says they’re celebrating the Admiral District restaurant’s first anniversary tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15th) with a special that incorporates a taste of political advocacy as the November election approaches:

Four seasons and Seven menu designs ago we opened the doors of The Copper Coin to our friends and neighbors in West Seattle. It’s been your standard first year for a restaurant. That’s to say, it’s been exhilaratingly bonkers. At the one year mark it’s a good time to take a moment to both celebrate and to remember why we come to work every day. In fact, we’ve decided to combine the two. Our menu states ‘our food is not grown, harvested, or cooked in a factory. We work with farmers who say yes to grass and no to drugs, and with fishermen who believe in being sustainably wild,’ and within those words you’ll find our opinion on Initiative 522. This Tuesday, October 15th, in support of I-522 and in celebration of the support we’ve received from our neighborhood over the last year, we are running our Deluxe Burger paired with an exclusive 1-year anniversary “Two Coins” Double Copper Ale by Two Beers Brewery for $5.22. Hopefully the $5.22 price for a burger and beer can serve as a thank you to our friends and as a catalyst for healthy conversation about an important topic for our community.

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