West Seattle restaurants: Rezone proposed to transform part of Morgan Junction house into Chungee’s West

August 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 45 Comments

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)

A very busy block in Morgan Junction, the 6900 block of California SW, has a new development proposal – and an unusual one at that. The same block that gained fame for the “30 apartments, no parking” controversy might get a restaurant right next to that almost-complete building. But it would require a zoning change. Documents are now filed with the city seeking a contract rezone – one that would be approved for a specific proposal – for the property at 6921 California SW, which currently holds the 103-year-old two-bedroom, one-bath house shown in the photo above. The change would be from Lowrise 2 to Lowrise 2 – Residential Commercial. According to what’s on file with the city, it would be a new location for Chungee’s, a Chinese restaurant that opened five years ago on Capitol Hill. Why this house? The Chungee’s proprietors own it. One of the documents filed in connection with the project describes it as:

Located in a LR2 Zone at 6921 California Avenue SW, Chungee’s West is a contract rezone proposal for a family-run, neighborhood restaurant. The rezone requires adding the RC designation to the existing LR2 zoning for the parcel.

The entire project includes an addition and renovation of an existing 100 year old one story single family residence. The extent of the remodel & addition will be to establish a commercial use (restaurant) on the lower and main level and a two-bedroom residential dwelling unit on the upper level. The owners of the restaurant intend to live in the upper level dwelling unit once complete. In order for the project to be realized, the parcel must be zoned LR2 RC from the existing LR2. The RC overlay designation currently applies to the parcel and block directly to the South across SW Mills Street.

An established family-run restaurant will increase the walkability of the neighborhood and the adjacent business district supporting the existing commercial node and attracting patrons from other neighborhoods. The proposal is consistent with the 2013 comprehensive plan for the Morgan Junction urban village and the long term goals of this area in West Seattle.

With immediate access and circulation off of California Avenue, a major thoroughfare, the restaurant will serve not only the immediate neighborhood but West Seattle and Greater Seattle via local transit and car.

The site plan shows three parking spaces in back, where the existing garage would be removed. Meantime, the city files include “proposed project images:

Any rezone will need City Council approval. Now that the city has formally accepted the application, a comment period should open soon – watch the Land Use Information Bulletin, which is published Mondays and Thursdays, for that. The proprietors already have sought letters of support, some of which are part of the official files already.

West Seattle food notes: New Admiral, Junction eateries; Elliott Bay repair closure ahead; more

August 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 18 Comments

West Seattle food-and-drink-world notes, starting with tidbits of info about two new establishments:

NEW LEAF BISTRO: That’s the new name shown in public records for the ex-Royal India Grill space that’s been vacant in Admiral since spring of last year, at 2342 California SW. According to a tip from a reader who had encountered the prospective operators (we’ve been going by and haven’t found anyone there yet), it’ll be a Vietnamese restaurant.

DUMPLINGS OF FURY: “Rumors of dumplings” in The Junction erupted in a recent comment thread. Now a liquor-license application tells the tale – Dumplings of Fury, coming to the ex-Quadrato spot at 4302 SW Oregon. The names on the application: The team from Shadowland, almost just across the street.

We’ll be working to find out more about both of those (both of which are seeking beer/wine licenses, not full bars). Also of note:

‘EVENINGS’ AT JUNCTION STARBUCKS: Less than a week ago, when the new Junction Starbucks opened, the company was still saying it hadn’t made a decision about whether it would feature the “Evenings” concept, despite applying for a liquor license two months earlier. Today, John e-mailed us to mention signs up in the shop, and confirmation from a barista, so we checked again with company spokesperson Haley Nieman, who says it’s official – the new store “will begin offering the Evenings menu in late September.” That involves an “expanded menu of shareable small plates” as well as “hand-selected wines and craft beers.” The concept was premiered on Capitol Hill five years ago and is currently in more than 75 stores.

REPAIR CLOSURE AHEAD FOR ELLIOTT BAY: Elliott Bay Brewing Co. manager Amy sends word that EBB will be closed for a few days next week: “Elliott Bay Brewery will be closing for repairs at 9 pm on Sunday 8/23. We will reopen for lunch at 11:00 am on Thursday 8/27.”

BIZNOTE: Chipotle sets West Seattle Junction opening date

August 17, 2015 at 4:25 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 40 Comments

When last we checked with Chipotle to see if its West Seattle Junction opening date was set yet, the company was aiming for late August. After three people sent notes today asking for an update, we first checked the 4730 California SW storefront – it looks nearly done; the menu’s even up. So we contacted the Chipotle media team, who say it’s opening September 10th. Hours: 11 am to 10 pm daily.

West Seattle food & drink: Junction Starbucks opens; Chopstix, Harry’s remodeling updates

August 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 78 Comments

Three updates from the world of West Seattle food and drink:

JUNCTION STARBUCKS OPENS: For the first time since 2008, a standalone Starbucks store is open in The Junction. We first told you six months ago that Starbucks was on the way to the prime California/Alaska corner spot at the two-building Junction 47 project. One distinctive feature, this mural by Portland artist Ryan Bubnis, commissioned especially for this store:

The store’s liquor-license application – mentioned here in June – is still pending; we’re told the company hasn’t decided yet whether it will deploy the “Evenings” concept at this location, which (added) will be open 5 am-10 pm Monday through Friday and 5:30 am-10 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Its first West Seattle store was the one at Admiral & 41st, which opened 25 years ago. The company has 22,000+ stores worldwide.

P.S. If you’ve missed our previous reports, two restaurants are also confirmed for Junction 47 – Kukai Ramen (as reported here Wednesday) and The Lodge Sports Grille (as we reported in June).

Also today, two restaurant-remodeling notes:

CHOPSTIX: The banner outside Chopstix at 5905 California says it will reopen as “Chopstix BBQ” after two weeks of remodeling; its website and phone recording both say tomorrow (August 15th) is reopening day.

HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: Instead of reopening today after two weeks of remodeling, Harry’s Chicken Joint at 6032 California SW says it’s now planning to reopen next Tuesday.

West Seattle restaurants: Kukai Ramen coming to The Junction

August 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 57 Comments

(SDOT’s 42nd/Alaska camera shows the future restaurant’s corner spot, at left)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 4:55 PM: Thanks to Jason for the tip: City files show another restaurant penciled in for the east building of Junction 47. A “site plan” on file for the 42nd SW & SW Alaska corner spot shows Kukai as the “proposed tenant business.” This would be the answer to the hopes of those who have been wishing for a “noodle shop” in West Seattle. Kukai’s regional franchisees – spinning off a chain in Japan – have two other restaurants in Seattle so far, including one that opened on Capitol Hill last spring. (All Kukai locations are listed at the bottom of this menu you can check out online.) We have inquiries out to try to find out more. The first restaurant announced for Junction 47 was The Lodge Sports Grille, as reported here two months ago, also in the east building.

6:19 PM UPDATE: Broker Jason Miller from Colliers confirms to WSB that Kukai Ramen is indeed going into that space. He also confirms what another document in the city files show – Bishops Barbershop (a Portland-area chain with 1 Seattle location so far) will be next door, along 42nd.

BIZNOTES: Quadrato closes; Harry’s renovates; West Seattle Brewing Company updates; more

August 6, 2015 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 30 Comments

Four food-and-drink-related West Seattle biznotes:

QUADRATO CLOSES: Michael sent the photo and wondered about the status of Quadrato at 4302 SW Oregon, saying it hadn’t been open for a few days. We e-mailed proprietor Cary Kemp, who confirms this morning: “Due to the recent addition of two West Seattle eateries offering the same menu items within a stone’s throw of Quadrato, we have been forced to shutter our establishment. We are grateful to our customers who supported us the last 2 years and thank you all for keeping us in business.” Kemp also owns Pizzeria 22 in The Admiral District, which WILL continue in operation. Quadrato opened in October 2013.

RENOVATIONS AT HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: We heard from a few people worried about Harry’s Chicken Joint at 6032 California SW, closed and papered. Just a TEMPORARY closure, we’re told by proprietor Bruce Cougan, who says it’s a round of renovations they’ve been planning for months. “We wanted to paint the whole place, including the back prep areas. We are also repairing one reach-in and adding another. The countertop is getting replaced and we are adding new touches to the dining room and removing the large table.” They’ll be done and ready to reopen in another week.

WEST SEATTLE BREWING COMPANY: We’re asked periodically about the 4415 Fauntleroy SW establishment that had just reopened after one mystery closure, only to shut down again on June 22nd, when King County ordered it to close for “operating without a valid permit.” You might have noticed work going on there again; on the WSBC Facebook page, owner Drew answered a “When are you reopening?” question on FB with “We’ve hesitated to provide any kind of timeline, because the timelines we have been given are vague at best & between 3 separate government entities, rarely, if ever accurate. Last thing we want is to put any of you through the repeated disappointment & frustrations we’ve had to & continue to crawl through. If it were as simple as picking a date, I promise we most certainly would have done so, & of course would have passed along that information to all as well. Instead, bureaucracy, or “beer-ocracy” as we call it, continues to be a battle, of which very little is in our control.”

FROM JUICE TO NAILS: The ex-Jamba Juice space at Westwood Village, empty a year and a half, will be the new home of NK Nails, moving from its current spot next to Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) elsewhere in WWV. We’d received a tip to that effect a while ago; now it’s confirmed by a construction-permit application and other documents in the Department of Planning and Development files.

West Seattle restaurants: Mioposto to open in Admiral on Saturday

August 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 17 Comments

(WSB photo added 5:57 pm: New restaurant’s wood-fired oven)
The opening of Mioposto‘s new Admiral restaurant is now set for next Saturday (August 8th), 4 pm. That’s the word today from Mioposto proprietor Jeremy Hardy – two days later than hoped, but still in the midsummer time frame envisioned last spring. The restaurant is occupying the north part of the former Admiralty House Antiques building at California/Walker, its third location after Mt. Baker and Bryant. We’re expecting some additional information shortly – hours, for starters – so check back on this story.

ADDED: Hardy says the hours will start as 4-10 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 4 pm-11 pm Fridays and Saturdays.

UPDATE: Meander’s Kitchen changes management, closes early today, says it will reopen Monday

August 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, White Center | 84 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Popular diner Meander’s Kitchen in White Center closed early today – about two hours short of its usual 3 pm closing.

That wouldn’t be noteworthy, except for the circumstances: A management change, made with King County Sheriff’s Office deputies standing by, following 12-plus hours of unofficial claims, attributed to employees, that today would be Meander’s last day of operations.

First word of this came with postings in various spots on Facebook late Saturday night/early Sunday morning – including the “posts by others” section of the WSB page – saying that Sunday would be the restaurant’s last day open and urging customers to come show support. We also received a text message to that effect, saying the staff was opening the restaurant in hopes of making enough money to cover payroll and vendors. By morning, this sign was up at the restaurant (several people texted us the image):

Patrons told us employees were also telling them personally that it was closing. Contacted via Facebook, restaurant founder Miranda Krone – working out of town as a maritime chef – told us that was definitely not true, and that a new general manager/partner, Afton Larsen, who had been part of Meander’s operations in its early West Seattle days, would arrive at the restaurant later in the day to sort things out.

Larsen also contacted us directly to say she would be at the restaurant “this afternoon to talk with staff in person and keep our doors open.” And a post on the restaurant’s official FB page echoed, “We are NOT closing”:

We had planned to check in by mid-afternoon – and then came a text from a patron about the arrival of deputies, around 1:15 pm, with diners being told that service was ended for the day (regular daily closing time has been 3 pm). That accelerated our plan to go check on the situation. WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand was told on arrival that the deputies were there to ensure an orderly transition, but that there was no trouble and no one had been arrested.

Some employees say their paychecks had bounced, but so far, no one has reported filing a complaint with state Labor and Industries. Larsen (photo below) told us she was just starting to go through the books so didn’t know the status of the restaurant’s accounting yet.

She said some of the current staff has agreed to stay on; she said she hopes Meander’s will be open tomorrow, usual hours, but if circumstances make that infeasible, they would expect to reopen by midweek, potentially with limited service until things are straightened out.

Meander’s first opened in January 2011 in the tiny ex-Jade West Café north of Morgan Junction. Its popularity led Krone to seek a new, larger space, and Meander’s moved to its first White Center space in fall 2012. That turned out to be a bit too big, she said, moving the restaurant to its current space at 9809 16th SW in late summer 2013.

6:54 PM UPDATE: Via e-mail, Larsen says, “We will be open from 10-3 tomorrow running a limited menu with a skeleton crew.”

11:25 PM UPDATE: As discussed in the comment section, while a variety of allegations/rumors continue flying here, we don’t report what can’t be substantiated/verified, until and unless it is. One thing we did verify a short time ago, after some difficulty getting into online court records: An unlawful-detainer (potential eviction) complaint was initiated against the restaurant in late June by the previous tenant from whom they sublease. A hearing date was set for July 10th but online records do not indicate any court action taken then or since. We are seeking clarification from the new management on whether that means it’s been resolved.

11:19 AM MONDAY: Owner Krone responded via text that the rent is now current and resolution of the case is being negotiated by lawyers. Asked if there was any chance the restaurant would be evicted, she replied, no.

West Seattle businesses: Feedback Lounge announces it’s closing

July 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 62 Comments

(WSB file photo)
“Say it isn’t so!” wrote one tipster who e-mailed to let us know that the Feedback Lounge in Morgan Junction has just made this announcement online:

FEEDBACK LOUNGE SAYS GOODBYE
LAST DAY: SATURDAY, AUGUST 8th, 2015

What a wild ride we’ve had over the last seven years. There are simply no words to express how \ grateful we are to have been a part of the West Seattle Business Community and to have made countless, wonderful friends and worked with a many of the industry’s best.

But all good things come to an end. The owners are moving on and the Feedback Lounge is closing. New ownership will be remodeling the space with anticipated reopening in the fall. Our last day of business will be Saturday, August 8th with a final blowout show. We’ll announce the line-up soon.

But in the meantime, please drop by to have a drink with us and say goodbye.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page – we have a few surprises coming up.

The Feedback opened in April 2009 and became known for its craft cocktails as well as for its rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collection and, eventually, live shows including rock and comedy, as well as for its community support of various causes – it’s hosted countless fundraisers. We’re working to find out more about its owners’ plans and the space’s future.

12:22 PM: We just heard back from Feedback co-proprietor Jeff Gilbert (at left in a 2011 WSB photo with co-proprietor Matt Johnson, sporting T-shirts with a slogan they became well-known for). He says they can’t elaborate on the new ownership just yet. As for the reasons for closing, he cites several, including his ongoing work in Portland that he jokes has almost required “dual citizenship,” all adding up to the owners not being able to devote enough time to the enterprise.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Junction Chipotle’s sign up as opening nears

July 14, 2015 at 4:37 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 31 Comments

Five months after we broke the news that Chipotle Mexican Grill was in the works for the ground floor of 4730 California, it’s weeks away from opening. Thanks to Kennedy for tipping us that its exterior sign was going up today; we just got the chance to go over for a photo. We also checked with Chipotle’s media-relations department to see if there’s an update on when they expect to open – the reply, “late August.”

West Seattle restaurants: Eats Market Café closing; space plans show Wingstop on the way

July 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 86 Comments

A longtime Westwood Village restaurant has just announced it’s closing – and according to city permit files, its successor is waiting in the wings, with the wings. After discovering plans for a change in her space, we asked Eats Market Café proprietor Toby Matasar for comment. Her reply is in the note she just forwarded us, and also sent to her newsletter subscribers:

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I have to tell you all that Eats will be closing at the end of July. The mall management has decided not to renew my lease. This is a huge loss not just for me but for my wonderful staff and for all of you, my favorite customers. We have all become a family over the last 10 years and it truly breaks my heart to have to say goodbye. I hope to see all of you in the next few weeks as we serve our final Reubens, Farmhouse breakfasts, Spinach salads, Burgers and all of your other favorite Eats meals.

I will continue my passion for feeding others at my new endeavor, NICHE, which will be opening next month on Capitol Hill. This will be a dedicated gluten-free cafe & bakery. There you will find some of the Eats classics, i.e., the Spinach Salad and the Veggie Burger, along with many new items. You can check us out on our website nicheseattle.com. We will have the same love and dedication for good food and friendly service that you have known for all of the years at Eats. We hope you will come join us in our new space and continue to enjoy our food and our smiles.

Thank you all for your patronage, love and support over the last 10 years. I will be forever grateful for knowing all of you and for your loyalty and your smiles.

Thank you from all of us at Eats
Toby

According to a site plan filed with DPD for the Eats space, work will be done to change it into Wingstop, on behalf of the local franchisee Rice Wings, owned by former Seahawk Sidney Rice. We haven’t yet reached them for comment; the Wingstop website shows Southcenter as the nearest current location.

P.S. For more on Matasar’s new Capitol Hill endeavor, here’s the story our friends at CapitolHillSeattle.com published in May.

Also from our ‘if you were wondering too’ file: Sunfish signage

June 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 9 Comments

Another quick update: Last night, we heard from a few people who had seen the signage being taken down while passing by Sunfish at 2800 Alki SW, and as a result were worried that maybe it was closing or changing. So we went by today to check. What we found out: Sunfish is alive and well. The awning and sign just came down for refurbishment, and are expected back in a few weeks.

West Seattle restaurants: Pagliacci expansion almost done

June 24, 2015 at 8:07 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 17 Comments

Pagliacci Pizza in The Junction has been remodeling and expanding into the former boutique space next door, so it can expand its sit-down area and start serving slices. We first reported on the plan last December; work started in April, and tonight, Pagliacci’s Shelly McNulty sends word that they’re almost done:

We plan to start serving slices next Tuesday, June 30. We will be open for lunch at 11 am daily. However, our delivery hours will remain the same, starting at 5 pm weekdays and 4 pm weekends. In addition to pizza by the slice, dine-in customers may enjoy a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine and beer and wine offerings (unfortunately not available for delivery).

Next year will mark Pagliacci’s 20th anniversary in its Junction location.

West Seattle restaurants: Mioposto sets Admiral opening date

June 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 11 Comments

The restaurant that’s moving into the north section of what was Admiralty House Antiques has set its opening date.

Via Twitter, Mioposto told us today that it’s planning to open the 2141 California SW restaurant on August 6th. News of Mioposto’s West Seattle expansion came back in January; our most-recent update was in March, when proprietor Jeremy Hardy told us they’ll open for lunch in Admiral as well as dinner. This will be Mioposto’s third restaurant, after Mt. Baker and Bryant. (Here’s the current menu.)

West Seattle restaurants: Zatz A Better Bagel closing

June 12, 2015 at 11:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 102 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, FRIDAY MORNING: Thanks to everyone who called and messaged this morning with word that Zatz A Better Bagel in The Admiral District has announced it’s closing its doors after Sunday. We went to the shop to confirm this, and also have spoken with its proprietor. Zatz has been listed for sale for a while, but no buyer has come forward, owner Don Nolan told WSB by phone. He says they’re closing because the business has been “in Chapter 11.” He’s owned the shop for 9 years, and it had been open for a decade before he took it over. Zatz’s closure will leave four restaurant/bar spaces shuttered within one Admiral block, following the Benbow (ex-Heartland Café) in March, The Cask last fall, and Royal India Grill in May 2014.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: We went by late this afternoon in hopes of catching the final bagel buyers, but by 4 pm (an hour earlier than posted), Zatz was already closed, empty racks visible through the window. Here’s the sign on the door:

We heard from several readers who said Saturday was busy too; Christine sent us a note Saturday morning pointing out the crowd and saying that, as a regular, she was shocked to hear about the imminent closure: “We’re here this morning having our last Scrambagel and thanking the great staff for all the years of wonderful memories and.delicious bagels!”

West Seattle restaurants: The Lodge Sports Grille coming to opening-soon Junction 47

June 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 57 Comments

(UPDATED 3:15 PM with added information including the restaurant’s exact location in the project)

We now know the identity of the second commercial tenant at Junction 47, the almost-complete two-building apartments/retail project at California/Alaska/42nd. The first, reported here in February, is Starbucks. The second, announced today: The Lodge Sports Grille. It’s “a family owned, locally based restaurant known for its wide selection of craft beers and innovative American-style menu,” according to the official announcement. The Lodge already has five locations in the region – SODO, downtown, Kirkland, Mill Creek, and Mukilteo, with a sixth planned in Greenwood. For its seventh, here, it’s leased 4,200 square feet, about a fifth of Junction 47′s retail space. Proprietor Shawn Roten says the Junction hours will be 11 am to midnight Sundays-Tuesdays, 11 am-2 am Wednesdays-Saturdays, adding, “We open for breakfast during the football season at 9 am.” (Preview their current beer list and menus on the left sidebar here). Read on for the full news release (plus, 3:15 pm update, answers to two questions):

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West Seattle food notes: Ripple Café & Chipotle updates, more

May 19, 2015 at 10:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 30 Comments

Quick bites of West Seattle restaurant news:

RIPPLE CAFE OPEN: The new café at 35th/Henderson, in the former JC’s Deli spot, mentioned here last month, is now open – check it out 10 am-6 pm tomorrow.

CHIPOTLE SIGN UP: For the first time since we reported in February that Chipotle Mexican Grill was coming to the retail space at 4730 California (WSB sponsor), a sign’s up:

We’ll be checking back with the company for any new estimate of when they’ll open; the permit to build out the space was just issued last week.

PATIO TIME: With spring heating up, La Rustica on Beach Drive tells us the patio’s open (and it’s not alone, as you’ve probably noticed at other establishments). The Pellegrini family is also proceeding with its new project at the former La Romanza in The Junction; they’ve applied for a liquor license under the name Pellegrini Restaurant, though the family says there’s still nothing to announce quite yet.

SPEAKING OF PATIOS: The Bridge has opened theirs too and says it’ll be open for brunch on Monday (Memorial Day), 9 am-2 pm, with the all-day menu starting after that. (Anywhere else with special holiday plans/hours Monday? Let us know – editor@westseattleblog.com)

West Seattle restaurants: Itto’s to bring ‘Moroccan fusion,’ tapas-style, to The Junction

May 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 40 Comments

By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

The West Seattle Junction is getting a tapas lounge!

Local resident Khalid Agour is hoping to have his new endeavor ready for business no later than July 1. Itto’s will bring Moroccan fusion to the northeast corner of California SW and SW Genesee, as soon as the former Firefly Café and Creperie space can be made ready.

Agour’s brother Aziz will be the culinary mind behind Itto’s, named for their mother who passed away last November and was the primary chef for the Agour family when the brothers were young. Khalid says that the restaurant will fulfill a long-held ambition to start a business in his neighborhood.

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You can help! 4 Morgan Junction establishments donating part of tomorrow’s proceeds to Pelly Place fire victims

May 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 4 Comments

That’s the flyer for a benefit tomorrow to help the three families whose homes burned last Thursday – Peel and Press, The Bridge, and Beveridge Place Pub have announced that they will donate part of Tuesday’s proceeds to help them with short-term expenses. The fire Thursday afternoon (WSB coverage here) tore through three houses on 46th SW in the Pelly Place area, which is between Morgan Junction and Lincoln Park. No human injuries, but at least one pet was lost. Seattle Fire investigators determined Friday that it was sparked by an improperly installed heater, estimating $2.7 million damage to all three homes and their contents. Crowdfunding accounts also have been set up for the families – here, and here, and here.

ADDED: Feedback Lounge is reported to be in as well.

5 West Seattle restaurants in Dining Out For Life on Thursday

April 29, 2015 at 1:36 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 2 Comments

(Photo courtesy Seattle Dining Out for Life)
Buddha Ruksa is one of five West Seattle restaurants donating part of their proceeds to Lifelong on Thursday as part of the annual Dining Out For Life benefit. According to the Seattle DOFL website, they’re donating 30 percent of dinner proceeds. Also participating on Thursday: Talarico’s in The Junction is donating 30 percent of its lunch, dinner, and late night proceeds; same percentage for El Chupacabra on Alki at lunch, Luna Park Café at dinner, and Locöl at dinner and late night.

West Seattle restaurants: Health inspectors close KFC – temporarily

April 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm | In Triangle, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 20 Comments

2:17 PM: Just in via the King County Health Department:

KFC #332 located at 3501 SW Avalon Way, Seattle 98126 was closed by a Public Health food inspector on April 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm due to the imminent health hazard of sewage backup into the facility. The inspector will reopen the establishment after all issues have been resolved.

Sometimes that happens quickly, so we’ll be going over to check soon to see if they’re still closed.

2:34 PM: The restaurant is open for business. We’re trying to see if we can find someone to confirm that the problem announced by the Health Department is fixed. (Added: The KCPH webpage now says they approved the business for reopening at 11 am … hours before this alert was sent.)

West Seattle restaurants: The Ripple Café is on the way

April 21, 2015 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 25 Comments

Just spotted this while out checking on something unrelated: Signage is up for The Ripple Café, on the way to 9007 35th SW, next to West Seattle Fish House. It’s the same spot where JC’s Deli closed at the end of last year. Via Facebook, the café’s proprietor describes it as, “(A) small but funky café … Local coffee, home-made sweet and savory baked goods (gluten-free options too!!), everything fresh, everything delicious!!”, adding that they hope to open this month. When we find out more, we’ll update this story.

ADDED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Proprietor Barbara Underwood comments below – including, ” In coordinating with our neighbors, we are hoping to all compliment each other and create our own little destination corner of West Seattle. We will be serving fresh sandwiches, fresh tossed salads and some baked items. We have specialty coffees and teas (Iced and Hot) but have no plans to serve espresso. We hope to consistently adjust to the neighborhood needs. Hope to see you soon.”

Phoenecia serves up ‘Give Back Tuesdays’; joins WSB sponsor team

April 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 9 Comments

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Phoenecia. The family-owned-and-operated Alki restaurant wants to let you know about its new Give Back Tuesdays:

Phoenecia Restaurant has long been a West Seattle family tradition — from its early days in The Junction (1973), to its current location on Alki Beach. Those of you who had the pleasure of knowing its original founder and chef Hussein Khazaal experienced first-hand his kind, gentle, and generous spirit. The best thing on the menu was always “something very special” that Hussein would rush back to the kitchen to create “just for you.”

In the year following Hussein’s death, Phoenecia was reborn by Hussein’s son William, who transformed it into a fresh and entirely different concept. Rather than formal Middle Eastern-centric meals served on white linen tablecloths, the family opted for a casual, contemporary atmosphere that would appeal to Alki’s more spontaneous, diverse crowd.

Today’s “hip neighborhood joint with an upscale urban bistro vibe” (says Lonely Planet) serves up small plates, artisanal wood-fired pizza, chalkboard entrees, and an excellent selection of wines … not to mention sunset views of the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay from every seat.

One thing has remained very much the same: that feeling of being embraced (figuratively and often literally) when you walk in the door. Hussein’s sweet spirit is alive in the hearts, arms and faces of his wife Inaam, and daughters Sonya and Nadia. And the food, albeit a different menu than the original restaurant, continues to get rave reviews, including Best Pizza in West Seattle from Thrillist.com, and Open Table Diner’s Choice winner 2014.

Dine Out and Help Make a Difference in the World

After so many years of feeling supported by their community, Inaam, Sonya, and Nadia decided it was time to give something back. Their new “Give Back Tuesdays” program encourages diners to enjoy a good meal at Phoenecia every Tuesday night and help make a difference in the world: Ten percent of the restaurant’s Tuesday proceeds will be donated to a different charity each month. This month’s designated charity is the Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s Greater NW Chapter. Inaam and her daughters warmly encourage you to join them for dinner soon, and welcome ideas for upcoming charities by email at sonyakhazaal@yahoo.com.

Visit Phoenecia‘s website at phoeneciawestseattle.com; follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/phoeneciawestseattle – and of course, enjoy delicious food with them at 2716 Alki Avenue SW!

We thank Phoenecia 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: Pica Border Grill has closed

April 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 55 Comments

Pica Border Grill on the north edge of The Junction has been closed for a few days, and tonight, after a tip from customer Franklin, we caught up with owner Miguel Govela, who says Pica is closed permanently after he lost what he says was originally a 6-year lease. He posted this sign in the window:

We reported last year on two houses torn down behind the restaurant at 4151 California SW, with a townhouse and live-work unit replacing them, but the one-story restaurant building was listed as staying. We just re-checked the city’s permit files and still don’t see anything proposed for it yet, and the county assessor’s files do not show a recent ownership change – last one on record was in fall 2013. That was more than a year after Govela bought the restaurant that had been Jonny Bostons; we subsequently reported on his transformation of the space into Pica, with a menu from both sides of the US-Mexico border.

West Seattle restaurants: Alki Blue Moon Burgers opens tomorrow

March 29, 2015 at 11:11 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 14 Comments

(WSB photos)
After a friends-and-family event last night, Blue Moon Burgers on Alki is ready to officially open for business at 1 pm tomorrow (Monday, March 30th). Regular hours will be 11 am until 9 or 10 (they’ll be experimenting until summer arrives, when they’ll plan to be open until 11 pm).

(Kilie at the grill)
The menu includes build-your-own burger options, sandwiches (BLT, grilled cheese, more), vegan options, chicken tenders, salads, sides, and other food options, plus 12 beers on tap, and milkshakes too. Alki Blue Moon general manager JR Gifford – who grew up in WS – told us two of the three fryers are gluten-free. Another feature: You’ll be able to text an order, then drive or ride up into one of two pick-up spots out front, and run in to get it. The site has about a dozen spots in all for customers (fitting, given that in its former life, it was an auto-repair shop; we first reported the burger-switchover plan almost a year ago). It’s at 2504 Alki Ave. SW.

West Seattle food/drink notes: Alki Starbucks, Blue Moon Burgers, Mioposto in Admiral, Terra Cole Butchery, WS Brewing, and …

March 20, 2015 at 2:52 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants, WS beverages | 40 Comments

Updates and mysteries from the world of West Seattle food and beverages:

ALKI STARBUCKS REOPENS AFTER REMODELING: This morning’s reopening was confirmed by one of the 2742 Alki SW store’s biggest fans, Cami MacNamara of WebCami, who also sent the photo. The store shut down for just over a month for upgrades explained in this February report.

ALKI BLUE MOON BURGERS – ALMOST THERE: Also on Alki, you’ve probably noticed the new Blue Moon Burgers location at 2504 Alki SW has finally undergone major exterior transformation:

As happens with so many restaurant projects, it’s taken lots longer than expected, but a spokesperson tells us it’s no more than a few weeks away. It’s been exactly a year since we reported first word of the plan, confirmed in this followup. We’ll report the official opening date as soon as we get it.

MIOPOSTO ADMIRAL UPDATES: Speaking of taking longer than expected, some permit delays for the new Mioposto restaurant at 2141 California SW in The Admiral District kept work from starting in earnest before this week.

We checked in this week with proprietor Jeremy Hardy, who says that now that the work is under way, he’s guessing “mid-summer.” And there’s other news: “We have changed plans, however, and, due to requests and hungry looking people in the afternoons that we’ve been in Admiral, we will be opening for lunch as well.”

Now, two mysteries:

MYSTERY #1 – TERRA COLE BUTCHERY: We’ve received numerous inquiries about the status of Terra Cole Butchery in The Junction, which has been closed for at least a few days, and appears to be devoid of inventory. No note on the door nor any updates online, but the shop has been up for sale for four months and the online listing is still open. We have voicemail and e-mail messages out in hopes of hearing something about the store’s status. It opened a year and a half ago.

MYSTERY #2 – WEST SEATTLE BREWING: Questions have also come in over the past few days about the status of West Seattle Brewing at 4415 Fauntleroy Way SW in The Triangle, which too hasn’t opened for at least several days. Its website is offline, but it still has a Facebook page, on which the “what’s going on?” question has gone unanswered. As with Terra Cole, we’ve gone by, left voicemail, and sent e-mail, but have not heard anything definitive. (MONDAY 3/23 UPDATE: WS Brewing’s Drew has replied and says they will reopen. Look for a separate update in biznotes later today.)

One more note – just discovered while writing this story:

ANOTHER BEACH DRIVE RESTAURANT? No details yet but an early-stage DPD permit application says 4029 Beach Drive SW, the waterfront brick building north of Weather Watch Park, is seeking a change of use to first floor restaurant, second-floor residential. It’s right across the street from what’s currently the only restaurant on Beach Drive, La Rustica. We’re working to find out more.

SPEAKING OF LA RUSTICA … ABOUT THE FORMER LA ROMANZA: The new mosaic tilework in front of the former La Romanza Bistro in The Junction keeps catching eyes, and inspiring questions. When we went by one day to ask, we encountered La Romanza’s Aimee Pellegrini (whose family runs La Rustica, if you weren’t already aware), who declined comment at the time, but has since told us that whatever they’re working on is “a family project” and being pursued at a leisurely pace – details when they are ready to announce them.

West Seattle food notes: Pagliacci expands delivery zone; Top Pot opens; St. Patrick’s Day specials

March 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 26 Comments

Dig into these West Seattle food notes/updates:

PAGLIACCI EXPANDS DELIVERY ZONE, GETS READY TO START JUNCTION EXPANSION: Next year marks 20 years since Pagliacci Pizza added a “delivery kitchen” in West Seattle. But it’s never delivered to all of WS. If you’ve been reading WSB since before we became a news publication, you might remember a vigorous discussion of Pagliacci’s delivery zone dating back to early 2007. With the issue still out there, when we reported back in December on their plan to expand the Junction location, adding seating and slices, we asked about delivery-zone expansion. They weren’t sure at the time, but now they have announced they’re heading further into the south and northeast areas of WS. Pagliacci’s Rebekah Wolf sent this to us:

We’re happy to announce that our delivery zone coverage has expanded. We are now delivering to SW Thistle Street, from 28th Avenue SW to Fauntleroy Way SW. Also, we are now delivering to the Pigeon Point neighborhood, which goes as far east as 19th Avenue SW, between SW Charlestown Street and SW Genesee Street.

The note also said the expansion into the space next door will start April 1st and should be complete by mid-June; the delivery kitchen will stay open during the work. Meantime, Lika Love, the boutique that’s temporarily been in the space next door since Clementine’s moved to Pioneer Square, is having a farewell party/sale 5-8 pm on March 28th.

TOP POT DOUGHNUTS NOW OPEN: As reported here earlier in the week, today is grand-opening day for Top Pot Doughnuts on Alki, at 2758 Alki SW in a space that was completed three-plus years ago but hasn’t had a tenant until now. We stopped by and found a crowd:

Hours and menu notes are in our report from Wednesday.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Jenny at The Bridge sends word they’re having specials: “Tuesday night, we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Jon the Bagpiper coming by at 7 pm to play for us as well as an Irish themed fresh sheet throughout the month of March featuring Beet Salad, Irish Stew and Reubens!” Any other local restaurants with special menus for the wearin’ of the green? Let us know and we’ll add them – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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