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First-ever West Seattle Beer & Music Festival set for next month

Before we get back to previews of imminent summer fun (and other news) – we want to be sure you know about the first-ever West Seattle Beer & Music Festival, which is sponsoring WSB right now to help get the word out. First thing you need to know – this is a 21+ event. It’s happening August 24th through 26th at the Masonic Center in The Junction, offering what organizers describe as “an amazing selection of unique beers, spirits, customized food pairings from local culinary heroes, and an event soundtrack of live music throughout the weekend.”

It’s a benefit, too, with ticket proceeds helping WestSide Baby serve thousands of families in need.

So far, 30 local and national brewers are participating in the West Seattle Beer & Music Festival, with 70 beers, both specialty and familiar. The spirits will be offered in handcrafted cocktails in a special lounge. And the food pairings will be featured in “Sips and Bites” popups “curated by local culinary stars working directly with festival brew masters.” Food on Sunday will include a pig roast, and that’s also Dog Day – when you’ll be able to bring your furry friend.

As for the music – showcased acts include Rippin’ Chicken, Funky 2 Death, Marmalades, and Unsinkable Heaviesplus others – as well as DJ Indica Jones.

“We are thrilled to bring this festival to our community. It’s a very exciting time to be on the Westside,” said West Seattle Beer & Music Festival Association chair Joe Jeannot. (Read more about organizers here.)

READY TO GET YOUR TICKET(S)? There’s a range of festival ticket options, starting at $25. All include a souvenir pint glass, available for pickup at the festival. Limited and VIP ticket offerings are available, with amenities listed by organizers as including “early access, preferred seating, special drinks, private restrooms, custom T-shirts, private pours, and epicurean creations.” Get your ticket(s) here!

West 5: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor!

You probably recognize this now-iconic mug – known best to hold the Mai Tai at West 5.

The West Seattle Junction restaurant/bar is one of our newest WSB sponsors, and we’re officially welcoming them in this week when we all celebrate what’s local as Summer Fest approaches.

This is a big year for West 5, celebrating its 15th anniversary in the spring. Co-proprietor Dean Overton explains that the idea of opening a place grew out of the closure of the old Admiral Benbow. He and business partner Dave Montoure thought that the neighborhood needed a good bar that kept the spirit and flavor of the neighborhood alive. Since Dean and Dave are both West Seattle born and raised, they thought they were suited to bring that idea to life.

Once they secured West 5‘s location in the Junction, Dave and Dean stocked the place with items from some of the other former West Seattle establishments, such as the giant plaster ship painting, which came from the old Vann’s (now the Maha).

West 5‘s signature lighted crown in the rear of the restaurant came from the time when the space was a bowling alley.

Looking back, Dean says he and Dave were ahead of the curve in trying to bring a great establishment to the Junction. (One that happens to be TV-free!) Over time, they believe that they’ve been around this long because they let the community have a say in which direction West 5 would take. While that’s meant some changes to the menu – don’t worry, some faves like the legendary mac and cheese are still there! – and drinks, it also creates a sense of togetherness for both the patrons and staff.

As always, West 5 will have its outdoor café for Summer Fest next weekend, starting Thursday night with the Yadda Yadda Blues Band. But you are welcome to visit any time of year – 4539 California SW – lunch, dinner, drinks, and/or weekend brunch.

We thank West 5 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.

COFFEE, PAST & PRESENT: Shuttered shop for sale on Alki; new shop headed for Admiral

Two coffee-related notes:

(WSB photo from March)

EX-TULLY’S FOR SALE: Almost four months after Tully’s Coffee closed on Alki, the 2676 Alki SW building it had been renting for more than a decade is listed for sale. The flyer says you have to call the listing agent to inquire about the price, and also notes that leasing the space is an option too. Tully’s was officially evicted from the building, as it has been from others around the metro area, some weeks after the sudden shutdown. (Thanks to Jonathan French for the tip.)

NEW COFFEE SHOP FOR NORTH ADMIRAL: That’s what’s on the way to the space next to Mioposto at 2141 California SW:

The mortgage broker who originally was in the space has moved to Sunrise Heights. Documents on file with the city say the coffee shop for which the space is now being renovated will be called West Seattle Grounds. We have a message out in hopes of finding out more.

Can Bar opening this summer in South Delridge

By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

The South Delridge area will see the arrival of a new neighborhood bar and restaurant later this summer, with Can Bar set to sail into the stretch of 17th Avenue SW between Delridge and Roxbury.

David Gradwohl says he and his partners — Josh Baymiller and James Imonti — are hoping for a mid-July open of their nautically themed bar and restaurant, with an eye toward being able to meet the community during White Center Jubilee Days (July 18-22).

The “Can” in Can Bar is a reference to the prominent role canned beer will play in the bar’s offerings. While there will be six taps for draft beer and a full bar, there will be no bottled beer available.

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NEW WEST SEATTLE BAR: The Alley to open in the back of Be’s Restaurant

(WSB photos. Above, Jade Nguyen and Tony Larson)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Soon to join the West Seattle bar scene: The Alley.

Jade Nguyen explains that her parents – who have operated Be’s Restaurant in The Junction for more than 30 years – wanted to open a bar.

The private room in the rear of the restaurant at 4509 California SW, which hadn’t undergone much updating over the years, seemed like the perfect space.

So it’s undergone a transformation in recent months – with Jade teaming with veteran local bar specialist Tony Larson to create a space with a “speakeasy” motif. We talked there with Jade and Tony earlier this week.

The lighting will be dim; the decor and cocktails will transport you back in time to the Prohibition-era. Even the bartenders/servers’ uniforms and chilled glassware will be intended to enhance the mood.

Tony says he is “huge on bars as a place for people to talk, to put your phone down.” The Alley will be that kind of place.

You’ll enter from the alley, one door down from California/Oregon. There might not even be signage. Probably just a light to let you know you’re in the right place. Most of the drinks will be familiar: “a decent-sized menu, about two dozen cocktails, you’ll recognize most of them.” Manhattans, for example. And Sazeracs. And some “new classics,” promises Tony, who will do some bartending in the early going too (you might know him from the launch team at Alchemy [WSB sponsor]).

Music? Jazz, says Jade, who has also been working on the decor – The Alley’s somewhat industrial-looking legacy windows will be covered by velvet drapes; a crystal chandelier catches your eye over the corner “lounge” area on one end of the bar. Other touches include an antique fireplace grate and some wall bricks that are newly installed but look like they’ve long been in place.

Food? Small bites. And before too long, you’ll be able to dine next door, as Jade says she expects to expand Be’s dinner offerings into later hours once the bar’s open – Vietnamese food, in particular (she’s working on a new menu for that).

Hours for The Alley will be 4 pm to midnight Sundays-Thursdays, 4 pm-2 am Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour 4 pm-6 pm. They expect to be open by West Seattle Summer Fest Eve (July 12th).

UPDATE: Local food and beverage purveyors delight hundreds at Taste of West Seattle 2018, helping the Helpline, delectably

(UPDATED FRIDAY AFTERNOON with tally, vote winners)

THURSDAY NIGHT: Dozens of West Seattle food and beverage providers provided bites and sips tonight to help the West Seattle Helpline keep up its work, centering on preventing homelessness and other emergency assistance. It’s work that warms the hearts of those who do it:

Above are First Lutheran Church of West Seattle‘s Rev. Ron Marshall from the Helpline board, with Judi Yazzolino (right) from the West Seattle Food Bank and Judi’s niece Amie Edmondson. Among the taste providers, many WSB sponsors, including Leslie Thomson from Dream Dinners in The Junction (where you put together meals and take them home for cooking later):

The team from Metropolitan Market:

Pecos Pit was offering tastes of their “sticky sauce”:

From Mission Cantina, mango salsa:

The sign said it all for Salty’s on Alki:

West 5 is famous for its mac-and-cheese, which Dean and Sidney were serving up out on the patio:

Circa is known for its gumbo:

And what’s a repast without wine? Viscon Cellars was pouring:

The Westy was on the event’s lineup card too! We’ll be following up with the Helpline for the Taste tally tomorrow.

ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Fundraising total was $70,000, reports Layla Al-Jamal Judkins from the Helpline. And the winners of the voting by attendees:

Best Sip: Cafe Osita
Best Sweet: Bakery Nouveau
Best Pour: Beveridge Place
Best Taste: Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes

HAPPENING NOW: Second sold-out West Seattle Junction Wine Walk

The West Seattle Junction Association‘s second Wine Walk is sold out! CAPERS is the epicenter – that’s where Ben Viscon of Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is pouring tonight, and where the limited supply of same-day tickets were snapped up after they went on sale an hour before the Wine Walk started:

But even if you didn’t get a Wine Walk ticket, you can do some evening shopping – for example, Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) has kicked off its 45th anniversary sale – 30 percent to 50 percent off! – and you can shop with a soundtrack as musician Zechariah Valette is performing there:

The Menashes are featuring wines from Aluel Cellars. More than a dozen wineries are paired with businesses for the Wine Walk. At Fleurt, it’s Coral Wines – and a lot of smiles:

At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), Convergence Zone Cellars is pouring:

Each winery is selling bottles as well as offering tastes. And if you enjoy candy with your wine – stop by VAIN (WSB sponsor), where they’re hosting Dolcetta, as well as Ellensburg Canyon Winery. The Wine Walk is on until 9 pm tonight; again, it’s sold out, but watch the Junction Association’s channels for word of the next one!

SATURDAY: West Seattle Rotary continues 70th-anniversary celebration with wine pop-up

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(Photos displayed at West Seattle Rotary 70th anniversary lunch last November)

On Saturday, you’re invited to join the Rotary Club of West Seattle in a celebration that will cap the club’s 70th-anniversary festivities, a pop-up celebration of wine:

The Rotary Club of West Seattle will hold the culminating event of its 70th Anniversary Year Saturday, May 19th, at the Alki Masonic Center (4736 40th Ave SW) from 4 – 6:30 pm.

You’re invited for:

Wine tastings from local wineries.
Heavy appetizers served.
Wine & wine-related items for auction and for sale.
West Seattle Rotarians free admission; Guests $10 donation

WS Rotary 70th Anniversary Commemorative glasses will be given to the first 100 guests. Included in the auction/raffle are the following:

3L 2015 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon, etched and signed by winemaker and Drew Bledsoe (retail value w/o signatures: $540)

3L 2014 Fidelitas Cabernet Sauvignon, signed by owner/winemaker Charlie Hoppes

Wineries participating include Icy Road Vineyards, Bledsoe and DoubleBack Wineries (Walla Walla), Fidelitas Wines (Woodinville), and West Seattle’s Viscon Cellars.

The event will be an opportunity to taste numerous excellent Washington wines and to learn about the Rotary Club of West Seattle.

The celebrating began at a lunch last fall – here’s our coverage.

BIZNOTE: Don’t panic if you see the cow come down during Best of Hands Barrelhouse work

(WSB photo)

It’s been somewhat slow going for the Best of Hands Barrelhouse crew as they continue remodeling the former deli space at 35th and Webster. After a few recent reader questions, we checked back in with Nick Marianetti, who replied with this update:

Things are moving along quickly now that SCL and PSE have us on their schedules and are installing the power upgrades we require to operate a brewing facility and taproom. Build out on the inside has been moving along steadily, and our neighbors will begin to see changes to the outside of the building as well. … We’ll be pulling off old siding and replacing it; re-roofing the taproom side (old market side); installing new HVAC systems; painting the whole building, and adding a patio on the south wall of the taproom! We will also be giving the iconic cow a new paint job, so if we’re required to take her off the roof to do so, fear not, she will return to her perch atop the building!

Opening dates are still a moving target at this time. Once the power installs are completed we can install our brewing system, and then we will have a better idea of how quickly we can be up and brewing.

For more backstory, check out our first report on the Best of Hands plan in February 2017.

BECAUSE YOU ASKED: What’s up with The Hydrant, almost three years ‘coming soon’ in West Seattle Junction?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This has continued to be a frequently asked question in the WSB inbox, with an empty space in the heart of The Junction sporting “Coming Soon: The Hydrant” in its window since before Summer Fest in 2015. Our newest WSB contributing reporter reached the proprietor.

Story and photo by Tony Lystra
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

After nearly three years, the West Seattle Junction’s bar for dogs and their owners may finally soon become a reality.

Since 2015, Beya Mark and her husband Cliff have been planning to open a bar called The Hydrant that serves both humans and dogs. The bar would be next door to the Marks’ upscale pet store, Next to Nature, in the 4500 block of California SW.

But the windows at The Hydrant’s proposed location, a prime piece of Junction real estate, have been papered over for all this time. An interim liquor license to serve beer and wine is still posted on the door; it expired Jan. 11, 2016. The mysteriously shuttered storefront has become a neighborhood curiosity.

Beya Mark, who leases the storefront with her husband, said a family emergency delayed the bar’s opening. Now, she tells WSB, preparations for opening are nearly complete.

“The Hydrant is definitely still on,” she said.

Beya Mark said the bar could open this summer, but at this point she’s reluctant to make promises.

She said The Hydrant will serve European and local wines, beer, and high-end coffee. It will be a sort of community hub for dog lovers, she said.

Because businesses that allow dogs can’t serve food under state food safety rules, Beya Mark said she plans to partner with nearby restaurants so people can order a bite to eat and enjoy it at The Hydrant.

“It’s a lifestyle,” she said of being out in the neighborhood with your dog. “We want people to just be able to come in and relax.”

New owners, new start: See inside as Corner Pocket reopens in West Seattle

It’s been the #1 question in the WSB inbox lately – “what’s up with the Corner Pocket reopening?” This afternoon, we got answers – and photos.

As of less than half an hour ago, the basement bar at 4302 SW Alaska (actually entered off California) is starting a long weekend of “soft opening,” 3 pm to 2 am tonight, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

Almost a year and a half after its sudden, scandalous shutdown, the Corner Pocket is reopening under all-new ownership – we reported last December on the group led by Pete Olive, with others who have been his co-proprietors at a Renton bar and arcade.

(Scott Fjelstad, Pete Olive, Terrence Vaccaro)

The Corner Pocket continues to be a place to play – pinball as well as pool.

During our visit about an hour ago, the new proprietors showed us the redone bar, seating, floor, pool tables. Overall, their intent – having been regulars in the olden day – was to bring in “major improvements” to what otherwise they hope will re-launch as a familiar neighborhood hangout. Even the restrooms have been upgraded – this is a view from inside the women’s room:

After the four nights of soft openings, official opening night is Monday, and the hours will continue 3 pm-2 am, with food available 5 pm to close (not during soft open, we’re told, but the menu will be available next week).

Whisky West: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

Today we’re welcoming one of our newest WSB sponsors, Whisky West in Morgan Junction! Here’s what they would like you to know about their business:

Whisky West is a local, family-owned business, operated by Colin and Donna Pickering, who have called West Seattle home for years. After owning and running the Whisky Bar in Seattle’s Belltown, they decided to open a new location a little closer to home.

Whisky West, conveniently located just north of the corner of Fauntleroy Way and California Avenue SW, specializes in whisky, craft cocktails, and good bar food. Colin hails from northern England, where the cuisine has a distinct British flair. Fish & chips, scotch eggs, and meat pies are all standard fare. Whisky is by far not the only standard; the bar boasts 20 rotating beer taps and an exquisite bottle program. Whisky West is proud to feature trivia, whisky tastings, and the occasional music.

As a family-owned place so close to home, the Pickerings’ main goal is to have a comfortable, laid-back place for anyone to hang out and unwind. While there are well-executed craft cocktails on the menu, the bar and staff are not pretentious; it’s the perfect place to stay, and have fun with old friends and new.

The space has changed a lot over the years, from its humble beginnings as a local hardware store to the more recent Feedback Lounge. Since the Pickerings took over the spot, opening in July 2016, the inside has changed considerably, adding lots of light, large windows that can open to the great outdoors in summer, to the warm wood covering the bar, perfect for cozying up in winter. With a local charm and down-home feel, we hope to make you part of the family for years to come!

We thank Whisky West 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.

JUNCTION NOTES: Spring Clean; flower baskets; Wine Walk

Three notes about West Seattle Junction Association events:

SPRING CLEAN: Junction Plaza Park was headquarters today for WSJA’s second annual Spring Clean. Volunteers got to enjoy the morning sunshine, as well as coffee, breakfast, and a tote bag, while taking on tasks including litter pickup, storm-drain stenciling, painting over graffiti, and weed-pulling.

FLOWER BASKETS: As we’ve mentioned, this is also the second year The Junction is offering flower-basket sponsorships, and executive director Lora Swift tells us about two dozen of the hanging baskets are still available for sponsoring. You get a name plaque that goes up with the basket (and no, you don’t have to maintain the basket, that’s done professionally as always). Go here ASAP to sign up for yours! (We’re proud to have WSB sponsoring one again this year.)

WINE WALK: Also running low – remaining tickets for the springtime Wine Walk in The Junction, 5-9 pm Friday, May 18th. You get ten tasting tickets, snacks, plus a special glass, and the chance to sip while wandering between the merchants that’ll be hosting 14 participating wineries that night. Buy online here (where you can also see the list of wineries and merchants), or in person at CAPERS (4525 California SW).

FOLLOWUP: Eviction lawsuit filed in Tully’s Alki closure

Not a surprise, given what we reported last weekend, but if you’ve been waiting for something official – here it is. 2+ weeks after the sudden shutdown of Tully’s Coffee at 2676 Alki SW – and other remaining Tully’s stores – an eviction lawsuit (unlawful detainer) has been filed.

As was alleged in the notice posted last week, the landlord says Tully’s parent company Global Baristas hasn’t paid the March rent. The overdue sum of $5,103 is broken down as $4,860 rent plus a $243 late fee. The court documents say Global Baristas has until next Thursday to pay up or show otherwise why it shouldn’t be evicted from the shuttered shop. This is the fifth unlawful-detainer suit filed against Global Baristas in King County Superior Court since February 1st. (Side note: Documents in the online court file include the lease terms going back to when the original Tully’s ownership took over the former Alki Taco Time in fall 1999; the initial rent was $4,050, so it’s only gone up 20 percent in 18+ years.)

FOLLOWUP: Peek under the new cover at Ounces in North Delridge

(WSB photos)

When we reported last November on the first-anniversary party at Ounces, North Delridge’s taproom and beer garden (3809 Delridge Way SW), we showed you the newly unveiled rendering of what has since taken shape in the outdoor space that was formerly under a tent. Now, it’s almost finished! We stopped by for a followup.

Above are Ounces co-proprietor Laurel Trujillo and the architect of their project, North Delridge-based Parie Hines of LD Arch Design (WSB sponsor). We talked with them at Ounces on Thursday afternoon. They say this will be mostly complete within the next two weeks or so.

Laurel assembled the tabletops; an Ounces bartender did the welding; and the contractor is Avid Builders, making it an all-West Seattle project.

(If you’re a fan of the old “spool” tables, don’t worry, a few of them are outside the structure on the north side.) The finishing touches will enable the space to be enclosed when need be – including garage doors on the way for both the north and south sides, and permanent material on the roof (which currently has a temporary covering):

Laurel says that after she shared her vision for the replacement of their former tent, “Parie nailed it” in one take. It includes some inspiration from Hines’s design for the West Seattle Nursery expansion. Laurel says you can watch for news of a grand opening when it’s all done in four to six weeks. But the timing will be a bit of a balancing act because she’s expecting something else in about six weeks – her first child – she and husband Andrew Trujillo are about to become parents as well as co-proprietors and spouses.

P.S. If you haven’t been to Ounces lately, or even if you have, you can get a peek at the project tomorrow when they host a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt – starting at 1:30 pm.

UPDATE: Tully’s Coffee on Alki closes ‘temporarily,’ mysteriously

ORIGINAL STORY, 1:17 PM: Thanks to everybody who has tipped us on this. We’ve been checking into the mysterious closure of Tully’s Coffee on Alki Beach since this “temporarily closed” sign went up yesterday afternoon:

Though the sign says they “look forward” to reopening, some who have contacted us are skeptical that will happen, given the recent travails of what’s left of the chain, and someone even put a memorial by the door with “RIP” and flowers, spotted when we went back today to check if it was still closed:

According to the city business-license database, the shop is owned by Global Baristas, as are other remaining Tully’s shops, bought by the group in 2013 after Tully’s itself filed for bankruptcy. Online court records show the state is seeking back taxes from Global Baristas, with a court filing dated this past Monday citing more than $180,000. And records list multiple “unlawful detainer” – potential eviction – filings since mid-October, most recently for a location in Bellevue. Three shops closed last fall, including one on Capitol Hill, where our friends at capitolhillseattle.com investigated extensively. But we haven’t yet found documents mentioning anything specific about this location (2676 Alki SW). We have a message out to the “media contact” listed on the Tully’s website. We’re also trying to find the Alki property’s owners; property records carry both the name of an accountant in Federal Way and the name of the former owner of the Taco Time that was on the site before it became a Tully’s shop in 2000. We’ll update if and when we find out more.

8:25 PM: We never did hear back from the company. But The Seattle Times inquired and reports tonight that a company memo says the stores closed because they were out of coffee. (Thanks to commenter David for spotting that.)

IN THE JUNCTION: West Seattle Summer Fest community chat; flower baskets available to adopt; Wine Walk tickets

Three ways you can get involved with downtown West Seattle – via the Junction Association:

SUMMER FEST COMMUNITY CHAT: After last year’s West Seattle Summer Fest, you might recall, WSJA circulated a survey seeking your feedback. Now, you have a chance to come be part of a community conversation about Summer Fest and share your ideas – 6:30 pm Thursday, March 15th, at Great American Diner and Bar (4752 California SW). Not just what you think about last year or other past festivals – but what you want to see in the future! This year’s Summer Fest is still four months away, so it’s a perfect time to talk. Everybody welcome.

ADOPT A FLOWER BASKET: For the second year, the Junction Association is offering you the chance to adopt one (or more!) of its famous flower baskets. They’re growing right now, and going up sometime in May, but about half of the 90+ adoptable baskets are still looking for adopters – sign up and pay online. No, you aren’t expected to maintain “your” basket – but your adoption fee does get you a cool plaque that’ll be displayed with it, all season long. (We’re adopting one again this year.)

WEST SEATTLE WINE WALK: Got your ticket(s) yet? 15 wineries partner with local businesses to pour you a fun night of wandering and sipping. This too is happening for the second year (here’s our coverage of the first one) – date is Friday, May 18th; last year sold out so you will want to get in on it sooner rather than later. Advance tickets are $5 cheaper, too. Buy yours here – 10 tasting tickets, snacks, plus a souvenir glass, all included.

BIZNOTE: The Nook celebrates 1st anniversary by adding coffee and more, as ‘Café by Day’

The photo montage is courtesy of The Nook in The Admiral District – where, as of today, they’ve added daytime hours so you can stop in for coffee … and more. The announcement:

It’s been one year since The Nook opened!

And we’re expanding our hours as a “Café By Day” where kids are welcome until 2 pm. We are proudly serving Vivace Espresso, a local and beloved coffee roaster, as well as tasty pastries and hot breakfast sandwiches. As far as the espresso machine goes, we are sticking to The Nook’s old school and traditional ways by using a spring lever machine – the only one you can find in West Seattle! The machine, made by Londinium (based out of London), highlights all the subtle notes of coffee, capable of extracting the smoothest and tastiest espresso shot!

Cafe hours are Tuesday-Friday 7 am until 1:30 pm, with Saturday & Sunday 8 am until 1:30 pm. Cocktail hours will remain the same, still opening at 5 pm.

The Nook is at 2206 California SW.

Mission Cantina: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

Today we welcome Mission Cantina as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what they would like you to know about who they are and what they do:

Mission Cantina: Celebrating Mexican food and culture in West Seattle’s Admiral District since 2005. West Seattle-owned and -operated, proudly including woman and minority partners.

Located a few steps from the historic Admiral Theater, Mission Cantina serves authentic Mexican fare and offers something for everyone, including Cochinita Pibil, Sweet Potato Enchiladas, and Tacos de Pescado on house-made masa tortillas. Our extensive collection of tequila, mezcal, sotol and craft cocktails will inspire you to try something new. 39 hours of Happy Hour every week, with late-night bites like our famous Nachos and soon-to-be-famous Mission Tijuana Dog. Not enough Nachos in your life? Get ’em during our Weekend Brunch alongside 15 flavors of Bottomless Mimosas!

Peter Morse, an original owner and manager of the restaurant previously known as Mission Latin Lounge, teamed up with new partners, husband-and-wife team Shawn and Tina Padilla, in August 2016, and they now operate under the name of Mission Cantina. This was the first ownership change for the West Seattle restaurant since it opened in 2005.

Peter has worked in the restaurant industry throughout his high school, college, and adult life. His appreciation for great Mexican food, spirits, and restaurants started when he was employed at El Camino restaurant in Fremont for 8 years. In 2001 he packed up his pickup truck and surfboards and headed south, stopping along the way to live and work in several countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. While exploring Central America he fell in love with Latin culture and cuisine. Peter keeps Mission Cantina progressive, fun, and exciting for the restaurant regulars and new customers by returning to Mexico with his son Gus and daughter Edith as often as he can, picking up new food, cocktail, and design ideas on his travels.

Shawn’s goal is to share his passion for all things agave with his West Seattle neighbors and the greater Seattle community. Shawn is dedicated to promoting Mexican spirits, food, and culture with all who visit Mission Cantina. Shawn polished his palate for 12 years while living in San Diego, before retiring from the U.S. Army Military Police and relocating to Seattle in 2011 to be closer to family. Known to his 6 grandchildren as Papa and friends as Shawn Pedro, his global travels have focused on Mexico in search of the best tequilas and mezcals. During Shawn’s explorations he has had the good fortune to meet leading master distillers and learn tequila production in their distilleries, savoring every sip of the agave art that results.

Tina joins the family of Mission Cantina partners to share her appreciation for unique and flavorful mezcal, sotol, and bacanora. As a college student in San Diego, Tina’s introduction to tequila was similar to many others: served alongside a bucket of beer and not worthy of sipping. Many years later, a sip of mezcal proved that the world of agave has much more to offer. The various and sometimes rare expressions of mezcal offer an enchanting variety of flavor characteristics, from smoky to fresh-cut grass, caramel to brine. Tina hopes to help others explore the fascinating world of agave-based spirits in search of their favorite.

Mission Cantina is at 2325 California SW, open 4 pm to 2 am daily, plus 10 am-4 pm weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays; Happy Hours are 4-6 pm weekdays, 10 am-6 pm weekends.

We thank Mission Cantina 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.

FOLLOWUP: Opening day for Olympia Coffee in West Seattle

(Photo courtesy Olympia Coffee)

We reported back on Monday that the long-awaited Olympia Coffee shop in West Seattle was close to opening and expecting to make an announcement soon. That arrived this morning, saying this is opening day:

Olympia Coffee Roasting Co announces today the opening of their new cafe at 3840 California Ave SW. Hours are Monday to Friday 6 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday 7 am to 6 pm.

The neighborhood cafe is Olympia Coffee Roasting Co’s fourth location. However, it’s their first retail store in the city of Seattle.

Olympia Coffee Roasting Co’s award-winning Fair for All coffees will be brewed with La Marzocco Strada AV customized by legendary craftsman Jacob Elul-Blake with Pantechnicon Designs, Fetco Batch Brewed coffee, and pour-over options with Kalita Wave brewers.

Pastries are from The Bakehouse 55. Olympia Coffee will be The Bakehouse 55’s first customer in the city of Seattle. Their namesake 55 layers of butter and dough are born from a sourdough starter, adding a more complex delicious pairing with coffee.

Design and Construction by The Artisans Group with respect to Olympia Coffee’s brand and aesthetic. This is the third retail store that Olympia Coffee has constructed using all sustainably sourced materials working with Windfall Lumber.

Olympia Coffee’s location is in one of the live-work units at Rally, the townhouse complex at the site of the former Charlestown Café, also home to other businesses including Welcome Road Winery (WSB sponsor).

BIZNOTE: Wondering how soon Olympia Coffee is opening in West Seattle?

It’s a popular question this week – how soon will Olympia Coffee open its new West Seattle location at 3840 California SW, first announced eight months ago? The paper’s down from the windows, and that’s what led to multiple inquiries in our inbox. After e-mail and repeated trips these past few days to see if we could find anyone there to ask, the latter tactic was finally successful this afternoon. We’re told they have one more inspection to go through, and could have an opening-date announcement as soon as tomorrow. As noted in our previous reports, though the company was founded in its namesake city, co-proprietor Sam Schroeder has deep West Seattle roots.

WEST SEATTLE BUSINESSES: Tap Station announces it’s closing

Another impending business closure to report today. Tap Station proprietor Jeremy Martin just sent us this open letter to the community, with the announcement:

To our Neighbors and Friends;

There is no easy way to say this, but the time has come to say goodbye. We’ve spent 4 years at the corner of Kenyon and 35th getting to know many of you and your wonderful families. Each of you has influenced us to try and turn Tap Station into the family-friendly, community gathering place you deserve … but it’s time for a change. All of us will take great memories with us as we move on to new adventures and opportunities. Thank you so much for attending our events and for sharing your wonderful community with us.

Please stop in and say “Hi” one last time, as we will be closing the doors at the end of the day on Sunday, January 28th. While you’re here, feel free to stock up on all of your favorite beers, wines, and ciders, and don’t miss our very last Trivia night on Friday, January 26th at 7 pm.

THANK YOU again for all you have done for us; we will miss you all.

Goodbye for now,

Your friends at Tap Station

It was summer 2013 when we reported that Tap Station was moving into the ex-flower shop on the southeast corner of 35th/Kenyon. It started as a beverage store and added restaurant operations a little more than a year ago.

C & P Coffee Company’s owners ‘scrambling’ after landlord puts site up for sale as ‘terrific development opportunity’

(WSB file photo)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Thanks for all the tips about this – a brand-new real-estate listing that startled a lot of West Seattleites when it went up this morning: 5612 California SW, site of the century-old Craftsman house that is the home of C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), has been put up for sale in a listing describing the parcel as “a terrific development opportunity.”

The coffeehouse is far more than a place to get your latte – it’s a beloved community center and hangout, a place that hosts music and meetings, bazaars and bake sales, donation drives, and one-on-one conversations that no doubt have changed some lives.

The building is NOT owned by C & P Coffee’s proprietors Cameron and Pete Moores (shown at right in WSB photo from C & P’s 10th anniversary in 2013) – they are longtime tenants. We talked with Pete minutes ago. They are “scrambling to try to figure out some way to not only save the building but also save our business too,” he told us. Their landlord just told them days ago about the plan to put the site up for sale – and it “hit us like a ton of bricks” – but they were still “staggered” when the $1,250,000 listing went up this morning.

“We still have a lease that gets us through 2020 – so it’s two years-plus before they can boot us out,” Pete said, but that’s not much consolation. The business he and Cameron have built for 15 years – opened on Valentine’s Day 2003 – “has become more than a coffee shop in the neighborhood, it’s become an important part of our community and we want to save that. So we’re reaching out to everybody we know, looking for somebody who might want to partner with us to buy the property.”

Without a partner, Pete says, $1,250,000 is way out of their range. “We’re just a little mom-and-pop business and it’s like we’re up against the big boys. … Our fingers are crossed that somebody can help us.” Or else, another of those “beautiful houses on California Avenue” is going away, Pete laments; the real-estate listing assesses the site simply as “Value in land – 50X150, level, paved alley.” (The 7,500-square-foot site is zoned Lowrise 3.)

If you – or someone you know – might be interested in/able to help them, e-mail candpco@comcast.net. In the meantime, Pete says, they’re just going to “work their asses off and try to figure it out.”

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