West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle businesses http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:38:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Happening now: JF Henry Cooking & Dining open house http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-jf-henry-cooking-dining-open-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-jf-henry-cooking-dining-open-house/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:42:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292988

How about a miniature Alki Point Lighthouse or Space Needle for an ornament and/or wine-bottle tag, cut from remnant slate/soapstone? They’re custom-made for JF Henry Cooking and Dining (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, and among the items you can browse/buy while visiting the Holiday Open House, continuing until 5 pm today. The Christmas-tree train is in the window again this year:

More ornaments nearby, including one that reminded us of an ongoing topic of local coverage:

Upstairs in the store (4445 California SW), don’t miss the complimentary Open House cookie bar:

And if you’re not ready to buy gifts yet … maybe something extra-festive for your Thanksgiving cooking:

We asked proprietor Tom Henry what else is hot this year – he mentioned Kyocera’s new non-toxic (ceramic) non-stick cooking line, among other things. More open-house info here (including the fermentation demo coming up at 3 pm).

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Update: Power outage at Westwood Village http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/power-outage-at-westwood-village-closes-some-of-its-stores/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/power-outage-at-westwood-village-closes-some-of-its-stores/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:31:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292645 12:31 PM: Thanks to Deb and Melissa for the notes about this. A power outage is affecting some of the stores at Westwood Village. Melissa says it’s in the center of the mall, including Barnes and Noble, which is closed for the day since repairs are not estimated to be complete until after 4 pm. Again, this has not closed ALL the WWV stores, but if you’re headed that way in the next few hours, you might check first if your destination is open or closed.

4:15 PM: The outage is no longer on the City Light map, which indicates it’s fixed.

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West Seattle biznotes: Reasons to visit Morgan Junction tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-biznotes-reasons-to-visit-morgan-junction-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-biznotes-reasons-to-visit-morgan-junction-tonight/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:18:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292639 Also happening tonight – all within a few blocks of California SW in Morgan Junction:

TRY GLUTEN-FREE FRIED CHICKEN: From proprietor Bruce @ Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor):

We are introducing a new product, *fried chicken without breading* for those who prefer a gluten-free option. Chickens will be available in whole ($24/12 pc) or half ($13/6pc) and are smoked and then fried in our cast-iron skillets. This is a delicious alternative.

We are inviting folks to come to the Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW) tonight at 6:00 for free samples. Call Harry’s at 206-938-9000 for more details.

‘LADIES’ NIGHT’ WITH PIZZA: Three other Morgan Junction businesses are teaming up for a Ladies’ Night extended-hours shopping event tonight, 6-9 pm. One is Peel and Press (6503 California SW), which is providing pizza and appetizers at the other two, Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW) and My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW), both of which are featuring “new items for the holidays and, of course, high quality, gently used resale/consigned goods” with giveaways and discounts.

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Emerald Water Anglers: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/emerald-water-anglers-welcome-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/emerald-water-anglers-welcome-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:33:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292489 Emerald Water Anglers is about a lot more than fishing. The new West Seattle Junction shop has just joined the WSB sponsor team, which means EWA gets a chance to tell you what it’s about:

(L-R, Reid, Jon, Dave in the Emerald Water Anglers shop)
Proprietor Dave McCoy‘s company has been in business a long time – and now it’s taken the next step, a retail storefront. His emphasis is on having a high-quality sporting-goods store in and for West Seattle, there to help you experience the outdoors in any way you choose. Along with fishing gear, you’ll find hiking gear, ski wear, and lots of merchandise from Patagonia.

Fly fishing, though, is how Emerald Water Anglers gained its fame, and the shop offers fly-fishing classes, with a particularly popular class geared toward women. You can also check into one- or two-day immersion classes taught up in Snoqualmie, and you can even learn to fly-fish from a paddleboard. This winter, fly-tying classes will be offered (check in at the store and/or online for dates/times and availability).

Emerald Water Anglers offers a busy slate of other events, and next month will include two of special note – Patagonia ambassadors will be there on December 10th to talk about winter wear (watch the EWA website for how to RSVP) and Santa Claus will be there December 20th for DIY photos.

Dave says a shop in West Seattle makes perfect sense for a variety of reasons – most of his staff also lives here, and the neighborhood is full of water and green spaces, a perfect fit for everyone who loves the outdoors and wants to take care of it as well as enjoy it. Speaking of sustainability, Dave’s also proud of having one of the first all-LED-lit businesses in the city.

You can also find out about Emerald Water Anglers‘ guide services at the shop, which is on the southeast corner of 42nd and Oregon, on the ground floor of Oregon 42, and online at emeraldwateranglers.com – by phone, 206-708-7250.

We thank Emerald Water Anglers 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.

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The Westy’s opening date: New West Seattle sports bar to open the day before Thanksgiving http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/the-westys-opening-date-new-west-seattle-sports-bar-to-open-the-day-before-thanksgiving/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/the-westys-opening-date-new-west-seattle-sports-bar-to-open-the-day-before-thanksgiving/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:34:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292307

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

With multiple football games on screens in the background, co-proprietors of The Westy shared the news they wish they could have shared many months ago: Their official opening date.

It’ll be Wednesday, November 26th, JP Vidican and Paul Ritums (L-R above) told WSB today. That’s when The Westy will finally open its doors at 7908 35th SW, a new establishment that looks nothing like what you’d imagine – in either space or decor – from passing by on the street, where you’d mistake it for a relatively tiny storefront (recent former identities included an electronics-repair shop and medical-marijuana dispensary).

November was the hoped-for opening month when we first talked with them in summer 2013 – November **2013**. Permit and utility challenges stretched out the buildout, like the final minutes of a sports match with seemingly endless timeouts.

Now they’re ready for kickoff, and hoping you’ll decide The Westy was worth the wait. We took a look inside this afternoon, noting details from the handcrafted wooden tables to small-but-vital touches like purse hooks and power outlets under the bar with USB slots where you can charge your phone:

Of course we talked sports, food, and beverages too:

First, the beverages – for beer, they have 12 tap handles, including 1 focused on “nitro,” 1 on a rotating cider, 1 on a local domestic (they plan to poll customers to choose between Rainier, Olympia, and PBR), plus a 13th with a rotating sour. They’ll have some grand-opening specials in collaboration with Reuben’s.

As for the food, the menu is “90 percent there,” and their supplies start arriving Monday. Christopher Hartfield is their chef, with more than 20 years of experience, including stints at Serafina, Bandoleone, and Paragon. You’ll find “sports fare” and “upscale options,” burgers and beyond, with vegetarian and gluten-free offerings too, as well as food that Vidican says is aimed at being, overall, healthier than your average sports-bar menu.

And we’d better get back to sports. 16 screens with eight cable feeds, “full sports packages,” including Direct TV, Comcast, PAC 12, NFL/NHL/NBA/FOX Soccer packages, which they insist comprises just about “any sports option” you would want to watch. You can play games as well as watching them – skee ball and shuffleboard are in the upstairs area:

Here’s a wider look at “upstairs,” really half a level up from the front of the house:

In the background of the photo, you can see a bit of the private area, which gets privacy behind these repurposed doors (previously seen in our January update):

Also on the east side, along the alley, are two parking spaces set aside for disabled guests.

After the “grand opening” on November 26th, likely starting around 3 pm, they plan to be open all day Thanksgiving (when the Seahawks play the 49ers at 5:30 pm) with a “limited menu,” then starting regular hours, 11 am-2 am Mondays-Fridays, 9 am-2 am Saturdays and Sundays, with some brunch dishes added for those weekend mornings – not a full breakfast menu, they caution, since they’ll be offering their full menu from the moment they open on weekends, too.

But first, they’ll be training this week as well as stocking – most of the staff is hired. They’ll also be adding more information to the official website – thewestyseattle.com.

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Alki X Gym: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/alki-x-gym-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/alki-x-gym-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:28:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291917 We’re welcoming one of our newest WSB sponsors today – Alki X Gym, which calls itself an “Anti-Gym” – this video explains why:

Here’s what else Alki X Gym wants you to know:

We are a small “boutique” style training center that never gets overcrowded. In fact, we limit the gym to no more than 3 clients at a time, each with their own trainer for the one-on-one sessions. We also limit the group sessions to 7 people or less and at those times, there are no one-on one clients in the club. Our clients also feel the non-judgmental environment we foster. Everyone is loved, accepted, and coached on their own unique journey according to their own individual goals and needs.

(WSB photo: X Gym’s PJ Glassey)
Our exercise methods are completely unique and designed by us to be the safest way to exercise. These methods also produce the best results in the least amount of time. In only 21 minutes, twice a week, our clients receive about twice the results of traditional training in less than 1/4 the time required. We are also about 1/2 the investment of traditional personal training and now offer group training classes at less than 1/2 the investment of our already low one-on-one rate!

The comment we hear most often from X Gym clients is how fast they feel the strength results. Soon after that, they comment how much more endurance they have and how that allows them to do things they haven’t been able to do for years. The third comment we get is how fast they feel their muscles toning up, getting firmer and more defined. The main thing that keeps them coming back is the results gained to the time invested. After all, we only offer month-to-month memberships, so if it wasn’t working for them, they wouldn’t be coming back. Their lives have changed because their quality of life has increased. Their physical abilities improve of course, but their mind also gets stronger as their mental envelope is stretched from how our program is designed. Our clients literally feel like they are aging in reverse as they feel younger and more vital, both inside and out.

Alki X-Gym is at 3213 Harbor Avenue SW; call 206-938-XGYM (9496).

We thank Alki X-Gym for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative, 24/7 neighborhood news via WSB. Find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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West Seattle beach businesses: Bamboo, Alki Beach Dog closing http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-beach-businesses-bamboo-alki-beach-dog-closing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-beach-businesses-bamboo-alki-beach-dog-closing/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:22:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291904 Two businesses on Alki have announced they’re closing:

BAMBOO BAR AND GRILL: Thanks to Mike for sending that photo of the board posted outside Bamboo (2806 Alki SW), saying the restaurant/bar is closing permanently as of November 22nd. Earlier this year, it was listed for sale; the listing is now inactive, so we don’t know if the business was sold or just taken off the market. We’re trying to reach Bamboo, but it wasn’t open yet for the day when we went by in late morning, and the phone is currently being answered by a fax tone. Though Bamboo was long notorious as a trouble spot, that peaked (more, like bottomed out) in 2012, and changes were made following a shooting. More recently, the owner had merged Amante Pizza into the operation last spring when Amante lost its California SW location because of development. (P.S. We’ll update the story whenever we find out more about the closure and what might follow it.)

(added 2:15 pm) WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand just talked in person with a manager at Bamboo who confirms what has been brought up in comments: It’s closing, but a new sports bar will open in its place, after renovations. They’re not committing to a timeline because they don’t know how long that will take.

(back to original report) ALKI BEACH DOG: This shop’s location at 59th/Alki also is in the path of development, but that’s not why it’s closing.

As announced on that sign outside the shop, its owner, Debra Brown, has died. Groomer Amanda Regan is overseeing the shop during its closeout sale through Friday; people who contacted us about the closure said they appreciate her talents and hope she stays local, but she just told us by phone she doesn’t know yet where she will wind up. She’s going to take the holidays off, for starters.

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Camp Crockett dog day camp: Welcome, new WSB sponsor! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/camp-crockett-dog-day-camp-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/camp-crockett-dog-day-camp-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:36:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291271 Just opened in West Seattle – Camp Crockett! As a new, local WSB sponsor, they get this chance to let you know what they’re all about:

Make your puppy’s day! Give your special pup the experience of a lifetime by joining our pack at Camp Crockett. Crockett, our 2-year-old Bluetick Coonhound, would like to introduce himself to the West Seattle community and personally extend a welcoming paw to all pups, big and small. Our new and exciting dog day camp, boarding, and grooming company just opened our doors for the first time November 4th, 2014. Family owned and operated, we would like to bring the delight of “going to camp” to you and your furry family member with our ‘camp themed’ dog day camp.

With more than 30 years of experience in the dog-day-care field, our team is very passionate about giving your pup a very fun and loving environment while you are away. Our 6,000-square-foot camp yard provides plenty of room to help even the highest spirited of pups to unwind and meet new friends. Some of our campers are older or more sophisticated and prefer the comforts of our indoor space with lots of cubby holes and plush beds. Camp Crockett also provides an ‘at home’ feel for our overnight campers. Instead of spending the evening in a kennel, your pup will enjoy snuggling on the couch with our team leaders who live on site.

For those campers who are having a bad hair day or just love getting dirty, don’t worry, we will take care of you too. Camp Crockett is privileged to have the best groomer in Seattle on our team! Our groomer takes the time to get to know your pup, gives your pup time to get to know her, and then works with your pup at a comfortable pace to be able to give you the result you desire.

Camp Crockett is open 7 am–7 pm, Monday-Friday, with all services available on the weekend by appointment. Send your furry family member to camp with us and make your puppy’s day! First day with us is FREE!!!!! Located at 5611 Delridge Way SW; call 206-790-1674; e-mail campcrockett@gmail.com.

We thank Camp Crockett for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative, 24/7 neighborhood news via WSB. Find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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West Seattle Runner moving to new, larger space in Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-runner-moving-to-new-larger-space-in-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-runner-moving-to-new-larger-space-in-admiral/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:37:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291039

When someone asked recently about that “LEASED” sign on the years-empty ground floor space at the Orion Building at 2743 California SW, adjacent to PCC (WSB sponsor), we didn’t have an answer – but today, we do. Broker Blake Taylor from West Coast Commercial Realty e-mailed to announce that West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is moving into the space, and we have confirmed it with proprietors Lori and Tim McConnell.

WS Runner has been located on the second floor of Charlestown Center since opening in spring 2010; now they’ll be at street level, with more room – ~2,200 square feet, about a third bigger than their current shop. Tim told us this morning that the layout also will be an upgrade – one big rectangular space, instead of one with a few too many corners. The McConnells hope to move into the new space, about two-thirds of a mile north, in January. (The back of the space will be leased, broker Taylor says – synergistically! – for an expansion location of Elite Sports and Spine.)

P.S. West Seattle Runner will continue offering a slate of in-store events and clinics, according to the McConnells, and have some coming up in their current space: $10 discount on registration for the Seattle Half/Full Marathon during an info/signup event 6-8 pm next Tuesday, November 11th; Goretex waterproof running-shoe tryout during the 6:30 pm November 19th group run (walkers welcome too); Team In Training-hosted Turkey Trot group run/walk on Alki on Thanksgiving morning (meet by Tully’s at 8 am), November 27th, free (food donation requested).

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4 West Seattle biznotes, from Harbor Ave to Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/4-west-seattle-biznotes-from-harbor-ave-to-westwood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/4-west-seattle-biznotes-from-harbor-ave-to-westwood/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:22:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290934 Four biznotes with an opening, two (temporary) closures, and an update:

‘THE GENERAL STORE’ OPENING: This Saturday (November 8th), The General Store-Seattle is opening at ActivSpace (3400 Harbor Ave. SW), with shop hours starting at 10 am and a party at 6 pm. It’s an online AND bricks/mortar endeavor focused on selling local products; its website has a sampling, including food and body-care items.

BAKERY NOUVEAU CLOSED FOR 2 DAYS: A texter thought you might want to know that the legendary Junction bakery is closed until Wednesday. Its Facebook page says BN is doing some maintenance before the busy holiday season fully ramps up. Its Capitol Hill location remains open.

SEASONAL CLOSURE AT TONY’S: The produce market at 35th/Barton in Westwood is shut down for its seasonal break between Halloween and the winter holidays. It’ll reopen for Christmas-tree sales right after Thanksgiving.

WESTSIDE PUBLIC HOUSE: The sports bar moving into the former Terrible Beauty (etc.) spot at California/Edmunds says its liquor license is in hand. David sent this photo of the U-Haul truck outside the past few days as interior work continues:

No opening date announced yet; we first noted the sports-bar plan in September.

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Reality show ‘My City’s Just Not That Into Me’ films @ Click! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/reality-show-my-citys-just-not-that-into-me-films-click/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/reality-show-my-citys-just-not-that-into-me-films-click/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 18:45:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290839

When the reality-TV show “My City’s Just Not That Into Me” premieres on FYI early next year, you can watch for a guest appearance by The Junction and Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor). A crew stopped by yesterday – on less than 24 hours’ notice – for a round of filming:

Click! co-proprietor John Smersh explained, “Their concept as I understand it is to find people who are thinking about moving to a new city and have them figure out where to live and how they’ll accessorize their new place. They liked our contemporary style and the overall look of the store as a ‘set’.” One crew member mentioned living in West Seattle and having shopped at Click! The show premieres in January – more background is in this HollywoodReporter.com story – and the episode featuring West Seattle is expected to be shown in February.

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West Seattle (Athletic) Club update: Closure continues http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-athletic-club-update-closure-day-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-athletic-club-update-closure-day-2/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:33:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289755 (SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: Club has yet to reopen)

What appears to be a transition at West Seattle (Athletic) Club continues, with the fitness center closed again today, as announced in e-mail Wednesday and posted on the doors Thursday, both saying it will reopen tomorrow. We went by after a tip that police were called there at midday. No officers there when we arrived, but we did see the truck shown above and exercise equipment sitting outside.

SPD told us the call was about “a disturbance,” but did not lead to arrests. Today was the court-ordered deadline for club owner Sam Adams to pay property owner John Pietromonaco $1.1 million or face eviction; when contacted earlier this week, Pietromonaco told WSB that he had “a plan” if that didn’t happen. We asked the King County Sheriff’s Office if it had or was planning to serve eviction papers; spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates said the “writ of restitution” issued October 6th in the unlawful-detainer (eviction) case has been assigned to a detective, but they don’t comment further on specific plans for serving paperwork (or not).

ADDED 9:33 PM: Commenter John sent a photo of the drained pool, visible from the sidewalk:

If you plan on going there first thing tomorrow morning, please let us know (comment, e-mail, phone/text, whatever works) what you find – open, closed, etc. Thank you!

SAT. MORNING, 8:43 AM: We won’t be able to go look for a while longer but as of a short time ago, a caller says, closed and locked, same sign.

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West Seattle (Athletic) Club closed today, tomorrow, with change reported to be in the works http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-athletic-club-closed-today-tomorrow-with-change-reported-to-be-in-the-works/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-athletic-club-closed-today-tomorrow-with-change-reported-to-be-in-the-works/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:05:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289652

Apparently not all West Seattle (Athletic) Club members received the e-mail announcement that the fitness center at 2629 SW Andover is closed today and tomorrow, as the court-ordered deadline for its owner to pay $1.1 million nears. E-mail from several members this morning indicated the closure has indeed happened, without explanation (and we just went over to photograph the sign on the door). We added the announcement last night to our most recent update (read it here).

The closure so far seems to match the scenario laid out in a club employee’s e-mail to some of its fitness instructors; that e-mail suggested the club would reopen under new management/ownership. As first reported here in early October – and reiterated by property owner John Pietromonaco when we spoke with him Tuesday – this Friday is the deadline for owner Sam Adams to pay $1.1 million, mostly back rent, or face eviction. Pietromonaco told us that if Adams failed to do that, he had a plan to keep the club running. If any new information on the club’s future becomes available today, we’ll add to this story.

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West Seattle (Athletic) Club: Three days to $1.1 million deadline http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-athletic-club-3-days-to-1-1-million-deadline/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-athletic-club-3-days-to-1-1-million-deadline/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:54:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289439 (UPDATED Wednesday afternoon with club’s e-mail re: Thursday/Friday closure plan)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The future of the West Seattle (Athletic) Club should be clearer, for now, by the end of the week.

This Friday (October 24th), as reported here two weeks ago, is the deadline for owner Sam Adams to pay $1.1 million in back rent/other payments to landlord John Pietromonaco, to hold off eviction. According to the court orders stipulating that deadline, a “loan contract already executed by [Adams's company] Hollystone Holdings” was going to provide that money.

However, with three days to go, he hasn’t paid up, according to Pietromonaco, who we reached by phone this afternoon.

Pietromonaco told us that officially, the situation remains: Friday is the deadline for Adams to pay what is owed; otherwise, they have court-granted authority for the King County Sheriff’s Office to carry out an eviction order. If that happens, he said without elaborating, they have a plan to keep the club running.

An e-mail from a club employee to some club instructors, forwarded to us anonymously, goes further and suggests that an ownership change is imminent as of next weekend, and that Adams plans to close the club for a time before then to remove equipment, with the unidentified new owner then bringing in their own. In terms of a timeline, Pietromonaco would only say that we’ll see what happens Friday.

As recently as October 8th – the day after we reported the October 24th payment deadline – official club communications were declaring an expectation that ownership/management wouldn’t change. This is from an e-mail blast sent that day to members:

… Here at The West Seattle Club we are committed to serving the needs of our community and appreciate the support from our dedicated members. Despite grumblings we are not closing, nor will the club close unless the landlord chooses. We are currently under a lease and are going back and forth with the landlord on key points. We plan on assuming the lease and continuing to move forward as we upgrade the facility. …

It’s been almost four months since Adams and his wife filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on the last weekend in June, facing an eviction hearing the following Monday morning. The filing temporarily put eviction proceedings on hold, and Pietromonaco agreed that if Adams paid a certain amount by an agreed date in August – far lower than the current $1.1 million – operations could continue. That didn’t happen, and a new cycle of court proceedings followed, as reported here in September.

Adams, a former pro-football player, bought the club in spring 2013 during bankruptcy proceedings for the previous operation there, Allstar Fitness. His current Chapter 11 case has grown to include claims that he is also behind on rent on his waterfront home in Kirkland, purchased in a $3.8 million rent-to-own deal, with the landlords’ lawyer writing in court documents that they “… have been models of patience in awaiting the payment of rent.”

According to county records, Pietromonaco’s H-P Properties bought the two-acre 2629 SW Andover fitness-club property in 2008 for $17 million.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWUP: Thanks to those who have forwarded the club’s e-mail blast saying it’ll be closed tomorrow and Friday, reopening Saturday. That’s the entirety of what it says.

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West Seattle food news: Hot Chocolat on TV; Coastline crowdfunding adds commenter’s suggestion http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-food-news-hot-chocolat-on-tv-coastline-crowdfunding-adds-commenters-suggestion/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-food-news-hot-chocolat-on-tv-coastline-crowdfunding-adds-commenters-suggestion/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:39:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288783 Two West Seattle food-biz notes:

FIREFIGHTER WITH A NOT-SO-SECRET IDENTITY: Embedded above is the recent Evening Magazine profile of Chef Michael Poole and his artisan candy business, Hot Chocolat Artisan Firehouse Chocolates. Even if you saw the profile on TV, you might not have realized Chef Poole is based in West Seattle. His day job, as the TV feature shows, is as a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department dispatch center; in his “spare time” he has space at one of the commercial kitchens in The Triangle, making his Hot Chocolat creations. (We met him there earlier this year.) His culinary career started out with a more general line of catering, but he eventually went on to study and work with master sweets-crafters in France. He sells his chocolates online and also has some retail outlets, including Chaco Canyon Organic Café in The Triangle, where you can buy his vegan chocolates.

COASTLINE CROWDFUNDING ADDS PUNCHCARDS: It was suggested by WSB commenter Goodgraces, and now it’s part of the crowdfunding campaign for Coastline, the “burger joint” that is taking over the ex-Shoofly spot in The Junction. One of the partners, Aaron Shepherd, sent this update tonight:

Responding to community feedback in regards to their hopes for participation with the Kickstarter campaign, we have Upgraded our Rewards. We’ve added a new category of “Punch Cards”:

4 Burger Punch Card for $25
6 Burger Punch Card for $35
9 Burger Punch Card for $45
12 Burger Punch Card for $55
15 Burger Punch Card for $65

We hope people are excited about the Upgraded Rewards, and look forward to seeing everyone at Coastline ASAP.

Shepherd says they hope to open in about a month.

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