Sign sightings: 1 closure, 1 future opening


Thanks to Shell Marr for that photo and word that The Wash House laundromat on 35th (between Morgan and Graham) has abruptly closed. Shell adds, “It’s really too bad they did not make it, Vicki & Jim were just the nicest people and really made doing laundry somewhat enjoyable if that is possible. Thank you, Vicki & Jim …” Meantime, another sign just sighted, this one on Delridge:


We first told you two months ago that Olympia Pizza and Pasta was taking over the short-lived Pacino’s Coffee spot; it’s had a temporary banner up for a while, but the official sign just appeared this week. We don’t have any info yet on a targeted opening date.

13 Replies to "Sign sightings: 1 closure, 1 future opening"

  • d May 10, 2008 (5:00 pm)

    Are these the same folks as Olympia Pizza & Spaghetti House I, II & III? Different name for some reason??? Nice to see a decent place “seed” itself in Delridge.

    Well, I hope it is the same company because the original I use to enjoy when I lived on Queen Anne has killer Greek-style pizzas and entrees that will draw customers from all over the South end. They are THAT good. So maybe some of you can’t deal with the location – you might want to just do a pickup order, but your kids are gonna’ want to eat these pizzas, if these are the same folks. Oh, yes they will, and so will you.

    In the days past, they always served up a nice pitcher of basic cold beer and had great small greek salad sides. Beyond that, the owners were wonderful, warm people. Hoping it is them!

    But, if it is another group, good luck to them too!

  • Lisa May 10, 2008 (5:38 pm)

    Is this a paid advertisment? How does a WS business go about getting this type of coverage. I like to see new businesses covered!!! But, I heard that posting new businesses opening is not okay. What about this business is worthy of coverage when many others open with no mention?

  • Irukandji May 10, 2008 (5:53 pm)

    Lisa, It seems to me that WSB is in the business of letting us know the comings and goings of businesses throughout West Seattle.

    It’s not advertising, it’s a community update or notice. If the owners of businesses have news relevant to the readers, WSB seems to share it (fundraisers, community outreach projects and the like).

    For true advertising, look to your right and see the businesses that sponsor WSB! Thanks to them we have the best of community news – god, bad and ugly.

    Thank you WSB!

  • Aim May 10, 2008 (6:35 pm)

    Olympia Pizza’s sign went up this morning (Saturday) I was still half-asleep when I drove past and saw it, that it didn’t completely register, else I would’ve grabbed a quick pic of the half-up sign.

  • Mike May 10, 2008 (8:21 pm)

    Yay for pizza and Italian in the neighboorhood.

    Lisa, this is huge news for the neighborhood of North Delridge. This is one of the few restaurants in the area (if any?). As for unpaid advertisements, I love hearing about this kind of thing. In-fact I’d love for WSB to start a Food of West Seattle review type section (hint hint :) ).

  • WSB May 10, 2008 (8:36 pm)

    Aim, that must have been a second sign going up today because I took the photo on Friday :) and just didn’t get to post it till today amid Garage Sale Day Mania.

  • WSB May 10, 2008 (8:45 pm)

    No, this is not a paid advertisement, it’s a news report. We do not do “posts for pay.” Our site discloses advertiser relationships more clearly than pretty much any media organization you’ll find out there: For one, when advertisers first start running ads on the site, we usually publish a post to welcome them, and VERY CLEARLY label it as such; subsequently, if we so much as MENTION a sponsor, you will see the phrase (WSB sponsor) following its name (look at our Garage Sale Day coverage today as an example, and the mentions of a couple sponsors that participated and that donated prizes).

    To the other point — Yes, we ARE in the businesses of letting people know what’s new, in a variety of categories, from pothole repair to impending businesses to fundraiser announcements to gas-price changes and zillions of other things. We don’t report absolutely every single business opening – eating/drinking establishments are of particular interest (easy to tell from the comments and the traffic – and the response to Zippy’s, for one example, which I do not believe was covered anywhere else till a brief Weekly blurb days later) – but when other types of businesses offering unique services or events open, or make plans to open in West Seattle, we are always interested in hearing about them (you can click on the WS Businesses category in the Categories list on the sidebar to browse through our coverage of businesses old and new over the past few years) so that we can consider possible articles.

    Point of clarification, very few of the new-business reports we’ve run have come because the businesses themselves contacted us, by the way. Usually we see a sign (or get a tip from a reader who saw one), or find a building permit in our daily monitoring of city permit issuances, or a liquor license application as we watch those filings too. And much of the time we have to spend a lot of research time to get information beyond what we saw … a recent local opening involved a business that we e-mailed and called at least a dozen times for information, trying to get information because we wanted to tell readers more about what they would be offering and when; finally we had to give up and spend our time on other things, and all we could eventually report about them was to say “they’re finally open” the day that happened.

  • Paul May 10, 2008 (8:56 pm)

    I just have to say that its really very much appreciated that we have this wonderful place, the WSB to find out what is going on in our area. My household is lucky enought to live and work here, and have the ability to venture around in the day time to explore these great places that the Blog and our fellow readers discover. Additionally, its a great way to support our community. Using Zippys for example, after a week of trying we finally got to have a wonderful dinner, (there were 6 burgers left after our order at 6:15 last week). The part that is so great is that this vehicle helps support our fellow small business owners. As most people know, any type of non paid promotion is so much appreciated.
    As for the unfortunate business in this section, I am sorry to see a fellow business close.

  • JumboJim May 11, 2008 (6:57 pm)

    I don’t know if this new Oly Pizza is related to any of the others – but I can say it is not related to all of the others since they are not commonly owned. There is info to that effect on one of their websites. It’s been a while since I read it (having done so when the one coming to W Seattle was first mentioned) but I think I remember that they were commonly owned at one time.

    I can say that the one on Capitol Hill is my favorite. I don’t care for the one in Wallingford. The Cap. Hill place makes a killer Greek pizza and an even better (the best!) Greek salad. Hopefully this place will be at least similar in inspiration/ingredients, in not in ownership.

  • Michael May 11, 2008 (11:32 pm)

    If more businesses like this open in Delridge, I could be convinced to keep my home here. :) Seriously, we’ve got a massive number of new townhomes, and ramshackle ex-crack houses being removed/rehabbed like crazy, but very little retail support aside from the mini-strip-mall by the WS Bridge and gas stations/minimarts galore.
    So let’s hope that this is just the start.

  • dairmuid May 15, 2008 (9:18 am)

    I agree with Michael (about the businesses – not about giving up my house!); it’s nice to see something within walking distance. I will definitely be patronizing this place!

  • Alyson May 21, 2008 (10:21 pm)

    I just drove by tonight at 10PM and they had an open light on.

  • WSB May 21, 2008 (10:59 pm)

    Yes, this is an 11-day-old post – we reported their opening last Friday.

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