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West Seattle food notes: Wanna, Marination, OutWest, Feedback, Elliott Bay, Matador…

Updates from the West Seattle food and drink world:

WANNA TERIYAKI/BURGER OPENS TOMORROW: That’s what they told us late today when we stopped by the new place that, as first mentioned here last Friday, is taking over the former Athena’s/former Zippy’s spot at 1513 SW Holden: They’re planning to open at 10 am Friday. And, as Erik tipped us via the WSB Facebook page last night, they fixed the sign.

MARINATION MA KAI: New general manager Shawn Findley says Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) at Seacrest is changing back to fall/winter hours as of next Monday (September 23rd):

Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesdays: 9 am-8 pm
Thursdays: 9 am-8 pm
Fridays: 9 am-9 pm
Saturdays: 9 am-9 pm
Sundays: 9 am-8 pm


In our 3rd year, we’re opening up for Sunday Brunch! We will be showing every Sunday Seahawks game and opening by 9:30 for 10 am game days! All other Sundays we’ll open at noon and serve Brunch until 3! We’ve got Waffles & Sausage on the menu and a plethora of Bloody Marys to choose from, all starting at $6. Go Hawks!!

SUNDAY BREAKFAST AND FOOTBALL AT FEEDBACK: You can watch the games at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) too, according to manager Gia Griffitts:

At Feedback Lounge We will be showing all of the Seahawks games up on our big screen and opening early (9 am) for the Sunday 10 am games. Chef Wade will also be serving up a breakfast special on those early game days!

ELLIOTT BAY OKTOBERFEST: Elliott Bay Brewery Pub in The Junction isn’t waiting until October to celebrate Oktoberfest. It’s this Saturday (September 21st), and the pub/restaurant will be serving German fare along with the regular menu all day, as well as featuring “traditional German music by the Bonnie Birch Band” 6-9 pm.

MATADOR MENU: Also in The Junction, Matador West Seattle manager Andrew Ruggles has sent word of “a redesigned menu, with several recipe changes and the addition of a few new items.” New items they’ve announced include Nachos Mariscos – “a Northwest spin on our traditional Nachos, with dungeness crab and shrimp” – and Olympic Mountain Fried Ice Cream.

West Seattle-raised star Frances Farmer’s 100th birthday today

Thanks to local historian Peder Nelson for pointing this out: Today is the 100th anniversary of movie star Frances Farmer‘s birth. Her family lived on Capitol Hill when she was born on September 19, 1913, but moved to West Seattle in the early ’20s, and she went on to attend West Seattle High School, gaining her first round of fame for an award-winning essay titled “God Dies.” She died in 1970, but her legend lives on, as much because of her tragic later years as her silver-screen career – even her biography, published 10 years ago, spends far more time on the former than the latter. That’s a big reason why five years ago, Nelson organized an Admiral Theater mini-festival that was about “celebrating Frances Farmer for her life and what she did, away from all the tragedy,” as he told us in our interview for this 2008 WSB story previewing the event. She is most definitely not forgotten – Shadowland in The Junction, for example, carries the same name as a biography of Farmer. In 2011, Nelson led walking tours about “The Life and Times of Frances Farmer,” passing spots including the home where her family lived in the 2600 block of 47th SW. She was just 56 when she died of cancer in Indiana.

West Seattle traffic alert: Another Roxbury crash

For the third time in a week, a crash is causing trouble on SW Roxbury – this time at 22nd SW, and it’s blocking westbound traffic. No serious injuries but three vehicles were involved and it’ll likely take a while to clear.

PARKing Day tomorrow: 4 one-day-only parks in West Seattle

September 19, 2013 7:12 pm
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Earlier this week, we mentioned West Seattle was in for at least one PARKing Day temporary mini-park during the worldwide event tomorrow (Friday, September 20), after a few years of not participating. Now, the official map is out, and West Seattle is listed as having FOUR. Use the map above to pan around and check them out. We already mentioned the one outside Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) at Westwood Village; in The Admiral District, you’ll also find a multi-faceted art exploration at Mind Unwind (2206 California SW), and in The Junction, mini-parks at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) and Equilibrium Fitness. The point of PARKing Day is to show alternate uses of streets and sidewalks, and you’ll find unique activities at all the stops – 9 am-3 pm tomorrow.

Dates set for semiannual Highway 99/Viaduct inspection closures

September 19, 2013 5:19 pm
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 |   Alaskan Way Viaduct | West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

From the just-published weekly “lookahead” with SDOT/WSDOT closure plans – always the first sneak peek at what’s ahead: The state’s next semiannual inspection closure of the Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct, both directions between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery St. Tunnel, will be 5 am-6 pm Saturday, October 5th, and 6 am-6 pm Sunday, October 6th. That same weekend, Friday 10/4 evening all the way until Monday 10/7 morning, Highway 99 north of the tunnel to Valley St. will close for utility work. See the full lookahead (including other projects we’ve already mentioned) here.

Update: Police now investigating two Wednesday flasher incidents near local schools

(UPDATING 2:23 pm with additional information from police)

1:43 PM: Another West Seattle school has sent parents an alert about a reported incident of indecent exposure. This alert from Westside School (WSB sponsor) has been forwarded to us by parents who just received it; it was signed by assistant head of school Don Cunningham:

I am writing to inform you of an incident that happened yesterday. A student, during lunch recess, observed a man sitting in a car on 32nd Ave (our eastern campus border) with only a t-shirt on. The incident was reported to adults on campus (although later in the day), the police were informed, and the child’s parents were contacted. As some of you may have read, a similar incident occurred recently at Holy Rosary School, also here in West Seattle. The individual was described to be a white male in a black sports car. We have met with and are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials.

Here at Westside, the safety and security of your children is of the utmost importance to us. At the same time, we highly value the presence of parents and members of our community in the buildings and on the grounds. We have taken significant efforts to secure our campus, supervise our entrance and exit points, control traffic flow, and ensure that the facilities are run in as safe a manner as possible. Our perimeter is secure during the school day, after drop-off the front door is the only access, and all visitors are required to sign in.

What does this incident mean to us? It means, once again, to talk to your children about strangers. Help them to understand that they need to avoid situations where they might be vulnerable, including talking with strangers through a fence and particularly anyone that entices them into a vehicle or building. …

We asked police earlier today for any additional descriptive information about the person seen near Holy Rosary yesterday (the second such incident in the area of that school in less than a week and a half); none has been provided so far. We will be checking with SPD again right now to see if they have anything more on this case.

1:57 PM UPDATE: Police say they are putting together this information and cannot tell us anything more until they are ready to make it public.

2:22 PM UPDATE: Just talked to Det. Jeff Kappel with SPD media relations. He says they believe the two incidents yesterday might indeed have been the same man – the description was similar, including the vehicle.

Here’s what else he told us:

*The incident near Westside School happened around 12:30 pm yesterday but they didn’t get the report until four hours later – apparently the 7-year-old girl who saw the man did not tell anyone at school, but told someone at home.

She saw him through the east fence of the school south of 32nd/Holden, which is high off the street – she says the man was white, anywhere from 20s to 40s, short black hair, scruffy beard. He was in a “black beat-up car, sporty sedan, with body damage, parked on the west side of 32nd, facing northbound,” said Det. Kappel. The man had T-shirt on, no pants, he and the girl saw each other, nothing was said, no contact – he says none of the three incidents in West Seattle have had any contact between the man/men and those who saw him/them, and the exposer/s did not get out of their vehicle in any of these incidents. Again, he says the car and suspect descriptions from both the Holy Rosary and Westside incidents yesterday are similar, but they seem to be different – the vehicle, in particular – from the one at HR on the 9th.

3:35 PM UPDATE: Police have just published an SPD Blotter update with the information they gave us an hour ago as well as an overview, and contacts for anyone with information.

East Marginal Way pavement repair scheduled this weekend

SDOT‘s most recent update said that various safety work on East Marginal Way, a major route for bicyclists to and from West Seattle and beyond – and scene of a deadly collision in May – was targeted for completion by November. Today, we’ve just received word of work planned this weekend:

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will repair the pavement on East Marginal Way South just north of South Hanford Street this weekend, working from 7 am to 7 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

One lane in each direction will remain open on East Marginal Way with bikes merging with general traffic. A Police Officer will assist traffic turning left from East Marginal Way to South Hanford Street—there will be no left-hand turn lane. Drivers may want to use an alternate route to avoid delays.

If you’re not certain about that exact location – here’s a map.

From land-use land: Six West Seattle project notes

September 19, 2013 12:07 pm
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 |   Development | Environment | West Seattle news

Just in case you aren’t a devoted reader of the city’s twice-weekly Land Use Information Bulletin – this week’s editions contain these half-dozen West Seattle items of note:

‘DETERMINATION OF NON-SIGNIFICANCE’ FOR DELRIDGE SEWER-OVERFLOW PROJECTS: While you’ve heard a lot about the county projects to reduce combined-sewer overflows at pump stations at Lowman Beach and alongside the Fauntleroy ferry dock, remember that the city is doing some work too. Its upcoming Delridge-area projects – described here – have been declared to be environmentally “non-significant.”

WESTSIDE SCHOOL’S NEW SITE: Key approvals are in on the land-use application for Westside School (WSB sponsor) to create its new campus on the Hillcrest Presbyterian site at 34th and 104th. (We have a message out to the school inquiring about the project timeline.)

THE WESTY SPORTS AND SPIRITS: Land-use approval is in for the sports bar/restaurant under construction at 7908 35th SW (here’s our previous coverage).

ALKI ROWHOUSES: An application has been filed to build a 2-unit structure and 3-unit structure, both described as “rowhouses,” at 3008 Alki Avenue SW (a lot that stretches to SW Stevens on its south side). The notice says comments will be accepted through October 18th.

FAUNTLEROY LOT-SPLITTING DECISION APPEALED: A city decision approving division of a lot in an “environmentally critical area” of Fauntleroy, in the 3900 block of SW Henderson is being challenged by a neighbor who contends the split could have environmental and view ramification if, as he expects, a house is built on the split-off lot. The city Hearing Examiner will hear the appeal on October 9th.

DESIGN REVIEW: As first reported here last week, the apartment/retail project at 4435 35th SW will return to the Southwest Design Review Board on October 10th; here’s the notice. The bulletin also mentions “streamlined design review” – no public meeting, but comments are being taken, as with all development projects – for a four-unit townhouse project at the corner of 41st and Oregon.

West Seattle Thursday: SSCC ‘Salute’; Camp Long benefit; WSHS PTSA; Lafayette PTA; Alki Community Council; more…


(Lincoln Park photo by WSB Flickr group member Biankat)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (and the inbox), eight highlights/notes for today/tonight:

SPYDER MOWER IN ACTION: Seattle Parks shares the heads-up that you will see a piece of heavy equipment known as a Spyder mower in action clearing overgrowth/invasives today at West Seattle Golf Course and Rotary Viewpoint Park (best known for its totem pole, at 35th/Alaska).

SALUTE TO SOUTH: With the school year starting next Monday at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor), today is the annual celebratory community reception, and you’re invited. SSCC president Gary Oertli and faculty will be there, too. Northwest Wine Academy on campus, light refreshments including some of NWA’s student-produced wine, 3:30-5:30 pm. (6000 16th SW)

HAVE DESSERT AT CAMP LONG: As previewed here Wednesday, tonight’s the dessert auction/live-music benefit at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, 7-9 pm – bring the kids for an optional nature program. (5200 35th SW)

DOGPADDLE: Day 3 of the “dogs in the pool, without people” post-season fundraiser at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club, 5-7 pm, details in our original preview. (11003 31st SW)

(added) LAFAYETTE PTA: First meeting of the year at Lafayette Elementary, and Curriculum Night too – 6:30-8 pm. (California/Lander)

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL PTSA: As previewed here on Wednesday, the WSHS PTSA’s first meeting of the year is tonight, 7 pm, in the school library. All welcome to take a look at the year ahead! (3000 California SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Tonight’s 7 pm monthly meeting in the parlor at Alki UCC will include a Seattle Police briefing on the summer season that’s wrapping up – more agenda notes are on the ACC website. (6115 SW Hinds)

FULL MOON: Tonight’s the official full moon for this month, as noted in the most-recent edition of our monthly special report “Skies Over West Seattle.” Moonrise is just about concurrent with sunset, right after 7 pm – you can find the exact times of moonrise, moonset, sunrise, and sunset on the WSB Weather page, any time.

Golf and rock with Easy Street tomorrow to help West Seattle Food Bank

September 19, 2013 10:00 am
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It’s a two-part party benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank tomorrow – including Branden Daniel and The Chics, showcased here last year when they came out with the West Seattle/West Seattleite-laden video above – here’s the update we just received:

There’s still spots open to golf in Easy Street’s golf tournament and they have now opened the After Party to the public. All proceeds to the West Seattle Food Bank!

Continuing its 25th Anniversary celebrations, Easy Street Records is holding its first Golf Tournament and After Party on Friday, September 20th — all proceeds to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. [Whether you are golfing or not …] You are invited to join the After Party at 7:00 pm featuring NW garage band Branden Daniel & The Chics, who sound like a “Detroit garage built from a Rolling Stones r&b foundation and the rhythmic supports of classic NW garage staples, The Kingsmen.” Just bring a non-perishable item (or items!) for donation to the West Seattle Food Bank. Non-perishable donations for the food bank will be accepted throughout the weekend at the store.

The tournament starts at 10 am tomorrow (9 am check-in) at West Seattle Golf Course – here’s how to sign up:

E-mail and include the following information

* Total number of players ($75 per player)
* Registrant name
* Names of all additional players
* Registrant e-mail & phone number

You’ll have to bring cash or check for the fee when you show up at the golf course tomorrow.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car thefts/recoveries; bicycle found

September 19, 2013 9:34 am
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

Reader reports to share this morning: Looks like another stolen-car recovery in West Seattle – Alan just sent word of a stolen car recovered near 14th and Holly; he called it in as an abandoned/possibly stolen car (white Honda Accord LX), and says police have since shown up along with the apparent owner, who drove it away. That was one of two cars in the area that he says appeared to have been prowled overnight:

My neighbor was woken at 2:30 by the alarm on his work van going off. No entry was made or damage done. He noticed that two vehicles had dome lights on when he left for work this morning. One car belongs to a neighbor, which is never used. The door was ajar, so I shut it and notified the neighbor.

Another person texted us about a gun found at 16th/Myrtle this morning and reported to police; no details available on the investigation so far, though.

Karen from the Hansen View Block Watch (near The Mount) shares another car theft/recovery report circulated on their list:

Holly had her older dark green SUV stolen overnight on Monday or early Tuesday morning (I’m not sure of the make/model). She said the car was unlocked when it was taken; it was parked in front of their house on the east side of 37th (not in the alley). She reported the theft to police on Tuesday morning. By midday, it had been found and recovered in White Center. The stereo console had been removed, but the car was otherwise undamaged.

And Joey reported a suspected car-prowl attempt early Wednesday in Admiral:

At about 4:30am I was woken up by my car alarm outside my apartment (on the corner of Hill and California). My 1991 Integra was unopened and not missing anything , but as I went outside to disarm and check it out, I heard a car start, then quickly accelerate down 44th Ave SW (I’m estimating). I know that this could have been coincidental, but I don’t think it was.

Meantime, Bradi reports a found bicycle that she wanted to mention here before turning it over to police:

My husband found a women’s MAGNA 15-speed Mountain Bike, a day or so ago, in the North Delridge Area, across the street from the Delridge Deli Mart. It’s a blue-gray color. Looks new. It had been abandoned for hours, with 2 flat tires, just sitting on the sidewalk, so we assumed it stolen.

If it’s yours, tweet a message to Bradi – who would want to hear more-descriptive information before turning it over – at @mrs_jonesb. A theft-report # would be optimal. And a reminder for bicycle-theft victims – when SPD recovers bicycles, they’re tweeting info at @getyourbikeback.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Final Thursday of summer

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
Yes, it really is the last Thursday of summer – with the fall equinox coming up this Sunday. (Come to sunset watch Sunday night with Alice Enevoldsen of Alice’s Astro Info and WSB’s “Skies Over West Seattle“!) The commute knows no seasons, though – so, we’re off and running/walking/riding/driving for today …

ROAD WORK NOTE: 10 pm tonight-5 am Friday (and again all weekend), the northbound I-5 ramp to the West Seattle Bridge will be closed – full details here.

METRO TRANSIT NOTE: In case you haven’t seen it yet, Metro is out with details of the upcoming service revisions, including changes on three West Seattle routes – here’s the story we published last night.

7:34 AM UPDATE: There’s a crash at California/Oregon that’s slowing traffic – thanks to David for the tip, just before Christopher mentioned it in comments.

David sent that photo; the crash is on 911 as California/Oregon (eastbound lane) but actually appears to be a bit to the west.

8:10 AM UPDATE: SFD has cleared that crash scene, according to the 911 log; Christopher went over in the meantime and reports, “A couple of shaken-up drivers but no major injuries. The Volvo in front seemed to escape any serious damage. Just some scratched up bumper trim. The Honda in back was really crunched up and the airbag deployed. The Volvo driver told me that the Honda driver came up the hill eastbound really fast behind her and may have been blinded by the sun.”

10:24 AM: Richard tweeted about a crash on the OTHER end of The Junction, California/Dawson.

Feedback Wednesdays: Comedy this week, ‘Purse Poker’ next week & beyond

To commemorate the first-ever standup-comedy show at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), we stopped by Wednesday night for a pre-show photo of the comedians, (updated) from left – Jeffrey Robert, Cait Parks, Daryl Coxy, Cris Rodriguez , host/headliner Mona Concepcion, and Sara Bergner; Mona tells us there will be another comedy night October 16th.

Then, talking to Feedback co-proprietor Jeff Gilbert, we found out about something new for Wednesday nights starting next week – here’s a hint:

Custom cards are now in the house because Wednesday nights at 7 pm, starting September 25th, the Feedback will offer Purse Poker – show up, sit down for a game of Texas Hold ‘Em, but – as the explanatory flyer says – “instead of using money to ante up, you ‘bet’ with items in your purse.” Just about anything except for unwrapped food and alcohol. Yes, guys can play, but purse still required, says the Feedback. Games start at 7 pm but you can come in and join in any time between then and close.