West Seattle, Washington
Thanks for the tips! Signage has just gone up for two more food-and-beverage establishments on the way to Junction 47 – a restaurant called Vine & Spoon on the southwest side of the complex, in the 4700 block of California, and a bar called Alchemy on the southeast side of the complex, in the 4700 block of 42nd SW.
As mentioned here a while back, we’d been told the spaces were all leased, but that the proprietors of these spaces weren’t ready to uncloak yet. We’ve reached the spokesperson for both, Lesa Linster, who shared this information with WSB:
Vine & Spoon will be a full-service restaurant and bar serving upscale American cuisine in the heart of West Seattle.
(updated) Led by Executive Chef Christopher Jensen along with celebrated chefs Larkin Young and Bryan Ogden, Vine and Spoon is anchored by a belief in real food grown and harvested by the community. All dishes are made with locally sourced ingredients that are organic and non GMO. In addition, all meat is grass fed and wild caught by farmers and local suppliers. The restaurant boasts a private dining area, an open kitchen, an 18-seat bar, and a large garden patio area for outdoor dining. The menu includes a full variety of small bites, large sharable plates, and a dessert menu to satisfy every sweet tooth. The bar offers craft cocktails and an extensive selection of local wine and craft beer. Open daily from 11 a.m.- 12 a.m. with brunch service on weekends. Happy hour will be daily from 4-7 p.m.
Alchemy will be a chemistry-themed cocktail bar featuring molecular mixology techniques and a unique science and potions design aesthetic. Our bartenders will be mixing up colorful craft cocktail reactions in test tubes and flasks using beakers, cylinders, and other scientific devices. The theme will carry over into our drink presentations which will be interactive and fun. The menu will be created by our executive chefs and award-winning master mixologists with a great happy hour featuring delicious small bites. The cocktail bar will be open Sunday – Thursday from 3 pm – 11 pm, and Friday – Saturday from 3 pm – 12 am.
Both are under the same ownership, Linster confirms, as well as a third establishment mentioned on the same website, “The Sweetest Sin” (no details on that yet). She adds that Alchemy’s menu will also be developed by Chef Jensen. Full announcements on all this are due soon – but this is what we have for starters.
Forecast says the next four days will be warm – maybe even hot – and (mostly) sunny. Here are four outdoor events, all free, perfect for enjoying the warm nights that will follow:
SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA ON THURSDAY: Second of this year’s six free concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association – 6:30 pm Thursday, The Banner Days (video above) perform on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW, but this is on the Walnut side).
P.S. Got kid(s)? Come early – the wading pool should be open until 6:30 pm.
BAND JAM ON FRIDAY – We previewed this yesterday – at least seven marching bands performing on the field at Southwest Athletic Complex starting at 6:30 pm Friday. (2801 SW Thistle)
OUTDOOR MOVIE AT PARK WEST CARE CENTER ON SATURDAY: Park West Care Center (WSB sponsor) is opening its big patio in North Admiral to a family-friendly community movie night this Saturday, “Never-Ending Story,” 8:30 pm. Bring your own chair/blanket. (1703 California SW)
OUTDOOR MOVIE AT HOTWIRE COURTYARD ON SATURDAY: And West Seattle Outdoor Movies continues this year’s series on Saturday night too – “School of Rock” is this week’s movie; the band Those Guys is the pre-show entertainment. Movie at dusk (9 pm-ish) but stake out a spot in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard early. Bring $ for nonprofit-supporting concessions and raffles if you can! (4410 California SW)
Wondering what that Seattle Public Utilities crew in your neighborhood is up to? Might be this. SPU tells WSB that its crews will be around West Seattle for the next few months, doing “routine sewer cleanings and inspections”:
Seattle Public Utilities is cleaning and inspecting sewer pipes throughout your neighborhood. This work helps reduce sewer overflows and identify locations that need repairs or additional maintenance. Homes and businesses will continue to receive normal sewer services.
Crews will use water from fire hydrants to clean the pipes. Using fire hydrants can cause discolored water. Residents experiencing discolored water should run the water for two minutes before drinking.
Crews will be in one location for no more than 2 hours. Regular work hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Homes and businesses will continue to receive normal sewer services. However, you can expect:
Temporary lane closures
Temporary parking restrictions
Temporary street closures
Utility trucks and noise
Discolored water (Safe to drink)
This is *not* part of the ongoing pipe-flushing work, which also can lead to temporary discoloration – that’s for water lines, not sewer lines. And there can be other causes of discolored water, so if it does happen at your residence, let SPU know – 206-386-1800.
(Photo from Night Out 2015, shared by Michael in Westwood)
Show and celebrate your block/building/etc. next Tuesday! August 2nd is Night Out – the annual night to spend with your neighbors, fighting crime and strengthening your community. Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon sends this reminder:
We are one week away from National Night Out Against Crime. Many of you have registered your events with us; we very much appreciate that, and the invitations you have extended to us to stop by your events.
If you haven’t yet registered your event, it’s not too late. Our registration link is active until 5pm, Monday, August 1st. This event is always fun and a great way to reconnect with neighbors and meet new ones.
Use (this) link to register your event; registration will allow you to block off your (non-arterial) street.
Printable invitations and street closure signs can be found (here).
We hope to see you at your Night Out Event!
And we hope to see you too – as we do every year, we’re inviting you to let us know about your Night Out party, if you wouldn’t mind us potentially stopping by for a photo to include in our as-it-happens coverage – send the location and time to firstname.lastname@example.org – we also welcome your photos during Night Out, too, via any of our channels.
In West Seattle Crime Watch … two unusual things that happened after car prowls:
CHANGE OF HEART: From Nicholas:
On Saturday night at 45th and Brandon someone went through my car and they stole my parking pass for work, some miscellaneous lottery tickets that were not winners, and unfortunately my work iPhone and charger which I had accidentally left in the console. (Monday) morning the strangest thing happened my work iPhone was sitting on my trunk of my car they apparently decided to return the phone but kept the OtterBox case. Thanks for getting my work phone back to me. I hope you find peace and happiness in whatever it is you’re looking for in this life.
POST-PROWL CASING? From Matt in Arbor Heights:
Strange situation occurred (Sunday) night. Someone knocked on our door around 7 pm and asked to speak with my wife, saying that they went to school together on the east-coast. He then wanted me to go get her and I told him absolutely not. He then asked to see a picture of her. After he left, I finally put two and two together. My wife’s purse was stolen about 3 weeks ago in the parking lot at Lincoln Park along with her ID, credit cards, etc. Someone broke into the car (smashed the window) while my wife was at the beach with our kids.
The police say they are likely casing our house and that similar incidents have occurred recently in West Seattle when property or identification has been stolen. Please be advised.
(Male House Finch, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Quiet day/night on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. But there’s always something going on, and we start with a reminder:
ONE WEEK UNTIL ELECTION DAY: Vote! The voting ends and vote-counting begins one week from tonight (Augst 2nd) While it’s technically the “primary,” so your vote will shrink the field in various races, it’s also the final decision for two Seattle measures – the Housing Levy and the “elevated downtown waterfront park” initiative. Lots of info here. And if you want to vote without buying postage, the new permanent ballot dropbox is in place along SW Raymond east of 35th SW, by High Point Library.
DROP-IN CHESS: Kids and teens are invited to play chess @ High Point Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
(added) SPOKE & FOOD: The annual Spoke & Food bicycle-to-dinner benefit is tonight – and Coastline in West Seattle is participating. 5-9 pm, participants around the region are donating 20 percent of their proceeds; this year, the beneficiary is the Hunger Intervention Project. The first 20 bike riders at each Spoke & Food location get backpacks! (4444 California SW)
‘GRACIOUS SPACE’ WORKSHOP: Come to Highland Park Improvement Club 6-9 pm and “explore how we can collaborate to bring all our neighbors together to build a stronger community.” (12th SW/SW Holden)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar. And let us know if you have something happening in West Seattle to add – see the guidelines atop the calendar page. Thank you!
Story, photos, and video by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
Though cleanups preceding Monday night’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk in Westwood/Roxhill left less of the area’s rawest problems to be “found,” it wasn’t all pre-sanitized.
The top photo is from a peek into an overgrown lot just off Trenton, northeast of Westwood Village, passed by the 120=plus walkers between official stops; the previous stop had been nearby, at a spot where a resident took the microphone and talked about a “recycling” bin that seemed to be a dumping magnet.
Another unofficial stop was a home on 24th with signs meant to catch the procession’s eyes – asking for speed bumps and police reform.
The department heads in whose purview those lay – SDOT’s Scott Kubly and SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole – both stopped for a look, though not a chat, so far as we saw.
A few minutes earlier, we talked to the people in the yard, who said that regarding the speed bumps, their street is a popular cut-through, and somebody who zoomed through recently not only almost took out young siblings, but actually, they say, flipped off the kids before continuing on their way.
Also unplanned: A question about long-promised improvements that hadn’t materialized along Barton, after an SDOT employee promised some community-requested improvements are on the way to the crossing by the RapidRide stop and Longfellow Creek,
But let’s get back to how it all started. Community members and city staffers gathered in and around Longfellow Creek P-Patch, east of Chief Sealth International High School, awaiting Mayor Ed Murray:
Once he arrived, it was showtime: Read More