West Seattle, Washington
Two days – well, nights – until the June West Seattle Art Walk, with a warm Thursday night expected. You can make your plan now! The venues on the map – food/drink specials as well as art – are only the start:
Also on Thursday, you’re invited to HomeStreet Bank (4022 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor), where you can get in the mood for the West Seattle Garden Tour (June 23rd) by enjoying the art created for this year’s contest – plus, we’re told, “some additional works.” You are welcome to stop by the bank (which has plenty of parking) 5-7:15 pm Thursday, and help HomeStreet support the Garden Tour.
Another stop of interest: It’s the last Art Walk at Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW), which is closing soon. Wallflower will feature a retrospective by Jessica Creager. A closing sale is under way, too.
For other highlights, here’s a roundup on the Art Walk website.
That’s a new time-lapse video from WSDOT, which says Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition is halfway done, four months after the Highway 99 tunnel opened:
Demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is now at the halfway mark and crews remain on track to finish the bulk of demolition later this summer. The Seneca street ramp has almost disappeared. Within the next two weeks, WSDOT’s contractor will add a new location to demolition – moving south from King Street toward Pioneer Square.
When last SDOT talked about the proposal for a West Seattle Junction-area RPZ – Restricted Parking Zone, where permits would be required for parking at certain times – they said a decision would be “sent out in June.” Three months have passed since the formal hearing on the proposal (WSB coverage here) and June is a third over, so after a few reader questions about the status, we asked SDOT. Spokesperson Ethan Bergerson replied, “We’re on schedule to announce the decision by the end of the month.”
Back in April, Thunder Road Guitars and The Bass Shop (both WSB sponsors) announced their plan to switch Junctions, saying goodbye to 4736 California SW and hello to 6400 California SW. Now they’ve set the West Seattle Junction closing date: “We will be closing our current storefront on Saturday, June 15th,and will be re-opening in our new location at 6400 California Ave SW at the end of the month (date still TBD).” That date is expected to be announced “in the next week or so.”
Just a little over five weeks remain until ballots go out for the primary election. That voting for the August 6th primary election will, among other things, determine which two of the three candidates for City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) move on to the November general election. If you’re just starting to pay attention, incumbent Lisa Herbold is running for a second term, challenged by lawyer/entrepreneur Phil Tavel – who finished third in the 2015 primary – and former SPD lieutenant Brendan Kolding. All three are West Seattleites. A few notes:
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ ENDORSEMENT MEETING: Members of our area’s biggest political organization, the 34th District Democrats, are scheduled to make endorsements at tomorrow night’s monthly meeting (7 pm following 6:30 pm social time, The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California SW). The process and rules (as well as the full list of offices they’ll be endorsing for) are in the 34th DDs’ June newsletter (PDF). The group has already had two D-1 council candidate forums, both of which we covered, including video: April 10th and April 23rd.
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: Kolding and Herbold are scheduled to talk with the DNDC next week, 7 pm Wednesday, June 19th, at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW, all welcome). Tavel appeared last month; here’s our coverage, with video.
MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: At least two of the three candidates plan to campaign at the June 22nd festival; the latest list of booths includes the Tavel and Kolding campaigns.
CAMPAIGN $: While the only numbers that ultimately matter are the vote totals, we’ll be checking in from time to time on other campaign-related stats. Today: The fundraising. You can explore candidates’ contributions, expenditures, and more via the state Public Disclosure Commission website. Here’s the latest on what each campaign reports bringing in:
The largest expenditures reported by Herbold and Tavel are for campaign consulting; for Kolding, website development/maintenance.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
“Exciting flavors and an elevated cocktail experience” are the ingredients for what the proprietors of restaurant/bar Lady Jaye plan to bring to the current Pecado Bueno space in the West Seattle Junction this summer.
The space has been for sale for a while; commenter Thee first spotted the liquor-license application. Then tipster Jeremy encountered part of the team at a catered event and provided information that put us on the trail. We connected with Evan Carter, one of the partners, and got answers to our questions.
So what are those “exciting flavors”? “Our food will be styled as Americana, heavily influenced in Southern roots with our own NW flair and ingredients featuring smoked meats. Our food menu will be curated by chefs Tyler Palagi and Charlie Garrison (formerly of Radiator Whiskey) who specialize in fresh ingredients, farm to table, unique cuts and smoked meats.”
As for the “elevated cocktail experience,” this explanation: “While we plan on being family-friendly, our concept will rely heavily on the bar program. Sara Rosales (also formerly of Radiator Whiskey) will be at the helm utilizing her knowledge and passion for American spirits and hiring a talented bar staff to help execute the program. She will collaborate heavily with chefs Tyler and Charlie to create a cocktail menu that pairs perfectly with the food and concept.”
The food and drinks, Carter adds, “will be seasonally influenced, even creating Farmers’ Market specials using ingredients procured from the local vendors on Sundays.”
We also asked about the decor/motif; the space at 4523 California SW has gone through several iterations in the past decade, first part of CAPERS, then for two years a Wing Dome before Pecado Bueno opened in 2013.
Carter says, “The interior will be cozy and rustic, with warm colors and dark wood garnishing the walls and furniture. The patio will be partially enclosed with comfortable seating around the warming fire pit so it can be utilized year round. The other half will be open for seating seasonally.” The dining room will seat 50, bar area 20, patio 50.
Lady Jaye will be open for dinner weekdays (3 pm-midnight), “all day for brunch service followed by dinner service on Saturdays and Sundays with a unique breakfast-cocktail menu incorporating a ‘Bloody Mary Project’ as well as low ABV cocktails and smoked pineapple Mimosas” (10:30 am-midnight Saturdays-Sundays).
And we had to ask about the namesake. Carter says only, “You will soon be introduced to the mystery of Lady Jaye.”
How soon? Aiming for mid-summer, but as with every project these days, a lot of factors including permit time will factor into that. But whatever the wait, Carter promises it’ll be worthwhile: “Our mission is to combine outstanding food/drinks with an energetic and fun atmosphere. Who says you can’t get great food and cocktails AND have a good time?”
P.S. For Pecado Bueno fans, we’re checking on their timeline for closing here. (PB has three other locations.)
Some of what’s up for the rest of today/tonight:
BUSINESS-DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: Run your own business? Invest a little time tonight in learning how to grow it! 6 pm workshop tonight at West Seattle Coworking (WSB sponsor). Details here. (6040 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT: 7 pm, WSHS Concert Band and Orchestra perform their spring concert at the school theater. Free, all welcome. (3000 California SW)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: Today, tomorrow, and beyond – our full calendar is here.
Family and friends will gather Saturday to remember John A. Hanson, and are sharing this remembrance now:
John Alan Hanson
October 5, 1944 – May 31, 2019
John passed away on May 31, 2019 with family by his side.
John was born and raised in West Seattle to Fred and Muriel Hanson, one of 5 brothers and only 1 beloved sister. He grew up on Seola Beach eating geoduck burgers, gathering driftwood for fires in their home, and swimming in the Sound. His parents would drop John and his brothers off at Denny Creek for two weeks each summer with nothing but small packs and their wits to keep themselves alive and entertained.
John loved sports. He loved to play sports, he loved to watch sports, and he loved to coach sports. John particularly loved fastpitch softball, for which he was inducted into the Greater Seattle Fastpitch Hall of Fame in June of 2000. One of his favorite trips to play ball was to Alaska, where he enjoyed all of the daylight that the land of the midnight sun had to offer. Countless young men of the community will fondly remember John as a coach of the West Seattle High School baseball team. When he was no longer coaching, he could be found offering advice from the stands.
John married Sandy on August 13, 1965. Except for a few years when they lived on Snoqualmie Pass, their nearly 54-year marriage was spent in West Seattle.
The years on Snoqualmie Pass were memorable ones, as John owned and operated his own tow truck company. Back in West Seattle, John drove trucks for Bloch Steel, where he was a proud Teamster.
West Seattle is also where John and Sandy raised their two sons, Steve and Jason.
John was always up for a really good laugh. Cracking jokes, listening to stories, or holding court, John spent much of his time with friends and family enjoying a laugh.
John relished the role of grandpa or “Bumpa” as his three granddaughters called him and was the honorary neighborhood grandpa, stocking frozen treats in the garage freezer where kids could get to them.
John loved to play card games or dice games. The last several months of his life, you could find him and Sandy at the dining table enjoying a game of Yahtzee.
John was fiercely loyal to family and friends, stood up for justice and fairness, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
John is preceded in death by his parents and brother George. John is survived by his wife Sandy, sister Wynn, brothers Fred and Jim, sons Steve (Tammy) and Jason (Joanne) and three granddaughters Lindsay, Amber, Rheese.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3050 California Avenue SW, on Saturday, June 15th at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Seattle High School Baseball.
Care entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle.
To share your fond memories of John with his Family, please visit his Online Memorial Tribute Wall.
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6:58 AM: Good morning. Only one incident so far – a collision at Delridge/Orchard reported this past half-hour. We don’t know if the scene’s clear yet, but SFD’s response has closed.