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BIZNOTES: Pre-Father’s Day ‘meat market’; new brunch’; hot pop-up

June 12, 2023 10:53 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news | West Seattle restaurants

Three food biznotes:

PRE-FATHER’S DAY ‘MEAT MARKET’: Lady Jaye in The Junction (4523 California SW) is throwing the doors open at 4 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, June 13) for a pre-Father’s Day meat market. Highlights:

We are bringing in some of the best beef in the entire world:

Japanese A5 wagyu beef
Australian 9+ wagyu beef
Full-Blood Wagyu Beef raised in Oregon and Washington

We will also have little mini-bottles of our favorite whiskeys available as Father’s Day gifts!

DJ Derek Moon will be on the patio and we will have a photobooth set up with a bunch of “Dad” and “grilling” props.

This will go until 8 pm – if the merchandise lasts that long.

NEW BRUNCH: Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way) has launched brunch – a variety of waffle offerings, including the classic combo of fried chicken and a waffle, plus brunch cocktails (mimosas and more). Brunch begins at 9 am every Sunday and continues until 2 pm.

HOT POP-UP: Papa Tony’s Hot Sauce – the reigning recipient of West Seattle Emerging Business of the Year – has just teamed up with Mission Cantina in The Admiral District. To celebrate, Papa Tony’s will be in the house at Mission (2325 California SW) for a pop-up shop this Friday and Saturday (June 16-17), 5-8 pm, with samples, sauce for sale, drawings, and more.


Thanks to Gary Jones for the photo! Three harbor porpoises surfaced while swimming off Alki Point. They’re not endangered, but they are protected. The most-recent federal estimate of their population: More than 11,000 in the inland waters of Washington and southern British Columbia, including Puget Sound.

UPDATE: Crash at 24th/Roxbury

7:49 PM: A 2-car crash is blocking westbound Roxbury and 24th where they intersect.!SFD and SPD are on scene. We are told no one was seriously hurt.

8:10 PM: Metro is routing RapidRide H off Roxbury in this area until it’s cleared.

10:07 PM: Metro says it’s resumed regular routing.

Are speed cameras the solution to dangerous driving on Alki (and West Marginal)?

citylight(WSB photo from aftermath of 2016 West Marginal crash blamed on racing)

Less than a week after the latest meeting between city officials and Alki/Harbor neighbors concerned about street disorder and dangerous driving, a new proposal is in the works. City Councilmember Lisa Herbold is introducing a bill that would open the door to automated speed-enforcement cameras on Alki Avenue, Harbor Avenue, and West Marginal Way by designating them as “racing zones,” along with a few other areas of the city. This is a new use of enforcement cameras, authorized by the State Legislature. From the summary of Council Bill 120600:

As authorized by recent changes in Washington State Law (RCW 46.63.170), this legislation authorizes the expansion of camera enforcement to detect speed violations in walk areas, public park zones, hospital zones, and restricted racing zones. This legislation also designates the specific racing zones where camera enforcement is authorized, including:

 Alki Avenue SW between 63rd Ave SW and Harbor Avenue SW.
 Harbor Avenue SW between Alki Avenue SW and SW Spokane St.
 West Marginal Way SW between SW Spokane St and 2nd Ave SW.
 Sand Point Way NE between 38th Ave NE and NE 95th St.
 NE 65th St between Sand Point Way NE and Magnuson Park.
 Roadways inside Magnuson Park including, but not limited to, NE 65th St and Lake Shore Dr NW.

State law (RCW 46.63.170(1)(d)(ii) requires an equity analysis that evaluates livability, accessibility, economics, education, and environmental health when identifying camera locations using this new authority.

Councilmember Herbold’s legislative assistant Newell Aldrich tells WSB that this would give SDOT the “authority to install speed cameras, but not immediately: “There are steps that must be taken in the state law before installing cameras, e.g. an equity analysis.” Previously, speed-enforcement cameras were only allowed in school zones, and the city is already pursuing doubling those (from 35 citywide now, to 70). Aldrich says the racing-zone camera proposal will be the subject of a briefing one week from tomorrow, 9:30 am June 20th, in the Transportation and Seattle Public Utilities Committee, whose chair Councilmember Alex Pedersen is co-sponsoring it. A vote could happen in mid-July. Meantime, we’re seeking some followup information, such as the potential cost of these cameras (which of course would be revenue generators as well) and whether they’d be in use 24/7, not just “racing” hours (West Marginal has been much-discussed as a speeding zone around the clock).

BIZNOTE: West Seattle’s Taco Time remodels, bans cash

We’ve been getting questions/tips about two changes at West Seattle’s Taco Time restaurant (3500 SW Avalon Way). We’ve had inquiries out to Taco Time Northwest‘s corporate headquarters and got some info today. First, they’ve closed their interior seating temporarily for what a spokesperson calls a “simple remodel.” She’s still waiting for information on how long the work is supposed to last. The drive-through remains open, which is how customers learned about this: They’re no longer accepting cash.

(Photo sent by reader)

Signage says they’re refusing because of burglaries, and the Taco Time NW spokesperson affirms that, saying this is the only location in their regional chain with this policy: “We accept cash at all locations except West Seattle due to several recent break-ins. Our priority is employee safety, and this temporary measure helps mitigate risks at this location.” (We reported on one break-in back in late April.)

FOLLOWUP: Hiawatha Playfield update

2:20 PM: Last week, Seattle Parks said work would finally begin today on the turf-replacement project at Hiawatha Playfield, so we went over to see whether that had indeed happened. The photo above is what we found – no sign of anything yet, and the field remains wide open. FieldTurf USA won the contract with a $1.4 million bid after the city had scratched the first round of bids (which the same company won for a similar price). Parks says the work should be complete in September – assuming it does start soon. Meantime, the Hiawatha Community Center and Play Area projects have yet to go out to bid, so construction is still a ways off. (Parks says the Hiawatha wading pool WILL be open this year, though – first day June 29.)

4:28 PM: Commenter Junctioneer says a segment of fencing at the field’s south end is new. We’ll be checking back tomorrow to see if we find crews there then.

GRADUATION 2023: 2 weeks until the biggest date

June 12, 2023 12:33 pm
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(WSB photo, CSIHS graduation 2022)

In case you wondered too: Both public high schools in West Seattle are sharing a graduation date again this year. This time, both ceremonies are at Memorial Stadium downtown (401 5th Ave. N.), on Tuesday, June 27th. The West Seattle High School Class of 2023 will take the walk at 5 pm, followed by the Chief Sealth International High School Class of 2023 at 8 pm.

CRIME WATCH: Early-morning crash-and-grab burglars steal Shorewood Grocery ATM

10:58 AM: Thanks for the tips. That was the scene at Shorewood Grocery, just south of West Seattle at 26th/106th, around 7:30 this morning, six hours after crash-and-grab burglars heavily damaged the store while stealing its ATM. King County Sheriff’s Office will only confirm that deputies found “the side of the building … smashed in and the ATM taken” when they arrived after getting word of a burglary alarm going off at 1:25 am. This KING report shows store-security video of the thieves using a pickup truck, which they quote “a friend of the store owner” as saying was stolen and has been found. A store employee who was there when we went over said they weren’t sure whether they’d be able to reopen today; we’ll be going back at midday to check.

2:42 PM: We went back early this afternoon and they’re open for business.

9 for your West Seattle Monday

(Sunrise photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Here’s what’s on the list for the hours ahead:

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: Open 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

MONDAY MOVIE: 1 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), “Terry’s Greatest Movies You’ve Never Heard Of,” today featuring “Fury at Gunsight Pass” (1956). Free popcorn! Contact SCWS to register in advance.

CRAFTING AND CREATIVITY NIGHT: 6-10 pm at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW), info here.

OPEN MIC: Weekly BedHead Open Mic continues at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene (4201 SW Juneau), 6:30 pm – info in our calendar listing.

D&D: Open D&D starts at 6:30 pm at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), all welcome, even first-time players. $5.

INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION: New to meditation? On the second Monday each month, the Alki Dharma community offers an introduction, as explained in our calendar listing. Doors open at 6:45 pm at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds).

FAUNTLEROY MEDITATION: Free weekly Zen sitting/meditation event at the chapel at Fauntleroy UCC (9140 California SW), 7 pm-8:30 pm.

PLAY TRIVIA! Three options on Monday nights for playing trivia – 7 and 8 pm Sporcle Pub Quiz at Three 9 Lounge (4505 39th SW); 7 pm at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7:30 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MONDAY MUSIC: Live music with The Westside Trio, 8 pm at The Alley (behind 4509 California SW), 21+, no cover.

Have a West Seattle/White Center event to add to our calendar ? Please send info to – thank you!

Remembering Jim Borrow, 1944-2022, one year later

The family of Jim Borrow is remembering him on the first anniversary of his death, and sharing this with his community:

Dr. James Whitaker Borrow
February 1, 1944 – June 12, 2022

Born in Seattle to Will and Lucile Borrow, Jim was raised in West Seattle, graduating from West Seattle High School in 1962. He completed an undergraduate degree at the university of Washington (1967), where he was a member of the UW crew. He remained friends with many that he crewed with for the rest of his life. He also graduated medical school at the U.W. (1971) and years later, a residency in Radiology (1987).

He lived in the San Francisco Bay area during the 1970s into the early ’80s, where he was a staff physician at the SF Public Health Service Hospital (1971-1974) and then practiced emergency medicine at Alameda Hospital (1974-1983). There he met his future wife and life partner, Janice, who arrived in his emergency room from an auto accident. They married in 1982 and moved to Seattle.

In Seattle, he completed a residency in Radiology and practiced at First Hill Diagnostic Imaging (FHDI) from 1987 until his retirement in 2016. During his years there, he did early pioneering work on prostate cancer diagnosis, first with ultrasound and ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy and subsequently developed and promoted high-resolution prostate MRI techniques and clinical applications. He was a trusted clinician and held in very high regard in the field of both general oncology and specialized studies of bone marrow-based tumors in collaborative work with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Another area of special expertise was in detailed MRI evaluation of a variety of musculoskeletal disorders, with particularly detailed knowledge and attention to the complex joints of the human body. He was often the definitive opinion on abnormalities of the more common disorders of the knee and spine.

In 2007 while still practicing at FHDI, he became a clinical instructor in the department of Family Medicine at the U.W. School of Medicine. He was boarded in Family Practice as well as Radiology.

Jim combined an extreme level of interpretive ability with an unusual level of compassion and personal interaction with patients, which is uncommon in radiology. He was a valued clinical physician who chose to specialize in Diagnostic Radiology and left profound impacts on the medical community in Washington.

He was a dedicated physician who generously assisted many patients, family members, friends, and friends of friends navigate our medical system when they were faced with serious health challenges.

Throughout his life, Jim had a passionate love of travel, and he and his wife, Janice, traveled extensively. A favorite destination was the Himalayas, where they trekked numerous times in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

Jim had a never-ceasing curiosity about and interest in the world, nature, history, culture, and people. Besides degrees in medicine, he had a degree in television broadcasting from San Francisco State and a degree in Technical Writing from the U.W. He pursued both out of his desire to make medicine more understandable to the patient population.

Being civic minded, he was a member of both the Capitol Hill and Alki Community Council, working to better the livability of the neighborhoods he resided in.

Being steadfast, kind and compassionate, he loved to help people in any way he could. During the course of his life he touched many lives.

He was preceded in death by sister Susan Flood. He is survived by his wife Janice Viekman Borrow; sister Betsy Borrow, brother Bill Borrow; sister in law Diana Borrow, brother in law John Flood, sister and brother in law Meredith and Ralph Gilbert; and numerous nieces, nephews; grandnieces, and grandnephews.

On this, the first anniversary of your death, we remember and honor you and your life well lived.

Jim’s online guest book may be signed at

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to


June 12, 2023 6:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:03 AM: Good morning. Welcome to Monday, June 12th.


Today’s forecast: Sunny, high near 80. Sunrise was at 5:11 am; sunset will be at 9:07 pm.


Summit Atlas in Arbor Heights is out for the summer. Other schools will follow over the next two-plus weeks – here’s our list.


Metro – Regular schedule, but trip cancellations and temporary route suspensions can and do happen at any time.

Water Taxi – Continuing the spring/summer schedule, including late-evening runs on Friday and Saturday nights.

Washington State Ferries‘ Triangle Route continues on the 2-boat schedule; sailing cancellations remain possible on short notice, so check here for alerts/updates and see Vessel Watch for boats’ locations.


Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Henderson), cameras are also up at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Oregon.

High Bridge – the main camera:

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):

Low Bridge – east-end vicinity:

1st Ave. S. Bridge – alternate route across the river:

Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander.

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.

BRIDGE INFO: Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed to see if the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.

If you see trouble on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities). Thank you!