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BIZNOTES: Three bites of food/drink news

Three West Seattle food/beverage business notes:

WESTWOOD PANDA EXPRESS UPDATE: Back in October, we reported that Panda Express is moving into the ex-Pet Pros spot next to Westwood Village QFC, according to the shopping center’s site map (which is the only place WWV’s new-ish owners usually “announce” new tenants). The Chinese-food chain hasn’t responded to our inquiry yet but there’s further confirmation of the plan – it’s now appeared in the city permit system.

HOTWIRE’S MANAGER MOVING ON: Hotwire Coffee wants to be sure ustomers have a chance to say goodbye to longtime manager Nicole Crisostomo – this is her last week.

Hotwire says Nicole is “moving on to a new opportunity” after 10 years at Hotwire. “Nicole has played an integral part in our journey with Hotwire, first as loyal customers and then in 2016 as owners. She was part of the deal when we took over the business and promoted her to manager,” explains co-proprietor Jeffrey Silva. “We will miss her and wish her the very best with her next adventure!”

HOLIDAY FOOD: Husky Deli is again offering to prepare a full holiday dinner for you – ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and ice cream, serves 5 – $150, last order December 22nd for pickup on Christmas Eve. … If you’d rather buy something to cook yourself, Lady Jaye‘s annual Meat Market, with wagyu beef and more, is one week from tomorrow – 4-8 pm December 19.

WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Sweet sight – a ‘candy castle’

December 11, 2023 7:50 pm
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 |   West Seattle Christmas lights | West Seattle news

Tonight’s lights are from Eric, who describes the biggest feature in his Gatewood display as a “candy castle.” You can see the twinkling lights near 41st/Austin. (And if you have a display to suggest – whether yours, or one you’ve admired – please email us, – thank you!)

Missed the GLOWS community-art projections? Encore all week!

December 11, 2023 7:13 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

(WSB photo, Saturday night, projected art by B Anthony Nelson)

If you weren’t at Saturday night’s GLOWS (Glorious Lights of West Seattle) festival in The Junction to see the community-created art – you have another chance: All week, the projections continue on the south-facing wall of Alaska House (the apartment building bordering Junction Plaza Park). We don’t have the exact hours but we went through The Junction around 6:30 pm and the projections, with the artists’ name and their creations, were already under way. West Seattle Junction Association executive director Chris Mackay says they’re working on making the art available online, too.

P.S. If you skipped the festival, you also missed an hour of amazing holiday performances by an all-star group of local singers and musicians – we have 10 clips, plus the set list, in this report.

HOLIDAY HELPING: Last-minute need for volunteers @ holiday party Wednesday

December 11, 2023 5:09 pm
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 |   Holidays | How to help | West Seattle news

If you could give a few hours Wednesday afternoon, Neighborhood House asked us to share this last-minute call for holiday-party help:

Volunteer at Neighborhood House
December 13 | 2 – 5 pm

The Winter Wonderland event is Neighborhood House’s winter celebration for children and their families living in the West Seattle High Point area. The event provides a fun space for children and their families to engage outside the preschool classroom.

We’re seeking 20 volunteers to set up the event, help with children activities, serve food, and clean up. Link to sign up:

Neighborhood House is at 6400 Sylvan Way SW.

Recall theft-prone Kias and Hyundais? Councilmember Lisa Herbold to propose resolution

(WSB photo from September day when stolen Hyundai, Kia were dumped together)

At her final full City Council meeting tomorrow, District 1 Councilmember Lisa Herbold plans a resolution urging the feds to recall the much-stolen Kia and Hyundai models. Here’s the announcement from council staff:

Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1 – West Seattle) will propose a resolution calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall specific Kia and Hyundai models and require the manufacturers to install industry standard anti-theft technology.

The lack of immobilizer technology in some models made between 2011 and 2021 has made the vehicles vulnerable to theft. That has negatively impacted public safety in cities across the country – including Seattle.

Earlier this year, the Seattle Police Department said that, from 2021 to 2022, there had been a 363 percent increase in reports of stolen Kias and a 503 percent increase in reports of stolen Hyundais. A more recent investigative report found astounding trends in 68 other cities in the U.S.

In January, Seattle became the first city in the nation to file a lawsuit against the automakers. That lawsuit, which is still pending, is seeking to recover damages for the City from the automakers.

If passed, the City of Seattle would join cities such as Baltimore and Philadelphia in passing a resolution urging a recall.

The NHTSA, however, is not currently contemplating a recall, according to what they told us in response to our inquiry after getting the announcement above. They note that the heart of the theft problem is “intentional criminal conduct,” while adding, “However, since last year, NHTSA has repeatedly met with Hyundai and Kia to discuss the causes contributing to the theft vulnerability, review the scope of differing software and hardware in the affected models, and receive regular updates on the companies’ action plans. NHTSA will continue to monitor this issue, spread awareness of further updates to local authorities, and lend its expertise in efforts to strengthen motor vehicle safety.”

Seattle Seafood Center: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

Today we welcome our newest WSB sponsor, Seattle Seafood Center, located at 717 S. Michigan St. in Georgetown. When new sponsors join us, they get the opportunity to tell you about themselves – here’s what Seattle Seafood Center would like you to know:

With more than 3,000 square feet of space, Seattle Seafood Center is south Seattle’s largest fish market, run by Patrick Price, who has 40 years experience in selling unique seafood products at prices not typically found in the chain grocery stores and big-box outlets. He’s inviting everybody down for the holidays to shop the wide assortment of live, fresh and frozen seafood that includes King, Dungeness and Snow crab, Sockeye Salmon, Halibut, and a variety of holiday smoked Salmon.

Seattle Seafood Center also features tanks with live King Crab from Norway, Dungeness from the Washington coast, and New England Lobster arriving this week.

Seattle Seafood Center would also like to let you know that coming up in 2024, they will be adding a tap room and restaurant. But in the meantime, there’s a steady supply of dinner and holiday party items that can make an evening more festive – especially their king crab legs, just $39.99 while supplies last.

Find Seattle Seafood Center‘s hours, and a map, here.

We thank Seattle Seafood Center for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here; email for info on joining the team!

UPDATE: Hazmat response at Arrowhead Gardens

12:38 PM: SFD has a hazmat response at the Arrowhead Gardens senior-living complex in southeast West Seattle right now. According to the dispatch, they’re checking out “white powder” found in a hallway, possibly related to a dispute between neighbors; police have responded too. No reports of injuries.

1:32 PM: All but two SFD units have been dismissed.

1:52 PM: SFD says that “the substance was determined (to be) not hazardous” and everyone’s been cleared.

FOLLOWUP: City says water supply is finally back to normal

Almost three months after the city asked people to use less water, the reservoirs are finally back to normal or near-normal, according to an announcement this morning from Seattle Public Utilities. This of course is thanks to not only reduced water use but also above-average fall rain (with scenes like the Lincoln Park “waterfall” in video from last Tuesday) – this month is at more than triple the average so far, and rain since October 1st is three inches above normal, though rain since January 1st remains two inches below normal. The city says the Cedar Reservoir is back to normal; the South Fork Tolt Reservoir is not, but they think it will be within a few months. Saving water is still a good thing, SPU says, so you can go here for advice on that. When the city asked customers to use less water, usage totaled 149 million gallons a day, and SPU set a goal of cutting that by a third, to 100 million gallons a day; archived updates say the usage almost reached that goal, bottoming out at 101 million gallons a day.

The list for your West Seattle Monday

December 11, 2023 10:07 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Seen in Gatewood – any tree can be a Christmas tree!)

Here’s what’s happening for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide:

FOR VETERANS: If you need help filing a disability claim, the DAV offers free drop-in assistance 9 am-1 pm. (4857 Delridge Way SW)

FIFTH NIGHT OF HANUKKAH: No public events tonight.

INJURY ASSESSMENT FOR RUNNERS: Come to West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) 4:30-6 pm for an individual injury assessment with Biojunction PT.

GET CRAFTY: 6-10 pm, Monday brings “Crafting and Creativity Night” at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW), info here.

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

INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION: The Alki Dharma Community invites you to Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds) for this twice-monthly event. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

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

MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA! Three weekly events – 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 with QuizFix at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MUSIC AT THE ALLEY: 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 and/or Holiday Guide? Please send info to – thank you!

FERRY ALERT UPDATE: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth resuming 2-boat service

9:07 AM: Washington State Ferries says “unscheduled necessary vessel maintenance” has the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route down to one boat until further notice, following the #2 schedule. The real-time map shows the boat having trouble is M/V Kitsap, which had problems last week too. Updates to come.

11:59 AM: WSF is moving M/V Suquamish from the Bainbridge-Seattle run so that two-boat service can resume on the Triangle Route.


6:00 AM: Good morning. It’s Monday, December 11. This is the last week of school before winter break.


Forecast says partly cloudy today, high near 50. Sunrise today is at 7:47 am; sunset, 4:17 pm.


Metro – Regular schedule today; check advisories here.

Water TaxiRegular schedule today. Watch the real-time map if wondering where the boat is.

Washington State Ferries – 2-boat service on the Triangle Route. Check alerts for changes, and use the real-time map to see where your ferry is.


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

1st Ave. S. Bridge – another 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: The @SDOTBridges feed on Twitter/X shows whether 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 that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if applicable). Thank you!