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COVID CLOSURE: West Seattle Grounds temporarily closed because of possible exposure

Thanks for the tip. North Admiral coffee shop West Seattle Grounds says it’ll be closed through tomorrow because of possible virus exposure. From the WSG website:

We are sorry to announce that we will be closed January 22nd and 23rd (Friday and Saturday) in order to take all the correct precautions to keep our staff and community safe. We have been informed that our staff may have been exposed to the Coronavirus so we are making sure that all of our lovely staff gets negative tests back until we resume our regular takeout service. We encourage you to continue to stay the positive and wonderful customers that you are and enjoy all the wonderful January weather we are having!

Like many businesses, WSG has dealt with closures before, and its website has links for showing extra support to the shop and its employees.

BIZNOTE: Realfine Coffee’s second West Seattle location sets opening date

It’s been almost a year since we first reported that Realfine Coffee was taking over the former Tap Station space at 35th/Kenyon. Today, Realfine proprietor Julie Mierzwiak tells WSB that the expansion location will open next Tuesday (January 26th). Hours will be 6 am-3 pm weekdays, 7 am-3 pm weekends. On the new shop’s first Saturday (January 30th), Realfine will host Jet City Beignet (WSB sponsor) for one of their pop-ups, 8 am-1 pm that day. Realfine’s two existing locations – 4480 Fauntleroy Way SW (now in year 6) and Capitol Hill (in year 3) – will continue operations too.

WHO’S OPEN ON CHRISTMAS: Where to find West Seattle info, and how to add to it

December 22, 2020 1:21 pm
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That’s the new covered outdoor addition at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), one of the West Seattle businesses that will be open on Christmas Day (8 am-4 pm). As always, we’re building info lists for the holidays, and publishing this reminder that it’s not too late to let us know about retailers and food/drink businesses’ hours on Christmas Eve/Day. All the info we have so far – including the complete grocery-store hours list for Thursday/Friday – is toward the end of our West Seattle Holiday Guide page (which has a list of church services, too). We’re still checking around, but if you can help by providing info, please email westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

BIZNOTE: Nos Nos Coffee House celebrates first anniversary

Tomorrow Nos Nos Coffee House (35th/Graham) in High Point is celebrating its first anniversary. They’re marking the occasion with a giveaway. The announcement:

It’s been a crazy year, so to thank you all for sticking with us, we’re having a little giveaway: 1 Nos Nos Coffee House t-shirt, mug, and gift card for the coffee or tea beverage of your choice.

Two ways to enter: You can drop your name and contact info in a jar at the shop tomorrow (it’s open 7 am-2 pm), or you can enter via Instagram (as explained here). The winner will be notified on Friday.

The Missing Piece Café and Game Lounge: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

The Missing Piece Café and Game Lounge is open at 35th/Roxbury, and joining the WSB sponsor team. New sponsors get the chance to let you know what they’re all about:

The Missing Piece isn’t just a place for coffee (roasted by Seattle’s own Victrola) and tea, but also for shopping.

First, about the café: Its a bright, friendly, and clean space that hosts fantastic coffee and pastries that are all sourced from other businesses within the area. They are impressing a wide array of people from gamers to tea drinkers. Both the owners are extremely passionate about all things board game-related and they love to share their extensive knowledge with the friends and neighbors in our community. Tea drinkers have consistently complimented the way they steep their loose-leaf tea, along with how large their selection is. Here’s the menu.

Shopping: The Missing Piece has a curated selection of retail games for sale and we sell used games – on consignment, so if you would like to sell a used game, there is a form to fill out on our website. (The seller sets the price, and we shrink-wrap the game and put a sticker on it with the information the seller provided. The seller has 60 days for the game to sell and gets 70% in store credit when it sells.)

When indoor service is allowed again, The Missing Piece has distanced seating space that’s open until 10 pm daily.2 private rooms that are available for rent (which can be booked from our website). You’ll always be welcome to bring in your own games and play. COVID is delaying their free-to-play game library, but it is coming soon.

Their friendly, at-home, atmosphere is bringing people back along with their coffee and bakery items. The neighborhood is so excited to have a close-by coffee shop; for many, it is within walking distance. They are ready and excited for when they can host events and are already planning on hosting their own events as well, such as backgammon night.

In the meantime, The Missing Piece is open 7 days a week from 8 AM-10 PM on the northeast corner of 35th/Roxbury. Call ahead to order cafe items or put a game on hold for pickup. 206-420-8960

We thank The Missing Piece for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

BIZNOTES: 3 Admiral food-and-drink updates

Thanks to everybody who’s been sending business updates in the wake of rule changes – we’re updating/creating lists – and we have some roundups too, including these three food/drink announcements from The Admiral District:

PIZZERIA 22 (4213 SW College): From proprietor Cary:

Pizzeria 22 is reopening tonight for business after a brief shutdown due to COVID-19. We are happy to report that all employees have tested negative for the virus. We will reopen tonight for business at 4 pm offering takeout, free delivery, and the last night of inside dining.

YEN WOR VILLAGE (2300 California SW): Received via text:

With so many positive cases in and around West Seattle, we have decided to close for the next 2 weeks out of concern for our own safety and to help prevent spread in our community. We hope everybody has a safe holiday and we hope to see you again when we reopen in early December for takeout and delivery.

FRESHY’S (2735 California SW): From proprietor Amber, with word of what’s in the works:

We will definitely be open for takeout 7 am-7 pm. We have online ordering through square and The Joe app. My staff and I are currently working on making bulk (or family-style) homemade soups for delivery, and putting together a system for customers to be able to order a daily, weekly, or monthly subscription for a variety of soups (like the farmer’s drop boxes of vegetables/fruit) that are different each time and will accommodate to dietary needs or restrictions for that customer. We will deliver (or they can pick up) ready-to- go soups or packages of soup that can be frozen and heated up when ready. We are also looking into putting together cold brew growlers as well as curbside pickup for a variety of coffee orders. With a great fall/winter season upon us, we are super stoked to provide hot, healthy, and delicious soup/sandwiches for the community.

Got biz info? westseattleblog@gmail.com is the best way to get it to us – thanks!

BIZNOTE: Capco Beverages closing

Thanks for the tips. Capco Beverages (4100 SW Alaska) in The Junction – West Seattle’s only liquor store – confirms it’s closing in January. Manager Dolly Amend tells WSB that they’ve launched a big sale because “everything must go.” The store opened eight years ago in what had been a state liquor store. Online listings indicate the space has been offered for lease for a while. According to Amend, Swedish is moving into the space; we have a message out seeking more details on that.

CONGRATULATIONS! Big beer awards for The Good Society

Kendall Jones, West Seattle-based publisher of the Washington Beer Blog, calls the Great American Beer Festival “the most important beer-judging competition on earth.” His explanation comes with the news in this WBB post that West Seattle’s own The Good Society Brewery and Public House won two big awards at the GABF – Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year, as well as a gold medal for one of their ales. Nick Berger and Phil Cammarano opened TGS in The Admiral District just eight months ago – two weeks before the first King County case of COVID-19. Reacting to the awards via Instagram, TGS says of Year 1, “It’s been a ride and the only thing I’d trade it for is no COVID.” You can see the full list of winners here.

BIZNOTE: The Missing Piece is about to open

(Photo courtesy The Missing Piece – above, co-proprietor Lauren)

In the final days of 2019, we told you about plans for The Missing Piece to bring games, coffee, and more to 35th/Roxbury. Proprietors Lauren and Alex hoped to open in spring … but the pandemic delayed that plan. Nonetheless, they continued working on the space, and tomorrow, they finally open! Here’s the announcement:

Hello, West Seattle and beyond. We are proud and excited after months and months of hard work and planning your home away from home, we will be passing go and opening our doors in the coming days.

On September 30th at 8:00 AM, The Missing Piece will welcome its first visitors with smiles, coffee in the air, warm pastries in the case, and comfortable seating for all of your hobbies.

We are thrilled to be able to offer the greater Seattle area respite from their busy lives to take a moment to be in the moment. Whether this is sipping coffee, watching the clouds roll by through our beautiful windows, or enjoying your loved ones while playing a board game.

Also worth noting: we are going above and beyond to ensure that The Missing Piece is following all city, state, and federal COVID guidelines to promote safety, sanitation, and cleanliness throughout your entire stay with us.

The Missing Piece is a cafe with locally-sourced coffees, teas, and pastries. We provide an all-inclusive, welcoming environment where one can relax, play board games, read a book, and simply feel at home. Swing by to pick up your favorite drink and/or snack. Or make a table reservation on our website to enjoy one of our many games. We thank you for supporting us and being on this journey from the beginning.

To our friends and neighbors: thank you, we are excited to be a part of the community, and we will see you all very soon.

Before The Missing Piece, the space was home to a medical-marijuana dispensary.

BIZNOTE: The Alley reopening

Another reopening ahead in The Junction: The Alley, small bites and cocktails at 4509 California SW behind Be’s Restaurant, is reopening next Thursday (October 1st). Limited capacity, and masks required, 4 pm-10 pm weeknights, 3 pm-10 pm Saturdays and Sundays. The Alley will take reservations via email at info@thealleyws.com, but says walk-ins are OK too as space allows.

BIZNOTES: Coffee and sushi

Two notes from the West Seattle food and beverage world:

COFFEE: C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) has just expanded its hours again – 7 am to 5 pm. Continue ordering via the back window; outdoor seating on both sides of the shop remains open.

SUSHI: Many have been asking when – if – Azuma Sushi in The Junction (4533 California SW) will reopen.

We haven’t had luck in reaching its longtime proprietors but Cathy did and sent us this report last night:

I just spoke with Jennifer – she and her husband Harry are the owners of Azuma Sushi. She says they both are doing well and Harry has had some well-deserved time off. They’ve been open for 20 years and he’s pretty much worked non-stop at the restaurant!

They are looking to re-open soon, probably only doing takeout while we are still in Phase 2. No set date on re-opening yet, but they are working on it.

She asked if I could contact the WSB and pass the word on so that their customers know that they are doing well and that they are looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Harry worked seven days a week until 2016!

BIZNOTE: Best of Hands Brewery & Barrelhouse adds ‘pop-up beer garden’

Though it might not be the best of weather for outdoor enjoyment tonight, the sunshine will return to full strength – Saturday afternoon, says the forecast. Here’s a new outdoor option for the rest of the summer: Best of Hands Brewery & Barrelhouse (7500 35th SW; WSB sponsor) emailed with the photo you see above and the news that “we are now featuring a weekend pop-up beer garden at the brewery from Friday @ 5 PM – close on Sunday for as long as the weather holds. It is still 21+ throughout our premises.” They’re still hosting food trucks, too – find the calendar by scrolling down their homepage.

BIZNOTE: New covered patio at 2 Fingers Social

Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and lots of hard work, 2 Fingers Social in South Delridge has a brand-new covered patio.

Not only is it shelter from the blazing late-in-the-day sun, but 2 Fingers (9211 Delridge Way SW) also notes it’ll allow them to stay healthier outside during the fall and winter.

REOPENING: Pho Aroma, Emerald Kitty Café

We’ve heardd from two more reopened West Seattle food/beverage businesses:

PHO AROMA: Today is the first day back in business for the Vietnamese restaurant at 5605 Delridge Way SW. They’re open noon 7 pm Mondays through Saturdays, closed Sundays.

EMERALD KITTY CAFE: Open for pick-up coffee at 3422 Harbor SW, Tuesdays-Saturdays 7:30 am-2 pm (closed from 11-11:30 for lunch break), closed Sundays and Mondays. And they remind us that “100% of proceeds go back to the pet rescue” (Emerald City).

Admiral Starbucks temporarily closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Multiple readers emailed today to ask why the recently remodeled Admiral Starbucks store had abruptly closed without explanation. We inquired with the corporate media team, and here’s the response from a spokesperson:

(W)we recently learned one of our partners at the store received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home for a period of time. Further to that, as soon as we learned of the diagnosis (on the same day), we quickly activated our protocols and closed the store to initiate a deep cleaning following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities.

It’s important for me to add that Starbucks takes seriously our responsibility to keep our partners and customers safe, and all partners who were deemed to have worked in close contact with this partner will be paid for the time they will miss during the recommended 14 days of self-isolation (from date of exposure). As far as re-opening, I don’t have an exact date but the store will resume operations next week.

FATHER’S DAY: Tasty ways to celebrate; got anything to add to the list?

Shop/drink/dine local for Father’s Day! We’ve been asked about local food/beverage opportunities for the big day this Sunday (June 21st). So far, we have three from the WSB inbox:

OUNCES (3809 Delridge Way SW): Barbecue & Beer noon-5 pm on Father’s Day – “local NWTXBBQ will be at Ounces smoking up some tasty central-Texas-style bbq, featuring their specialty mesquite dry-rub smoked brisket and other goodies!” More info here.

Also, all weekend (Friday-Sunday) at Ounces, you can support the Lafayette Elementary PTA via any purchase made at the taproom (mention Lafayette) or online (click the Lafayette checkbpx when purchasing at www.ouncestogo.com.)

ROOT-BEER FLOAT KITS: As previously mentioned, the Alki Elementary PTA is “supporting Husky Deli, The Beer Junction, and Safeway on Admiral as we sell pre-orders of DIY ROOT BEER FLOAT KITS for drive-thru pick-up at Husky Deli (4721 California SW) on Father’s Day, June 21st. Info and ordering at alkipta.square.site.

JET CITY BEIGNET: “In addition to our regular Sunday pop-up on 6/21, we’ll be offering some fabulous and delicious Father’s Day beignet gift boxes that will include a maple bourbon sauce made by Green City Kitchens and add-on options of ice cream or sorbet from Seattle Sorbets and roca by Renee’s Roca. All of the items we are offering are made by small WS businesses. You can find the boxes and details here.”

Any other Father’s Day food/beverage specials? westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 so we can add to the list – thank you!

BUSINESS UPDATES: 3 food/beverage notes

First, two reopenings:

REALFINE COFFEE: Proprietor Julie reopened the shop in The Triangle today, for takeout. Realfine will be open 7 am-1 pm, Wednesdays-Sundays, closed Mondays-Tuesdays. (4480 Fauntleroy Way SW)

NEW LUCK TOY: Now open for takeout (food and drinks)/delivery (food only), 4 pm-9 pm daily. Order online or by phone, 206-913-2505. (5905 California SW)

And a followup:

REBELLYOUS NUGGETS AVAILABLE IN WEST SEATTLE: We noted last month that the “plant-based ‘chicken’ nuggets” startup in The Triangle was starting to sell retail, but at the time, no West Seattle outlet. That’s just changed – Rebellyous tells WSB that Wildwood Market in Fauntleroy (9214 45th Ave SW) is now carrying their nuggets.

RESTAURANTS/BEVERAGE BUSINESSES: Admiral Starbucks reopens post-remodel, and other updates

Thanks to Andy for the photo. The latest standalone Starbucks store to reopen in the area is the Admiral shop (41st SW/Admiral Way), which has been remodeled during its closure. “We are remodeled and brand new!! We are excited to have customers come back and see the new store!!” says Sarah. … Other food/beverage changes: You can now get food from Easy Street Café 7 am-3 pm, 7 days a week … Falafel Salam has updated hours too … all those changes are on our ongoing West Seattle food/beverage list (thanks again to everyone who keeps sending word of updates, westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302).

RESTAURANTS/BEVERAGE BUSINESSES: Matador reopening; Beveridge Place holiday hours; meet West Seattle Local Foods

May 25, 2020 2:25 pm
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Three food/drink notes:

MATADOR REOPENING … for takeout and delivery, starting this Wednesday (May 27th). Hours will be Sunday – Thursday 4 pm – 10 pm, Friday 4 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 2 pm – 11 pm. Also: “Happy Hour will be available to call-in or walk-up guests only from 4 pm-6 pm and 9 pm – close, and only eligible with the purchase of a cocktail.” Matador will have Cocktails To Go along with new family-style menu items – find the menu online. You can call 206-932-9988 for pickup, or order online here for pickup or delivery. They’re also on Postmates. And you can read about their new safety procedures here.

BEVERIDGE PLACE HOLIDAY HOURS: Expanded hours today for Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW):

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 – Expanded Hours 1-7 pm!
Today’s Feature: $10 Growler Fills available!

Our BPP Online store is open. You can order and pay for craft beer growlers, beer cans/bottles, wine bottles, cider bottles, mead bottles, specialty soft drink bottles, & snacks!
The online store is located here.

Pickup is at the front door or drive-thru back ramp. (Regular BPP hours are 3-7 pm weekdays, 1-7 pm weekends.)

WEST SEATTLE LOCAL FOODS: Looking for new options? The tenants at the commercial kitchen at 4611 36th SW have joined forces to sell their specialties under the banner West Seattle Local Foods. You can order online via this website – but note it’s a weekly event – order by noon Tuesdays for pickup on Thursdays. Meats, salads, desserts, pot pies, more.

We’re still updating our ongoing restaurants/beverage-businesses list – let us know if you have changes!

FOOD/DRINK NOTES: Holiday weekend and beyond

3 food/drink notes for Memorial Day weekend and beyond (in addition to our ongoing food-and-beverage-businesses list):

GRILL-AT-HOME SPECIAL: Getaways might be out of the question, but – depending on the weather – you might mull grilling. Toward that end, Phoenecia in The Junction (4717 42nd SW) is offering a grill-at-home dinner for 2, available Sunday & Monday, $59 – four courses including warm pita with a trio of spreads, Lebanese Malfouf Salad, a trio of kabobs, and berry cheesecake. Text 206-250-5482 to pre-order. (Anybody else with Memorial Day specials? Let us know!)

TAT’S TRUCK ADDS A DAY: As reported back on Tuesday, Tat’s Truck will launch weekend visits at Hans VW Repair (35th/Graham) this weekend. Since that first report, they’ve decided to be there Sundays as well as Saturdays.

DONATION DAY AT OUNCES: Happening the day after Memorial Day, at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW):

Buy beer and food to-go and help those in need!

On Tuesday, May 26th from 4-7 pm, we ask you to bring your business to Ounces so we can all come together and support the West Seattle Food Bank.

On this day, both Ounces & Beanfish Food Truck will donate 10% of all sales back to the West Seattle Food Bank. Not only will you be supporting local business, but you can help feed others in our community as well!

Want to help more?! Bring your canned good donations to Ounces and we’ll deliver them to the food bank!

We understand not everyone is comfortable venturing out at this time, therefore we are also including any sales to our online website or digital gift card purchases made on this day.

Online orders: www.ouncestogo.com

Gift Cards: https://squareup.com/gift/RNSWKQ738D2BG/order

Specials? Changes? Reopenings? westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

MORE! ‘Who’s open?’ West Seattle food and beverage list keeps getting longer

8:55 AM: Again today, we have more food/drink establishments joining/rejoining our West Seattle list.

WHISKY WEST: Just reopened for takeout. Lead bartender Holly tells us WW (6451 California SW) is open daily 11 am-8 pm. Here’s a pic of the menu; beverages are listed here.

MARINATION MA KAI: Reopening tomorrow (Wednesday, May 20th) for takeout food and drinks, 3-7 pm daily (at Seacrest, 1660 Harbor SW) – info here; menu here. Thanks to Jen for the tip!

TAT’S TRUCK: Bringing the Tat’s Deli sandwiches to West Seattle on Saturdays starting this weekend (May 23rd), 11:30 am-6:30 pm at Hans VW Repair (35th/Graham). Here’s the menu, sent by Rob.

Any other additions/changes for our list? Please let us know – westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you – EAT/DRINK LOCAL!

ADDED 3:35 PM: Thanks to Morgan for the tip – Shadowland (California/Oregon) has just reopened too! 3-9 pm Tuesdays-Sundays.

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT: More additions to our West Seattle list

It’s now been two months since the governor’s orders limited restaurants to take-out/delivery. Since the start, we’ve kept a long list of your West Seattle options – not just restaurants but also other businesses offering prepared-food and/or beverages. Two more additions to mention as the week begins; Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes, well-known for its catering, is now offering take-and-bake Family Meals, for pickup at The Hall at Fauntleroy or for delivery – order by noon Mondays for pickup/delivery on Wednesdays. Menu and info here. … New in The Triangle is the fried-chicken food truck Swagg-n-Wagon at 4514 Fauntleroy Way SW, open Tuesday-Wednesdays 12-4 pm, Thursdays-Fridays 12-6 pm …And we keep updating the ongoing listings as we get word from proprietors and/or customers – email westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 … thank you, and EAT/DRINK LOCAL!

BIZNOTE: What was The Shack is now The Spot

Another West Seattle food-and-beverage business has launched in defiance of the coronavirus crunch.

Philip Sudore has opened The Spot West Seattle at 2920 SW Avalon Way, where Shack Coffeehouse closed six months ago.

You might know him already for his music, with the band Mercy Parker. Eventually, he hopes you’ll know him for a restaurant with a full bar, once COVID-19 is past – a tapas-style menu with craft cocktails and craft beer. But for now, “We have an amazing, dynamic, and fun waffle menu, plus great coffee and espresso.” (Scroll down this page to see that menu.)

The coffee is from K&F Roasters out of Portland – the award-winning Café Jondo, an organic fair-trade blend of African and South American coffees.

Current hours at The Spot are 6:30 am-4 pm weekdays, 7 am-4 pm Saturdays, 8 am-4 pm Sundays. (Post-pandemic, they’ll have evening hours too.)