West Seattle, Washington
As usual, we’ve made lists of who’s open on Thanksgiving Day in West Seattle in case you’re looking for a latte, a cocktail, a meal cooked by somebody else – or if you forgot something and have to make a run to the supermarket. Here’s where to find our lists:
We gathered the information by phone, online, in person (and thanks SO much to the businesses that sent us their plans), but some never answered on repeat tries, so we might be missing a venue or two that plans to open on the holiday – if so, please send (email@example.com) or text (206-293-6302) us the info so we can add – thanks!
Three months after Tacos y Mariscos El Tiburón closed at 17th/Roxbury, the sign’s up for its successor. MexiCuban has opened a takeout/delivery operation as the first phase of its plan for the space, with a sit-down restaurant to follow. Until now, MexiCuban, founded by Chef Octavio Ortega, has been truck-based, but has now added this bricks-and-mortar space in South Delridge. Their food is as the name describes, a Mexican/Cuban fusion – here’s the menu (or, here’s a photo that Therese sent – thank you! – after happening onto Mexicuban’s takeout opening last Sunday), from “fluffy tacos” to Cubano sandwiches and bowls. Via email, MexiCuban tells WSB they’re now open for business Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 am-8 pm (but will be closed this Thursday for the holiday): “We are currently just doing online orders for pickup and delivery. We have a dedicated quick-pickup window on 9448 17th Ave SW. We expect to be open for dine-in by February 1st, with a full-service bar. Orders online can currently be placed at MexiCuban.online for pickup and delivery.”
Yet another local business is dealing with the aftermath of a broken window. The photos and report are from Floors Plus Northwest (6959 California SW) co-proprietor Liliana Morales:
We just wanted to let you guys know that unfortunately this past Sunday we had our window broken. Someone threw a brick into the store. Luckily no one was hurt & nothing was stolen.
If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 21-308686.
The staff at Chase Bank‘s Admiral branch wants you to know their manager is moving on:
On behalf of the Chase Bank Admiral Branch, we would like to inform the community that our friendly branch manager, Jeff Glessner, has been promoted to a new position within the firm. Some of you may have known him from the Morgan Street Thriftway Branch.
Jeff came to JP Morgan Chase with a background in teaching and coaching football. His management style reflected both. He provided positive fun energy, at the same time noticing and promoting each employee’s qualities . Mistakes were learning experiences where he would encourage us to focus on the “next play.”
The game is not over. Having planted their roots on this “accidental island,” he and his wife Dakota, along with their son Lincoln, can’t escape.
Congratulations, Jeff, Dakota, and Lincoln!
His last day at the Admiral branch is November 30th.
With just weeks remaining until she leaves office, Mayor Jenny Durkan has launched a farewell tour, and tonight it stopped in the West Seattle Junction, with an ice-cream party at Husky Deli.
This also happened to be the one-year anniversary of her announcement that the cracked West Seattle Bridge would be repaired rather than replaced, ending months of suspense. Also at Husky Deli tonight, in fact, was Seattle Department of Transportation director Sam Zimbabwe (a West Seattle resident). At some point one of the businesspeople and community advocates there for her visit asked the mayor about the bridge – she turned and called out loudly across the room, “Sam Zimbabwe assures me it’s on time and on budget!” He affirmed that:
We asked him if there’s any update on the about-to-start repairs beyond what we published last night. Not yet, he said, but he said we can “expect some good news right after Thanksgiving.” The estimate for completion of repairs remains the same as what they said the day of that big announcement one year ago – “mid-2022.” In other topics, the mayor got a warm sendoff from Lora Radford, who herself just left a high-profile job, running the West Seattle Junction Association.
As the video shows, Radford also presented the mayor with a gift reminiscent of her past visits to The Junction, Bakery Nouveau macaronns, which the mayor had bought for one of her sons during a walking tour in February 2018. She had a parting request for West Seattleites tonight: “Let’s give the new mayor every chance to succeed.”
1:00 PM: Ten months after we discovered that Ezell’s Famous Chicken was taking over the commercial space on the southeast corner of California and Fauntleroy, the signs are going up. We’ve been watching the plan progress through the permit files in the five months since the AT&T store moved out, but the company hadn’t commented on a target opening date. We are checking again. (Thanks to Kersti Muul for the sign tip!)
2:09 PM: A company spokesperson replies, “We don’t currently have a firm opening date for West Seattle yet.”
We’ve been checking on the status of Alki restaurant/nightclub J&J Public House ever since noticing it was closed at a normal operating time last weekend, and then seeing a U-Haul truck being loaded with what appeared to be restaurant equipment on Sunday morning.
Today, we walked up to the door and found an eviction notice taped on it, dated this morning. King County Superior Court files show the eviction was sought by the building’s owner over a claim that the LLC to which it leased the space in 2019 changed ownership last year and thereby violated the lease. Documents say the operators were notified of this in July, then served a summons in October, but have not taken action, so the eviction judgment was described as being by default. J&J Public House opened in summer of last year at 2808 Alki SW as the latest concept for what previously, relatively briefly, had been the Pacific Room, preceded by Hawks Nest West, which followed Bamboo Bar and Grill. J&J had been offering live music multiple nights a week.
Meet Chris Mackay, 25-year West Seattle resident and veteran nonprofit manager. Her most-recent role was as executive director of Crooked Trails, a nonprofit that specializes in “meaningful travel opportunities” – tourism and volunteering rolled up into one adventure, for example. But after 20 years of that – doing a lot of traveling along the way – she’s excited to work “close to home” in her new role.
Mackay’s previous work led to a skillset that’s perfect for the WSJA leadership position, from partnerships to development to event production. The latter is especially important as, after the pandemic hiatus, the Junction Association is reviving its signature events, including the Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting and Night Market (December 4th) and a “full-blown” West Seattle Summer Fest next year (set your calendar for July 15-17, 2022). Mackay told WSB in a short introductory chat at the WSJA office that she expects to spend a few months getting up to speed with everything that’s already in the works, and then starting a conversation about future strategy, growth, and direction – “what’s the dream?” as she puts it.
First, she’s working closely with Radford – whose last official day is later this week – “to extract everything from her head … and her heart.” Radford expects Mackay to shine: “Chris will be a wonderful advocate for small businesses; she has wonderful energy and is ready to take over the reins.”
Margie Haywood and Jeffrey Haywood just moved their business Work and Play Lounge to West Seattle from the Eastside and are thrilled to be working much closer to their Morgan Junction home. Work and Play Lounge celebrated its grand opening tonight in Suite 535 of the Jefferson Square office tower (4700 42nd SW).
Work and Play is a flexible space for entrepreneurs, Margie explains – a place where you can print, scan, meet, even record your podcast. It has enclosed and open conference space, including a 100-inch projection wall. The furnishings are flexible and movable, so a variety of configurations are possible:
The space and services are available six days a week (closed Sundays) at daily rates, drop-in rates, and memberships, with private rentals available in the evenings.
Carmilia’s, the boutique at 4528 California SW, is celebrating its 19th anniversary all weekend. Tomorrow, you get a gift with your purchase, and a 20 percent discount (excluding jewelry and Kai). Sunday, “a different gift with purchase.” Then on Monday, the actual anniversary, a chance to spin the wheel and win a discount up to 50 percent. Proprietor Linda Sabee founded the shop in 2002 with no retail experience – as she told us when celebrating anniversary #15, she used to be a kindergarten teacher – and has kept the doors open through ups and downs, pandemic and all, so it’s definitely party time.
On our way back from breaking news in The Junction, we passed through Jefferson Square and discovered the See’s Candies store (previously mentioned here) is now open – this was the first day. Here are the posted hours through Christmas:
As you can see, it’s a bare-bones setup – they’re not finished painting – and while the person on duty (the manager wasn’t in) couldn’t tell us whether it’s a pop-up, the See’s website labels it a “seasonal shop.”
Thanks for the tips about an ownership change at Alki Beach Pub (2722 Alki SW). We had noticed a liquor-license application recently, and that led us to the new owners, West Seattle residents Jackie Mallahan and Dan Mallahan. Reached by email, Jackie confirms they took ownership this past Friday: “We are currently waiting for our liquor license to transfer and hope to be open for operations early this coming week! As of now, we are not planning to change the name or hours of operation. However, we are excited to announce a partnership with Geof Redd of Bigfoot Long’s, the elusive Sasquatch-themed hot-dog pop-up. “Bigfoot Long’s West Seattle Sabbatical” will be with us through the winter.”
Covid has definitely made it very difficult for us to grow the way we need to in order to self sustain and stay out of debt. After many heart felt talks and consideration of all possibilities to make our lovely space work, we have realized it’s just too big to keep costs down and run efficiently as a small restaurant. We have decided it’s time for Allyum to take the necessary next step of closing the doors of our business. Allyum will close by the end of 2021. We will have a set date soon.
We gave it our best shot, had a great time, and met some wonderful folks along the way, feeding them healthy, delicious food, so we feel pretty good about things despite the unavoidable outcome.
So, going forward, we have some really fun events we are planning, to go out with a bang and give you all one last taste of Allyum. Chef Ally will continue to cook of course and we ask that you look out on instagram for popups and private dinner opportunities for you and your loved ones. We are planning a lot of fun holiday promotions and plan to stay running in the space until the end of the year.
Come in and say goodbye and eat as much Allyum as you can while we are still open. Your business is still very much appreciated.
We thank you all so much for welcoming us and showing us so much love and support.
Until we meet again,
Chef Ally & Dahli Strayer of Allyum
At center in the photo is former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, visiting her namesake U.S. Navy ship today at the Vigor shipyard on Harbor Island. We showed you a reader photo of the littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) as it arrived in June:
Vigor sent the top photo with a news release about Gifford visiting today along with her husband, Arizona U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, our state’s U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, and U.S. House Armed Services Committee chair Rep. Adam Smith. As noted in our June report, another LCS, USS Omaha (LCS 12), is coming to Vigor for the same work; today’s news release says that arrival is now expected in December. Vigor explains the work:
Both vessels are undergoing structural repairs throughout, replacing flight deck stanchions and underwater hull painting. Jet drives are being overhauled; the main propulsion engines are receiving a checkup and overhaul; and several ancillary systems are being repaired. Regular Planned Maintenance will also be conducted during the availability. Approximately 165 employees are expected to work on the ships during their stays.
Vigor says two other U.S. Navy ships are at its Harbor Island shipyard for maintenance right now – USS Chosin (CG 65), and USS Cape St. George (CG 71). Its news release also notes that USS Gabrielle Giffords is the 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman by the U.S. Navy and the 13th since 1850 to be named after a living person. It’s been 10 years since Giffords survived an assassination attempt in a Tucson suburb.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Since West Seattle hasn’t been a city since 1907, it doesn’t have its own mayor.
But it does have civic champions. Few have worked more tirelessly in recent years than Lora Radford.
After five and a half years as executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association, she’s just announced that she’s moving on to serve the West Seattle community in a different role, as a community liaison in Sound Transit‘s next phase of light-rail planning.
Her Junction involvement actually goes back more than a decade before she moved into the Junction Association’s cozy office across from the Senior Center of West Seattle.
Seattle’s newest pro-sports team, the Kraken, play again at 6 pm tonight. If you’re not going to Climate Pledge Arena for the game, perhaps you’d be interested to know West Seattle has an official Kraken-watching bar. The Admiral Pub tells WSB that the pub is the first West Seattle venue in the Kraken Anchor Alliance: “We will have all games on the big screen with sound.” Tonight the new NHL team (3-4-1) is hosting the New York Rangers (5-2-1). Admiral Pub is at 2306 California SW.
Four months ago, we reported on thieves taking the Mamacita’s Bad Ass Mexican Food trailer. It was found, but not in good shape. Now proprietor Margarita is finally back in business, starting today, and sent us her announcement:
Come join Mamacita’s for food & fun this holiday weekend!
We will be on the corner of California & Lander, across the street from The Good Society Brewery and Public House.
Saturday 5-8 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm.
This will be our first time out since the trailer was stolen and vandalized, so please come support and show Mamacita’s some love. Can’t wait to see you there!
Here’s the menu.
10:18 AM: Get an early start on your Hallo-weekend with the first-ever Alki Beach business-district trick-or-treating! It’s on until noon. See the map here (note that Brocante Beach House at 2622 Alki SW is participating too). This was organized by Outer Space Seattle, whose crew – seen above – is holding down the west end of the map, at 2820 Alki.
11 AM: Other sights seen along Alki – besides participating in trick-or-treating, El Chupacabra is painting Halloween art:
One house just east of Outer Space Seattle and Locust Cider, which is also participating, has clever jack-o-lanterns:
And of course, it’s all about the costumes:
For today’s full lineup, see our daily list or the Halloween Guide. Tomorrow’s big business trick-or-treat events are in The Junction 10 am-2 pm – no extra street closure, but do wander south of the market, along the sidewalks – we’re participating and will see you at KeyBank Plaza) and in downtown White Center starting at 3 pm.
Permit files show another new business for Jefferson Square, and this time we’ve obtained company confirmation, too. The site plan shows the space on the south side of U-Frame-It becoming a location for uBreakiFix, a chain of small-electronics repair shops that has more than 700 locations in North America. But the company is changing its name and spokesperson Molly Livingston tells WSB that the Jefferson Square location will open under that new name – Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions (after the company that acquired uBreakiFix two years ago). They’re hoping to open around March.
Two news bites from the Delridge Grocery Co-op (5444 Delridge Way SW):
DGC Annual Meeting on November 13, Special Dog Treat Pop-up on October 30
The Delridge Grocery Co-op annual meeting is going virtual again this year — taking place on Saturday, November 13 at 3 pm. Please consider spending some time with us that Saturday as we’ve got a lot of news to share about our volunteer-run, community-focused co-op. It’s open to everyone in our community — from owner-members who have paid their ownership share to West Seattle neighbors near and far.
We’ll be looking back on the last year, when we began to be open for limited market hours on weekends while continuing to offer our weekly Essentials produce box. We’ll also provide updates on some of our food access initiatives, including working with the West Seattle Food Bank on a new voucher program, our continuing partnership with Fresh Bucks Seattle, and our gifted produce box program (funded through kind donations from our community).
Turning our eyes to the next year, we’ll talk about the challenges and opportunities we have with opening the store more fully — from more volunteer staffing to funding for more equipment like refrigerators.
DGC owner-members who have paid a full $100 ownership share can also vote on up to three Board of Director positions.
Reserve your spot for the DGC’s annual meeting on Zoom by signing up on our Signup Genius page.
We’re also excited to start a series of pop-up events at our store, where we’ll be highlighting a variety of local producers and focusing on women- and BIPOC-owned businesses. Our first pop-up will bring Puddles Barkery to the DGC on Saturday, October 30, from 9:30–1:30. Head chef and owner Kari Kalway and her pup Kora will be showcasing her handmade, natural dog treats, including biscuit treats, pupcakes, and creamy doggy cannolis!
You can reserve your Puddles Barkery order to pick up next weekend (Oct. 30-31), or place an order for an Essentials produce box delivery and the dog treats will be included.
More than a year after Chaco Canyon Organic Café closed at 3770 SW Alaska in The Triangle, there’s word of a new tenant for the space. While looking through city permit files, we found a renovation application in the name of West of Chicago Pizza Company, the pizzeria that’s been operating out of the KBM Seattle Commissary Kitchen in Delridge. The specialty: Deep-dish Chicago-style pizza. West of Chicago proprietor Shawn Millard tells WSB he’s not ready to disclose details of the plan for the Triangle space, but he’s looking forward to starting work on the overhaul, with the hope of being open in February.
Another of the new businesses in the brick building on the southeast corner of California/Juneau is about to celebrate its grand opening. Ennjoili Fleck, proprietor of Good Sister, told the Morgan Community Association about her business this week. She said that Good Sister features beauty and self-care products that “put our planet and put people first.” BIPOC-owned/-made brands are highlighted, as are products that focus on sustainability, witht organic and other natural ingredients. “Sixty percent of what you put into your body does absorb into your skin … no nasty chemicals here,” promised Fleck. They’ll carry items for all genders, all ages. Towels, soaps, textiles, plants too.
Fleck told MoCA that she and her husband live in Gatewood with their daughters. They bought what had been his grandfather’s home eight years ago – on a street where his parents still live – and moved here from Fremont. She moved to the Northwest as a teenager after growing up in Okinawa. Her previous work background was largely in finance, which she found “very boring” but also managed a large hair salon, directed a beauty school, and was in management at a spa on Capitol Hill. As for her new business, Good Sister is soft-opening this Sunday (October 24), 2-6 pm; regular days/hours will be Wednesday-Sunday for starters, 12-6 pm (probably closing a little earlier on Sundays, Fleck said).
P.S. The rest of our MoCA meeting report will be published tonight or tomorrow.
That’s the team from Strive & Uplift, a “community in movement” that recently expanded to West Seattle, at 3453 California SW. They explain that their business offers “classes and coaching in everything from Pilates to kettlebells to yoga.” They are affiliated with HAES (Health At Every Size) and offer online services as well as in person. They have three other locations around the city and say they “focus on becoming a ‘third place’ for folks who are looking for a different kind of gym.”