The Parfait Artisan Ice Cream truck has been hitting the streets of Seattle—and Queen Anne—for quite some time now. What I didn’t know is that owner and chef Adria Shimada has been mixing up all her organic flavors and sweet concoctions out of a commercial kitchen right here in Lower Queen Anne!
As of this week Parfait has also added two Queen Anne stops to its regular schedule.The truck will be outside of Caffe Fiore on Galer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, and at the Queen Anne Farmers Market every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.
While the idea of a mobile ice cream shop may not be exactly new, Adria says Parfait is 100 percent unique.
“I am currently the only ice cream maker in Seattle that is both made-from-scratch and all organic. I don’t purchase a pre-fab ice cream mix from Snoqualmie Gourmet. Rather, I make my own custards by hand in the Parfait kitchen using certified organic dairy, eggs, and produce that I source directly from small local farms. The base of Parfait ice cream has only four ingredients: milk, cream, sugar, and eggs. Pure and simple. There is no corn or stabilizers of any kind in my ice cream. I also make all of my own cones, and all of the confections that go into my ice cream. Parfait is REAL food, slow food, and truly farm-to-cone! It’s also pretty delicious, if I must say so myself,” she wrote.
Dick’s Drive In is a Seattle staple, yet the five-location chain hasn’t opened a new restaurant since the Lower Queen Anne location in 1974. But all of that is about to change.
For the firs time in 36 years, Dick’s is adding a new location to its ranks—it just hasn’t decided where yet. The three areas under consideration are North Seattle (south Snohomish County/Shoreline), South Seattle (West Seattle through Renton and Tukwila) or the Eastside.
The hamburger joint is putting the question to the people, with a poll in its website. Currently the race is neck-to-neck, with North Seattle at 33 percent of votes, South Seattle at 32 percent, and the Eastside leading with 34 percent.
A fight at a Lower Queen Anne 7-Eleven store has led to one man being charged with a hate crime. Our news partners at the Seattle Times report that 35 year old Brock Stainbrook has been charged with malicious harassment and 4th degree assault. It comes after a fight broke out at the convenience store at 362 Denny Way on August 24.
According to court documents, Stainbrook allegedly threw change at a stranger in a turban and punched him in the head telling the man “you’re not even an American, you’re al-Qaida. Go back to your country.”
If you haven’t noticed, a new sports bar has opened on Lower Queen Anne across from KeyArena. Skybox Sports Lounge replaces KwaTay’s Restaurant and Lounge at 315 1st Ave N. The bar was just approved to change the name on its liquor license three days ago.
Fire crews were still on the scene early this afternoon after a blaze broke out at an apartment building on Lower Queen Anne. The first call for help came at 12:41am at the building on 311 Aloha Street where smoke could be seen coming from the structure. The fire started in the kitchen of one unit and spread to the walls. Crews managed to knock it down quickly and no one was hurt. Damage is estimated at $35,ooo.
Just a reminder that the Queen Anne Library (400 W. Garfield St) and all other Seattle Public Libraries are closed today and won’t reopen until Tuesday, September 7th. Budget cuts forced the closure. The good news is that no overdue fines will add up during this time. For a list of things you won’t be able to do, click here.
This Sunday crews will continue work to remove and replace more than 1000 rivets and bolts for the construction of a safety fence to deter suicides. Drivers can expect additional closures for rivet removal in September. Crews are working Sundays because rivet busting is too noisy to do at night. Nearby residents can expect to hear construction noise from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
From 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, crews working for WSDOT will close two of three northbound lanes to remove and replace rivets on the east side of the bridge.
From 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. all six lanes on the bridge and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will be closed while crews move construction equipment to the west side of the bridge. WSDOT scheduled this brief full closure at 1:30 p.m. to help southbound traffic heading to Sunday’s Mariners’ game.
At 1:45 p.m. crews will reopen all northbound lanes and one southbound lane.
Two southbound lanes and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will remain closed until midnight while crews work on the west side of the bridge.
If that’s not confusing enough, WSDOT has these suggestions on what to do to avoid closures and delays:
Taking southbound SR 99 across the bridge before 1:30 p.m. Another option is using southbound SR 99 after 7:30 p.m., when delays caused by the closure will be very short.
Taking northbound SR 99 across the bridge after 2:30 p.m. Drivers also should consider using northbound SR 99 in the morning before traffic volumes increase.
Checking traffic conditions before hitting the roads. Check SR 99 traffic and I-5 traffic and tune into to radio traffic reports.
Today is Dog Day at the Queen Anne Farmers Market! From puppy pics, to adoption, to special doggy treats, it sounds like it’s going to be a fun time for market-goers, and their pooches! Check out the lineup:
3 to 5 p.m.—Music by Hot Cider
3 p.m.—Adopt a bet with Maxmobile!, the Seattle Humane Society’s mobile pet adoption van
This weekend Queen Anne-ers will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the neighborhood’s best eats, while supporting our own local nonprofit, FOLKpark. The volunteer organization dedicated to revitalizing Lower Kinnear Park has put together Happy Hour on the Hill event/fundraiser this Saturday, August 28 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The following Queen Anne locations are participating in Happy Hour on the Hill:
Betty – $8 drink and appetizer combo
Paragon – $5 Martinis and $7 Appetizers
Eat Local – Free farro salad with any purchase and get 2 bottles of Viognier for the price of one at $16.98
Chocolopolis – $1 Chocolopolis truffles (limit 2) & 50% of a chocolate drink
Wink – 15% off all cupcakes
Tickets are available at any of the participating locations, or can be purchased at the Uptown Strolland art walk this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Counterbalance Park (at Queen Anne Ave N and W Roy St).
Photo from the 2009 Free Car Wash Day
To celebrate their 53rd anniversary, the company is giving away free “Bear Essential” car washes at all of their “tunnel” locations in the area. This includes the one at 1800 15th Ave West in Interbay. The car wash will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. While the line may look daunting, we’re told that it takes 15 to 20 minutes to get through the line in the above photo.
The two alignment options for 6th Ave N on Lower Queen Anne will be the main topic of discussion at the next meeting of the Queen Anne Community Council. The meeting takes place September 1 at 7pm at the Queen Anne Community Center. Representatives from SDOT and the Gates Foundation will be on hand to talk about the options that SDOT hopes to decide on later in September. Below, you’ll see the two options on the table from SDOT’s website (click here for larger view).