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Entries from July 2012

Fainting Goat Gelato now open on Upper QA

July 31st, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Fainting Goat gelato is now available at the top of Queen Anne, located on the north patio of Zaw Pizza, at the intersection of Queen Anne Ave and Blaine. According to owner Yalchin Ataman, the Queen Anne location opened a few weeks ago and will be offering gelato and sorbetto from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day through the end of the summer.

Fainting Goat is a family-owned business that uses all organic ingredients, including milk from Fresh Breeze Farms in Lyden, WA, and select ingredients, such as pistachios, imported all the way from Italy. They offer up a dozen different flavors daily (see the list), many based on what’s in season, as well as customer favorites, and perhaps a few flavors that might be new to you. If you can’t decide on just one, they’ll happily scoop up a two-flavor combo.

The original Fainting Goat is located in Wallingford, and the owners selected the summer Queen Anne location due to the neighborhood vibe and family-friendly atmosphere. While Fainting Goat will be at its current location through the end of the summer, if we’re lucky enough, they’ll find a permanent Queen Anne home soon thereafter.

(Editor’s note: This is our first blog post from Laura, a Queen Anne resident who will be writing about neighborhood interest stories. Thanks Laura!)

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Queen Anne Pool briefly closed for repairs

July 31st, 2012 by Cory Bergman

Update: It’s fixed and open to the public!

The water heater at Queen Anne Pool has broken down, and Seattle Parks has closed the facility until the replacement parts come in tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Parks tells us that they expect the pool will open by noon on Wednesday, but in the meantime, swimming events are canceled.

You can call 386-4282 after 11 a.m. tomorrow for information about whether the pool has reopened.

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New restaurant opening in Jalisco’s old spot

July 27th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

A new restaurant called Plaza Garibaldi will be opening soon in the old Jalisco’s location on 1st Ave. in Lower Queen Anne. “It’s going to be a great Mexican-themed family friendly dining option that hopefully will be as popular as its predecessor during the Sonics era,” said Ewing & Clark’s Blake Taylor, who leased the facility to the restaurant’s owners.

Taylor said they’ve remodeled the kitchen, dining areas and bar and repainted the building. No word on an opening date.

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Stell’s closing its doors on Saturday in wake of lawsuit settlement

July 26th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

One of North Queen Anne’s most beloved establishments — and a longtime hangout of SPU students and faculty — will be closing this Saturday. Stell’s Burgers & More is moving out of the neighborhood in the wake of a bitter lawsuit over contamination cleanup costs. “I’m not jumping with joy that I’m leaving, but it is what it is,” owner Stellios Makratzakis told us.

Nearly seven years ago, Makratzakis opened Stell’s in the building across from SPU, which was occupied by a dry cleaning business. A controversy ensued over who would foot the bill for cleanup costs, reported a story in SPU’s student newspaper, The Falcon. It escalated into a lawsuit over tenancy rights, and the suit just settled. “Part of the settlement is I chose to leave,” Makratzakis said, adding he couldn’t elaborate due to a confidentiality clause in the deal.

In April of last year, SPU said it bought the property that houses Stell’s from Lyle Olsen, who continues to lease out the other half of the building. SPU wouldn’t discuss the lawsuit, but it said it’s “considering a number of options for the property, including food formats that can serve both the University students and employees but also the general public,” SPU’s SVP of Business and Planning Don Mortenson told Queen Anne View in an emailed statement.

“The kids and the faculty are absolutely wonderful,” Makratzakis said, gazing out the window at the SPU campus. “It’s a shame it didn’t work out.” He said he’s exploring a location on Market St. in Ballard as well as locations in Northeast Seattle. “I hope we can stay in the vicinity,” he said, noting they have a growing list of customers who want to be notified when he opens again.

“It’s time to move on and get a new venture going,” he said.

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‘Grub’ restaurant coming to the top of Queen Anne

July 26th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

A new restaurant is preparing to open in the former Ototo Sushi digs at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave. Called “Grub,” it’s the product of Queen Anne resident Sharon Fillingim, who’s best known for opening Le Rêve Bakery in the neighborhood.

We stopped by the space this morning, and Fillingim told us Grub will be a family-friendly “breakfast, lunch and dinner house” in an American fusion style — with hints of Asian, Spanish and French influence. She said the restaurant will feature local, sustainable ingredients at an affordable price. This will be her sixth venture, and she hopes it’s her last — “in a good way,” she laughs.

Inside, workers are putting the last touches on tables and decor.

A bar lines one wall, and Fillingim is already working on wine selections. She says they’re planning to open in the middle of August. “I’m a stickler for perfection, and I’m not opening my doors until we’re ready,” she said. “I don’t want to disappoint.”

(Thanks Laura for the tip!)

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Missing cat needs her medication

July 24th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

Mamie dropped us a note to say her cat, Shiloh, escaped from W. Lee St. and 4th Ave. last week. “I rescued her from a kitty rescue organization and she has serious kidney disease and requires daily medications. She is very sweet and talkative, but is probably disoriented as she isn’t used to going outside. I have only had her for three weeks and am very worried,” Mamie says.

If you’ve seen Shiloh, please call 619-244-4299 or email

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Lower Queen Anne cars get ‘the boot’

July 23rd, 2012 by Cory Bergman

The City of Seattle has released a map showing where its parking enforcement officers are giving scofflaws the boot. Since July of last year, officers have booted 2,713 vehicles for having four or more unpaid tickets. The map shows the largest concentration in downtown, Capitol Hill and Belltown, but there are quite a few in Lower Queen Anne/Uptown as well (click for larger):

So far the program — which is a year old — has produced $2.2 million in revenue for the city. Officers boot about 75 cars a week.

If you’re interested in more, here’s the city’s full report (.pdf).

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Upper QA residents may see discolored water

July 23rd, 2012 by Cory Bergman

Residents in Upper Queen Anne (and parts of Magnolia and Interbay, too) may see some discolored water on Thursday when Seattle Public Utilities crews plan to restart a major pipeline. The pipeline has been out of service for the last six weeks and will be brought back online the evening of the 26th.

“We are doing everything possible to minimize the impact of discolored water on customers,” said Water Operations Acting Director Dave Muto. “The pipe has been cleaned and disinfected, it’s been sitting full of water to allow any remaining sediments to settle, and we are bringing it back in service at night when water usage is low.”

If you do see discolored water, SPU says its still safe to drink, but it recommends running cold tap water for 3 to 5 minutes until it clears. If the water isn’t clear, residents should shut off the faucet and wait an hour before testing the water again — and avoid using hot water in the meantime. If that still doesn’t do the trick, customers are advised to call SPU’s Operations Control Center at (206) 386-1800.

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‘Concerts at the Mural’ returns in August

July 21st, 2012 by Cory Bergman

The popular (and free!) event is back this year at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center for four Fridays, starting on August 3rd.

(Photo from last year’s event by photo by Brittney Bush Bollay on

Friday, Aug. 3
Shovels & Rope
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
Legendary Oaks
Fly Moon Royalty

Friday, Aug. 10

The Young Evils

Friday, Aug. 17

Love Battery
Absolute Monarchs

Friday, Aug. 24

Fresh Espresso

The events get underway at 5:30 p.m., and it’s all on a first-come basis. While folding chairs and blankets are allowed, you’re not allowed to bring pets, umbrellas or large ice chests. As always, KEXP will be on hand, and Seattle Center Armory will be open for food and drink with a dozen new food vendors. A beer garden will begin at 5 p.m.

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Scenes from Queen Anne Days

July 14th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

A couple hundred neighbors celebrated Queen Anne Days on a warm, foggy Saturday. The Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run started things off early, followed by kids and their parents with a kiddies parade. The parade ended at the ball park, kicking off the BBQ and picnic. At the same time, merchants along Queen Anne Ave. held a sidewalk sale, with discounts and games.

Queen Anne Days was sponsored by the Helpline, Chamber of Commerce, Upper Queen Anne Merchants and the Seattle Parks Dept. Hope you had fun! We snapped a few photos of the event:

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Met Market to buy Magnolia Thriftway

July 11th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

Just one day after closing its Upper Queen Anne store, Met Market announced today that it will acquire Magnolia Thriftway, a privately-owned market on 34th Ave. W. in Magnolia. Longtime owners Jim and Lynne Penhollow “decided to sell as they begin preparation for retirement,” explains a press release. This brings Met Market’s store count back to six.

“We want to be part of the close-knit community and continue the investment that the Penhollow family and store team has made, including the way in which they have taken care of customers,” said Metropolitan Market CEO Terry Halverson. “We look forward to taking part in the neighborhood’s rich history.”

The deal is expected to close in September — financial details were not disclosed — and Met Market says it plans a full-scale remodel next year.

“For 34 years, the Penhollow family has had the pleasure of serving the community of Magnolia,” explained Jim and Lynne Penhollow. “Our involvement with church, schools and our many friends here has made it feel like living in a small town. So it is bittersweet as we leave Magnolia Thriftway in the capable hands of Metropolitan Market, who will provide the community with the service and quality it so richly deserves.”

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Met Market closes after 4 decades on the Hill

July 10th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

Met Market closed its doors for the last time on Tuesday, making room for a new retail and residential development that will span the lot along Queen Anne Ave. “We worked closely with Emerald Bay Equity for three years to try and make something work. But in the end, the redevelopment as designed was just too expensive for us,” Met Market’s Brad Halverson told us back in May. Now, the flowers are gone, the doors are locked and staffers are packing up the inventory for Met Market’s Lower Queen Anne location, at 1st and Mercer.

Last week, Met Market held a customer appreciation party, complete with Tom Douglas cooking up salmon, free for all. “Thank you doesn’t say enough,” says Met Market’s Halverson. “We started in Queen Anne in 1971 and wouldn’t be the company we are today without the loyal support of the Queen Anne community.” For several weeks, Met Market handed out special offers to encourage customers to try out the Lower Queen Anne store.

Just down the street over at Safeway, business has picked up. “It’s busier,” a clerk told us. “We’re glad you’re here.” New customers roamed the store, many of them trying to get their bearings. The parking lot is fuller than usual.

The new development planned for the lot will span the entire block on Queen Anne Ave. between West Crockett and West Howe streets with a mix of retail and luxury apartments. Emerald Bay Equity’s Joe Geivett told Queen Anne View that “major construction is anticipated to begin in August.” There’s still no official word on an anchor tenant for the new development.

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