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Homegrown robbed at gunpoint this past Saturday

February 24th, 2015 by Laura

Homegrown extIf you tried to get a sandwich from Homegrown on Sunday, you likely found the shop on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Boston St closed due to an incident on Saturday night.

At 7pm on Saturday night, Homegrown was the victim of a robbery at gunpoint. No customers were in the store at the time, but obviously, it was a scary incident for the Homegrown staff – and we’ve had several readers write us to inquire about the incident.

SPD has an open investigation on the robbery, with no details on the suspect to share. However, Homegrown founder Ben Friedman shared the following with us:

“Homegrown’s Queen Anne store was robbed at gun-point at 7pm on Saturday evening. At the time of the robbery, no customers were present. While thankfully no one was hurt in the incident, we are providing our staff with free counseling to help cope with any trauma. It’s pretty scary stuff.

We greatly appreciate the neighborhood’s support. Our Queen Anne store reopened on Monday to much fanfare, melty cheese and heaping organic greens.”

Let’s hope that this crime is an isolated incident.

Note: Apologies for the poor image quality, but I’m currently traveling and the image is from Google Maps.

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Einstein Bros Bagels last day happened today

February 20th, 2015 by Laura

Einstein closing FridayJust two days ago we posted on the closing of Einstein Bros Bagels. A sign stating they would be closing the business was posted with the date of Tuesday, February 24th.

Well, change that to today, and Einstein is now closed. A reader sent us a photo (thanks, Aaron!) of an updated sign with today’s date – so don’t plan on getting bagels for breakfast this weekend (at least not on Upper Queen Anne).

Already, the Queen Anne location is absent from the Einstein Bros Bagels web site (it was there two days ago – they are prompt).

When we asked about the closure, the company representative provided an official statement:

“After careful evaluation, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (“ENRGI”) has come to the difficult decision to close 39 underperforming restaurants, effective Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business. ENRGI values the continued support of its customers, and the dedication and hard work of all its employees.”

The next closest Einstein location is at 2201 Westlake Ave in South Lake Union if you’re up for Mercer traffic and SLU parking. Or, if you want to stay on Queen Anne, Eltana Bagels has a location in the Seattle Center, as well as a location to the north in Wallingford.

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Einstein Bros Bagels closing next Tuesday

February 18th, 2015 by Laura

Einstein closingLooks like we’ll have another vacant storefront on Queen Anne Ave N. Einstein Bros Bagels has posted a sign stating that the store will be closing on Tuesday, February 24th. No additional information is provided on the sign, and no response to email inquiries yet.

The spot at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N is prime real estate. However, no lease listings have shown up for the space yet. And, retail and restaurant space is currently available at The Towne, the old Charley+May building, and the Communique shop (which, as a reminder, is closing next month).

UPDATE: here’s the official statement from Einstein Bros Bagels:

“After careful evaluation, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (“ENRGI”) has come to the difficult decision to close 39 underperforming restaurants, effective Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business. ENRGI values the continued support of its customers, and the dedication and hard work of all its employees.”

If you’re an Einstein Bros Bagels fan, the next closest location is at 2201 Westlake Ave in South Lake Union. Or, if you want to stay on Queen Anne, Eltana Bagels has a location in the Seattle Center, as well as a location in Wallingford.

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The Uptown Parklet opens Saturday with a grand celebration

February 18th, 2015 by Laura

Uptown ParkletJust shy of a year ago, the city of Seattle announced that its Pilot Parklet Program selected Uptown as one of 10 new parklets. The Uptown Alliance applied for the Uptown Parklet last February, and it’s now a reality with a grand opening planned for this Saturday, February 21st.

Located in front of SIFF Cinema Uptown near the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Republican St, the Uptown Parklet will provide a meeting spot for the community, complete with a new Little Free Library.

The Grand Opening runs from 1pm-3pm on Saturday, February 21st. The Mayor and SDOT representatives will speak at 1:30pm, formally announcing the transition of the Parklet Program from a pilot to a permanent program.

Snacks and coffee will be available, stop by to help the Uptown Alliance celebrate this key milestone that was made possible by the support of Uptown Alliance members, the Uptown community, SIFF, SDOT, and the volunteer time provided by Slater Construction and VIA Architecture’s Community Design Studio.

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Full closures for parts of Mercer and Dexter this weekend

February 10th, 2015 by Laura

Plan ahead for travel this weekend, as SDOT will be fully closing portions of Mercer and Dexter from 11pm Friday, February 13th to 5am Monday, February 16th. The closures are required for the completion of concrete pours and the removal of a temporary road along the south side of Mercer at Dexter.

Here are the details from SDOT:


  • Westbound Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic between 9th Ave N and 5th Ave N from 11pm Friday, February 13th through 5am Monday, February 16th
  • Travelers will be detoured onto Denny Way
  • Capacity will be restricted on eastbound Mercer; at least one eastbound lane will remain open


  • Dexter Ave N will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer Streets from 11pm Friday, February 13th through 5am Monday, February 16th
  • Travelers will be detoured onto 9th Ave N
  • Access to businesses and residences on Taylor Ave N will be maintained from Roy St

Mercer closure Feb 2015

Immediately following the completion of this work, one lane of eastbound Mercer Street will remain closed 24/7 as SDOT completes concrete paving activities February 16 through February 20.

Note that all work is weather-dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled for later dates if inclement weather continues to occur. Plan ahead and expect “significant traffic delays” as the Mercer Corridor Project keeps marching on.

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Grub says goodbye this Sunday; Bounty Kitchen moving into 7 Boston mid-April

February 9th, 2015 by Laura

grub logoSad news today – local eatery Grub is closing. Its last day is this Sunday’s brunch service (February 15th). Owner Sharon Fillingim sent us the following statement:

It is with both joy and sadness to announce the sale and closure of Grub.

I have had the immense pleasure of serving my community as well as receiving such tremendous support from my community which in turn; has made Grub a huge success.

As some entrepreneurs believe, it is best to leave at the top of their game and to decide when that time is. Although it was a difficult decision to make, I leave Grub with such great memories of the many customers who have come to dine, and for the many customers who have followed me throughout the years.

I look forward to my future opportunities in this wonderful industry, perhaps consulting others in their pursuits of their vision and dreams.

The last day of service will be Brunch- Sunday, February 15, 2015. 8:00 am- 3:00 pm. I hope this week, you can stop by to say farewell. We will be honoring all gift cards this week as well.

Thank you all – Sharon Fillingim

Sharon also announced that a new restaurant, the new Bounty Kitchen, will be moving into the space. Owned by Queen Anne resident, Meg Trainer, the new restaurant, Bounty Kitchen, will open in mid-April:

I’d like to introduce you to Meg Trainer and her vision. She too, is a resident of Queen Anne. I hope that you all will welcome her as you all have for me. Here is a short bio of Meg.

Bounty Kitchen

Welcome to Bounty Kitchen, a modern neighborhood café dedicated to quality food in both flavor and harvest. Bounty is committed to improving the way people eat, and our menu is chef driven with a focus on healthy eating. We produce all of our food in house with 100% organic produce for our innovative salads, house-made dressings, soups, and sandwiches. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, we also feature beer, wine and wonderful coffee and desserts!

With a passion for engaged customer service and happy team members, Bounty Kitchen is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Meg Trainer and Russ Raade. Meg and Russ call Queen Anne their home and they have built a cracker-jack team with Chef Morgan Kirkpatrick leading the kitchen and Eddie Morris leading our front-of-house operations.

Bounty plans a mid-April opening after a remodel designed by Graham Baba Architects of Seattle, Washington.

Stop by to say farewell to Grub this week, and get ready to welcome Bounty Kitchen in April.

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Queen Anne Community Council to focus on Toll Brothers’ plan for Seattle Children’s Home site

February 7th, 2015 by Laura

The planned development at the Seattle Children’s Home site is inching closer to reality. National homebuilder Toll Brothers now officially owns the Seattle Children’s Home property, closing the sale for $14M in December 2014. Seattle Children’s Home has vacated the premises, moving to Burien.

Toll Brothers 2014 planThe Queen Anne Community Council will host a LURC (Land Use Review Committee) meeting dedicated to the planned Toll Brothers townhome project at 9th Ave W and W McGraw St on Wednesday, February 11th 7pm-9pm. Representatives from Toll Brothers will present their final design proposal and take questions from residents.

Controversy had dogged the proposed project since it was first announced in 2013. Neighbors have been fighting the original plan for 66 townhomes on the 2.5 acre lot, with concerned residents forming community group Future Queen Anne to help coordinate their efforts.

The latest change to the proposed plan: Another developer purchased the white house on the site, and it plans to demolish the house – the cottage will be preserved – and replace it with 6 units. The total number of townhomes with Toll’s new plan and the demo of the white house is 65 units. Here’s the plan from last year – an updated will be provided on Wednesday:

Toll Brothers Proposed Plan

The meeting will follow QACC’s typical format: Toll will give LURC and the community a presentation illustrating its latest design. After QACC and Future Queen Anne’s questions are addressed, the floor will open to community questions determined in order by a sign-up sheet.  In respect for all questioners, everyone will be limited to 1 minute each for questions.

If you are interested in the final design plans or have questions/concerns, attend the QACC LURC meeting on Wednesday, February 11th, 7pm-9pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). All are welcome.

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New Orleans inspired talent show on tap at 5 Spot for Mardi Gras

February 6th, 2015 by Laura

5 Spot logoThis year, 5 Spot is celebrating Mardi Gras with a Big Easy Talent Show. If you’ve got New Orleans-inspired talent, you can sign up to perform and win prizes that range from a trip to New Orleans to tasty 5 Spot chow.

If you’d like to showcase your talent, you have to sign up first via the entry form, due by Saturday, February 14th. Your talent must be “inspired by and associated with” New Orleans. Then, on Tuesday, February 17th, you have 7 minutes to perform and dazzle the audience and judges.

The talent contest starts at 7pm at the 5 Spot, and runs until the last performer exits the stage. The 5 Spot will provide a riser, two microphones, and a PA system. If your performance requires any other equipment, it’s on you to bring it along.

Check out the rules, regulations, and prizes here – and if you have stage fright or lack talent (yours truly), you can always show up to cheer the contestants on!

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Queen Anne Historical Society wins 4Culture grant

February 5th, 2015 by Laura

QAHS logoThanks to its ongoing efforts to preserve the heritage of Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Historical Society has been awarded a grant from 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency.

After a highly competitive process through 4Culture’s Heritage Sustained Support program, QAHS was named a recipient of an award of $2,000 per year for both this year and next.

4culture logoThe Heritage Sustained Support program recognizes organizations with a two-year history of interpreting heritage and providing programs and experiences to King County residents. QAHS meets these requirements with ease; it’s been active since 1971, has documented our neighborhood’s history in a community archive, and hosted free events including historical presentations and the annual Mt Pleasant Cemetery tour.

According to QAHS President, Michael Herschensohn:

“We are so proud to be recognized in this way by 4Culture. Funding from 4Culture will allow us to carry on important work to preserve Queen Anne’s heritage, while providing an opportunity to extend our footprint in the community.”

4Culture praised QAHS’ work in promoting diverse creative activities, community identity, and history for King County residents and visitors. QAHS President Michael Herschensohn commented on both the role of QAHS and the significance of a supporting organization like 4Culture:

“The Queen Anne Historical Society is uniquely positioned to influence the preservation of the historic character of our neighborhoods. This award acknowledges our successes and provides resources to continue the good work. 4Culture’s grant programs sustain many arts and heritage organizations. King County is lucky to have such a forward looking funding source.”

The Queen Anne Historical Society is an independent non-profit organization and is open to all with an interest in the history of Queen Anne. You can check out membership information and learn more about our neighborhood’s history via QAHS articles and upcoming events.

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Valentine’s Day is Dog Day at the Queen Anne Pool

February 4th, 2015 by Laura

Dog QA PoolIt may not be the dog days of summer, but the annual dog day at the Queen Anne Pool is just around the corner. Plan a Valentine’s Day to remember for your pup as canines get access to splash and swim in the pool prior to its annual cleaning and maintenance.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is opening the Queen Anne Pool to pups on Saturday, February 14th from 6pm to 7:30pm. The pool will then be closed from February 15th to March 2nd for the aforementioned pool care.

Public Health- Seattle & King County has approved the following guidelines:

  • The cost is $15 per dog; humans get in free.
  • Humans are not allowed in the pool with the dogs.
  • A lifeguard will be on duty.
  • Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have proof that they are licensed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Licenses can be purchased at the event.
  • Dogs must undergo a “pre-wash” on-site before they go into the pool.
  • Stairs are available for dogs to enter and leave the water.

The Queen Anne Pool is at 1920 First Ave. W. If you have any questions about the upcoming dog pool party, call 206-386-4282. Woof!

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Seattle Bike Swap is this Sunday at Seattle Center

February 3rd, 2015 by Laura

Cascade Bicycle ClubFor one day only, the Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting the Seattle Bike Swap this Sunday at the Seattle Center Expo Hall.. Billed as a “bike bargain hunter’s paradise”, the Swap features both new and used bikes and bike-related goods.

Admission Details:

  • Adult Entry: 9am-1pm, $5 (sold morning of the Swap)
  • Free entry hour: 1pm-2pm
  • Kids 15 and under are FREE all day!
  • V.I.P. Early Entry: 8am – $20. Advance V.I.P tickets are available online until Thursday, February 5 noon, tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 8am.

Plus, if you have a bike you’d like to sell at a competitive price (not top dollar), Cascade offers consignment – they try to sell your bike, you pay $10 plus 10% of the sales price. If you want to sell your bike on consignment:

  • Bring your bike to the swap between 8 and 8:30am via the front entrance.
  • Complete a form and pay $10 per bike (includes one entry for the seller into the swap).
  • Return by 2pm that same day, and we will give you your cut of the proceeds (or your bike, should it not sell).

Major Taylor ProjectAll proceeds from the Bike Swap will benefit Cascade’s Major Taylor Project. If you’re not looking to make a profit on your bike, you can donate it to the project by contacting Matt Metcalf.

If you’re looking for bargain bikes and bike parts, swing by the Seattle Bike Swap this Sunday between 9am and 1pm, at the Seattle Center Expo Hall.

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Queen Anne Community Council meets Wednesday with Port of Seattle update

February 2nd, 2015 by Laura

Queen Anne signThe Queen Anne Community Council monthly meeting is this Wednesday, February 4th, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). All residents and business owners are welcome to attend.

Here’s the agenda:

7:30 – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of minutes, Treasurer’s Report

7:35 – Open Forum-comments

7:45 – Commissioner Bill Bryant-Port of Seattle Update

8:15 – Committee Reports: Transportation, LURC/Planning, Parks, Public Safety, District Council, NAC, Communications

9:15-New Business


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