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Grab your bike! Spoke & Food comes to Grub on Queen Anne tonight

July 29th, 2014 by Laura

Spoke & FoodSummer weather continues, it’s a great time to get out on your bike! And, with the Spoke & Food event, you can ride your bike to dinner tonight (Tuesday, July 29) and have 20% of your bill go to a local non-profit that rotates each year.

Spoke & Food has partnered with Seattle restaurants for the event, with the host restaurants donating 20% of their evening’s revenues to Outdoors for All Foundation – a non-profit that provides instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities. The organization’s programs “encourage and enable more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities to exercise their abilities outdoors.”

Grub is the only Queen Anne restaurant on the list, so grab your bike and head to Grub tonight. Additional Seattle restaurants are listed on the event’s web site.

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New Mexican restaurant Nana’s set to open in early August

July 19th, 2014 by Laura

Nanas Full

We first posted about the old Emmer & Rye building becoming a new family Mexican restaurant back in May.

There’s been a lot of work done to the building’s exterior – paint, building décor, and a giant rooster in the courtyard. Now, there’s a sign for Nana’s, a family Mexican restaurant.

According to a Craigslist posting for jobs (they’re hiring from front of house to kitchen), the restaurant hit a few delays and is now set to open August 6th.

Nanas signThe previous May listing for open positions described the restaurant as “traditional Mexican food with accents of American fare. We will be working with family handed down recipes and new food concepts.”

The restaurant will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-9pm with breakfast service on the weekends. Assuming no more unexpected delays, we’ll be able to welcome a new restaurant to the long-vacant Emmer & Rye building at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N next month.

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Wine and books come together at Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

QABC SignIf you love wine and want a local guide to wine tours in our state, mark your calendars and RSVP for an event this weekend at Queen Anne Book Company.

On Saturday, July 19th, the shop will be hosting a wine event featuring Steve Roberts’ “Wine Trails of Washington: A Guide for Uncorking Your Memorable Wine Tour” – a guide to tasting tours in our state. Not only can you learn more about wine tours in our state, you can also taste Washington wines and small bites.

Robert Ramsay small logoLocal Queen Anne wine tasting room Robert Ramsay Cellars is joining Queen Anne Book Company for the event. They’ll be featuring tastes of their award-winning wines at the event.

The wine event starts at 3pm and is free – however, please RSVP with Queen Anne Book Company so they can plan ahead for refreshments. You can contact them via email or at 206.284.2427.

Here’s more on Roberts’ book to wet your whistle:

“Local author Steve Roberts guides you through the best wine tours our state has to offer, from Woodinville to Walla Walla. This book features 32 unique WineTrails, most of which can be experienced in a day or two. Profiles of each winery include a winery description, the winemaker ‘s philosophy, photos, contact information and tasting room hours. You’ll also find tips on tasting room etiquette and lessons from Wine Tasting 101. This book will inspire you to hop in the car and support our state wine trade! Take this guide along and read aloud as you uncork, swirl, and sip your way along the WineTrails!”

Mark your calendars and RSVP for a fun event at one of our local merchants!

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Book Bindery to be relaunched as Hommage in August

July 16th, 2014 by Laura

Book Bindery closedOn June 28th a tweet from The Book Bindery said farewell after 4 years. The French-inspired restaurant near the Ship Canal closed up shop as its owners, Michael and Sumi Almquist, decided to move on to another venture. They’re retaining ownership and have brought chef Nico Borzee on board for a new restaurant concept, Hommage.

The restaurant is now undergoing renovations as Borzee prepares to open Hommage in August.

According to a profile of Borzee published today by Eater Seattle, he’s planning to open a restaurant with a broad-ranging Mediterranean influence – from Italy to North Africa to Greece – that focuses on using local ingredients.

Previously at Artusi, Borzee started cooking at age 15 and has an impressive resume. With Hommage, he’s working with the Almquists to bring a new dining experience to the Book Bindery location.

According to Borzee, “The menu will change regularly. It will rotate, but we will probably have the same bases so we’re not changing it completely. But yes, I think it will change a lot. Maybe every week, some dishes every day.”

You can read more about Hommage in Eater’s interview with Borzee online.

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Pet alert: Foxtail on Queen Anne can cause problems for your pets

July 13th, 2014 by Laura

Foxtail Homegrown

Foxtail: Boston St by Homegrown

A reader has alerted us to batches of foxtail on Queen Anne that can cause problems for dogs. She even sent us the accompanying photos so you can see where Foxtail is along Queen Anne Ave N – and be able to identify it on neighboring streets as well.

According to

“Foxtail plants can be risky for your dog. The barbed seed heads of the foxtail plant can work their way into any part of your dog or cat, from the nose to between the toes and inside the ears, eyes, and mouth. They can even simply dig themselves directly into a patch of skin. 

The danger of foxtails goes beyond simple irritation. Because these tough seeds don’t break down inside the body, an embedded foxtail can lead to serious infection for your dog. It can even lead to death if left untreated. The seeds can be hard to find in your dog’s fur.”

Foxtail Emmer

Foxtail: QA Ave N, old Emmer & Rye

The reader who wrote in has her own story with foxtail. Her dog got a foxtail barb in his ear several years ago, sending him to emergency vet to have it removed under anesthesia.

Note that the patches of Foxtail tend to crop up in unkempt parking strips. The photos show that several businesses have patches of it in front of their storefronts.

Perhaps the businesses are unaware of the danger to our 4-legged friends, and if they were aware, would have the foxtail removed.

Foxtail Thai Kitchen

Foxtail: QA Ave N, Dyna Architecture

You can read more about keeping your dog safe from foxtail online – but really, the best prevention is to avoid it. Sadly, it’s hard to avoid it when it’s cropping up along some of our busiest streets.

Watch out for it as you walk your dog along Queen Anne Ave N and keep an eye out for it in the neighborhood.

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KEXP is throwing a free party at its new Seattle Center site this Thursday

July 8th, 2014 by Laura

KEXP Seattle Center

Courtesy of SkB Architects

In the past, we’ve provided the heads up on the cool new home of local listener-powered radio station KEXP, and it’s gettting close. The station is moving into the new space next year, and to celebrate the upcoming move from Dexter & Denny to the Seattle Center, they’re throwing a party to celebrate. Best part? Everyone is invited!

“All In: The Rally for KEXP’s New Home” is this Thursday, July 10th from 6pm to 8pm in the Northwest Rooms at the Seattle Center. The celebration includes live music from local Seattle band The Cave Singers and a beer garden.

The celebration is also an opportunity to help raise funds for KEXP’s new station. All donations from July 10th through August 5th will be matched  from a pool that has contributions from musicians and supporters including Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Dave Matthews.

Join KEXP on Thursday at the Seattle Center and get ready for their big move next year!

Edit: updated to add the name of the previously-surprise musical guest – The Cave Singers.

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Waffles and juice pop up at Dimples

July 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Dimples JuneYou may have noticed the mini-storefront at Grub over the past week or so. Dimples, a new waffle and juice pop up, had a soft opening this morning at the storefront.

Dimples is operating out of Grub’s kitchen window, and will be open 9am-noon Tuesdays through Fridays. The mastermind behind it hopes the spot will last longer than most pop ups and become a permanent fixture.

Smoothies will be coming soon, in the meantime, here’s the menu:

  • Liege waffle with bacon, brie, basil, and apricot reserves
  • Liege waffle with Nutella, bananas, and whipped cream
  • Green juice of daikon, basil, apple and cucumber
  • Red juice of beet, orange, celery, and ginger

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Check Please! Northwest episode featuring Grub airs Thursday

July 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Check Please NW smallBack in May, we put out the call for diners who wanted to enjoy a meal at Grub and get their 15 minutes of fame at the same time. The local restaurant was filmed for an episode of Check Please! Northwest, a local KCTS 9 show that features Seattle-area restaurants based on viewer suggestions.

Grub’s debut on Check, Please! Northwest airs tomorrow, Thursday, July 3rd, at 7:30pm on KCTS 9. It’s featured along with Bellevue’s Din Tai Fung and Bothell’s Preservation Kitchen.

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Grub’s grub featured on the show
Photo Courtesy of Check Please! Northwest

How was Grub selected? Radio host Rachel Belle recommended Grub, citing an obsession with the restaurant’s “Imperial Mix-Up”.  According to Rachel, “You can’t stop eating it.”

Set your television recording device for Thursday at 7:30pm – or watch the episode online after the broadcast. You can also follow the show on Facebook to see what’s up next – and, if you want to nominate another Queen Anne restaurant for the show, just fill out the online form.

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Floyd’s Place closes its doors

June 28th, 2014 by Laura

Floyd's PlaceWe’ve had a few readers let us know that Floyd’s Place closed earlier this week.

According to one tip, Tuesday, June 22nd was the the bar/restaurant’s last day operating at 521 1st Ave N.

Floyd's Place closedThere are no permits or plans for the space per the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, and it isn’t currently listed for sale or lease (yet).

A sign on the door thanks Queen Anne residents for their patronage over the years.

No other information is available at this time, and the Floyd’s Place web site is no more. If you know any details on the closing, let us know.

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Cederberg Tea House celebrates one year on Queen Anne this Sunday

June 17th, 2014 by Laura

Cederberg logoHappy Birthday to local tea spot Cederberg Tea House! The shop on the corner of Queen Anne Ave and Galer St turns one-year old on Sunday, June 22nd.

To celebrate, Cederberg will be serving its signature South African baked goods and drinks, plus Gumboot dancers will perform at 1pm.

Here’s Cederberg’s description of Gumboot Dancers:

“Gumboot dancing originated in southern African gold mines where workers were chained together and not allowed to speak. They devised a means of communication by stomping their Wellington boots (which were called gumboots), slapping them, and rattling their chains. It also served as a form of entertainment when drumming was outlawed by the authorities; the workers expressed rhythm and music through the Gumboot Dance.”

Stop by on Sunday to wish Cederberg a happy anniversary and enjoy the celebration! And, if you forgot to catch the shop on Evening Magazine earlier this evening, click the image below for the feature on Cederberg:

Cederberg Evening Magazine

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Uptown Art Walk plus live mural art experience and more this Wednesday

June 15th, 2014 by Laura

Uptown Art Walk JuneOn Wednesday, June 18th, the Uptown Art Walk celebrates all things art and local Lower Queen Anne businesses open their doors to make it a lively experience for all.

This time around, the organizers invite everyone to start the Art Walk at any time during the day, with official hours running from 3pm to 9pm/10pm (depending on merchant). Don’t forget to pick up a Raffle punch card and drop it off at the after party at the Tin Lizzie Lounge at 9pm.

The Art Walk is also a great place to donate to the Queen Anne Food Bank. With the onset of summer, there’s a higher need for food as kids are out of school and school lunches are not an option. You can bring non-perishable food (tuna, peanut butter, etc.) and drop it off at Tin Lizzie’s donation bin. Bring 3 or more items and you get an extra stamp for the Raffle.

Bombsheller GrafittiFinally, the Art Walk will be running at the same time as a live mural experience at Mud Bay Uptown and an art show by local artists Few and Far Women in “the Bombshelter” at 424 Queen Ave. N. Here are the details on these special events:

Everyone is welcome to stop by the live mural event during the Uptown Artwalk to see artists create art from a blank wall. Plus, there’ll be hands-on art activities for kids presented by The Vera Project and a skate demo-clinic by Skate Like a Girl.

For more information on these special events, visit the Bombsheller page.

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Cederberg Tea House to be featured on Evening Magazine

June 11th, 2014 by Laura

Cederberg logoAnother Queen Anne business is set to hit the airwaves – KING 5′s Evening Magazine will be featuring Cederberg Tea House on next Tuesday’s show.

RooibosThe filming will take place at Cederberg early in the day on Tuesday, June 17th, beginning at at 10am. The process to film the segment will take about an hour as the crew films Cederberg’s specialty South African baked goods and rooibos espresso drinks.

Customers are welcome to visit Cederberg during the filming, and the more customers, the better. If Cederberg is your regular morning hang-out, show your support on Tuesday. If you haven’t tried their wares yet, stop by 1417 Queen Anne Ave N to see them in action and get a taste of South Africa.

The show will air at 7pm on Tuesday, June 17th on KING 5 – set your recording devices!

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