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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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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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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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Pistil celebrating its 2nd anniversary on Queen Anne this Friday

January 28th, 2015 by Laura

PistilMy how time flies! It’s already the second anniversary of Pistil Fresh Flowers and Gifts. The flower shop at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St is celebrating the occasion with an open house this Friday, January 30th.

All day Friday the shop will have specials on blooming plants and fresh cut flowers. Plus, lucky customers can win wrapped bouquets based on a “lucky dip” –draw a folded ticket from a jar, and if the ticket has a flower on it, voila, free bouquet!

Then, starting at 5:30pm, hors d’ oeuvres and bubbly will be served to round out the celebration.

Stop by Pistil at 1422 Queen Anne Ave N to wish them a happy anniversary and many more to come!

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Vian Hunter is celebrating its grand opening with a costume party

January 26th, 2015 by Laura

Vian Hunter Opening PartyOne of our newest Queen Anne businesses, Vian Hunter House of Fashion, is throwing a party to celebrate its grand opening. Vian Hunter first opened its doors back in November, and now that the holidays have receded into the past, the shop is ready to celebrate its new location at 6 W Howe.

It’s not your usual grand opening celebration – it’s a costume party, complete with cocktails. Vian Hunter invites guests to dress in either Downton Abbey or Mad Men costume, and head to the shop for an informal modeling of women’s clothing from the 1920s through the 1970s. Pick your television poison and RSVP via email.

The event is free, but a portion of proceeds from evening sales will go to Jubilee Women’s Center.

RSVP, plan your attire, and head to Vian Hunter House of Fashion for an evening of fun from 5pm-9pm this Friday night.

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New French bistro Entre Amis to open in March

January 21st, 2015 by Laura

Cioppino paperedA few weeks ago, we noticed liquor license activity for the old Portage spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N. A little over a year ago, Cioppino opened in the former digs of French restaurant Portage. It papered over the windows in the early summer of 2014 for renovations, but nothing happened with the Italian eatery after it essentially closed up shop.

Then, just last month, Entre Amis took over Cioppino’s liquor license. I reached out to the new owner and he confirmed that he was planning to open a French bistro in the new year.

Entre Amis signRight now, the new bistro is in the permit and construction phase, but just this week, a sign was posted in the window – Entre Amis Bistrot will open in March 2015.

I’ve walked by the location dozens of times looking for signs of life. Today, a tip from a reader (thanks, Mark!) clued us in to a sign announcing the new French restaurant – about 10 minutes after I walked by the location and missed it.

Thanks as always to our readers for catching those items we sometimes miss – and, get ready for a return to French cuisine on Queen Anne Ave!

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Holy Mountain Brewing Taproom opens this Friday on Elliott Ave W

January 17th, 2015 by Laura

Holy Mountain bldgHow long does it take from liquor license to taproom? About 8 months of hard work. Last May, local Holy Mountain Brewing Company was granted a liquor license for a brewery and taproom at 1421 Elliott Ave W, and the team behind Holy Mountain has been very busy since then, building out a taproom at the base of Queen Anne.

The 10,000 square foot warehouse has been completely transformed into a brewery and taproom, the latter ready for beer lovers this Friday. The taproom will have booths, a bar, a view into the brewery, and most importantly, 12 taps with a draught system designed to utilize a high pressure, direct draw system.

Holy Mountain taproom interiorAccording to Holy Mountain, “each tap is regulated separately to insure the carbonation level of the beer stays exactly as it was intended.” All 12 taps will be stocked with Holy Mountain beers, including two nitro taps.

Local beer aficionados are likely already familiar with Holy Mountain. The team began brewing in October, distributing their creations in the local area as they worked behind the scenes on the taproom. (The Masonry on Lower Queen Anne serves Holy Mountain on tap.)

Holy Mountain brewery viewThe Grand Opening weekend starts Friday January 23rd at 3pm and Skillet Street Food will be at the site to serve tasty bites to go with Holy Mountain’s beers. The celebration continues on Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon both days.

Post Grand Opening weekend, the taproom will commence regular operating hours: Monday and Thursday 3pm to ­9pm, Friday 3pm to­10pm, Saturday noon to 10pm, and Sunday noon-9pm. The taproom will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Holy Mountain beerHoly Mountain’s Kiln & Cone, the house pale ale, will be available in prefilled 32 oz growlers. Select beers will be available for on­-demand growler fills after the grand opening weekend.

Per Holy Mountiain, beers available on draught will include:

  • Kiln & Cone, an aromatic american pale ale
  • King’s Head, a double brown ale brewed with oats
  • King’s Head with coffee on nitro
  • The Gray Tower, batch 1, the first in a series of blended brettanomyces aged saisons, batch 1 was partially fermented and aged in an oak foudre (only two kegs left in existence)
  • Gose, a tart german­style wheat beer fermented in barrels with coriander
  • Bonne Nuit, a belgian style strong ale brewed with american hops
  • Astral Projection, a massively hoppy Double IPA
  • Watchman’s House, a common lager fermented in rye whiskey barrels
  • The Seer, a hoppy saison
  • The Ox, a farmhouse ale brewed with orange zest
  • Wayward Black Beer, brewed in the spirit of the great english porters and dark milds
  • Lager Beer, a well hopped golden lager 

To make it even easier to find Holy Mountain, their blog has published both a map and directions – making navigating Interbay even easier:

Holy Mountain map

“The taproom has parking on the west side of the building, which can be accessed from the alley off of W Galer St under the Magnolia overpass, or W Lee St, next to the Dog Lounge. There is also access from Elliott Ave, including ADA access.”

Get ready to welcome the new taproom to Interbay, just be sure you’re 21 or over and leave the pups at home, the taproom is 21+ and pet-free. Cheers!

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Streamline Tavern to open on Roy St by end of January

January 5th, 2015 by Laura

Jabus Pub

New home for Streamline Tavern

New Year’s Eve was the last night for the Streamline Tavern at its Mercer St location.

As reported nearly a year ago, the Streamline was one of several businesses that had to vacate the block on Mercer by the end of 2014 to make way for a new South Korean Consulate.

Streamline sign in truck

Mary McIntyre next to the Streamline
sign, loaded up for the move

The Streamline owners purchased the former home of Jabu’s Pub on Roy St in September in anticipation of the December 31st deadline. Jabu’s held a farewell celebration in September as ownership changed hands.

The Streamline is busy moving into the new digs and that means heavy lifting and moving some items by hand. The bar is taking the iconic Streamline sign with it, as well as the bar counter top. The sign nearly fit in a truck bed, the counter top and other big items were moved via foot.

Here’s the bar counter top being transported by 6 people – Streamline move photos by Vic Vogler:

Streamline Sign move

The Streamline will be open at 174 Roy Street by the end of this month. Keep an eye out for the Streamline sign going up soon on the building.

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Ikiiki Sushi coming soon to old Chinoise spot

January 4th, 2015 by Laura

Ikiiki bannerThere was activity this weekend at 12 Boston St, the former home of Chinoise Café. Ikiiki Sushi is moving in and moving tables, chairs, and artwork around. A sign on their door says “opening soon” – and the menu has been updated with the Queen Anne location address.

Ikiiki Sushi menu frontThe Queen Anne location is not Ikiiki Sushi’s first venture. The owners also operate an Ikiiki Sushi in Kenmore (northeast of Lake Washington). The menu is identical for both and it’s not limited to sushi alone.

Like its predecessor, Ikiiki Sushi will also offer Chinese and Japanese entrees, noodles, and soups. You’ll even see some familiar pan-Asian dishes that were served at Chinoise such as Mongolian Beef, Singapore Style Fried Vermicelli, Phad Thai, and General Tao’s Chicken.

You can check out Ikiiki’s full menu here, and stay tuned for an opening in the near future.

Edited to add new photo of Ikiiki awning.

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Chinoise Café closing after 18 years on Queen Anne

December 29th, 2014 by Laura

Chinoise closingA sign on the door of Chinoise Café confirms speculation that the restaurant is closing on December 31st. The pan-Asian café has been on Queen Anne for 18 years, and a little over a year ago it opened a second location in the Issaquah Highlands.

The Issaquah location will remain open as the Queen Anne location at 12 Boston St closes. But, fear not, the space will not remain vacant for long.

Chinoise storefrontA new sushi place, Ikiki Sushi, will be opening soon. Ikiki has already applied to take over Chinoise’s liquor license as of December 31st.

Chinoise’s statement on the sign (and on their web site) welcomes the new owner, Ping Wong, and Ikiiki Sushi.

No opening date yet, so stay tuned. Stop by and wish Thoa best wishes in her new endeavors and get ready to welcome Ikiiki to Queen Anne.

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