It’s been a month since Krua Thai ceased business on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but the official announcement was just posted today. The restaurant first opened on Queen Anne in October 2012. The Thai spot will continue to operate its original location in Ravenna. No word yet on a new tenant for the 12 Mercer Street location.
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August 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
August 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
The space formerly occupied by Entre Amis is not going to be vacant for long, as Chef Maximillian Petty is getting ready to launch Eden Hill. Eater Seattle first broke the story late last week when a liquor license was posted at the former French bistro. (thanks to readers who also sent us liquor license photos – we’ve been busy doing our research)
Petty is not new to the restaurant world or press – Zagat named him one of Austin’s top chefs in 2014 with their 30 Under 30 feature, Austin Man Magazine named him the Culinary Arts and Hospitality winner for 40 under 40, PRIME Living profiled him, and CultureTime featured an interview with him the same year. Things are moving very quickly – soon, we’ll have a new restaurant in the space at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N as he plans to open Eden Hill by the end of this month, or at the latest, September.
We got in touch with owner and chef Maximillian to find out more about the small plate menu he has in the works, what brings him to Queen Anne, and more on how Eden Hill fits into our neighborhood. He’s been busy moving cross-country to return to Seattle, but was kind enough to take a break and answer some questions.
All photos below are from his Instagram account, to visually whet your appetite as you learn more about our newest restaurateur:
How would you describe the concept of Eden Hill? Is there any specific inspiration for the flavors?
We are presenting Queen Anne with an avant garde small/share plates menu of about 13 items. Mostly new American cuisine but also branching out to what inspires me and my staff. Where I’ve lived, what I’ve eaten, the produce around me in the Pacific Northwest. Moving away from labeling such food as “foreign”, “domestic” or “regional” and transforming the experience to everyone involved to be about who we are “staff”. More personal and emotional.
We will be opening the doors each day like it was our backyard and everyone in Queen Anne were our neighbors, because they are, and inviting them over to eat, drink, share, and enjoy. Share plates focusing on the bounty around us, the art that inspires us and the science that intrigues us.
Will the menu rotate, and if so, how frequently?
The menu will be based around the produce available to me as fresh and local as possible. i.e the Queen Anne farmers market. (A favorite of mine). I will do a large overhaul of the menu every season to really represent what it’s providing. Weekly chalk board specials will be showcased for those that frequent and want more.
What brings you back to Seattle? Any particular reason you chose Queen Anne for your new restaurant? Thoughts on the neighborhood?
So I decided to return to Seattle because of family. I’ve been talking about moving back since I was 18 and I was recently at a place in my life where I could return. My family is spread out all over the Pacific Northwest.
Every time I have dreamed and looked at where I might want to reside some day, Queen Anne was consistently at the top of the list. The beauty, the people and the culture. So while deciding to move there, at the same time I realized that that exact list of attributes is what I am looking for when I open a restaurant some day. It was too perfect when I discovered the Eden Hill space. I had looked at that corner of Boston and Queen Anne a year ago and many times since then because I daily dream of a restaurant there.
Nothing ever came to fruition until this last June. I was walking around that exact neighborhood during a family visit, when I stumbled into the space. Drawn in by its beauty and location I went in to ask some questions (mostly about another space near by) when Benjamin [owner of Entre Amis] informed me that he was contemplating selling and after that it took a few months of planning and today I stand keys in hand. Still in disbelief. The space has been opened and closed by a large handful of owners and that was a big red flag to me. I hope to break that pattern and create a delectable institution for Queen Anne to be proud of.
Any specifics on when you expect to open? End of August is soon, did it help that Entre Amis had been there previously – meaning it was “move-in ready” – and are you making any changes?
We will be doing minor decor changes, but no major construction. Benjamin did such a beautiful job updating the space so it was very helpful. So now we are just waiting on a few inspections. End of August is aggressive and there is a good chance the opening will spill over into the first couple weeks in September.
With so many vacant storefronts on Queen Anne, it’s great to have a new restaurant opening so quickly in the old Portage spot. Entre Amis was here all too briefly, but it sounds like Eden Hill and Maximillian Petty are here to stay. Be sure to stop by and welcome Chef Maximillian to Queen Anne!
August 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Crumpet café Queen Bee is planning to open its second location next month, bringing fresh crumpets and crumpwiches (signature sandwiches on crumpets) to Queen Anne. The crumpet and coffee shop is planning a mid-September opening in the Aegis Living building at 223 W Galer St.
Owned and operated by Aegis CEO Dwayne Clark, Queen Bee has an interesting backstory and operating model. While most retirement communities have retail located on-site, Queen Bee is designed to be a spot for all neighborhood residents – and it gives back to the community too.
Queen Bee is named after Dwayne’s English mother, a line cook who was “the Queen Bee of the family”. With meager means, she fed her family with potatoes she got from work – and she paid back the potatoes with interest, instilling a sense of giving back in her family.
As a nod to Dwayne’s mother, traditional English crumpets make up the menu and giving back is at the core of Queen Bee’s business model – Queen Bee gives 100% of its profits to local charities. The charity changes quarterly, and first up for the Queen Anne location will be the Queen Anne Helpline.
Queen Bee’s menu is online, and you can also read about the original location on Yelp – it’s a popular spot over on E Madison. The Queen Anne café is designed to be a meeting place, dining spot, and take-out shop for crumpets and crumpwiches to go.
Queen Bee is “excited to be part of the Queen Anne neighborhood” and start giving back to the community. They’re planning a late September opening, so stay tuned for an official opening date and get ready to help the Helpline in Queen Bee’s first 3 months on Queen Anne!
August 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Late last week, a reader let us know that Entre Amis would be closing yesterday, Sunday, August 2nd. I contacted owner Benjamin Bernard-luneau and he confirmed that the rumor was true. However, up until last night, he was hopeful there would be an alternative to closing the popular French restaurant on Queen Anne Ave N.
Unlike most of our business closings, this one has nothing to do with rent increases or retirement plans. Benjamin needs to return to France for a bit, and until he can find someone to “keep the concept of Entre Amis alive”, the restaurant will remain closed.
He hopes to come back to the restaurant or find someone to run it in his absence. As of today, Entre Amis is shuttered. Benjamin wanted to pass along his thanks to all of the Queen Anne residents who dined at Entre Amis since it opened this past Spring.
July 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
A reader tipped us to a restaurant closing – this time, Hommage is planning to close in mid-August. Just a year ago, we posted on the new restaurant that was going into the old Book Bindery spot. Barely open a year, the French-inspired restaurant opened in the old Book Bindery location at 198 Nickerson St, next to the ship canal. (Book Bindery had a 4-year run, if you’re counting)
Chef Nico Borzee was hired on for the new Hommage restaurant concept and Michael and Sumi Almquist kept ownership as the restaurant changed from Book Bindery to Hommage.
No word on upcoming plans for the space.
July 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda
The old Cotton Caboodle building at 203 W Thomas St has been transformed into an enormous 6,700 square foot European-style beer hall. All that space houses custom 10-14 foot wooden tables that’ll seat up to 300 guests, a stage for live music, and a 45-foot long bar – plus, an “Austro-Hungarian cuisine with a Northwest twist” and, of course, beer. The latter will range from imported European beers to local crafts beers.
The Queen Anne Beerhall borrows its design from two similar East coast ventures by co-founders Andrej Ivanov and Ladislav Sebestyan – Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten and Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, both in New Jersey. Along with local owner Lubomir Katrusin, they’re bringing in some Northwest expertise from Seattle-area chef Robert Mullins, who’ll head up the menu.
If all goes as planned, this time next month the Queen Anne Beerhall will be open for business, seven days a week from 4pm to 2am.
July 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Oskar’s Kitchen, the sports bar that Sonics Shawn Kemp opened in December 2010, is closing after tonight’s service. The closure is blamed on rents being doubled for the space at 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave N.
Here’s the post from Oskar’s Facebook page:
It’s a sad day for us…. Another bar closes in Queen Anne and unfortunately… It’s Oskars ;(
We want to thank everyone who has come to visit us over the years and supported the bar.
Due to the bigger companies moving closer to Queen Anne our rent was doubled and we have no other choice but to say farewell to Queen Anne… But who knows… We may open another bar elsewhere in the future.
Come join us tonight for a massive party and and say your final goodbyes to Oskars
No word on the other businesses located in the building, or what may replace Oskars.
July 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Nearly two years ago, we got word from Twirl Café that it was closing its community gathering spot at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N, and Umbrella Tree was already lined up to take over the location. Now, Umbrella Tree is closing as well.
Here’s information from the notice we received from Umbrella Tree this morning:
Two years ago in August, we founded Umbrella Tree. Last Fall, we seized the opportunity to open our first education studio by taking over the existing lease from Twirl Cafe. Change is difficult for most people, but you were very supportive and welcomed us with open arms; and we are sincerely grateful.
It is with heavy heart, but at the same time, filled with hope, that we share the news of our studio closing. Our last day of operation in the current space will be August 12th.
Umbrella Tree will be open and offering programs and classes through August 12th. You can find out more about their plans in an online FAQ. No word yet on who’ll take over the space, stay tuned.
June 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
The A&J Building on the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N has been the ongoing theme in a trilogy of sorts. First, there was the beloved A&J Meats; then, the uncertainty after owner Rick Friar announced his retirement; and now a new local butcher, B&E Meats and Seafood, which is opening this Friday, July 3rd.
B&E Meats and Seafood is family-owned and owner Jeff Green is excited to be opening the newest B&E in our neighborhood. You can read more about the local butcher in our post from last month, when the crew was just starting a remodel of the space. B&E Meats specializes in high-quality meats, seafood, and specialty items like smoked bacon, pepperoni, sausages, Kalbi beef ribs, smoked candy salmon, and more. You can check out their offerings here, and the Queen Anne location will also include some old A&J favorites too.
You’ll even see some familiar faces starting this Friday as A&J owner Rick Friar will be behind the counter, along with Gordy from A&J who’s been at B&E since January, where he’s been in charge of specialty sausages (fresh apple, blueberry, and breakfast sausage – favorites at A&J).
The B&E crew is finishing up painting tonight in preparation for Friday’s big day. The shop will be open at 9am sharp to serve your 4th of July needs. They’ll also be open on the 4th, but closing early to celebrate the holiday with family. Here are B&E’s regular hours – note, it’ll be open 7 days a week:
- Monday – Friday: 9am-7pm
- Saturday: 9am-6pm à this Saturday, they’ll be closing at 2pm
- Sunday: 9am-5pm
B&E will have the same phone number as A&J, so if you’re like me and haven’t deleted A&J from your contacts, you’re all set except for a name change. Since the holiday is fast approaching, B&E can take your orders for the 4th via phone starting tomorrow, Tuesday at 206-284-3885. Here’s a video from B&E to help introduce them a bit more:
Stop by on Friday to stock up on fresh meats, seafood, and specialty items, say hello to Rick and Gordy, and meet the new B&E crew that’ll hopefully become a long-standing fixture on Queen Anne. We’re really lucky to have a butcher on Queen Anne, and thanks to Queen Anne View readers, neighbors, and A&J Building owner Rick Friar, we do – so, remember to shop local and keep B&E Meats (and other Queen Anne shops) open for business for years to come.
June 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Five Corners Hardware opened at 305 W McGraw St in June 1940. It has since operated as a family business, now in its fourth generation. Step back in time and check out the interior photos from the 1940s, dating back to the earliest years of the hardware store’s tenure on Queen Anne.
Five Corners will be open and celebrating with neighbors this weekend, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, June 27th and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, June 28th. It’ll be serving hot dogs and cake, plus special anniversary sale prices and prizes – including a chance to win a Weber grill.
Stop by this weekend to wish a happy 75th birthday to Five Corners.
June 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Every year we have milestones on Queen Anne that seem timed with the seasons… late Spring finishes up with the annual Bigelow Block Sale and the new Queen Anne Art Walk, Fall means Halloween on Queen Anne Ave, and Winter brings Holiday Magic to our business district.
Now, Summer quickly approaches and that means Queen Anne Days! The free two-day event is chock-full of events and activities for adults and families alike. Mark your calendars for July 11th and 12th, and get ready to celebrate Summer on Queen Anne!
The weekend kicks off with a shot as the racers take off at the annual Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, July 11th. Registration is open now and all proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and its programs for neighbors in need.
Next up on Saturday late morning/afternoon is Summerfest, a new adult-focused featuring a wine and beer garden (courtesy of Baer Winery, Mac & Jack’s and Cider 6), Art Walks, live music, and the Marqueen Garage car show.
Also new this year is the Queen Anne History Treasure Hunt. The contest is an interactive, phone-based game created by the Queen Anne Historical Society, Geocaching.com and the Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance. It’s sure to be a great way to explore the history of Queen Anne. Participants will need a free Geocaching.com account to play.
Familyfest on Sunday is all about the kids, and it’s going to be bigger than ever with more bouncy houses, some of the best kid bands in Seattle, and kid-oriented fun & games.
Meanwhile, Queen Anne merchants will host their annual Sidewalk Sale on both Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s the full agenda for Queen Anne Days:
- Day of registration: t-shirt and number pick up beginning at 7am – QA Lutheran Church, 8th Ave W and McGraw
- 8 am start for all runners and walkers at 5th W and Halladay St
- Mostly flat course follows the historic crown of Queen Anne
- Finish in front of Coe School, 7th Ave W
- Awards ceremony, raffle prizes and food at QA Lutheran Church after the race. Awards for first place finishers: Mens, Womens, Girls 12 and under, Boys 12 and under
- Prize for best, most creative hat!
- Guest announcer Steve Raible
Sidewalk Sale – 10am-6pm Saturday/Sunday - Get a deal, patronize a new business and support local entrepreneurs
Summerfest – Saturday, July 11th
- 1:30pm – Doggie Parade (with trophies!), meet in front of Queen Anne Community Center at 1:15pm
- 2:00pm-9:00pm – West Queen Anne Playfield: Beer, Wine & Cider Garden / Marqueen Garage Car Show / Tai Chi for Seniors / Chess opportunities / Pottery hands-on demonstrations / Uptown Art Show / Wine & Art / Live Music / Food and more
Familyfest – Sunday, July 12th
- 10:30am – Kiddie Parade - Decorate your “ride” and get creative with your kids for this neighborhood parade; gather at McClure School Parking Lot, parade begins at 11:00am
- 11:00am-4:00pm – West Queen Anne Playfield
- Bands: The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, Johnny Bregar, The Harmonica Pocket, The Tallboys, Seattle Kokon Taiko
- Lots of bouncy houses
- Food trucks
- Games, arts, crafts and other fun activities hosted by local businesses and organizations
- Bunnies to pet and snuggle with
Queen Anne Days is a volunteer-run weekend – and the volunteers live right here in our neighborhood. You can follow the announcements via Facebook or the Queen Anne Days website. Everyone is welcome to attend the festivities!
June 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Bounty Kitchen will be open at 7 Boston Street starting this Wednesday, June 10th, serving “imaginative salads and healthy bowls with layers of texture from old fashioned cooking techniques like pickling, fermenting, roasting and grilling as well as raw and flavors borrowed from ancient cultures and modern blends.”
Bounty Kitchen’s owners have been hard at work, and by that I mean seriously hard labor. They moved into the space thinking it’d be a remodel and ended up with a full rebuild, including the kitchen. Exposing the original ceiling and installing new walls, plumbing, electrical, and flooring make up a brand new space for Bounty Kitchen and its crew – here they are at a training/tasting team event in the newly refurbished spot:
The new restaurant will focus on local, sustainable produce, and if you’re fans of the Queen Anne Farmers Market, then you’ll likely recognize Present Tense Farm as one of their suppliers. Bounty Kitchen will be using their produce and partnering with them for upcoming market dinners. Here’s a recent “field trip” (figuratively and literally) to Present Tense’s Carnation farm:
You can check out Bounty Kitchen’s June menu online here to whet your whistle or plan ahead. You’ll see that they have a variety of breakfast options too.
Bounty Kitchen will be open on Wednesday, June 10th and beyond. They’ll be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week (7:30am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday). Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!