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French bistro Entre Amis is now open for business on Queen Anne

April 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Entre Amis signLast week, while I was away for a few days on vacation, the newest restaurant on Queen Anne opened its doors. We first gave the heads up on Entre Amis Bistro back in January, when we discovered it would be taking over the old Portage (then the short-lived Cioppino) spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N.

The French restaurant is now open and serving simple, seasonal food that plays on French classics with products from the Pacific Northwest. According to Entre Amis, Chef Matt Cyr, has created a small menu that will change frequently. Mainstays are a selection of charcuterie and cheeses, as well as a selection of French wines and beers, or sparkling wine cocktails.

Entre Amis extThe interior underwent renovations, resulting in a casual and intimate space that can hold up to 30 people (so, call ahead to make reservations, especially for weekend nights).

Entre Amis is currently open from 5pm to 10:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant is planning to expand in the future to happy hours, private events, wine dinners, and brunch.

Owner Benjamin chose Queen Anne for his French bistro “because the location had all of the aspects to make his visions come true. Most importantly the neighborhood reminds him of a village in France with Queen Anne Ave being the center.”

Stop by to welcome our newest business to Queen Anne!

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Peridot Boutique is moving up the hill

April 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Peridot move signLocal women’s clothing boutique Peridot has been a resident of Queen Anne for a while, located on Lower Queen Anne between Roti and Queens Smoke Shop. Now, the shop is planning a move up the hill to the old Einstein Bagels spot at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N.

A sign appeared in the old bagel shop window yesterday, and we found out from Peridot that they’re in the early stages of remodeling the space, transforming it from a restaurant to a retail clothing shop. They hope to be in the new location by July or early August.

Peridot logoFor now, the Lower Queen Anne location is still open for business, and will be open for the next few months selling “trendy women’s clothing and accessories” at its current location. 

If you haven’t checked out the shop before, you can see their wares on their blog or Facebook page. Stop by the shop on Lower Queen Anne and get ready to welcome them to the top of the hill this summer.

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Get ready to welcome Expedia to the neighborhood

April 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Amgen site mapThe waterfront campus that once housed Amgen will become Expedia’s headquarters by the end of 2018. The deal was a rumor yesterday; today it was officially announced by Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at a press conference with Mayor Ed Murray.

Expedia, currently based in Bellevue, is looking at a lease expiring in 2018, and is jumping over to Seattle from the Eastside to take over the old Amgen campus. As it exists today, the campus has buildings with a total of 750,000 square feet – as well as land that will allow Expedia to build 200,000 square feet of additional office space.

There’s been a lot of press since the announcement, so here’s a round-up of the best local coverage, including a couple that point out that 3,000 more commuters will hit our streets. That’s a small downside as Expedia’s move will be good for the neighborhood and the tech industry in Seattle.

Seattle Times: Expedia will make Seattle waterfront its new home

GeekWire: Expedia confirms Seattle move, will buy Amgen campus for $229M, relocate from Bellevue by 2018

GeekWire: Check out this View: Inside Expedia’s new Seattle headquarters campus –> has photo gallery

Wall Street Journal: Expedia to Buy Amgen Campus In Seattle

KING: Expedia move to Seattle expected to impact traffic

KIRO: Mayor announces Expedia’s move from Bellevue to Seattle

KOMO: Expedia moving headquarters from Bellevue to Seattle

Puget Sound Business Journal: Bring on the developers: Expedia’s move could help Seattle tech companies attract talent

Puget Sound Business Journal: Get ready, Seattle: Expedia’s 3,000 commuters are coming and it won’t be pretty

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Number 6 Cider Pub opens this Friday on Elliott Ave

March 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Number 6 CiderFirst craft beer, now craft cider – Interbay is becoming a hub for local beverage creations. Number 6 Cider Pub is opening at 945 Elliott Ave W this Friday, March 27th, serving the ciders you may know from local retail spots (Met Market, PCC, QFC, and Total Wine all sell their ciders) as well as bars and restaurants.

Now, you can taste their wares and seasonal specialties without having to travel far from home. Owners Tom Todaro and Don Broyals founded Number 6 Cider after looking for a new business venture. They source the cider from Yakima apples, a mix of 5 different varieties that are definitely fresh – according to Number 6 Cider “squeezed and delivered to our door in a 5000-pound tank within 5 hours.”

Number 6 Cider Pub gets its name from the neighboring railroad tracks that run alongside its new Interbay location – Number 6 was one of the most dangerous railroad tunnels that connected the lines from East to West. You can learn even more about how our newest business got their name (Number 6) in their Facebook video:

Number 6 video

According to co-founder/co-owner Tom Todaro, “we are psyched to open the pub so that people can come together and try an extended range of seasonal ciders” – and you can do so every day at the new pub, weekdays 3-9pm, Saturdays noon-9pm, and Sundays 3pm-9pm.

They’ll also be serving tasty bites with the cider with a selection of breads, cheeses, and Salumi charcuterie. And, if you lean toward the grape or the hop, they’ll have local wine and beer too.

Number 6 growlersThe rotating cider taps will pour six varieties of Number 6 Cider including:

  • True
  • Honey-Ginger
  • Pomegranate
  • Spice Box
  • Juniper
  • Smoked Jalapeño

They’ll also be filling growlers to go, and have rotating seasonal ciders on the menu.

Stop by on Friday (and beyond) to welcome Number 6 Cider Pub to the neighborhood, and enjoy the local menu of ciders, beers, wines, and bites.

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The 5 Spot is celebrating 25 years on Queen Anne and giving back to the community again

March 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

5 Spot John HayThe 5 Spot is truly a Queen Anne neighborhood institution, serving food to locals and visitors alike, and supporting the neighborhood with fundraisers and events. It’s now been at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St for 25 years. That milestone alone is a good reason to stop by the 5 Spot this month – but there’s more.

This Monday, March 16th, if you dine at the 5 Spot, you can help out one of our local elementary schools at the same time. The 5 Spot is hosting “Dining Out for John Hay” to help showcase the school’s upcoming online auction and raise money for the school’s Arts program.

For all food sales between 8:30am and 10pm, the 5 Spot is donating 25% of the proceeds to John Hay. It’s an easy way to support both a local business and Queen Anne students at the same time.

Thanks to the 5 Spot for its continuing neighborhood support, and happy 25th anniversary!

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The modern day portrait on display at Stacya Silverman Fine Art starting this Sunday

March 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Freeman_FarrThis Sunday, Stacya Silverman Fine Art Photography Gallery is hosting an opening reception for “The Portrait Reframed” – an exhibition of photographic portraiture by local Northwest artists – this Sunday, March 8th from 1pm to 4pm.

All of the artists featured demonstrate unique abilities to capture images of living, breathing, human beings in the historic tradition of portraiture.

JayDeFehrStacyaPosed and thoughtful, the portraits these artists create go beyond the modern selfie or quick snapshot that are ubiquitous in today’s online world. With modern technology, everyone can be a photographer – but not everyone is an artist.

The Portrait Reframed aims to show the key difference between the average iPhone photo and a professional artist’s personal view of a portrait. Artists featured include Anita Nowacka, Davis Freeman, Edye Colello-Morton, Jay Defehr, Ron Reeder and Thomas Schworer.

Here’s an excerpt from the show’s description that provides some insight on the photographers you can meet on Sunday:

“Davis Freeman often photographs his subjects with their eyes closed. Both Anita Nowacka and Edye Colello-Morton look for a certain spark that lets us into their subject’s world. Jay Defehr ignores conventional ideals by celebrating scars, ridges, angles—even perspiration. Ron Reeder often draws upon the style, lighting and composition of photographers from the past. Thomas Schworer has people answer a questionnaire, so that he can incorporate images of their inner-life and history within their portrait.”

This post includes photos from all six artists – Davis Freeman at the top, followed by Jay Defehr, and Thomas Schworer. Below are images from Ron Reeder and Edye Colello-Morton. A portrait by  Anita Nowacka is at the end of the post.

Ron Reeder Edye Colello Morton

Anita Nowacka Photography The show runs from this Sunday, March 8th through June 15th.

For more information, you can contact Stacya Silverman via phone 206.270.9465 or email or visit the gallery website.

Stacya Silverman Fine Art Photography Gallery is at 614 West McGraw Street, Suite 101 (across from Macrina Bakery).

Stop by on Sunday for the artists’ reception or anytime through June to check out the modern portrait.

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Icebox Grocery changing its name to Tenth West

March 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Tenth WestLocal breakfast/lunch/brunch spot Icebox Grocery is undergoing a slight modification.

Per a Facebook post last week, the restaurant is changing its name to Tenth West – and it’s just a name change. The menu is staying the same, so you can still get your favorites at 1903 C 10th Ave W. Along with the new name is a snazzy new logo (see image to the right).

Stop by and say hello to a new name, same spot. (except today, as they’re closed on Mondays)

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Queen Anne Book Company celebrates 2 years today

March 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QABC SignStill catching up on a pretty big queue of emails post-travels, so this is breaking news, so to speak. Our local independent bookseller, Queen Anne Book Company, is marking its 2-year anniversary today.

Stop by the shop at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N today between 1pm and 5pm to help celebrate. Queen Anne Book Company will be serving bites and beverages, and giving away free books too. For every book purchased, customers will receive two free Advance Reader Copies.

Happy Anniversary, Queen Anne Book Company!

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Homegrown robbed at gunpoint this past Saturday

February 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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 Fonda

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 Fonda

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 Fonda

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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