Toulouse-Petit closed during food-poisoning investigation

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-5-27-45-pmToulouse-Petit Kitchen & Lounge (601 Queen Anne Ave N) has been temporarily closed down by King County heath officials as they investigate possible food poisoning at the restaurant.

According to King County Public Health, six out of seven people from the same party ate at the restaurant and became ill with symptoms consistent with a bacterial infection such as Salmonellosis or Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli.  The potential food source is still under investigation, but Public Health notes that the party had consumed food items that may increase the risk of foodborne illness, including raw beef and raw egg.

Public Health investigated the restaurant today and found “several problems including room temperature storage, inadequate refrigeration and improper cooling of potentially hazardous foods and cross contamination, which resulted in temporary suspension of the restaurant’s permit.”

Toulouse-Petit will be allowed to reopen after making corrections and Public Health is confident that the outbreak has ended.

Yes! Halloween on Queen Anne Ave is happening this year

panda-2015We’ve had quite a few readers and business owners alike email us with the same question: when is the annual Halloween on Queen Anne Ave happening? The answer is a resounding yes! Halloween on Queen Anne is happening on Monday, October 31st from 3pm-6pm along Queen Anne Ave between McGraw & Galer Streets.

That’s right, Halloween may be well over a month away, but it’s a big deal on Queen Anne. Every year, nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters go door-to-door on Queen Anne Ave for treats and spooky fun. And, thanks to the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and Umpqua Bank, the plans are already in the works to have another great Halloween along Queen Anne Ave.

To keep trick-or-treaters safe, the Chamber needs volunteer crossing guards. If you are interested in helping out on Halloween and keeping the ghosts and goblins safe, contact Charley at 206.412.5802 or via email at charley@QueenAnneChamber.org

Start the countdown, Halloween in 43 days and counting…

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Dick’s Drive In moves into the modern age and starts accepting credit cards and mobile payments

For 62 years, Dick’s Drive In has only accepted cash, and it’s been somewhat of a Seattle insider tip. Now, Dick’s is moving into the modern age and accepting not only credit cards, but also Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay.

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They’re released a new commercial which plays on the old “must be a tourist” grumbling when a customer asks if Dick’s takes credit cards – no longer a silly question. It’s worth a quick watch, and next time you head to Dick’s, you don’t have to make sure you have cash first!

Sponsored Post: MightyKidz Childcare now open with two Queen Anne locations

The following is a sponsored post from MightyKidz Childcare, a childcare center with two Queen Anne locations, now open for Fall enrollment.

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Picture1MightyKidz Childcare began in Magnolia in January of 2014 with husband and wife owners Kyla and Jeff Liboon. Kyla was working at a large corporate childcare for 4 years as a teacher and program coordinator and became pregnant with their first child. After having a rough time dropping her first born off in childcare, mind you, this is the childcare in which she worked, Jeff and Kyla re-evaluated things and decided to sell their town-home in Magnolia, buy a house, and renovate it in order to run an in-home childcare center.

Picture3On day one, MightyKidz was full and had a waitlist! This is when Jeff and Kyla realized the need for quality childcare in the Seattle area. They began their search for commercial properties, and two and a half years later, they are excited to be opening their doors in Upper Queen Anne, occupying the first floor of All Saints Church, and in Lower Queen Anne, on 1st Ave in the Astro building.

The two centers are currently enrolling children 3 months – 60 months of age. Spots are filling up quickly, between the two centers, we will be able provide a warm, nurturing, and stimulating environment for nearly 100 children! Both centers will offer a child-centered, emergent curriculum to maximize engagement and learning. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate to enhance social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth in young children. The classroom environment is carefully designed to reflect our student’s interests and to cultivate positive self-image, independence, and interdependence.

We advocate consistent communication with parents. MightyKidz Childcare uses the brightwheel app to communicate with parents throughout the day. Parents receive pictures, updates on naps, feeding, and diapering, and can see all of the curricular activities their child is engaged in. Our current parents scream praise about the brightwheel app, noting that it truly connects them with their child throughout the day.

MightyKidz is dedicated to employ and retain highly qualified teachers who have both the experience and education necessary to offer each child the early childhood education that he/she deserves.

shelby2Shelby Holzknecht is the Director or the Upper Queen Anne Location and has been working for MightyKidz for two years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Development, has an Early Childhood Education Certificate, and has been working in the field for 7 years. Shelby and her husband just welcomed their first child into the world and are thrilled that he will be able to attend MightyKidz when the doors open.

Rachel Peterson is the Executive Director of MightyKidz and Director of the Lower Queen Anne location. Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Children’s Studies, has her Master’s in Teaching, and carries a Washington State Teaching Credential. She is a mother of 2 and has been working in the field of education since 1999.

kyla2Kyla Liboon, Owner and Head of Operations, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and has an Early Childhood Education Certificate, with nearly 10 years of experience in the field. Kyla is a mother of 2 and will continue to oversee the Magnolia location. Kyla, Shelby, and Rachel all share a passion for the early learners and aim to create an environment that will give all parents piece-of-mind as they drop their children off for a day of exploration and discovery.

Please contact us today via email at tours@mightykidz.com to schedule a tour at either Queen Anne location!

Looks like an Ikiiki sidewalk cafe is on the way

Ikiki sidewalkAll summer, it’s been conspicuously absent – outdoor seating at Ikiiki Sushi. The pan-Asian spot at 12 Boston St has had indoor-only tables this year, while its neighbors Orrapin and Grappa have outdoor seating ready to go every day. Same across the street at Bounty Kitchen, and all along Queen Anne Ave N.

Now that we’ve hit the dog days of summer, an application for an outdoor sidewalk cafe is posted on Ikiiki’s front window.

Ikiki SDOT Cafe ApplicationIn the past, the restaurant has had outdoor seating, but a “table and chairs” permit differs from a “Sidewalk Café Permit” – and the latter is more often what restaurants have on Queen Anne.

Restaurants that want to have table service and alcohol served along the sidewalk must have a Sidewalk Café Permit.

A railing is required for Sidewalk Cafés, so expect one to go in soon as Ikiiki joins its neighbors on Boston St in providing an outdoor dining experience during our glorious Seattle summers.

Sherman Alexie visits Queen Anne Book Company to read from his new children’s book

QABC SignIt seems like it’s time to make Sherman Alexie an honorary Queen Anne resident, as he sure loves our local independent bookseller, Queen Anne Book Company. We’re lucky to have a bookstore that brings in such talent, whether it’s being a bookseller for a day, launching the annual Indies First, or swinging by to read from his latest book.

Alexie will be at Queen Anne Book Company this Sunday, August 14th, from 3pm to 6pm. His latest book, “Thunder Boy Jr.” is Alexie’s first children’s picture book, and he’s ready to share it with Queen Anne youngsters in a special Children’s Reading event.

If you’re not familiar with the book, here’s the description from Queen Anne Book Company:

Alexie Thunder Boy“Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.”

Make plans to take the kids to Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, this Sunday for a special Sherman Alexie event, our honorary Queen Anne resident!

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