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Hommage to close after less than a year

July 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

HommageA 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.

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Queen Anne Beerhall to open its doors in mid-August

July 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Beerhall logoAs we reported back on August 14th of last year, a beer hall is coming to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown. The Queen Anne Beerhall is planning to open almost exactly a year after our post (mid-August).

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.

QA BeerhallThe 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.

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Today is the last day for Oskar’s Kitchen

July 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

oskarskitchenOskar’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.

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Umbrella Tree says goodbye on August 12th

July 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Umbrella TreeNearly 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.

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B&E Meats opens this Friday for your July 4th needs and beyond

June 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

B&E signThe 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.

B&E GordyYou’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.

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Five Corners Hardware is celebrating 75 years on Queen Anne this weekend

June 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Five Corners 1940 - 1One of the longest-running businesses on Queen Anne is marking a significant anniversary this Saturday. Five Corners Hardware is turning 75, and it’s throwing a party to celebrate.

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 1940 - 2Five 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.

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Get ready to celebrate our neighborhood at Queen Anne Days!

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.

Queen Anne Days image

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!

FunRunShirt_FinalThe 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, 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 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.

Queen Anne Days map

Here’s the full agenda for Queen Anne Days:

Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run & Walk – Saturday, July 11th. Register here.

  • 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!

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Bounty Kitchen opens its doors this Wednesday

June 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Bounty Kitchen logoOne of the most frequently asked questions I get lately is “what’s happening with the Grub space” or “when is Bounty Kitchen opening” – and here’s your answer!

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:

 Bounty Team

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:

Present Tense

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!

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Happy 26th anniversary to Queen Anne Frame

June 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

We’ve had quite a few businesses leave Queen Anne in the past few years, but fear not, some mom & pop businesses are still going strong. Queen Anne Frame is one of those shops, and it’s celebrating 26 years in business on Queen Anne this month.

QAFmcgS&PAThe frame shop first opened its doors on McGraw St in 1989. It was then known as the McGraw Frame Shop and owner Philip Amdal, a professional photographer, opened it “on a shoestring” budget.

In 1997, the shop moved to 1621 Queen Anne Ave N, expanding the business and changing the name to reflect the new location. Avenue Arts joined the family-owned business in 2000. Philip’s wife Joan Webster, an artist, runs the Avenue Arts gift shop side of the business.

According to Philip: “The best part of doing this work is meeting the customers and hearing their stories. I take great pride in the art and craft of framing and making the finished piece as perfect as possible.”

QA Frame saleTo celebrate 26 years on Queen Anne, the shop is running a special framing offer for the entire month of June. Twenty-six popular frames are 26% off – and if you choose one of the anniversary frames, your entire framing order is 26% off.

Stop by Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts this month to wish them a happy anniversary, and many more to come!

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B&E Meats to open in A&J Building this summer

May 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

As we hinted at when we posted about Wild Salmon moving out of the A&J Building, there’s going to be a new butcher on Queen Anne. B&E Meats is planning to open this summer in the building at the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N.

B&E SignThis morning, a B&E sign was hung in the window, officially heralding the impending arrival of a new family-owned butcher. A&J owner Rick was on hand, helping get the sign up in the building’s window. Instead of selling the A&J Building, Rick has instead found a new butcher to fill in the big gap left by his retirement.

I spoke with B&E owner Jeff Green a few weeks ago. Things were still being finalized with the space and contracts, so we held off on an official post – but now, we can give the heads up about our newest locally-owned business.

Back when we first announced that A&J was closing, we had a lot of comments from readers suggesting potential new butchers for the space. B&E was mentioned a lot – and, some readers even contacted them to let them know about the space, sending our post to B&E. So, if you were one of those readers, you had a hand in getting them to open a Queen Anne location!

B&E has been family-owned since Bob and Earl Green first opened the original Burien location in 1958. In 1978, they opened a second location in Des Moines. After 40+ years in business, they retired in 1999 – and now Bob’s son, Jeff, and his wife, Trisha, run the family business. They opened a Federal Way location in 2010, and, lucky for us, Queen Anne is next.

B&E statement

With the new Queen Anne location comes another generation to keep B&E running at full steam. Jeff’s daughter will pick up as the 3rd generation of the family to be hands-on at B&E. According to Jeff:

“We’re excited to be on Queen Anne, we’re a family owned business – I’m second generation and my daughter, who’ll be involved with the Queen Anne location, is third generation.”

B&E Meats specializes in high-quality meats, seafood, and specialty items like smoked bacon, pepperoni, sausages, Kalbi beef ribs, smoked candy salmon (which I’ve been told is the best you’ll ever have!), and more. You can check out their offerings and get your shopping list ready here.

We’ll have more official news around B&E’s grand opening as it gets closer. B&E will be doing some light remodeling – you can checkou the interior of their Burien store here – and getting the space ready over the next month or so. But, until then, you can be assured that the A&J Building will remain standing and house a family-owned butcher for all of your meats and seafood needs.

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Wild Salmon Seafood to close (and move) this Sunday as new butcher finalizes plans

May 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

A&J Building nightSo, first and foremost, there is a new butcher in the works for the A&J Building. I’ve been in contact with the owner, but I’m waiting for everything to finalize with contracts, lawyers, and such before an “official” post. Stay tuned for that news in the next few days.

In the meantime, Wild Salmon Seafood will be packing up its shop at the A&J Building to make room for the new butcher. The guys at the Queen Anne shop will be moving down to the Fisherman’s Terminal location, so you can still buy high-quality seafood from Noah and crew at 1900 West Nickerson Street #105.

Wild Salmon sandwichIt’s sad to see them leave Queen Anne, but they aren’t going far – plus, the Fisherman’s Terminal location is open 7 days a week, 8:30am to 6pm (for those of us who all-too-often tried to shop on Mondays). The Fishermen’s Terminal location also offers a wider variety of seafood and plenty of free parking. So, the trek will be worth it.

And, with Copper River Salmon season about to kick off this weekend, take note of this deal: $5 coupons with purchase for Queen Anne customers to use at the Fisherman’s terminal location. Pick them up today through Sunday at the Wild Salmon Queen Anne location at the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N.

According to Wild Salmon: “We have truly enjoyed out ten year tenure at the Queen Anne location and hope that customers will not find the extra couple of miles to the Fishermen’s Terminal location any inconvenience at all.”

Stop by Wild Salmon this week – their last day is Sunday, May 17th – and wish them well… and stop by Fisherman’s Terminal to see them again, it’s not that far away!

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Big Mario’s Pizza moving into old Panos Kleftiko spot on Lower Queen Anne this Fall

May 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Big Mario's Capitol HillLast week, the Capitol Hill blog mentioned that the owners of Big Mario’s Pizza on Capitol Hill were planning a Queen Anne location later this year. We contacted Big Mario’s and their press person promised to send details soon… but, the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak, as Eater today revealed that Big Mario’s will open on Queen Anne in the fall.

Earlier this year, we had several readers inquiring about the old Panos Kleftiko Greek restaurant at 815 5th Ave N – it had closed and the windows had been papered over. A few construction workers were spotted, but they weren’t around enough to clue us in on the plans.

Panos Greek TavernaIt turns out that’s the space that will house the new Big Mario’s location. It’ll be next door to Caffe Vita, and the owners told Eater “we’ve been looking at Queen Anne for a long time… and our partner Mike had this unique space. It’s an old building, and needs a ton of work but it truly feels like a Big Mario’s.”

On their Facebook page, Big Mario’s says to expect their delivery footprint to “expand a lot” with the new location.

Expect renovation work at the old Greek restaurant as Big Mario’s owners get it prepped and ready for moving in this fall. In the meantime, you can check out the Capitol Hill location’s menu here and whet your appetite for New York style pizza from Big Mario’s.

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