Queen Anne favorite Grub to return soon

grub logoWe’ve had readers sending us tips about the old Lucky Palette Vegetarian Meal Service spot at 307 W McGraw – and, we have good news for fans of Sharon Fillingim’s Grub.

Sharon is opening a new restaurant in the location, currently a work in progress – literally. There will be a “stunning” new façade for the spot located next to Five Corners Hardware, plus a dining space with open kitchen inside.

Grub McGrawGrub was a Queen Anne favorite so locals will no doubt welcome Sharon’s new spot on Queen Anne. Plus, in addition to the dining room, she’ll also be providing custom catering services.

The newest Grub iteration will open when the new facade is completed, so keep an eye on the bland spot at 307 W McGraw as it transforms.

Stay tuned for more on Grub, we’ll post an official date as soon as it’s available.

Local businesses lost: let the City know what businesses you miss or fear will close

easy-signOne of the downsides to rapid development is the loss of local businesses, often pushed out by new construction or rising rents. We’ve lost quite a few businesses on Queen Anne in just the past few years, and with more development on the way, we could lose more.

To help save local neighborhood businesses, Councilmember Lisa Herbold is proposing a Seattle Legacy Business Program with the mission of preserving the bars, restaurants, cafés, and shops that give Seattle its unique character and sense of community. The mission is simple:

Keep the Doors Open for Historic Neighborhood Businesses

Herbold is working with the Washington Trust for Historic PreservationHistoric Seattle, and 4 Culture for the proposed program, and it currently consists of three elements:

  • Survey community members to identify our most important business establishments
  • Identify elements that contribute to the culture, character, and history of Seattle
  • Establish tools to protect them

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 6.27.08 PMHow can you help save your favorite businesses? Or, let the City know what businesses are gone forever? Take the survey. It’s short – you can see the short list of questions to the right.

The survey results will help educate the City Council about businesses that may have escaped their radar – a true community-inclusion approach.

The results will be taken to the Mayor’s office, informing the Mayor’s Commercial Affordability Taskforce and its efforts to determine what policies and/or funding support may be necessary to preserve and protect Seattle’s iconic small businesses.

Let your voice be heard, take the survey today!

End of an era as Ponti Seafood to close its doors on July 2nd

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 6.21.22 PMAfter 25 years, Ponti Seafood Grill will close on July 2nd, as owner Richard Malia looks to retirement. Malia opened Ponti in Novmeber 1990 with Chef Alvin Binuya, who returned to Ponti in 2009 for the final 7 years of Ponti’s run.

According to Malia:

“The past few years have been our most successful of the 25 years we’ve been in business. I’m 69 and ready to pursue other business interests and spend time in service to the community. I didn’t do this on my own, and I owe both the community a lot for the support we’ve received, as well as my loyal employees. It has been a wonderful 25 years.”

Instead of a new restaurant, the Ponti building and land have been sold and will become the new home of the Queen Anne Elks club, which is currently located at 302 Queen Anne Ave N. That property has been sold to Greystar for the Uptown Flats project.

If you’re a wine collector or just enjoy good wine, take note: Ponti’s wine inventory will be sold at or below wholesale prices for home use (bottle or case) from June 12-July 2.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Queen Anne Dispatch’s Friends & Family Event is Friday

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 6.36.18 PMIt’s time for the Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Sale, and this time around, it’s conveniently a couple days before Mother’s Day. If you’ve put off getting a card or gift for mom, head to Queen Anne Dispatch this Friday, May 6th. Everything is 20% off all day long.

Plus, as usual, the event is more than just a sale. It’s a celebration hosted by one of the longest-running locally-owned Queen Anne businesses. You can shop local and from 6pm-8pm there’ll be a live DJ, drinks, and bites.

Goodies for shoppers include gifts with purchases, and if you bring someone along who’s never been to Queen Anne Dispatch, you’ll both get a special gift.

Shop local for Mother’s Day and more this Friday!

Seattle Times covers Queen Anne’s Rafael Carrabba Violins’ restoration of a 1684 Stradivarius

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 5.00.08 PMIf you’ve ever walked by Rafael Carrabba Violins on W Galer St, you may have wondered what goes on at the violin shop on Queen Anne. We’ve even featured the little, unassuming violin sign that hangs from the wooden building on our Instagram account.

Wonder no more – in today’s The Seattle Times, a profile of the shop and Rafael Carrabba’s fantastic work spins a tale worth a read – the restoration of a 1684 Stradivarius cello, worth around $10 million.

Per The Seattle Times: “Years ago, a famous Stradivarius cello was stolen in Los Angeles — while restoring it, Rafael Carrabba’s Queen Anne instrument shop became a laboratory for one of the most exciting repair jobs in recent memory.”

Read the full story about Carrabba and the restoration of the lost-then-found Stradivarius cello in The Seattle Times.

Campfire BBQ moves in next door to Citizen

Campfire ExteriorAbout 10 days ago, a reader let us know that Citizen has a new roommate at 706 Taylor Ave N – then, the flu hit me and derailed my plans on digging for more BBQ info. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, the blog posts are stacked pretty high in the queue. But, let’s first get to the new BBQ joint, Campfire BBQ, that’s set up shop in Citizen’s parking lot.

For now, you can get Campfire BBQ on Saturdays and Sundays, 3pm-8pm each day. And, once they finish spiffing up the little parking lot – which won’t take much longer – the little smokehouse-inspired wagon will be open 4-5 days a week. And, this is good news for Queen Anne. I’ve had Campfire BBQ at other roving locations, and it’s the real deal. Queen Anne is lucky to have this gem at the bottom of the hill.

In part, Campfire BBQ’s new location is due to the entrepreneurship of Suzana Omos, owner of Citizen (right next door) and Citizen Six (housed in the Number 6 Cider taproom on Elliott Ave W). She secured the rights to use the parking lot adjacent to Citizen and wanted to make it a great outdoor space for the neighborhood. She reached out to Campfire BBQ and the rest is now history in motion.

Campfire Citizen

I reached out to owners Stefan and Julie Giles, they described Campfire BBQ’s history as follows:

“We started Campfire BBQ in 2012 … Campfire began as a hobby for Stefan as he tried to satisfy the cravings of family and friends that found the Texas style BBQ they were craving to be an elusive beast in the Northwest, but soon turned into a thriving small business as word of mouth spread and demand grew. With his father hailing from Texas and his mother from Germany, you could say that Stefan literally has BBQ imprinted on his DNA. 

Campfire BBQ only uses quality ingredients and sources meats that are local, organic and sustainable whenever possible. All of our BBQ is done slow and low over a real wood fire – an hour and a half per pound on average.”

Dog bonePlus, we hear on reader-authority that bones are available for Queen Anne pups, so a dog-friendly business to boot! Check out a Queen Anne View reader’s dog, Latte, to the left, with a free Campfire BBQ bone she carried all the way home…

Stop by Citizen this weekend and watch for expanded service in the near future!

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