July 27th, 2011 by Thea
Just one month after Nucleus hair salon shuttered its doors, a new business is opening up in the same Lower Queen Anne shopfront, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s a restaurant. Mo’s Sub Co. will be “coming soon” to the space at 621 Queen Anne Ave N., according to the sign in the window, but beyond that little else is known.
There is currently no website or any online information for the business, and no permit applications have come through the city for that address. But whoever “Mo” is, we’re guessing he’s not from around here, considering the misspelling of Queen Anne (sans the last ‘e’) in the sign.
Still, in the current economy, where vacant storefronts have been sitting empty and idle for months at a time before a new retailer moves in (if ever – just look at both of Queen Anne’s former Blockbusters: the Upper location was left empty for almost two years before reopening as Umpqua Bank earlier this month, and the Lower QA location is still hollow from its March closure), it’s surprising to see a business closure turn around into a new opening so quickly. What do you think – is this a sign that things are looking up for Uptown’s business district?
Tags: closings, food, Mo's Sub Co. Nucleus, openings, Queen Anne Ave N, restaurant openings, restaurants, Uptown
June 27th, 2011 by Thea
Four months after Flame vacated its Queen Anne Ave N space and moved in with the neighboring Elliott Bay Pizza Co., a new restaurant is taking over its former space, replacing Flame’s burgers and BBQ offerings with Oaxacan cuisine.
We’ve been hearing rumors that a Oaxacan restaurant was planning to open in the space for some time now, but this month we got some definitive evidence–on June 14 the owners of “Mezcaleria Oaxaca” applied for a liquor license application at the former Flame space, at 2123 Queen Anne Ave N, to offer spirits, wine, and beer in the restaurant/lounge.
One reader, Jenny, thinks the new restaurant might be a second location for popular Ballard spot La Carta de Oaxaca.
“I noticed that there is a liquor license application on the door with the name “Oaxaca” on it. I’m hoping the Ballard location is expanding because if it is, we’ll finally have a decent Mexican place on the Ave,” she wrote.
The new restaurant will join the handful of other distinctly different Mexican restaurants at the top of the hill, including the relatively new La Luna, which opened up at Queen Anne Ave N and Boston back in April, Tenoch Mexican Grill, which opened in Vincenzo’s former corner spot on Queen Anne Ave N and W McGraw in April 2010, and Malena’s Taco Shop, a longtime popular neighborhood spot at W McGraw Street and 7th Ave W.
I’m currently waiting on a call back from La Carta de Oaxaca’s manager to find out if this restaurant is in fact expanding to Queen Anne. I will update this story as to whether or not this new eatery will be a new location for a local chain, or a brand new Oaxacan place under different ownership, as soon as I know more.
* Thanks to Jenny for the tip!
Tags: closings, Elliott Bay Pizza Co., Flame, La Carta de Oaxaca, Mezcaleria Oaxaca, Oaxaca, openings, restaurants
June 3rd, 2011 by Thea
Queen Anne pet boutique Mes Amis will be closing its doors this Sunday, June 5, to make way for the shop’s transformation into Molly Moon’s newest ice cream outpost.
The local ice cream chain first announced plans to open a new shop in Queen Anne back in March, after pitting several neighborhoods against each other in a social media competition to see which ‘hood could drum up the most support to bring a the ice cream shop to their community.
In April Molly Moon’s announced that it had signed a lease to open its new location in the shop space at 321 W. Galer St., where Mes Amis is currently located. This came as abrupt news to Mes Amis owner and Queen Anne resident Nicole Ryan, whose 5-year lease was scheduled to end on August 31. “As my landlord was unwilling to negotiate the monthly rent, which has increased every year, I was faced with the decision to move the business, sell it, or simply close,” she told Queen Anne View, adding that she was not aware of Molly Moon’s plans to open a new shop in that space this summer until well after the fact. Ryan said she ultimately opted to close the shop rather than move it out of the neighborhood, but at the time was not sure exactly when the store’s final days would be.
This week Ryan reached an agreement with Molly Moon’s over the remainder of her lease and final move out day, and as per the terms Ryan agreed to close the shop early. Molly Moon’s plans to begin construction on the new store as early as next week, in the hopes of opening in time for Labor Day.
“It has all happened really fast,” Ryan said, adding that she’s concerned the quick closure will mean a missed opportunity to say goodbye to many of her longtime customers and neighbors. “I have sent thank you notes out to customers, but nothing can really express how thankful I am to all of them. These people—my neighbors—and their pets changed my life for the better, allowed me to slow down and pay attention to what is really important in life. Accepting the closure has still not really gotten any easier, the whole process is very difficult because of the connections I have made. I hope to still see everyone out and about in the neighborhood.”
Mes Amis will be having a big closing sale starting today, Friday, June 3 through its final day on Sunday, with discounts from 15 to 70 percent off, according to Ryan. Ryan says she will also be in the store all weekend leading up to closing, welcoming neighbors and their furry friends to stop by and say goodbye. A portion of the proceeds from Mes Amis’ sales this weekend will be donated to the Seattle Animal Shelter.
Tags: closing sale, closings, ice cream, Mes Amis, Molly Moon's, Nicole Ryan, openings, pet boutique, Seattle Animal Shelter
May 18th, 2011 by Thea
A new business is opening up on Queen Anne Ave N, in the former Oslo’s storefront, which closed its doors back in March–the Jamie O’Neill Salon.
There is no website for the business as of yet, but according to its Facebook page, the salon will specialize in cuts and color for men and women, as well as styles for special occasions such as weddings and print media.
There’s no word yet on when the salon will be opening, but I’ve put in a word to the owner and will update this story as soon as I hear back. In the meantime, follow updates on the salon’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Tags: closings, Jamie O'Neill, Jamie O'Neill Salon, new business, openings, Oslo's, Queen Anne Ave N, salon
April 25th, 2011 by Thea
The space at 2 Boston Street has gone through quite a few incarnations over the last couple of years–from Opal, to Opal Bistro, to Flow Lounge. After the short-lived Flow closed its doors back in November, we wrote that the restaurant would transform once again, this time under new ownership, into La Luna.
La Luna‘s manager Tony Lopez describes the cuisine as “inspired Mexican food,” or Mexican fusion on the finer side.
The restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and happy hour, opened on Friday, April 15, and so far the response has been fantastic.
“Reception has been great so far,” Lopez said. “We’ve had tons of neighborhood people coming in.”
While the inside of the restaurant hasn’t changed much, La Luna did add a few flat screen TVs and a number of ‘fire tables’ (yes, you read that right) for festive indoor and outdoor seating.
La Luna is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and most items range from $6 to $12 in price. Currently there are two happy hour times, though Lopez says these may change as the restaurant settles into a regular schedule. For the time being patrons can get $1 off well drinks and the bar menu from 5 to 6 p.m. daily, and $2 off from 3 to 5 p.m.
To find out more about La Luna, check out their website, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Tags: 2 Boston Street, brunch, closings, Flow Lounge, food, happy bour, La Luna, Mexican cuisine, Opal, Opal Bistro, openings, restaurants, Tony Lopez
April 15th, 2011 by Thea
Back in March we first got word that Cafe Bonjour would be consolidating its Queen Anne location with its Green Lake location, and moving out of its Queen Anne Avenue home to make way for a new eatery–Cafe de Lion.
The “luxury pastry boutique” celebrated its soft opening on Sunday, April 10, the 4th birthday of owners Daisuke and Tomoyo Miura’s son Lion, after whom the shop is named.
While visiting Seattle on business trip last summer, Daisuke and Tomoyo fell in love with the area, and an idea for a brand new business. They quickly wrapped up loose ends and made plans to move from San Diego to the Pacific Northwest, deciding to both live and open their new business here in Queen Anne.
“The town is really compact and the city has that European style,” Daisuke said. “When we came is was summer time, so we didn’t know it rains this much.”
Still, rain or not, for Tomoyo Seattle was the ideal place to open a French pastry cafe with a unique twist – one that combines traditional French pastries with flavors and seasonings inspired by the couple’s Japanese heritage. And so the concept behind Cafe de Lion was born.
Tomoyo, who studied French pastry making while living in France, started creating delectable sweets for special orders and catered events back in 2007, around the time Lion was born. At the time she was inspired to make sweets that were healthy for Lion to eat, and her recipes blossomed from there.
Everything on the menu – from the pastries, to the sandwiches, quiche, macaroons, chocolates, jams (fruit combinations mixed with milk caramel, vanilla or chocolate), gummy sweets, and coffee – is made from all natural ingredients, and organic when available. And despite the deceptively bright colors of some of the treats, Tomoyo says there is no food coloring in her pastries. Instead she artistically colors her creations with natural strawberry, raspberry and blueberry powders.
And while there’s no shortage of caffeine options in Seattle, or here on the hill for that matter, Cafe de Lion has an interesting take on coffee as well. In addition to offering a variety of coffee and tea drinks, the shop also makes what Daisuke referred to as traditional Japanese iced coffee, which requires overnight preparation, each concentrated drop slowly making its way through an elaborate brewing contraption over the course of an eight hour period.
“Japanese coffee houses, they all have this,” he said. “I wanted to bring that Japanese style to Seattle, the coffee town.”
Though Cafe de Lion’s website won’t have the menu listed for a few weeks, you can check out some of the sweet treats from the case on the cafe’s Facebook page. (Follow them on Twitter here).
In the meantime, Daisuke and Tomoyo say they are excited to become part of the neighborhood, as residents and business owners. And the reception so far has been wonderful.
“This is just a start for us. We want to be loved by the neighborhood,” Daisuke said. “Our goal is to be just like a neighbor–somebody in the corner house cooked something really good and wants to share it with the neighbors.”
Tags: Cafe Bonjour, Cafe de Lion, cafes, closings, Daisuke Miura, food, French pastries, Lion, openings, pastries, Tomoyo Miura
April 14th, 2011 by Jesus Chavez
Molly Moon’s new ice cream shop will be located at 321 W. Galer St., Molly Moon’s publicist Jennifer Carroll told QueenAnneView Wednesday.
The lease for the address, currently occupied by Mes Amis pet boutique, was signed on Tuesday, according to Carroll. The doors are slated to open later this summer, but the official opening date has yet to be decided, Carroll said.
Molly Moon’s, with shops in Wallingford and Capitol Hill, held a contest between Madrona, Ballard and Queen Anne from December through February to decide where it would open its doors next. The local ice creamery ultimately decided to open a full shop in Queen Anne, and a smaller “micro-shop” in Madrona.
We reached out to the owner of Mes Amis for comment and to find out if the store would be moving to a new location or closing, and if so, when, but have not yet heard back. We’ll keep you posted on this story as we find out more.
Update 4/15 2:30 p.m.: We contacted Mes Amis owner Nicole Ryan for a comment a few days ago. At the time we first published this post, she had not heard back from her landlord on the status of the lease agreement. Nicole wrote back to us this morning confirming that Mes Amis will in fact be closing, though a final date has not yet been determined.
“I have a 5 year lease that is ending on August 31st. As my landlord was unwilling to negotiate the monthly rent, which has increased every year, I was faced with the decision to move the business, sell it, or simply close. Since I opened, 6 other independent pet shops in Seattle have closed, so every neighborhood has had a rough go of it. And because we have lived in QA for 10 years, I really did not want to take the store into a different neighborhood. So, I recently made the extremely difficult decision to close,” Nicole wrote us.
Nicole says she was not aware of Molly Moon’s plans to move into her shop space until well after the fact. She only got confirmation about the deal on Wednesday of this week, after the new lease with Molly Moon’s was signed. Before that she had only heard rumors about the deal, and then came across this report.
Though Nicole is sad to bring Mes Amis to a close, she’s looking forward to focusing her attention on her two-year-old, and the corporate job she’s recently returned to. “However, there will be many, many tears when I finally do close up shop,” she wrote.
Mes Amis has the space through the end of August. Nicole says she’s been given the option to leave early, however she hasn’t yet decided if she wants to take or leave that offer.
“I am thrilled for the neighborhood, but I just wish things had been executed a different way. I was forced to tell my employees much earlier than I had planned on, and of course, once word gets out that a store is closing, business suffers greatly,” she wrote.
In the meantime Mes Amis is very much alive and well. There are no current plans to change anything about the store, its products, or hours.
Tags: closings, ice cream shop, Mes Amis, Molly Moon's, new business, openings
April 11th, 2011 by Thea
Apparel and accessories boutique Peridot moved to its new home 532 Queen Anne Ave and opened six days earlier than expected this weekend.
The new space, the former home of Underdawg Records, is larger than the boutique’s previous shop just one block away on 1st Ave W, allowing Peridot to expand its stock to include more clothing designers, jewelry and shoes.
Find out more about the shop and its offerings at the Peridot website. More details on what you can find at the new space here.
Just down the block from the new Peridot, the Lower Queen Anne Blockbuster closed its doors for good this weekend.
Blockbuster first announced it would be closing the Lower Queen Anne store back in February, a year and a half after shuttering the Upper Queen Anne store. The store shut its doors for the final time on Sunday, after selling the majority of stock on clearance. The shop’s shelves were pretty bare on Saturday, with a handful titles interspersed here and there throughout the empty isles. Everything that wasn’t sold before closing was moved to another store, according to a Blockbuster employee. Still no work on what, if anything, will go into this storefront.
Tags: Blockbuster, closings, Lower Kinnear Park Cleanup Day, moving, openings, Peridot Boutique, retail, sale, Uptown
March 7th, 2011 by Thea
Neighborhood film buffs may want to head over to the Lower Queen Anne Blockbuster to stock up on movie titles before the store closes down for good.
The last Blockbuster in the neighborhood announced that it was following in the footsteps of its Upper Queen Anne counterpart and closing up shop just two weeks ago. Employees estimate that the store will shut its doors in about a month, on April 10.
Until then all of the store’s merchandise (including DVDs, games, posters, movie paraphernalia, etc.) is on sale at clearance prices. More information on the closure here.
Tags: Blockbuster, closings, film, Lower Queen Anne, openings
March 3rd, 2011 by Thea
Just two and a half months after opening a second location in Green Lake, the owners of Cafe Bonjour, located at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N, have sold the Queen Anne store and consolidated into the second location.
Bonjour owner Michelle Zhang says that the cafe finished moving out on March 1. However, rather than leaving another empty storefront on Queen Anne Avenue in its wake, Cafe Bonjour will soon be replaced by a new eatery, Cafe de Lion.
Zhang says it was struggle to manage both cafes, and she is happy to be passing the reigns along to a new owner with a fresh vision for the site.
“It is too much work to run two cafes, taking too much time out of my life. And the new owners walked in and think it is the perfect location and size for their concept,” Zhang wrote Queen Anne View. “I will really miss Queen Anne too, and all the great friends I had.”
Cafe Bonjour will continue to serve up its signature crepes and home made Hungarian goulash at its Green Lake location, located at 7119 Woodlawn Ave NE.
We’ve reached out to the new owners with Cafe de Lion, and will update you about what to expect from the new cafe (and when they plan to open) soon.
Tags: Cafe Bonjour, Cafe de Lion, closings, food, Green Lake, openings, Queen Anne, Queen Anne Avenue
March 1st, 2011 by Thea
Menswear store Oslo’s is the latest retailer on the hill to shut its doors, closing up shop quietly over this past weekend.
The store, located at 1519 Queen Anne Ave N, already had paper in the windows when I swung by this morning. On Sunday Oslo’s owners posted the following message on the store’s Facebook page:
OSLO’s A Men’s Store has closed. Your ongoing support and patronage enriched our lives over the past 5 years.
The owners also published this video, a montage of memories from the store and the neighborhood over the last five years, inviting a flood of responses from neighbors and patrons who are sad to see the retailer go.
“I’m particularly saddened by Oslo’s because it had *such* great clothes; the staff was 100% super; John was a great neighborhood supporter with charity fund-raisers, silent auction items for schools, and on and on,” patron Bryan Rutberg wrote in to Queen Anne View.
Oslo’s will be holding a liquidation sale this Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 beginning at 10 a.m. The store plans to sell everything, including its remaining inventory and fixtures and furniture from the store. Check the Oslo’s Facebook page for more information.
Tags: closings, menswear, openings, Oslo's, Queen Anne Avenue, sale, stores
February 18th, 2011 by Thea
A new gift store and gallery Charley+May Co. is moving into the old Hilltop Yarn spot, at 2225 Queen Anne Ave N.
There isn’t much information available yet about the new store–there’s no website up, an attempt to reach the new owners has gone unanswered so far, and there’s little more than an electrical permit application that has gone through the city permitting department. Still, there’s been quite a commotion at the new store, which has had papered-over windows for the last week and a half, while opening preparations are being made.
So far all we know is that the business’s tag-line is “Form. Function. Fun.” and the that the messaging on the window advertises it as a gift shop and gallery “celebrating good design.”
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this new business and when it might be opening.
Tags: businesses, Charley+May Co., closings, gallery, gift store, Hilltop Yarn, openings