Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne, Holiday Edition

It’s been pretty quiet this past week as people prep for the holidays, packing for travel, last minute shopping, or finishing up work before the holiday. Here are the closures and events for the holiday week:

Holiday Closures:

  • Seattle Public Library – closed Monday, Dec 24 and Tuesday, Dec 25
  • City of Seattle – offices closed Tuesday, Dec 25
  • Free Parking Days – Tuesday, Dec 25th and Tuesday, January 1st are Free Parking day in Seattle
  • Garbage & Recycling – no collection on Tuesday, Dec 25 or Tuesday, January 1
    • if your pickup day is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, collections will be one day later both weeks

Traffic Impacts:

  • Aurora Bridge: Bridge reduced to one lane in each direction 9pm-5am Wednesday, Dec 26 through Thursday, Dec 28; Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp to the Aurora Bridge will be closed 9pm-5am Sunday, Dec 22 through Wednesday, Dec 27

Multi-Day Events:

Sunday, December 23

  • Seahawks vs. 49ers, CenturyLink Field, 5:20pm

Tuesday, December 25

  • SIFF Uptown, Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-Long with FREE Kosher Chinese Food
  • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Argo, Life of Pi, Barbara, Les Miserables, Django Unchained

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

emmer&rye to Close This Sunday, October 28

More sad news about a local Queen Anne business – emmer&rye has announced that they are closing after dinner service this Sunday, October 28. It’s just a few days away, and follows on the heels of closing announcements from Queen Anne Books and Pinkabella Cupcakes.

emmer&rye has been in its Queen Anne Ave N location for almost 3 three years, but rising costs have forced chef Seth Caswell to shutter the Queen Anne location. In the statement from emmer&rye, there’s a vision for another venture in the future in a “neighborhood near you” – so, we’ve likely lost another local, independent Queen Anne business for good.

And, for this particular loss, we do have some insight as to why – rising costs and a space that doesn’t quite fit with the restaurant’s vision. The email from emmer&rye reads as follows:

“With restaurants operating on such tight profit margins, it is very difficult to deal with the increasing cost of goods and services today. My bills are 150% higher than they were when emmer&rye opened, but the check averages are the same.

Initially, I was attracted to the large, beautiful house in this quaint neighborhood, but I have seen repeatedly that Seattle diners really want to be supporting small, intimate spaces where they can be more attached to the stories that the food has to tell. So, with an awesome private dining room, two outdoor seating areas and a large dining room, the house proved to be much too large for the needs it was trying to fill. Despite the immense pleasure I receive from cooking for each and every guest, I felt too distanced from many of the diners and became uncertain if my message was being transferred through the plates of food.”

The full note to emmer&rye customers is also online.

As always, we will mourn the loss of another local business. If you’re wondering what you can do to stem the loss of our local, independently-owned businesses – while there’s not much we as residents can do about rising rents and costs, we can patronize these businesses and spend locally.

emmer&rye, we wish the best for the staff and any future endeavors.

Week-long library furlough begins today

Due to budget cuts, the Seattle Public Library system has closed down for a week-long furlough beginning today, Monday, August 29 until Sunday, September 4. All branches will also be closed the following day, Monday, September 5, for Labor Day, reopening on Tuesday, September 6.

From the Seattle Public Library:

The week-long closure will help the Library achieve its $3.7 million budget reduction target for 2011. The closure will save approximately $650,000. The closure will mean salary reductions for nearly 640 employees who will not be paid during that week and who are taking cuts in their cost of living adjustments. In addition, the book budget has been reduced, positions have been eliminated and 2010 cuts to branch hours have continued this year. Fifteen branches are only open 35 hours a week.

No materials will be due and no fines will be charged during the one-week closure, and most library services will be unavailable, including book drops, Wi-Fi,  regular programs and events in library meeting rooms, TeleCirc (the library’s telephone circulation service that provides patrons with information on their library account), and text, email or or phone communication with a librarian.

Access to the online catalog will be limited to searching and checking library records, but patrons won’t be able to place holds.

Some online services will remain available, including the calendar of events; the SPL Mobile page; online payment of fines and fees; library podcasts; access to premium online databases, including Britannica Online, ChiltonLibrary.com, Mango Languages, Consumer Reports and Morningstar Investment Research Center; access to downloadable media, such as e-books and audiobooks, songs and movies; and digital collections, such as photos from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Collection, the Northwest Art Collection and The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection; the Seattle City Directory Collection; and the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection.

All Seattle Public Libraries to close Aug. 29-Sept. 5

The Seattle Public Library system will be closing down for the week before Labor Day weekend, from Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 4 due to citywide budget cuts. All libraries will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 5. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, September 6.

Most Library services will be unavailable during the one-week closure and will have the following impacts:

No materials will be due and no fines will be charged.

The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, August 28. The Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open until 6 p.m. that day and another 11 branches will be open until 5 p.m. Visit www.spl.org or call 206-386-4636 for more information on Library locations and hours.

No book drops will be open. The Central Library book drops will close at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 28 and will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 6.

If you’re desperate for library access, the Lake City Neighborhood Service Center and parking garage will remain open. It is co-located with the Lake City Branch, but has a separate entrance. The Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, which is co-located with the Ballard Branch, will stay open as well.

August 29 through September 4 was the week selected for the closure because general Library use at that time is not as high as other times during the year, school is not in session and there are fewer Library programs scheduled.

For more info, visit the Seattle Library site.

Sezoni restaurant suddenly closes

After just over two years in its new incarnation, Sezoni Gourmet Pizzeria & Restaurant has closed. From the same family that ran Vincenzo’s for five years (in the house on Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw that now houses Tenoch), Sezoni opened in the former Ace Hardware space in March 2009 (1515 Queen Anne Ave. N.) as an Italian, Greek and Mediterranean restaurant.

Now just two years and a few months later, Sezoni has shuttered its doors somewhat suddenly.

“Walked by Sezoni (ex-Vincenzo’s) last night and there was a big Closed sign on the door,” writes Mark. “Another good restaurant gone? Just had pizza from there last week!”

Exactly why Sezoni’s owners decided to close up shop is still unknown, as is what, if anything, will replace it. A voice mail left with the business, as well as a note to its reservations email account, have not yet been returned. While Sezoni’s website is still active, its online ordering system has been disabled. There is no information on its Facebook page as to why the business has closed. We’ll update this story as soon as we learn more.

* Thanks to Mark Taylor for the tip.

Monkey Love Rubber Stamps to close

After 16 years in Lower Queen Anne, Monkey Love Rubber Stamps owner Sandy Ono says she has decided to close the store’s physical location and transfer her business over to its online store full-time.

Monkey Love will most likely close on or around next Friday, June 24, according to Ono, though she has not set a definite close date yet. When it does shut, it will make the third closure this month within one block of Uptown’s retail district–following the closures of Nucleus hair salon just down the street last week, and Wanna Noodle on Mercer the week before that.

Ono says it will be hard to close the store after 16 years on Queen Anne Avenue (11 of those just five doors down from Monkey Love’s current location), but she is ready to move to online-only.

“I decided to just go with my eBay store,” she said, adding that the hardest part about closing will be letting go of the community. “It’s going to be hard not seeing the customers I’ve known for years now, not seeing them as often.”

In the remaining time Ono is clearing out Monkey Love’s stock with a closing sale. The store’s wood mounted stamps are 35 percent off, scrapbook paper and ribbon by the yard are 50 percent off, and almost everything else is at a 25 percent discount, she says.

While Ono will be continuing to sell Monkey Love stock through its eBay store, she says that not everything will be making the transition from the physical storefront to the online one–most of the online store will be made up of wood mounted rubber stamps, with select other items. So if you’re a fan of Monkey Love in need of some of its more obscure items, better stock up now.