August 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
The space formerly occupied by Entre Amis is not going to be vacant for long, as Chef Maximillian Petty is getting ready to launch Eden Hill. Eater Seattle first broke the story late last week when a liquor license was posted at the former French bistro. (thanks to readers who also sent us liquor license photos – we’ve been busy doing our research)
Petty is not new to the restaurant world or press – Zagat named him one of Austin’s top chefs in 2014 with their 30 Under 30 feature, Austin Man Magazine named him the Culinary Arts and Hospitality winner for 40 under 40, PRIME Living profiled him, and CultureTime featured an interview with him the same year. Things are moving very quickly – soon, we’ll have a new restaurant in the space at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N as he plans to open Eden Hill by the end of this month, or at the latest, September.
We got in touch with owner and chef Maximillian to find out more about the small plate menu he has in the works, what brings him to Queen Anne, and more on how Eden Hill fits into our neighborhood. He’s been busy moving cross-country to return to Seattle, but was kind enough to take a break and answer some questions.
All photos below are from his Instagram account, to visually whet your appetite as you learn more about our newest restaurateur:
How would you describe the concept of Eden Hill? Is there any specific inspiration for the flavors?
We are presenting Queen Anne with an avant garde small/share plates menu of about 13 items. Mostly new American cuisine but also branching out to what inspires me and my staff. Where I’ve lived, what I’ve eaten, the produce around me in the Pacific Northwest. Moving away from labeling such food as “foreign”, “domestic” or “regional” and transforming the experience to everyone involved to be about who we are “staff”. More personal and emotional.
We will be opening the doors each day like it was our backyard and everyone in Queen Anne were our neighbors, because they are, and inviting them over to eat, drink, share, and enjoy. Share plates focusing on the bounty around us, the art that inspires us and the science that intrigues us.
Will the menu rotate, and if so, how frequently?
The menu will be based around the produce available to me as fresh and local as possible. i.e the Queen Anne farmers market. (A favorite of mine). I will do a large overhaul of the menu every season to really represent what it’s providing. Weekly chalk board specials will be showcased for those that frequent and want more.
What brings you back to Seattle? Any particular reason you chose Queen Anne for your new restaurant? Thoughts on the neighborhood?
I am going to answer two in one. Because they tie in.
So I decided to return to Seattle because of family. I’ve been talking about moving back since I was 18 and I was recently at a place in my life where I could return. My family is spread out all over the Pacific Northwest.
Every time I have dreamed and looked at where I might want to reside some day, Queen Anne was consistently at the top of the list. The beauty, the people and the culture. So while deciding to move there, at the same time I realized that that exact list of attributes is what I am looking for when I open a restaurant some day. It was too perfect when I discovered the Eden Hill space. I had looked at that corner of Boston and Queen Anne a year ago and many times since then because I daily dream of a restaurant there.
Nothing ever came to fruition until this last June. I was walking around that exact neighborhood during a family visit, when I stumbled into the space. Drawn in by its beauty and location I went in to ask some questions (mostly about another space near by) when Benjamin [owner of Entre Amis] informed me that he was contemplating selling and after that it took a few months of planning and today I stand keys in hand. Still in disbelief. The space has been opened and closed by a large handful of owners and that was a big red flag to me. I hope to break that pattern and create a delectable institution for Queen Anne to be proud of.
Any specifics on when you expect to open? End of August is soon, did it help that Entre Amis had been there previously – meaning it was “move-in ready” – and are you making any changes?
We will be doing minor decor changes, but no major construction. Benjamin did such a beautiful job updating the space so it was very helpful. So now we are just waiting on a few inspections. End of August is aggressive and there is a good chance the opening will spill over into the first couple weeks in September.
With so many vacant storefronts on Queen Anne, it’s great to have a new restaurant opening so quickly in the old Portage spot. Entre Amis was here all too briefly, but it sounds like Eden Hill and Maximillian Petty are here to stay. Be sure to stop by and welcome Chef Maximillian to Queen Anne!
Tags: chef, Eden Hill, Maximillian Petty, new business, new restaurant, restaurant, small plates
July 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda
As 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.
The 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.
Tags: beer, new business, new restaurant, Queen Anne Beerhall
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.
This 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.
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.
Tags: A&J, B&E Meats, business opening, new business
May 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Last 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.
It 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.
Tags: Big Mario's, new business, pizza
May 11th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
A new business has moved into the space above Eat Local, and it nearly missed our radar. But, a reader clued us in (thanks, Michelle!) and I stopped by Strawberry Moon this weekend to check out our newest Queen Anne shop.
You won’t notice a change to the building from the exterior, but Strawberry Moon has set up shop above Eat Local to serve fresh, natural juices and more. When they’re open, a sandwich board will fill you in on the daily specials, and while a bit tucked away, it’s easy to access via a staircase in Eat Local – a true hidden gem.
The shop has been open a couple of weeks, so they’re still getting set up and have plans for the future. When I stopped by over the weekend, they had just set up a new espresso machine, and they hope to eventually expand and add seating too.
Juices aren’t a new thing for Strawberry Moon, and neither is Queen Anne. Founder Sean is a yoga teacher at Haute Yoga Queen Anne and Strawberry Moon has been making cold press juices for almost 5 years. The juices were first sold at Haute Yoga, then via home delivery, and a few refrigerators around Seattle. Now, the retail “Remedy Room” brings juice, as well as healthy snacks, soups-to-go, salads, bone broths, smoothies, healthy sodas, and more to Queen Anne.
According to Sean, “In our new space we will be developing a dogma free health conscious food options for a life on the go… Eat Local is a good fit because they offer clean natural food.”
I tried the Blood Orange Ruby Red soda, an all-natural juice with just a touch of fizz – billed as an alternative to sodas, it’s tasty and refreshing, and you can try it for $5 a glass right now.
The shop is open 7 days a week, 8am-7pm Mondays-Thursdays, 8am-5pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 9-5 on Sundays. To find this hidden gem of a juice spot, just enter through Eat Local at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St and follow the signs up the stairs to Strawberry Moon.
Tags: business opening, juices, new business, Strawberry Moon
May 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda
A reader sent us a tip a couple of weeks ago about the old Trader Joe’s location (thanks, Charlie!) – it’s slated to become a new Anytime Fitness location.
Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour gym that’s open 365 days a year, so members can work out whenever it’s convenient for them.
We got in touch with the franchise owner, who also owns the Fremont Anytime Fitness. He says they are “very excited to be opening on Queen Anne in the near future.”
Transforming the former grocery store at 112 W Galer St into a gym will take some time, so no set opening date yet. But, “what’s going in the old Trader Joe’s spot?” is one of our most popular reader questions, so there’s your answer.
As construction nears completion and an opening date is set, we’ll post an update. And, thanks as always to readers who submit tips!
Tags: Anytime Fitness, new business, Trader Joe's
March 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
First craft beer, now craft cider – Interbay is becoming a hub for local beverage creations. Number 6 Cider Pub is opening at 945 Elliott Ave W this Friday, March 27th, serving the ciders you may know from local retail spots (Met Market, PCC, QFC, and Total Wine all sell their ciders) as well as bars and restaurants.
Now, you can taste their wares and seasonal specialties without having to travel far from home. Owners Tom Todaro and Don Broyals founded Number 6 Cider after looking for a new business venture. They source the cider from Yakima apples, a mix of 5 different varieties that are definitely fresh – according to Number 6 Cider “squeezed and delivered to our door in a 5000-pound tank within 5 hours.”
Number 6 Cider Pub gets its name from the neighboring railroad tracks that run alongside its new Interbay location – Number 6 was one of the most dangerous railroad tunnels that connected the lines from East to West. You can learn even more about how our newest business got their name (Number 6) in their Facebook video:
According to co-founder/co-owner Tom Todaro, “we are psyched to open the pub so that people can come together and try an extended range of seasonal ciders” – and you can do so every day at the new pub, weekdays 3-9pm, Saturdays noon-9pm, and Sundays 3pm-9pm.
They’ll also be serving tasty bites with the cider with a selection of breads, cheeses, and Salumi charcuterie. And, if you lean toward the grape or the hop, they’ll have local wine and beer too.
The rotating cider taps will pour six varieties of Number 6 Cider including:
- Spice Box
- Smoked Jalapeño
They’ll also be filling growlers to go, and have rotating seasonal ciders on the menu.
Stop by on Friday (and beyond) to welcome Number 6 Cider Pub to the neighborhood, and enjoy the local menu of ciders, beers, wines, and bites.
Tags: business opening, cidery, new business, Number 6 Cider, pub
November 17th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
This past weekend, while walking around the Queen Anne business district, a new shop caught my eye. Just around the corner from The Towne at 6 W Howe St is the new location for Vian Hunter House of Fashion
Formerly located in Madison Valley, Vian Hunter has found a home on Queen Anne. Owned by Lisa Vian Hunter, the shop features vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, plus new clothes and a wide range of accessories. You can check out a sample of their wares on their Facebook page or web site.
The store just opened this past Saturday, and Lisa says they’re “excited about being in the Queen Anne neighborhood”. The shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!
Tags: business opening, new business, Vian Hunter, vintage clothing
October 30th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
We’ve had quite a few readers write in about the new vet clinic that’s under construction next to the Chase Bank at 20 Mercer St (former Easy Street Records spot). Thanks to everyone who’s sent in tips, here’s the scoop on the new business set to move into Lower Queen Anne/Uptown.
Mercer Street Veterinary Hospital will be opening soon to serve Queen Anne and Uptown pets. It now has a web site with info on the practice and a red “coming soon” at the top of the page, so you can check out the practice’s vets and services online.
Almost a month ago, we contacted Madison Street Animal Hospital, one of the vet clinics in the practice, about the new location. At the time, they were still obtaining permits and in the midst of construction. Fast forward to today, and they have a tentative opening date of January 5th.
According to our contact at Madison Street Animal Hospital, the new practice will be a small animal practice, similar to their current locations on Madison Street and in Kirkland. The vets on staff will see cats, dogs, rabbits, and “pocket pets” – the latter two will be vet-specific, meaning that certain vets in the practice will specialize in these somewhat unique pets.
The new hospital will also offer discounted services to senior citizens and pre-approved local area rescue groups. Plus, the clinic will provide emergency services, with a veterinarian and staff on duty 7 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle urgent care situations.
The new clinic will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, plan on stopping by in the January timeframe and checking out the services they’ll be offering our local pets!
Tags: animal hospital, new business, pets, veterinary clinic
October 16th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
It’s been almost a year and a half since Calva Café had to close its business due to increasing lease prices. The little space with the curved exterior wall has been vacant until now.
Swissa Jewelers is open for business in the location at 1905 Queen Anne Ave N.
When I walked by today, the shop was open for business, and a sign is being prepped for installation.
The jeweler used to be at 1923 7th Ave, but its web site now has the Queen Anne Ave N address listed. It’s been in business since 1973 and, per its web site, is a family-owned business.
Tags: business opening, new business
August 15th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
Exterior of building – interior is larger than it looks
In October, we posted about new plans for the Cotton Caboodle building at 203 W Thomas St. At the time, developer Scott Shapiro envisioned the 6,700 square foot space becoming a Melrose Market-like collection of eateries and shops.
Finding tenants proved difficult. The space would have housed up to 9 businesses, plus an outdoor deck. However, according to Seattle Magazine, the space has found a tenant – the huge warehouse-like space will become Queen Anne Beer Hall, and the adjoining 400 square foot outdoor space an attached biergarten.
The concept belongs to Andrej Ivanov, an East coast name in beer halls – he opened Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Brooklyn 2007 and Pilsener Haus in New Jersey in 2010. Queen Anne Beer Hall will be his first beer hall on the West coast.
Ivanov spoke to Seattle Magazine, and said:
“As soon as I walked in, I knew this was going to be the spot… I’m quite confident we can do a great job. We can enhance your beer I.Q., so to speak, in Seattle.”
Interior of the site, photo by Bill Thornton, Seattle DJC
According to Seattle Magazine, Ivanov credits himself with opening the most authentic beer halls on the East coast, saying: “We started the whole beer hall revolution in 2007 and then just watched these places mushroom everywhere.”
The Queen Anne Beer Hall will serve both craft and imported beers – and with nearly 7,000 square feet, there’ll be room for a wide range of beer options.
If all goes as planned, Queen Anne Beer Hall will open in February 2015.
Tags: beer, new business, Queen Anne Beer Hall
July 19th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
We first posted about the old Emmer & Rye building becoming a new family Mexican restaurant back in May.
There’s been a lot of work done to the building’s exterior – paint, building décor, and a giant rooster in the courtyard. Now, there’s a sign for Nana’s, a family Mexican restaurant.
According to a Craigslist posting for jobs (they’re hiring from front of house to kitchen), the restaurant hit a few delays and is now set to open August 6th.
The previous May listing for open positions described the restaurant as “traditional Mexican food with accents of American fare. We will be working with family handed down recipes and new food concepts.”
The restaurant will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-9pm with breakfast service on the weekends. Assuming no more unexpected delays, we’ll be able to welcome a new restaurant to the long-vacant Emmer & Rye building at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N next month.
Tags: new business, restaurant