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Queen Anne Restaurant Closures

While we have some new neighborhood restaurants opening up in the near future, we also sadly have some Queen Anne restaurant closures to announce…

Grub
The day after Valentine’s Day was the last day of service at Grub. Owner Sharon Fillingim decided to close as she is transitioning in her career as a restaurant entrepreneur. Unlike some of the other restaurants mentioned in this post, Grub already has a taker for the space: Bounty Kitchen, from Queen Anne resident Meg Trainer, will open in the space in mid-April. 

Einstein Bros. Bagels
Last Tuesday, the Einstein Bros. Bagels location at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N closed its doors. Previously a Noah’s Bagels shop before a re-brand, the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. decided to close the Queen Anne location among 39 underperforming restaurant locations, as the Queen Anne View blog reports. The South Lake Union location at 2201 Westlake Avenue will remain open for the time being.

Boat Street Café
The Internet was a-buzz last week with cries of sadness from local foodies, with the news that Boat Street Café will be closing. For 17 years, Renee Erickson has owned the French-Pacific Northwestern-style eatery on Western Avenue in Lower Queen Anne. She is closing the café to focus on her other restaurants around the city (The Whale Wins, Barnacle, and The Walrus and the Carpenter), and her three new ventures. Boat Street Kitchen will remain open under the ownership of Susan Kaplan. Boat Street Café’s last day of business will be May 30th, 2015.

We are sad to see the loss of each Queen Anne restaurant, but hope to welcome new eateries to their vacant locations within the neighborhood very soon!

Featured photo source: queenanneview.com.

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Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in March

As we head into spring, there are plenty of Queen Anne events to look forward to and plan for in the next month!

  1. March 1 – Swedish Pancake Breakfast: Each month, the Swedish Club NW hosts a Swedish pancake breakfast on the first Sunday of the month. Enjoy live music and dancing, plus Swedish pancakes with all of the fixin’s. The breakfast is from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on March 1st, and costs $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.
  2. March 1 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K: Chocolate lovers and runners alike are getting ready for the run of the season! The Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K races are coming up on Sunday, March 1st! Registration is $74 for the 15K and $49 for the 5K, which includes race entry, access to the sweet stations along the race course, post-race goodies, and more.
  3. March 7 – Seattle Children’s Museum Annual Birthday Celebration: The Seattle Children’s Museum is having a birthday! The annual birthday celebration is on Saturday, March 7th from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, food, activities, wine grab bags and raffle prizes, and childcare spots are available! The cost is $25 per person.
  4. March 8 – Kvinnor Kan at The Swedish Club NW: In Swedish, ‘Kvinnor Kan’ means ‘women can’. Since International Women’s Day is Sunday, March 8th, the Swedish Club NW is celebrating with a special event to honor a local woman, Alene Moris and her work on behalf of women and their issues in career and leadership. RSVP to rsvp@swedishclubnw.org to attend the event, which is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 8th for $30 per person.
  5. March 14 & 15 – Seattle’s 2015 Irish Festival: Coming mid-March to the Seattle Center Armory, the 2015 Irish Festival is sure to be a cultural hit and a community event that’s a must! It’s free admission to arts and crafts booths, live Irish music, workshops, lectures, displays, activities, and more for the whole family.
  6. March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day at Sully’s Lounge: The bar hasn’t announced whatever specials they will be having for St. Patty’s day, but it’s sure to be epic as usual! Head over to Sully’s on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th for all kinds of Irish food and drinks.
  7. March 19 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce March Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. This year’s January luncheon will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on March 19th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

Featured image source: seattlecenter.com.

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January – February Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

Our neighborhood is generally one of the safest in the city, but we do have our share of criminal activity. In the past month, we’ve seen a few concerning signs that Queen Anne crime may need some more focus in management, particularly with repeat offenses.

  • SPD Searches for Prolific Burglaries. Early last month, SPD reached out to the community for help locating a prolific burglar in the Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods. A 24-year-old man, Joshua Meadow-Mittenen has been connected to a Magnolia home break-in over New Year’s Eve, as well as several other burglaries throughout North Seattle and Queen Anne in recent weeks. SPD attempted to arrest him outside Northgate Mall on January 7th at about 1 p.m. After he sped away and eluded them, SPD spread the news on their search. If you have any information about Meadow-Mittenen, please call SPD at 206-786-2746 or call 9-1-1.
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Repeatedly Burglarized. We reported a few weeks ago on the repeated break-ins at Green Anne, a medical marijuana dispensary on West Republican Street in lower Queen Anne. In the past month, there have been two incidents of burglary, where the suspects brazenly broke in despite blaring alarms and stole thousands of dollars worth of pot.
  • Four Injured in Construction Accident. Four construction workers were harmed in an accident on February 12th at about 1:30 p.m. The wall inside an elevator shaft on a lower Queen Anne construction site broke, dropping the workers inside the elevator about 25 feet down a hole. Three were able to crawl out without assistance, but one worker was stuck in the hole with a fractured arm. Seattle Fire Department officers hiked a half-mile to reach the victim, who was stranded inside the pit at the north end of the tunnel construction site at SR-99. They had to carry the man by hand to the top of the tunnel ramp, before they were able to transport him to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. As of that evening, the 23-year-old man was in serious, but stable condition in the ICU. The other three workers were treated for minor injuries such as scrapes, bruises and neck/back pain.
  • Burglars Target Upper Queen Anne Apartment Building. A couple of days after Christmas last year, a woman broke into an apartment building on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue and West Highland Drive. She stole a package and attempted to break into a closet before leaving, as surveillance footage showed. It seemed like an isolated event until Sunday, February 15th. In the second incident, surveillance video shows a man walking into the building, breaking into a storage closet, stealing tools, going through a resident’s laundry, and using someone’s towel on his face before leaving. Based on marks and damage to the external door, it is suspected that he pried open the door to gain access to the building. What is strange is that these two incidents in the space of less than two months are the first that anyone can remember at this building in more than 20 years. With such a believed security in the upper Queen Anne neighborhood, the burglaries have concerned the building’s management as well as neighbors.

Featured photo source: King5.com.

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Last Community Review for Seattle Childrens Home Project

After a lengthy process of community reviews and controversy, the final review of the Toll Brothers’ proposal for the old Seattle Childrens home site is coming up this Wednesday, February 11th. The Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use Review (LURC) and Planning committees will be devoting their Wednesday meeting to do a final review of the designs from Toll Brothers, the builder on the project.

As the Queen Anne News reports, a Toll Brothers representative will give a presentation, which includes their most recent design proposal, and answer questions. The latest design proposal is comprised of 59 total townhouse units. In addition, six units will be constructed on the location of the white house on the site, which is planned for demolition. That is a separate project, as it was purchased by a separate developer for construction.

This meeting comes after more than 10 other review meetings in the past couple of years that this project has been in assessment. This comes as the final review meeting with Queen Anne’s LURC, and should be followed by a submission to the city for Toll Brothers’ Master Use Permit on the project. The review meeting will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11th at the Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett Street).

Toll Brothers officially closed the sale on the purchase for the property, which sold for $14 million to the developer in December 2014.

The group Future Queen Anne has compiled a list of facts about the Seattle Childrens Home property, project design, and concerns that have arisen during the controversial project. Click here to learn more.

To follow our reports about the progress of the Seattle Children’s Home project, click here.

Featured photo is an older plan drawing for the project, source: QueenAnneView.com.