Ponti Seafood Grill Closes After 25 Years, Building Sold to Elks Lodge

After 25 years in business, Ponti Seafood Grill is closing on Saturday, July 2nd. Owner Richard Malia is closing the business now to retire, and after a 5-year search for a buyer to take on the restaurant, with no takers, the building has been purchased by a local Elks Lodge.

“The past few years have been our most successful of the 25 years we’ve been in business,” Malia told the Puget Sound Business Journal. “I’ve tried to find a way to pass it on and keep the restaurant going… But I had nobody who wanted to take over.”

Richard and his wife, Sharon, started their career in food service with The Snug in the 1970s. They opened Ponti in 1990, serving wild-caught seafood in North Queen Anne along the Ship Canal. Now, it’s time to retire. “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,” he told Seattle Eater.

Although Ponti Seafood Grill has been successful, averaging about $2.6 million each year in revenue, it wasn’t enough to tempt a buyer — even from a chain of restaurants. He learned from a realtor that the Seattle Elks Lodge #92 was looking for a new building after selling their old building in November 2015. The deal spent 6 months, but Malia and the lodge came to a purchase agreement that is set to close on July 15th.

“I feel good about it,” Malia said. “I would like it to continue as Ponti, but it will continue to be a place of goodwill.”

Ponti’s inventory of wines is currently on sale at (or below) wholesale prices until July 2nd.

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New 7-Story Building Planned to Replace A&A Printing in Uptown

The Lower Queen Anne/Uptown area continues to be redeveloped with newer, taller buildings for businesses, residents, and mixed-use. The address at 320 Queen Anne Ave N, where A&A Printing is currently located, is the next to go!

What is currently a two-story storefront where A&A Printing conducts its business will be demolished and replaced with a 7-story residential building. The design for the new building was done by NK Architects, the firm that designned several other residential buildings in the neighborhood: Aperture on Fifth, View 222, H20 Apartments, Stream Uptown, and also Galer 8 up on top of Queen Anne hill.

Although NK Architects has not published any plans or drawings as of yet, we do know that the building will include about 66 residential units and two units for the live-work lifestyle. There will be no underground parking, but four surface-level parking spaces will be added to the lot.

Learn more about this project in the Early Design Guidance meeting on Wednesday, June 29th. It will be held at the Queen Anne Community Center at 8 p.m., and is open to the public.

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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in June

Get ready for some fun Queen Anne events to put on the calendar for June! There are lots of family-friendly activities and events to look forward to next month…

June 2: Queen Anne Farmers Market Opening Day
3pm – 7:30pm | W Crockett St. at Queen Anne Ave N
The Queen Anne Farmers Market re-opens for the 2016 season this Thursday, June 2nd! For opening day, there will be live music from Armed & Dangerous Blues Revue, demos and giveaways from Collections Cafe at the event tent, a hydration station from Aegis Living, and fresh cheeses from Metropolitan Market. Enjoy opening day raffles, food trucks, and the featured winery: Lopez Island Vineyards.

June 3: Swedish National Day Dinner
5pm – 9pm | Swedish Club NW
Although Swedes officially celebrate National Day on June 6th, the Swedish Club NW is celebrating on Friday, June 3rd with a National Day Dinner! There will be live performances from the Swedish Women’s Chorus and Svea Male Chorus, a speech from Lars Jonsson on the state of Sweden, free raffle, and delicious menu! Maria Mannisto will sing after the meal. The cost is $25/person when you RSVP ahead and pre-pay, or $28/person at the door.

June 4 & 5: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
All Day | Seattle Center
It’s the 30th annual Pagdiriwang festival, celebrating the culture, arts, cuisine and history of the Philippines. The theme this year is “Mysts of the Cordilleras”, the mountain ranges in the northern Philippines.

June 5: Swedish Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, June 5th for their monthly pancake breakfast! It’s an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. There will be dancing, live music from The Gnomes, Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag, and Folk Voice Band. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

June 11 & 12: Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest 2016
12pm – 7pm | Seattle Center
Enjoy live music performances and other artistic showcases from the best of the arts from local black artist in Festival Sundiata, Black Arts Fest 2016. This is a fun, free and family-friendly event at the Seattle Center on June 11th and 12th.

June 16th: Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce June Luncheon
11:15am – 1pm | Best Western Plus Executive Inn
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 June 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 June 16th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to

June 24: Midsommar Food & Dance
6pm – 9pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW is hosting a traditional Swedish Midsommar dinner and dance on June 24th. There will be a beautiful Midsommar pole to dance around, with a smörgåsbord of Swedish summer food, served at 6 p.m. The cost is $25/person.  

June 25: Spirit of Indigenous People Festival
All Day | Seattle Center Armory
Explore the culture of the indigenous people of North America on June 25th, with the Spirit of Indigenous People Festival at the Seattle Center’s Armory. There will be music, food, dance, and all kinds of cultural activities and artisan products to shop and experience.

June 26: Seattle PrideFest 2016
All Day | Seattle Center
PrideFest is on Sunday, June 26th at the Seattle Center! There will be a parade at 11 a.m. along 4th Avenue, culminating at the Seattle Center, where there will be a bunch of fun festivities to celebrate the LGBTQ community, raise awareness, and fight for equality.

June 27: Discovery Days Summer Camp Opens
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum offers Discovery Days summer camp activities for kiddos aged 4-10 throughout the summer. The 2016 season begins on June 27th, and runs through September 2nd. Prices range from $35 for a half-day, to $80 for the whole day (+ lunch), with a $20 pre-care or post-care option.  

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23rd Annual Bigelow Block Sale Returns June 4th

Each year, neighbors and friends can find all kinds of unique clothing, gifts and housewares from the block sale that happens on Bigelow Avenue North. Just a quick, 7-block walk east of Queen Anne Avenue North, Bigelow has some beautiful historic neighborhood homes and condo buildings. For the past 22 years, its residents have thrown a huge block sale as they clean out their closets for spring, offer some unique treasures to find, and engage the community in a fun neighborhood event.

The 23rd Annual Bigelow Block Sale is on Saturday, June 4th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It sprawls from Prospect Street all the way up past Lynn Street along Bigelow Ave N, and its side streets. Participants include residents of homes along Bigelow and its side streets. You can register here if that includes you!

Approximately 50 homes participate each year, and each must pay a $25 fee to do so. This fee goes to the Queen Anne Helpline to support their efforts providing emergency housing, food, and basic needs assistance to struggling families and individuals. So each year, the Bigelow Block Sale offers an opportunity to support our local nonprofit in addition to finding some great treasures!

This sale comes just two days after the seasonal opening of the Queen Anne Farmers Market! Lots to look forward to in the neighborhood this month.

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