Monthly Archives: January 2014

Queen Anne Wells Fargo Bank was Robbed… Again

Back in October, the Wells Fargo Bank on Queen Anne was robbed by a man wearing a Halloween mask. Officers quickly arrested him. Unfortunately, the same bank has been robbed again, today, without such immediate results. The Queen Anne Wells Fargo Bank was robbed today, January 29th at about 10:30 a.m.

Seattle Police received a call about the robbery this morning at about 10:30 a.m. According to a KIRO 7 news report, a witness described the suspect as a red-headed white male with facial hair. He was wearing a trench coat.

“I was just getting cash out when the guy came up next to me,” witness Cristine Harris said to police investigating the scene. Harris told KIRO 7 that; “He pulled out a crumpled up piece of paper and handed it to the guy and said I want to cash this check. Then the guy just grabbed this huge stack of cash and handed it over to him.”

The man fled immediately after obtaining the cash, and SPD were unsuccessful in their attempts to locate the man after the robbery.

Harris didn’t see a weapon, but she did say she had immediately had a bad feeling about the suspect before the robbery occurred.

After being informed of the incident, local schools Coe Elementary, Queen Anne Elementary and John Hay Elementary were locked down for safety precautions, according to a KING5 report.

The FBI released surveillance photos this evening. Police are still looking for the suspect. He is described as being about 20-30 years of age, about 5’8” or 5’10”, thin, with red or auburn hair. He was wearing glasses and a long brown trench coat at the time of the robbery. Please contact police if you see the man or know anything about his whereabouts.

We will post any updates to this story as we hear them.

Featured photo from KIROTV.com, credit FBI.

Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in February

There are several regular activities as well as special holiday events coming up next month in our neighborhood. Check out the details of upcoming Queen Anne events in this blog post, below:

  1. Wednesdays in February – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Half priced wines by the bottle (select variety) will be available for purchase as well.
  2. Fridays in February – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs.
  3. February 2 – Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club Northwest: Come and enjoy music, dancing, and authentic Swedish pancakes with all of the fixin’s on February 2nd from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Swedish Club Northwest! The cost is $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for children ages 5-12.
  4. February 7 – Swedish Club Northwest’s First Friday Jazz: Hell’s Bellows will be performing at the Swedish Club Northwest’s February First Friday Jazz. The live music event is on February 7th at 7:30 p.m.
  5. February 14 – Prix Fixe Dinners at Queen Anne Restaurants: Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate with your favorite Queen Anne eatery. Paragon has a special Valentine’s Day menu, including oysters and Champagne. Lloyd Martin will have a menu for $180 per couple (including wine pairings). Lower Queen Anne’s Melting Pot location will be offering their special 5-course and Champagne toast menu from Feb. 12-16 for $86 per person. Ten Mercer, Betty and How to Cook a Wolf will probably have a prix fixe menu as well, but they haven’t publicized about it online yet.
  6. February 12 – Queen Anne Book Co. Storytime at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE storytime at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on February 12th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  7. February 20 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce February 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. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on February 20th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

December – January Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

With the yuletide and New Year craziness happening over the last month, it’s no surprise that there were a few less than peaceable crimes between mid-December and now. Read on for the summary of Queen Anne crime from the last month:

  • An Unsuccessful Burglary Attempt: Police responded to the 300 block of 3rd Avenue West on the morning of December 16th, to reports of a burglary the evening before. From building surveillance video, SPD watched a man attempting to pry open a storage area at about 3 a.m. When unsuccessful, he cut the fencing of the area and crawled in. A few minutes later, the surveillance video shows him coming out empty handed. Next, the suspect proceeded to enter the building and pry open the door to the storage locker room. He also exited this room without having visibly taken anything. According to the report from the Queen Anne News, the burglar suspect was recognized by police from a previous incident.
  • Shoplifter Tries to Lift Fungal Cream: Employees at the Bartell’s Drugstore in lower Queen Anne called police to report an attempted shoplifting and struggle on December 23rd at about 1:15 a.m. According to the store, a man had put several items inside his jacket and when confronted by a store employee, he denied having anything in his jacket. The Bartell’s employee continued arguing with the man, who eventually removed one box of fungal cream from his jacket, saying it was the only thing he had taken. A struggle ensued between the shoplifter and store employees, as items were falling from the man’s jacket. Police arrived on the scene to find the struggle still underway, so they took the shoplifter into custody and eventually booked him into King County jail for theft, assault and false reporting charges.
  • Drunk Santa Ruins Ride the Ducks Tour: As tour employees were unloading passengers from a Ride the Ducks vehicle on December 23rd, a man in a Santa suit climbed on board. It was just after 6:30 p.m. The tour conductors asked the man if he had a ticket, to which he replied in the negative but said he had ID and asked to ride on the next trip. Smelling alcohol on the man, and because he had no ticket, the conductors asked him to disembark. He refused, before suddenly running off and then jumping on the side to rip off some Christmas lights. He fled, but was apprehended by security at the nearby Westlake Mall. SPD followed up and eventually released the Santa-clad troublemaker.
  • Armed Felon Arrested at New Year’s Fireworks Show: While on patrol at 4th Avenue North and Denny way on New Year’s Eve, an SPD officer was approached by a citizen who notified the officer that a man was armed with a gun in his waistband as he stood in the crowd waiting for the fireworks. The officer found the suspect and watched him while calling for backup. Bicycle Officers arrived and located the suspect, safely taking him into custody. They recovered a loaded handgun, and discovered that the suspect was a convicted felon of 22 years of age. He was booked for investigation of a violation of the Uniform Firearms Act.

Featured photo from Wikipedia Commons, labeled for commercial reuse. 

Queen Anne Restaurant Spotlight: T.S. McHugh’s

T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has been a staple in Uptown (or Lower Queen Anne, as it used to be known) for over two decades as a Queen Anne restaurant with Irish flavor and style. The place opened in 1990, and offers the original menu from its opening, with a handful of updates.

T.S. McHugh’s has its roots in the real deal, as far as Irish cuisine is concerned. The owner, Don Tremblay, actually went to Ireland before the restaurant’s opening to attend cookery school at Ballymaloe.

When you take a seat at a table or the bar, you’ll be greeted by a menu chock full of pot pies, pub fare, and fish and chicken entrées. “The pot pies are baked-to-order,” Tremblay says. Those hot puff-pastry creations are mouth-watering classics – either a Chicken & Vegetable Pie or Beef & Guinness Pie.

He also recommends T.S. McHugh’s burgers, fish & chips, and soda bread. “The clam chowder is also a classic here.” Everything, from the sauces to the soups and more, is made from scratch in-house at T.S. McHugh’s.

The Queen Anne bar and restaurant has 21 beers on tap, with Guinness and Harp Irish Lager of course, as well as several local microbrews and seasonal beers. “The beers are changing all the time,” Don said.

T.S. McHugh’s has a smaller wine list (since the clientele leans more toward beer), with 15 bottles and 10-11 of those served by the glass. “We’re also known for our Single Malt Scotch,” Tremblay says, noting that they have 31 different types.

The Queen Anne restaurant saw it’s heyday when the Sonic’s had their home at the Key Arena (being right around the corner from the arena really helped business), however they’re still a family-friendly, sports-enthusiastic bar and restaurant in the neighborhood.

Happy Hour is something a bit below the radar: Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m., it features all appetizers for $4, $3.50 well drinks, and $3 Scuttlebutt Amber.

Put T.S. McHugh’s on your calendar for St. Patrick’s Day, with live music and food & drink specials that aren’t to be missed! The restaurant also hosts the Science Café on the first Tuesday of each month, as well as an Irish Sing-Along on the third Thursday of the month.

T.S. McHugh’s is open daily for lunch at 11:30 a.m., served until 5 p.m. The dinner hours are Sunday and Monday from 5 – 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 5 – 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday nights they are open until midnight. The bar is open most nights until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.