Monthly Archives: July 2014

Queen Anne Events: 11 Things to Do in August

Summer is in full swing! Which Queen Anne events are you planning to attend this August? Here are some ideas…

  1. Fridays in August – 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.
  2. Fridays in August – Concerts at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre: Starting at 5:30 p.m. every Friday in August, you can enjoy free live concerts at the Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre. Click here for details.
  3. August 1 – First Friday Jazz at the Swedish Club NW: Head to the Swedish Club Northwest on Friday, August 1st for their monthly jazz night! Redshift will be playing for Happy Hour, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  4. Saturdays in August – Movies at the Mural: Every Saturday in August, the Seattle Center is hosting free movies by moonlight in the Mural Amphitheatre. Seating is first-come, first-served, so come early and bring your low-backed chairs, blankets and snack! You can purchase food and beverages from food carts nearby of from the Seattle Center Armory, or bring your own. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.).
  5. August 3 – Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club NW: Enjoy live music, dancing, and Swedish pancakes with all of the fixin’s on Sunday, August 3rd for the Swedish Club NW’s monthly feed from 8 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Nordic Reflections and Folk Voice Band. Entry is $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.
  6. Wednesdays in August – 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.
  7. Thursdays in August – The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Each Thursday throughout August, the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open on the hill! There’s live music, food trucks, fresh produce, and interesting live events such as chef demos and expert tips. The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday through October 16th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W. Crockett Street.
  8. August 13 – August 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 August 13th from 10 – 10:30 a.m..
  9. August 21st – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce August 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 August 21st. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  10. 10.  August 23 – “Get Back” 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in Seattle ’64: Join in a historic tribute to celebrate The Beatles and musicians from all over. On August 23rd, bands and musicians will be playing the original set performed by The Beatles at the Seattle Coliseum concert in 1964. A 50-piece Synergia Northwest Orchestra will be backing them up. The performance will take place Saturday, August 23rd at 8 p.m. Tickets are $36.50-$86.50.
  11. 11.  August 30 – August Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! The brunch includes a food special for the August 30th event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.

Featured photo from McCawHall.com.

 

Music and Art in Seattle Parks

Last week, many Seattle parks got a colorful, artistic new addition in the form of refurbished pianos. Pianos in the Parks is a campaign bringing together some of the foremost arts and music organizations in the Pacific Northwest to help communities re-discover their parks.

Twenty pianos were donated for the project, then tuned and restored by Classic Pianos before receiving creative decoration from students at the Gage Academy of Art.

Our very own Queen Anne neighborhood received one such park piano – the Mural Amphitheatre in the Seattle Center is now home to a vividly decorated baby grand piano. Artist Kathleen Moore receives the credit for its vibrant embellishment. Its gorgeous landscape encircling the frame, bright blues and purples, and stunning mountain peak on the music stand are just some of the striking elements to the piano’s new look.

To compound on this excellent opportunity for community members to rediscover the Mural Amphitheatre and other Seattle parks and their pianos, KEXP is offering a special Facebook contest through August 17th. Play your original or public domain music and have a friend film it, upload the video to Facebook, and share it on the Pianos in the Parks Facebook page (you also have to ‘like’ that page to enter). Ask your friends to ‘like’ your video. Click here for more contest rules and details.

Contest submissions and likes voting can continue until midnight on August 17th, when a grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges from the five top-voted finalists. The finalists will all be able to perform one musical number at a private concert event on Friday, September 19th, and the Grand Prize winner will be able to perform their winning piece at the KEXP’s Mural Theater concert on August 22nd.

So, pop on down to the Seattle Center to play on the baby grand piano at the Mural Amphitheatre (or any of the other parks with pianos) and record your performance for the contest! And at least, visit some of these incredible works of art!

Featured photo from PianosInTheParks.com.

Queen Anne Restaurant Spotlight: Five Hooks Fish Grill

Back in the spring, I had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Saito, the owner and chef of Five Hooks Fish Grill. The Queen Anne restaurant had just celebrated their 2-year anniversary.

When the grill opened on February 29th, 2012, it inherited a space that had seen a lot of restaurant struggles and eventual closure in recent years. Before Five Hooks, the most recent restaurant tenant was Tenoch Mexican Grill, which closed a couple of months before in January 2012.

But notwithstanding the economic hardship that Queen Anne restaurants had seen, and despite the fact that Five Hooks Fish Grill is Saito’s first venture as a restaurateur, the place is doing pretty well.

“I saw an opportunity for fresh seafood – I think it’s very under delivered [here on Queen Anne],” he said. “I wanted to offer quality seafood that was reasonably priced, and I think the secret was delivering what the community was looking for.”

Saito came from a retail and grocery background, having worked for Ralph’s in California for nearly 35 years before being recruited to Seattle’s Uwajimaya Asian Grocery. He opened Five Hooks after leaving Uwajimaya, since he saw the opportunity to follow a dream of opening a family-owned neighborhood restaurant.

“I wanted to make a place where everybody can feel comfortable. The seafood is really fresh, and the tourists are coming… Last year we had a nice review in the Seattle Times, talking about how we offer casual, nice dinner,” Saito said.

Seafood is the specialty at Five Hooks Fish Grill: “You’ll always have fresh fish – our goal is to deliver good food that is hot, with the best servers there are!”

While Chef Paul Saito uses his experience in Asian ingredients and preparation, he’s not afraid to try new and different things to please his customers. “So much of our menu has changed because of customer feedback,” he said.

Nowadays, the base menu is pretty consistent, while the specials and appetizers change every few weeks with the seasons. Five Hooks’ Signature Salmon (farm-raised) is one of the Queen Anne restaurant’s most popularly ordered items, as are the Signature Giant Prawns and the Seared Alaskan Cod. Each is served with brown rice.

There is much to be said as well for Five Hooks’ Fish and Chips, made with fresh cold water Alaskan true Cod (or salmon) that is lightly battered and crispy – not your typical greasy fish ‘n chips; but much better! On Fridays, the restaurant’s Fish and Chips are also offered ‘bottomless’ for just a couple dollars more. And as for chips – don’t miss out on a try of their renowned sweet potato fries!

For gluten-free diners, Five Hooks has a special offering of salads, soups, specialties and entrées – including their famous Fish and Chips, made without flour! In fact, 80 percent of the menu is already gluten-free. “We want to provide a more accessible experience for our guests to enjoy seafood,” Saito said.

The Queen Anne restaurant is open for lunch as well, with a selection of sandwiches, wraps, and tacos. Happy Hour is from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with $5 house wines, $3.50 draft beer, $5 margaritas, specialty cocktails, and a special happy hour food menu. Five Hooks has a full service bar offering.

In addition to being a fantastic family dining spot, with a special kids menu, Five Hooks is also very dog-friendly – more than just placing a water bowl out for all general canine companions. Your dog will get his/her own water dish, and if your pet is hungry too, your server or Chef Paul himself will bring your pooch a cooked egg to enjoy while you munch on your meal.

Five Hooks Fish Grill is open in Queen Anne from noon until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Neighboring Tailor Sues Queen Anne Molly Moon’s Over Smell

Molly Moon Neitzel opened the Queen Anne Molly Moon’s ice cream parlor location in September 2011. Since then, she has had a couple of lawsuits with her neighbor, Misook Chung of Superb Custom Tailors. Most recently, Chung is suing the establishment for a terrible smell caused by the ice cream parlor, which lost her a significant amount of business.

According the lawsuit, Chung and her sister and business partner, Hae Yang Chung, are suing Molly Moon’s for a rotten smell that started in June of 2012 and was not gone until October 2013. The SeattlePI.com reports that, “According to the lawsuit, the stink of rotting milk had become overpowering in one fitting room of the tailor shop and was so severe that one of the Chung sisters took ill.”

What caused the smell? Apparently, Molly Moon’s employees were pouring dairy waste from the ice creamery down a mop sink in the parlor’s back room. This sink flows into a sewer line, which connects the businesses in the block. This would not have been a problem, except that a leak developed in the pipes, allowing the dairy waste to collect in the crawlspace below the buildings. Of course, this pool of dairy became rancid in a couple of months and – according to the Chung’s lawsuit, was allowed to fester for more than a year without being dealt with.

The sisters had contacted the landlord, who eventually found the cause to the problem and got it fixed. However, the Chungs claim that the dairy waste was improperly disposed of in the first place, and that the landlord took far too long to respond. Landlord Ron Amudson disagrees: “Had I not been tenacious and diligent about trying to figure out where the smell was coming from, it would still be there.”

Watch the Kiro TV news report about the lawsuit below:

Because of the smell, Misook Chung claims that she lost more than $28,000 worth of wedding alteration business – it was turning customers away. Although the problem is now fixed, Misook and her sister are filing the lawsuit asking that the landlord pay a minimum of $100 per day for each day the smell was present, additional damages and compensation for their legal costs.

Molly Moon Neitzel told the SeattlePI.com that she was not interested in settling with the Chung sisters, and both Neitzel and Amudson believe that this is just an attempt by the Chungs to get money out of Molly Moon’s Handmade Ice Cream.

Featured photo from KiroTV.com.