Monthly Archives: December 2016

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in January

Happy New Year! The wintertime is so cold and gray, and after the busyness of the holidays, it can seem rather bleak. However, there are still some fun things to enjoy around Queen Anne this January.

January 8: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast is an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. It’s delayed one week this year due to New Year’s Day, and will take place on January 8th, with dancing and live music. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

January 13: Scandinavian Folk Dance
8pm – 10:30pm | Swedish Club NW
Enjoy folk dancing on January 13th at the Swedish Club NW, with live music the entire time! Partners are not required, and the dance costs $8 for members or $10 for guests. If you’re feeling rusty on your folk dancing skills, arrive at 7:30 p.m. for a lesson on basic dances.

January 14: Opening Night of “La Traviata”
7:30pm | McCaw Hall
One of the most perfect scores in opera elevates the timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice in Peter Konwitschny’s production of the classic, “La Traviata”. The opera opens in Seattle on January 14th, and continues through January 28th. Tickets range from $25-292 in price.

January 15: Festál Turns 20 Fête
6pm | Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion
The Seattle Center’s Festál is celebrating 20 years of cultural celebration with a special party on January 15th at the center’s Fisher Pavilion.

January 21-22: Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year
All Day | Seattle Center Armory
Tet marks the new year on the Lunar Calendar for the Vietamese, and everyone can enjoy a celebration of the lunar new year, with cultural traditions, live performances, martial arts, food, hands-on activities, shopping, and more on January 21st and 22nd.

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Tini Bigs, Hula Hula Face Closure Due to Redevelopment

The rampant redevelopment of the city has hit a deep nerve with the impending closure of Tini Bigs, a restaurant and bar that’s been open every single day since it opened on December 2nd, 1996. For just over 20 years, the establishment has prided itself on being open daily, including holidays, to fill a unique niche.

“Originally, I was in the restaurant business as a server in my early years, and I used to work a lot of holidays,” owner Keith Robbins told the Queen Anne News. “Once I got off of work, there was nowhere to go.”

Tini Bigs became that go-to spot for industry people, as well as everyone else. It’s sister, Hula Hula, opened soon after and has been a great local spot for karaoke and tiki cocktails.

However, after 7,000-plus days open in a row, the streak is coming to an end on or before January 2017. The reason for the closure is that the building and lot have been sold, and it’s planned for demolition and redevelopment for a six-story mixed-use building.

Luckily, the closure doesn’t necessarily mean the end. Progress has been made to find a new home for Hula Hula, and although Robbins hasn’t had luck finding the right spot for Tini Bigs, he’s looking! “We’re trying to find a standalone building that’s got some character,” he said. “I don’t want Tini Bigs to be in a brand new building.”

Tini Bigs celebrated its 7,311th consecutive day of business and its 20th anniversary on December 7th. The restaurant will close shortly after the new year, since the building must be vacated by January 31st.

“It’s going to be a tough day when I lock the door for the last time, or watch the wrecking ball,” Robbins said. “It’s not the city I grew up in.”

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Queen Anne’s New Bank of America Branch is Finally Here

More than a year ago, the Queen Anne View found out that the space on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue N and West Galer Street (formerly occupied by Vitality Med Spa) would become a Bank of America Express Store. And yet for month after month, the space has stood vacant with occasional adjustments to the interior as if a build-out was in the works, but nothing has materialized.

Until now, that is!

Last week, a construction crew installed ATMs in the foyer and hung Bank of America signs. The Express Store differs from normal Bank of America branches, such as the one at the bottom of the hill on Mercer Street, in the following ways: “Express banking centers offer a more flexible schedule than a full-service branch, while integrating more benefits of technology with onsite associates who can assist customers with their financial needs. Customers can use new, advanced technology to perform the most common transactions. Associates are also available to answer customers’ questions, open new accounts and guide them on convenient self-service banking options including Online Banking and Mobile Banking.”

The branch is located at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N.

After it opens, this Bank of America branch will be one of seven banks in less than a half-mile stretch along Queen Anne Avenue N, including (from south to north) Chase, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet Bank, Union Bank and Key Bank.

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The Shanty Cafe Closes After More Than 100 Years

A local icon closed its doors after more than 100 years in business! The Shanty Cafe in west Queen Anne held its last day of business on Monday, November 28th. The owners sold the building, which they also owned, and plan to take a break from the restaurant scene.

The Shanty Cafe building used to be a pay station for dock workers, before it became the restaurant in 1914, known as Violet Shanty. The current owners, Ginger Crowley and Theresa Schmetzer, purchased the restaurant about 19 years ago.

“It’s hard,” Crowley said. “I think it was just kind of a place for people to come and just be themselves– rich or poor it didn’t matter. Everyone found someone here to eat lunch with.”

Crowley attributes the restaurant’s success to their loyal customers. “Without them we wouldn’t have made it all these years … We’ve gone through highs and lows and we just wanted to let them know how much we appreciate them being here.”

According to Crowley, the new building owners are El Charro Mexican Food and Cantina, and they plan to open a new restaurant in the location.

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