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El Diablo to Move to 1825 Queen Anne Ave, Previous Nana’s Restaurant Spot

Earlier this month, we were sad to report the possible closure of the much-loved El Diablo Coffee shop that’s been a neighborhood fixture for nearly 20 years. But in a wonderful turn of events, the coffee shop will be staying in Queen Anne, moving just a couple doors up at 1825 Queen Anne Avenue N – the cute cottage previously leased by Nana’s Mexican Restaurant.

In a message on the cafe’s Facebook page, the El Diablo team said that, “We are pleased to announce El Diablo Coffee Co. will soon move into new a home on Queen Anne Avenue, at 1825… To our community – from our customers, to Queen Anne, and across the city of Seattle – thank you; your thoughtful donations and expressions of support have enlivened our staff and its shared charge to maintain the cafe. Onward!”

As mentioned in the Facebook post, the coffee shop still needs financial help to assist in the transition. El Diablo has a GoFundMe campaign in the works and as of the time of this post, they had raised nearly $19,000 of their $75,000 goal.

Bhy Kracke Retaining Wall Maintenance to Start Later in April

Construction in Bhy Kracke Park started a week ago on April 9th, as the city works to install key retaining walls and perform other necessary maintenance. During the work, most of the public park will be closed.

The plan is to install more secure pipe pile retaining walls at the main path and site under the arbor, as well as removing the arbor itself and the pathway to the north building. Crews will also remove a cherry tree on the site that is deteriorating. The work will require the closure of the lower field, picnic/arbor area, play area and its adjacent lawn.

Bayshore Concrete is the contractor on this project, which was funded by the Seattle Park District’s Fix It First Initiative for nearly $500,000. Bayshore has said it will attempt to minimize the impacts of the project on the neighborhood, but driving piles (the foundation of the retaining walls) is noisy work and will take approximately one month.

Two additional items were proposed, but ended up being above the allotted budget and therefore will not be completed at this time. They include the planting of vines at the base of the new retaining wall and other arbor work, and the removal of the switchback pathway in the lower Bhy Kracke garden. Since the removal of the secondary pathway was not approved, there is no need to permanently close the pathway behind the arbor.

The project is expected to be complete in July sometime.

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in April

Get ready for a busy April! There are several Queen Anne events in and around the neighborhood to mark on your calendar to keep the month full of fun and interesting experiences.

April 5-8: Cues and Tattoos Tribal Belly Dance
All Day | Seattle Center
Join Hipnotic Productions for their 11th annual workshop event that celebrates Tribal Belly Dance, Cues and Tattoos, with 28 workshops, two intensive trainings, and five performances. Watch up-and-coming performers and learn how to master this evocative form of dance. After a Friday Night Opening Party ($20), most workshops and events cost $45/each, and the intensives are $225.

April 6: ABBA Night
8pm – 12am | Swedish Club NW
Dance and enjoy music from the ‘70s for the Swedish Club NW’s ABBA night on April 6th! There will be a costume contest and food for attendees (meal is an additional fee). The cost for the main event is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Get your tickets before they sell out!

April 7 & 8: VegFest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Enjoy a healthy vegetarian food festival at the Seattle Center this month! VegFest is April 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and features over 500 tasty food samples, cooking demonstrations, informational sessions about nutrition, a huge selection of books, a kids section and activity area and more. Tickets are $9 at the door (cash or checks only), and kids 12 and under enter for free.

April 8: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on April 8th (delayed one week due to Easter), with live music. The price is $11 for adults, $9 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

April 9-13: Spring Camp
9am – 4pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Discovery Day Spring Camp is starting this month at the Seattle Children’s Museum! Each day, kids ages 4-10 can enjoy educational programming and activities centered on a daily theme. Mix and match schedules, enjoy discounts for multiple siblings, and more. The cost is $80 per child for a full day, or $40 for a half day (morning or afternoon options available).

April 12: Monthly Uptown Art Walk
6pm – 9pm | Uptown/Lower Queen Anne
Visit Uptown businesses to experience new art placements at the April Uptown Art Walk. This event takes place on the third Thursday of every month. Click here to view the participating establishments.

April 14 & 15: Seattle International Children’s Friendship Festival
11am – 5pm | Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
The Seattle International Children’s Friendship Festival is an event designed to bring together children from all over the Seattle area to experience, enjoy and engage with children from other cultures. There will be stage performances, exhibitions to showcase different cultural items and visual arts, and more. Admission is free.

April 20-22: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
11am – 5pm | Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion & Armory
The latest event for Seattle Center Festál (and the oldest in the series) is the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, coming up on April 20th through 22nd. Explore Japan’s contemporary influences and cultural roots with live performances, visual arts, food, games, hands-on activities and more. There will be Taiko drumming, artisan demonstrations, and fun for the whole family. This festival was founded 40 years ago and was the first to be hosted at the Seattle Center, in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees that were gifted to the city on behalf of the government of Japan to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial.

St. Patrick’s Day Happenings in Queen Anne

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Saturday, March 17th and there are a few things happening throughout the neighborhood…

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

The St. Paddy’s Day Dash Day starts at 6:30 a.m., where participants can pick up their racer’s packets in the Fisher Pavilion. Gear check opens at 7 a.m., and the 1K dash for kiddos ages 10 and under is at 8 a.m. Adult run/walk waves have start time stages 10 minutes apart starting at 8:30 a.m., and the post dash bash, sponsor booths, beer garden and Stout Pounders Live is from 9 a.m. until noon on the Fisher Pavilion Green. Registration closes Friday, March 16th and costs $40.  

Irish Festival

Seattle Center’s Festál program presents the Irish Festival on March 17th and 18th. Experience Ireland and its people through food, games, live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities a marketplace and more. Irish music will showcase the culture’s musical roots and modern interest, while step dancing and Irish jig dancing keep the energy alive. Attendees will get to trace their own roots through genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language, enjoy contemporary short films, and engage in colorful cultural exhibits. The festival is from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 18th. Admission to the festival is free.

Sully’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

The bar on upper Queen Anne has yet to publish their plans for St. Patrick’s Day this year, but they’ve been hosting a St. Paddy’s Day celebration for many years running. Sully’s will likely have all kinds of food and beverage specials in addition to other fun happenings. 21+ only.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have fun and be safe.