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After 18 Years, El Diablo Coffee May Need to Move Due to Landlord’s Sudden Lease Termination

By Adam H. Callaghan & Megan Hill

El Diablo Coffee Co., a fixture on Queen Anne Hill for 18 years and one of the few places in Seattle making Cuban espresso with caramelized sugar, has received a Notice to Terminate Tenancy by April 30 from its building’s owner, Erickson Family LLC. El Diablo owner Jill Killen, who also owns Royal Drummer cafe in Ballard and Cloud City Coffee in Maple Leaf, says she is current on her rent, has never missed a payment, and has been trying to engage the building’s owner for months to work out a new long-term lease, but efforts to do so have gone unanswered. Now, she’s now being shown the door.

Queen Anne Book Company, next door to El Diablo, recently renewed its lease with the same building owner for five more years, according to a KIRO 7 report. Co-owner Janis Segress said losing El Diablo would negatively affect her business. Killen says she will hopefully keep El Diablo alive, with the same employees, perhaps even next door at 1825 Queen Anne Ave. N, the spacious former home of Nana’s Family Mexican Kitchen and Cantina. But at this point a lot is undetermined.

On top of everything else, Killen says she’s upset by the way the landlord has handled the whole situation. She says a courier handed the notice to vacate to a barista, who called her in a panic. This was the first she’d heard about any intent from the building’s owner to move on from its agreement with El Diablo. “Not only was it disrespectful, but they didn’t give me the dignity to message my staff about it myself,” Killen says. “I didn’t get the chance to control the message.”

Killen says about a year ago the building’s property manager approached her to discuss a new lease that would involve higher rent, and Killen said she wouldn’t agree to pay more unless the building’s aging electrical and plumbing systems were upgraded. Instead of signing a long-term agreement, she moved to a month-to-month lease and expected further negotiations via the landlord. No such luck.

“The property manager of both businesses said Diablo Coffee Co. should have negotiated when their lease was current. The owner has decided to move in another direction,” KIRO 7 reports.

The El Diablo Facebook page shared an announcement of the news April 3, saying “El Diablo has been a part of the Queen Anne community for over 18 years, and hope we can work with the Erickson Family to seek a solution, together, so we may remain at 1811 Queen Anne Avenue North.”

Killen has also vented her frustrations on her personal Facebook page, posting, “I was under the impression a new lease was forthcoming and never believed this would happen. Lesson learned. In this crazy real estate market do not take anything for granted. I love you Seattle, but at this moment I don’t like you very much. We are looking very seriously at moving next door for El Diablo 2.0. More on that later.”

El Diablo has also created a Gofundme campaign seeking to cover unexpected costs of moving, including providing for employees during the move. In just under 24 hours, the company had raised $6,516 of a $75,000 goal.

Syndicated from Eater Seattle. Featured photo credit: SeattleCoffeeSnob.

Seattle Restaurant Week Is Back And Better Than Ever

Today marks the start of the tastiest week of the season- the triumphant return of Seattle Restaurant Week!

We here in Seattle are so blessed with an abundance of fabulous dining options, ranging from simple and inexpensive to exotic, lavish and extraordinary, which usually doesn’t come too cheap. Seattle Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people to explore many incredible restaurants they may not normally spring for by offering fabulous deals you won’t want to miss out on.

Every Sunday through Thursday from April 2nd to April 19th, over 165 restaurants across the city will be offering up $33 three-course dinners, with many also offering $18 two-course lunches as well. These restaurants range in price, type of cuisine and location, giving you tons of options to choose from, in every department!

To maximize your SRW experience, check out a list of participating restaurants here (click on the name of the restaurants to see their location and view their SRW exclusive menu) and be sure to check out The Seattle Times lists of best overall value, best ambiance, neighborhood favorites and SRW newcomers.

If you are going to explore SRW (which we highly recommend you do!), remember to be patient, make reservations and tip your servers well! While SRW is a great opportunity for diners, restaurants do tend to get swamped, and the nicer and more understanding we are as patrons, the better the experience for everyone!

Now, go out and get a healthy dose of YUM, before it’s too late!

Irish Eyes Are Smiling! Seattle Center’s Festal presents the 2018 Irish Festival

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!

 

Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.

 

Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level
http://www.irishclub.org

Two Uptown / Lower Queen Anne Projects Progress Through Design Review

After the Seattle City Council approved a measure to increase the maximum height of buildings between Roy Street and Denny Way in Uptown, several developments have entered design review.

The project at 631 Queen Anne Avenue N had its first review last week, but after a lukewarm reception, a second Early Design Guidance meeting will be necessary. The chief concern was a lack of specifics for the preferred design plan, which proposed extending the commercial space along Queen Anne Avenue and leaving room for outdoor dining along Roy Street.

“Because of the complexity of the right of way and sidewalks, there is very little room to have that work efficiently,” said Robin Murphy, who is with Jackson | Main Architecture.

While the specifics need to be worked out in the next Design Guidance review, and members of the board have lots of questions, the public has generally shown support for the project. All three proposals, including the preferred one, call for about 95 residential units, 4,200 to 5,800 square feet of retail space on the ground level, and 20 parking stalls.

 

A second project at 513 First Avenue N, where Chutneys, Queen Anne Liquor & Wine and the former Floyd’s Place are located, is moving forward in the design review process after a meeting last week. This project calls for around 134 residential units, 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, 31 parking stalls and perhaps a pair of live/work units.

There was discussion about the appropriate use of the mid-block connection between the lot’s south edge and its neighbor, the Inn at Queen Anne. Plans for placing the residential lobby there and making full use of the space would require cooperation from the Inn’s property owner, but if that partnership falls through, the plans would be altered to create a green space there instead.