Category Archives: Restaurants & Shops

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.”

Featured photo source:, credit Joe Veyera.

Nothing To Do This Weekend? ‘Wine’ About It!

Washington is known to be home of some of the country’s best and brightest wineries and breweries, both well established and up-and-coming. So, it makes perfect sense that most Washingtonians are regular connoisseurs of all things brewed, fermented and distilled. If you fall into that category or aspire to, this weekend has the perfect event for you.

The 2016 Holiday Wine Fest is shaping up to be one of the best events of the season and the Pacific Northwest’s largest tasting event, with hundreds of wineries, breweries and distilleries from across the world and here at home, sampling their wares at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.


Featured wine regions include France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Australia, and The United States, and guests will have the opportunity to purchase their newest favorite beverage at the venue.

In addition to luscious libations, enjoy tasty artisan treats and browse the wide array of gifts available from dozens of fabulous vendors.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support a great cause as the Holiday Wine Fest benefits City Fruit. City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate.

Get out this weekend and sip and savor the best of fall flavor and discover delicious new

USA, Illinois, Metamora, Christmas cocktail with christmas tree

favorites. Find the perfect addition to your holiday celebrations, or very special holiday gifts (and save Santa a little work).

The Holiday Wine Fest may just be the best time you’ll have while holiday shopping and giving back to the community.


Saturday, Nov. 12: Noon – 4pm ($40 admission) and 5pm – 9pm ($45 admission);
Sunday, Nov. 13: Noon – 4pm ($40 admission).

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer Street   SEATTLE, WA   98109

Get tickets here

Ultimate Coffee Bar, Craftworks Now Open in Lower Queen Anne

The Uptown and Lower Queen Anne area continues to be rejuvenated with fresh, new businesses and construction. After the dust settles, we get to enjoy additional shopping and dining opportunities, from Mercer to Denny! The latest addition has been Craftworks Coffee, an ultimate coffee bar, which opened just at the start of July…

“Craftworks is Seattle’s newest coffee bar, featuring a rotating list of fresh, made-to-order, handcrafted coffees from some of the finest micro-roasters in the Pacific NW,” according to their website. According to a Seattle Eater report about the new establishment, Craftworks Coffee wants to go beyond merely feeding caffeine addictions, to promote an educational experience around enjoying coffee.

“Much like a wine bar, where people go to enjoy and learn about wine, Craftworks will be a place where people can come in and learn about coffee. We believe everyone should be aware of the great coffee that is out there and our goal is to present it in a relaxed environment and bridge the gap between coffee roasters and coffee drinkers without being pretentious or uncomfortable,” Jenny Lee of Craftworks told Seattle Eater.

The coffee bar is located at 110 Republican Street, and features coffee tastings and education, cold brew and nitro coffee on tap, and non-caffeinated beverages. There will be a rotating menu of different coffees from local micro-roasters.

Craftworks Coffee is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Follow their Facebook page for specials and featured products.

Queen Anne Days 2016 to be a Single Day Event

A beloved summer tradition in the neighborhood is the annual Queen Anne Days. It happens every year on the second weekend in July. Traditionally, it has been a two-day event with the Crown of Queen Anne Run/Walk and Summerfest on Saturday, and the Familyfest on the next day.

However, some changes are in the works for the 2016 Queen Anne Days, including a move to combine all events into a single day. There are several reasons for the change.

Since the events of the weekend are centered at the Queen Anne Community Center, it complicated matters for the planning of Familyfest. The event typically took place on Sunday, and the Community Center isn’t open on Sundays – causing logistical complications.

The whole idea behind Queen Anne Days is to bring the neighborhood together into a community celebration. Splitting Summerfest (with its primary audience being adults) and Familyfest into two separate events was actually opposite of the overarching goal of community celebration. “It should be everybody together,” the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Charley Shore told the Queen Anne News.

Of course, funding is also an issue leading to this change. Familyfest was supported with grant funding last year, which will not be available in 2016. It made financial sense to combine the events under one umbrella.

For 2016, Queen Anne Days will include the fun run/walk, the car show, and vendors coexisting with bouncy houses and local performers, the sidewalk sale and face painting. “We’re really trying to bring it back around to a real neighborhood feel,” Shore said.

In addition to the switch to a single day event, the name of the celebration is changing to honor an esteemed member of our community who passed away in January. The “Craig Wilson Queen Anne Days” will honor Wilson’s community contributions as a volunteer and business owner.

Featured photo source: Queen Anne Days Facebook page.