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More good news about Maple Leaf!

May 30th, 2013 by Mike

Just in case you missed the news a couple of days ago (Watch out! Maple Leaf is “increasingly popular“), Yelp’s Neighborhood Spotlight is now shining on us.

“Hidden away north of downtown, Maple Leaf is home to lots of lucky locals,” says the article, which spotlights several local restaurants.

“Teeming with Tudor-style and bungalow homes, those recent remodels and renovations also came to include some of Seatown’s most sought-after supper spots.”

The Kona Kitchen, shown at right, is called out, as are Cafe Piccolo, the Maple Leaf Grill,  Cloud City Coffee and Flying Squirrel Pizza.

Comments from neighbors have added in the Blue Saucer and the Snappy Dragon.

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Car prowls continue to be Maple Leaf's – and Seattle's – most common crime

March 11th, 2013 by Mike

We’ve heard from several neighbors recently about car prowls – the most common crime in Maple Leaf (and the city as a whole).

We certainly have our share, particularly toward the Northgate area.

Jen emailed overnight:

I just wanted to alert everyone that there were at least two car prowling incidents in the Kona Kitchen parking lot (located at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street) over the weekend, including one in the middle of the day.

Earlier Seth (from the Hudson New American Public House) tweeted “my car and several others broken into late last week. Popped the hood and stole all the batteries?!?! At Northeast 72nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.”

Last week we totted up the burglaries reported in Maple Leaf so far this year. We came up with roughly 33 break-ins to  homes, businesses or storage units.

Compare that with right at 40 vehicles broken into (car prowls) and nine vehicles stolen so far this year.

After the burglary story was posted Laura commented: “I live at 97th and 15th. Our car had a window broken about a month ago while it was parked in our driveway overnight. My diaper bag was stolen (I should have never left it in there- I know, I know). Please call the police if you see ANYTHING odd- they prefer that you call them before something happens so they can help.”

About the weekend car prowl at the Kona Kitchen, Jen continued:

Our car was broken into at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th, while we were dining in the restaurant. The rear passenger window was smashed and a backpack that was on the floor of the car, but not visible from the outside (it was covered by an empty grocery bag), was stolen.

In my case, I assumed that since it was the middle of the day, and we were parked in a very public and busy area beneath a security camera, and my backpack was not visible, there was very little risk, but you can never be too careful.

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Karaoke fundraiser tonight at Kona Kitchen

December 6th, 2012 by master

Prepare yourself for some serious karaoke tunes tonight at Kona Kitchen, 8501 Fifth Ave. N.E.

From 7-11 p.m., the Maple Leaf restaurant and bar will be the site of a fundraiser for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. In addition to offering space for the event, Kona Kitchen also is donating 10 percent of the bar’s proceeds to the January festival.

To learn more about the film festival, which takes place Jan. 25-27, check out the program.

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