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Liquor store in place of Italian Spaghetti House?

September 19th, 2012 by master

For a year we’ve been trying to figure out what’s happening with the Italian Spaghetti House, just across from Maple Leaf at 9824 Lake City Way N.E.

David Miller, president of the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board, shares this tidbit in an email to the Maple Leaf Business Subcommittee (which you can sign up for here):

Some of you may have noticed the remodeling going on at the site of the former Italian Spaghetti House restaurant. According to Seattle Department of Planning and Development, indications are a liquor store will be going in at this location. We’ve notified Wedgwood (the site is in their neighborhood boundaries). We’d appreciate your thoughts on this. We’re looking into the code, but we doubt there is anything we could do about this even if the neighborhood reached consensus something needed to be done…

What are your thoughts on a liquor store replacing the Italian Spaghetti House?

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Owner of strip club offers to meet with neighborhood councils

June 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Earlier this morning Joe Walker, who identified himself as the owner of Pandora’s Adult Cabaret on Lake City Way, offered to meet with the community councils which have raised questions about the strip club’s permit.

Our previous posts on the club, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., have generated considerable comments both in Maple Leaf and in Wedgwood.

Walker wrote on both Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View:

As the owner of Pandora’s, I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with both the Wedgewood Community Council and the Maple Leaf Community Council to address any and all concerns each may have regarding the impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
Having worked in the adult business here in Seattle for the last 27 years I am well aware of both the real and imagined effects this business can have.
Thank you for your time
Joe Walker

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Community councils say city improperly permited strip club; city says they're wrong

June 21st, 2011 by Mike

Update: The community councils and a local retirement center today sent the city a letter asking for reconsideration of the permit.

Both the Maple Leaf and the Wedgwood community councils have gone on record as opposing Pandora’s Adult Caberet, prompting KOMO to air a report from the parking lot of the soon-to-be strip club.

The councils claim the new club, at the site of the defunct Seven Seas Restaurant, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., is too close to a day-care center (which they don’t want to name). Their arguments, including that proper public notice was not given, are summarized on the Wedgwood council’s website.

The councils say that day care is 600 feet from the club, which is currently being remodeled. According to code, clubs must be more than 800 feet from legally recognized or permitted public park and open spaces, community centers, elementary or secondary schools, or child care centers.

“We have a child care use that has been licensed by the state for over 10 years serving members of the community in what happens to be someone’s home,” Per Johnson, of the Wedgwood council, wrote to the city. “The project should be started over again,” David Miller, of the Maple Leaf council, told KOMO.

Miller and his council were instrumental in the successful fight last year to save a grove of 80 mature Douglas fir trees at the old Waldo hospital in Maple Leaf. Miller later ran, without success, for the Seattle City Council.

But the city distinguishes between in-home daycare and “child care centers,” Bryan Stevens of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, told KOMO.

“We haven’t made a mistake,” Stevens said.  “As far as I know, there’s no legal recourse at this point.”

The club’s location, at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 90th Street, straddles the Maple Leaf/Wedgwood community divide. It is also kitty-corner from The Stratford at Maple Leaf, a retirement community (and Maple Leaf Life advertiser) which also joined in the joint letter to the city; about 1,000 feet from the Ryther Child Center; and 1,500 feet from Sacajawea Elementary School.

That stretch of Lake City Way also hosted Rick’s strip club until it was closed by an FBI investigation. No further news on whether it might reopen as Chantal’s Gentleman’s Club.

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Community councils say city improperly permited strip club; city says they’re wrong

June 21st, 2011 by Mike

Update: The community councils and a local retirement center today sent the city a letter asking for reconsideration of the permit.

Both the Maple Leaf and the Wedgwood community councils have gone on record as opposing Pandora’s Adult Caberet, prompting KOMO to air a report from the parking lot of the soon-to-be strip club.

The councils claim the new club, at the site of the defunct Seven Seas Restaurant, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., is too close to a day-care center (which they don’t want to name). Their arguments, including that proper public notice was not given, are summarized on the Wedgwood council’s website.

The councils say that day care is 600 feet from the club, which is currently being remodeled. According to code, clubs must be more than 800 feet from legally recognized or permitted public park and open spaces, community centers, elementary or secondary schools, or child care centers.

“We have a child care use that has been licensed by the state for over 10 years serving members of the community in what happens to be someone’s home,” Per Johnson, of the Wedgwood council, wrote to the city. “The project should be started over again,” David Miller, of the Maple Leaf council, told KOMO.

Miller and his council were instrumental in the successful fight last year to save a grove of 80 mature Douglas fir trees at the old Waldo hospital in Maple Leaf. Miller later ran, without success, for the Seattle City Council.

But the city distinguishes between in-home daycare and “child care centers,” Bryan Stevens of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, told KOMO.

“We haven’t made a mistake,” Stevens said.  “As far as I know, there’s no legal recourse at this point.”

The club’s location, at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 90th Street, straddles the Maple Leaf/Wedgwood community divide. It is also kitty-corner from The Stratford at Maple Leaf, a retirement community (and Maple Leaf Life advertiser) which also joined in the joint letter to the city; about 1,000 feet from the Ryther Child Center; and 1,500 feet from Sacajawea Elementary School.

That stretch of Lake City Way also hosted Rick’s strip club until it was closed by an FBI investigation. No further news on whether it might reopen as Chantal’s Gentleman’s Club.

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Lots of ways to contribute to North Helpline

April 8th, 2011 by master

There are lots of ways to help keep food on the tables of our neighbors in North Seattle by supporting North Helpline in the coming weeks.


Bowls available at last year’s Empty Bowls at Northgate Community Center.

We’ve already mentioned Empty Bowls, which is from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

But there are plenty more ways to help even before then:

  • On Saturday, April 16, Silver Platters is holding a food drive for North Helpline in conjunction with Record Store Day, a day designated for independently owned record stores to come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Bring in nonperishable food, get a coupon! Our own location is at 9560 First Ave. N.E., but there’s also one in Lower Queen Anne at 701 Fifth Ave. N.
  • Dine out to support North Helpline on April 21 at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe, 8515 35th Ave. N.E. Stop by anytime that day (hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.), and 30 percent of the proceeds will be donated to North Helpline.
  • Love to cook? Join Cookus Interruptus author and Bastyr University faculty member Cynthia Lair for a “Spring Into Greens” cooking class from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Two Dog Yoga in Lake City, 12549 28th Ave. N.E. Small plates with big flavor utilizing shades of green are on the menu! Bring a chef knife, apron and your friends. Preregistration via PayPal is required; cost is $20 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting North Helpline.

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Developments at The Last Drop Bottle Shop

January 6th, 2011 by master

While we’re on the subject of new businesses in south Maple Leaf, here’s an updated photo of The Last Drop Bottle Shop, which is moving into the space vacated when Jack Cellars closed its doors in October.

When we first ran a photo of the Bottle Shop, which will specialize in craft and import beers (just in case you couldn’t tell from the photo), a poster on its window was touting a late November opening. As you can tell, the business, located at 8016 15th Ave. N.E. next to Hudson New American Public House, still is empty, but it actually has come a long way with the removal of the Jack Cellars signage and the addition of its own.

However, we still don’t have an opening date for the business that will join other recent additions to the area: Little CaesarsPeony Nails & Spa, iBurger & Shake and Cafe Kopi.

By the way, for our commenters who have their hearts set on higher-end pizza, we should add that a new Zaw Pizza is opening Jan. 10 in neighboring Wedgwood at 7320 35th Ave. N.E., where a Domino’s Pizza closed last year. Our sister site Wedgwood View, writes:

The store will offer Zaw’s signature pizzas, salads made with organic greens, desserts and a rotating seasonal menu featuring Northwest produce.  Zaw will also offer a full selection of Northwest microbrews, DRY soda and wine.  You can check out their website here.

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Enjoy handmade tamales without all of the work

December 16th, 2010 by master

Looking for something different for your holiday feast(s) this year?

Last week at Wild Root Salon, 8814 Roosevelt Way N.E., a flier was posted on its announcement board from a local company called Garza Mexican Foods that was advertising traditional Mexican tamales and salsas for purchase in bulk — perfect for the holidays, parties or just because:

We hand make tamales and salsas in traditional Mexican style:  grinding our corn, seasoning our meats, hand spreading our masa and using fresh vegetables in our salsas.  Our recipes have been handed down from generation to generation and have been updated for health conscious living.

Tamales available for $15 a dozen include pork, chicken and beef. Priced at $18 a dozen are vegetable and cheese; black bean and cheese; and vegan tamales. Because of the effort put into making the tamales, they must be purchased by the dozen, with the exception of the vegan tamales which have a five-dozen minimum.

Need a couple of salsas to go with your tamales? For $4 you can get an 8-ounce container of either roasted red or tomatillo green salsa.

Check out the Garza Mexican Foods website for more information or to place an order, or call 206-422-2711 or email info.garzafoods@garzafoods.com. Your order can either be delivered to you, or you can pick it up at their Wedgwood commercial kitchen.

What’s on your Christmas, New Year’s or other holiday menu?

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Murder arrest made just east of Maple Leaf

September 19th, 2010 by master

A murder suspect was arrested just a few blocks east of Maple Leaf on Friday, our sister site Wedgwood View is reporting.

The man, 45, of Monroe, was arrested by Monroe police at about 12:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Northeast 89th Street, according to Monroe police who were quoted by a Monroe-area newspaper, the Sky Valley Chronicle.

The online newspaper said the man is suspected in the death of Angela Pettifer, 36, whose body was found in her apartment on Aug. 15. She died of strangulation. The man has not yet been charged.

A neighbor who lives near where the arrest occurred said he believed the man was working at a Wedgwood house as a contractor. The neighbor described a lot of police activity and thought a SWAT team might have been involved. A Seattle Police spokesman said he knew nothing about the arrest.

The newspaper said the man lives in the Savoy building in Monroe, the same building where the woman lived and was found dead. The man apparently rents a business suite on the second floor, said police in a statement.

The newspaper said the Monroe Police Department has had previous contact with the man, a level one-sex offender. through monthly registered sex offender checks. The Sky Valley Chronicle story has more details and photos.

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More outdoor cinema, anniversaries this weekend

July 30th, 2010 by master


“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is the feature film at the eighth annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema on Saturday. Photo credit: Blue Sky Studios. ©2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

If you enjoyed the outdoor movie after the Maple Leaf Summer Social on Wednesday, hop on over to the eighth annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, which you can read more about on our sister site Wedgwood View.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Thornton Creek School, 7711 43rd Ave. N.E., with the featured family-friendly film, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” scheduled to begin at dusk. The suggested donation is $5 for a family, and guests also are asked to bring nonperishable food items for local food banks.

Also Saturday, MKG Martial Arts International, 10722 Fifth Ave. N.E., is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring intro classes, martial arts demonstrations, prizes/raffles, personal safety presentations, games for the kids and refreshments. Raffles will include movie tickets, restaurant cards, free private lessons, Wii/Playstation/Xbox for kids, and a grand prize of a full year of tuition.

Meanwhile, The Seattle Public Library’s 100th anniversary celebrations of its Carnegie branches continue this weekend, with events planned from 1-3 p.m. at the Green Lake branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Drive N. There will be children’s craft activities, refreshments and commemorative giveaways at the free event, which also will feature clothing styles and music from the 1910s. Representatives from Goodwill will provide an exhibit with vintage clothing and an interactive hat show with hats to view and try on.

If you’re in the mood for a bicycle ride on Saturday, our partner MyWallingford recommends you head over to Gas Works Park for the Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling bicycle festival that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The brew site has more details on the event. Partner MyBallard adds that you can join the “Kidical Mass” ride that heads out at 9 a.m. from Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., for the 3-mile trek to Gas Works.

Don’t forget the Torchlight Parade on Saturday in downtown Seattle, and our news partner The Seattle Times warns of additional traffic issues this weekend with closures on both Interstate 5 and Interstate 90.

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Have some beers, test your bird brain

April 17th, 2010 by master

TRUE / FALSE: Crows are known to drop hard-shell nuts onto a street and wait for passing cars to drive over them to crack them open so they then can have a quick snack? See answer below.

If the answer is second-nature to you, you might want to head over to Fiddler’s Inn on Tuesday, April 20, between 7-9 p.m. for “Beers for Birds” trivia night presented by the Seattle Audubon Society.

Billed as an entertaining evening of trivia and a fundraiser for the Audubon’s conservation and education programs, the event also will include a raffle. For $5, you can get a chance to win such prizes as theater tickets, dinner at Café Flora and a weekend away at The Bishop Victoria Hotel in Port Townsend.

Raffle tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Fiddler’s Inn or Seattle Audubon. You don’t have to be present to win.

Oh and the answer: True. Similarly, along the coast, crows drop mussels and other shellfish on rocks to crack the shells and expose the flesh for a snack. Source: The excellent “Learn about Birds” section on the Seattle Audubon site.

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