News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Benefit tonight for the Roosevelt Ale House

December 23rd, 2017 by Mike

Of all the heartbreaking things about the fire that struck last weekend, the thing weighing most heavily on us is that our wonderful staff is suddenly out of work. At the holidays. Our incredibly kind neighbor, The Maple Bar, has offered to host a fundraiser tomorrow night to benefit all the Ale House employees. Many of you have asked how you can help. Well this is step one. Help us take care of our people! ❤️❤️

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Merry Solstice, Maple Leaf!

December 21st, 2017 by Mike

The stealth Solstice Tree has returned to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

Fourth year (I think).

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Overnight fire shuts Roosevelt Ale House

December 16th, 2017 by Mike


Close to 20 fire trucks responded to a blaze at the Roosevelt Ale House early this morning shortly after 2:45 a.m..

The restaurant, at Northeast 89th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, won’t be open this weekend.

Damage was mostly confined to the kitchen area, Seattle firefighters reported.

The other business is The Little Gym.


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Police shooting overnight started at Northgate Mall

December 12th, 2017 by Mike

From  our news partner The Seattle Times:

According to police, the man is believed to have first been involved in a 10 p.m. armed robbery at the Forever 21 store in the Northgate Mall.

The Seattle Times story is here.
The police press release is here.

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Snow coming – here? Yes! Update 1 p.m.

November 2nd, 2017 by Mike

1 p.m. in Maple Leaf. Snow beginning to stick on lawns, trees but not streets. Temperature 34 degrees.

From this Thursday afternoon’s National Weather Service Forecast Discussion:

National Weather Service Seattle WA
350 PM PDT Thu Nov 2 2017

.SYNOPSIS…A weather system will move through Western Washington tonight. Strong high pressure over British Columbia will give windy conditions from Whatcom county out through the San Juans. The
snow level will fall to 500 feet north of Seattle tonight. Another cool weather system will arrive Saturday night.

Our forecast:

From KOMO’s Scott Sistek:

Those winds will spread cooler air south over northwestern Washington as the night progresses, dropping snow levels down about 400-500 feet about as far south as North Seattle past midnight into early Friday morning. With some lingering showers in a cool, unstable air mass and perhaps a Convergence Zone running around, that’s a low enough snow level to see some rain/snow mixed or wet snow on the hilltops north of Seattle.

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The Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is on!

October 29th, 2017 by Mike

Hundreds of costumed kids – and their families – have just reached the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

By our count, it’s the ninth annual Parade of Costumes.

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Maple Leaf Community Council meeting on Wednesday

October 23rd, 2017 by Mike

The quarterly general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council is this Wednesday evening.

At least one of the candidates for Seattle mayor should be there, the council says.



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Return of Maple Leaf’s Parade of Costumes! And other Halloween news

October 16th, 2017 by Mike

The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, at Rick’s Chevron on the corner of Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street, and ending at Maple Leaf Park.

Join in the whole route or part of the route (entire route is about 1-1/4 mile and will hopefully take about an hour).

Our parade is part of a the Scaring Away Hunger Donation Drive for North Helpline, which provides emergency services & a food bank in Lake City. There will be donations boxes for non-perishable food donations at the beginning and end of the parade.

If you live along the route and want to hand out treats, we ask you bring any goodies to the sidewalk so trick-or-treating can keep moving along the route. If you don’t live along the route and would like to hand out treats, meet us at the end of the parade at the park. How many participants? Plan on 250, although the weather will no doubt affect that number.

In addition, the Maple Leaf Community Garden is hosting two Halloween events.

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Two new local restaurants in Maple Leaf

September 27th, 2017 by Mike

Ban Hua Sai is now open every day but Sunday..

The Thai restaurant at 9400 Roosevelt Way N.E. is in the location of the former Cucina Americana, which lasted less than a year in the space of the former Cafe Piccolo.

Hours for Ban Hua Sai are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

To the south off Roosevelt at Northeast 80th Street, a new Texas BBQ  restaurant and giant smoker is set to open Saturday, Sept. 29, in the space of the former Coa Mexican Eatery & Tequileria.

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Five-hour park pops up Friday at 5th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 85th

September 11th, 2017 by Mike

Delivered to Maple Leaf Life South this afternoon is a mini-leaflet announcing a celebration of International PARK(ing) Day.

It will be celebrated here in Maple Leaf by turning two on-street parking spaces into a public space.

For five hours during evening drive time on Friday, Sept. 15th. At the intersection of Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

From Aimee, new co-leader with her husband Ian of Maple Leaf Greenways:

PARK(ing) Day is intended to encourage creative placemaking and raise awareness about the importance of walkable, livable and healthy communities.

We chose this intersection as visibility is poor, cars often speed, there is a lot of cut through traffic on side streets and that crosswalk signal just takes too gosh darn long to change.

Hours are from 2-7 p.m.

Maple Leaf Greenways is a part of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. For more overall information on PARK(ing) Day in Seattle go here.

Interested in helping with the Maple Leaf event? Email Aimee (at)

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