News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Snappy Dragon closed through July 14

July 2nd, 2013 by master

In case you missed the post on our Facebook page, Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, 8917 Roosevelt Way N.E., is closed from July 1-14 for renovations.

We can’t wait to see what’s new at one of the city’s top Chinese restaurants!

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All Seattle Public Libraries to close Aug. 29-Sept. 5

July 11th, 2011 by Mike

The Seattle Public Library system will be closing down for the week before Labor Day weekend, from Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 4 due to citywide budget cuts. All libraries will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 5. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, September 6.

Most Library services will be unavailable during the one-week closure and will have the following impacts:

No materials will be due and no fines will be charged.

The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, August 28. The Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open until 6 p.m. that day and another 11 branches will be open until 5 p.m. Visit or call 206-386-4636 for more information on Library locations and hours.

No book drops will be open. The Central Library book drops will close at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 28 and will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 6.

If you’re desperate for library access, the Lake City Neighborhood Service Center and parking garage will remain open. It is co-located with the Lake City Branch, but has a separate entrance. The Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, which is co-located with the Ballard Branch, will stay open as well.

August 29 through September 4 was the week selected for the closure because general Library use at that time is not as high as other times during the year, school is not in session and there are fewer Library programs scheduled.

For more info, visit the Seattle Library site.

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It's official now: A New York Pizza Place is closed

January 17th, 2011 by master

Last month we reported that the windows at A New York Pizza Place were covered up, and commenter SMP gave us the bad news when we asked if anybody knew what was up:

They are closed. The last night was Saturday December 4th. The lease was up and business was down.

And now it’s official.

Signs posted on the windows say the space at 8310 Fifth Ave. N.E. is now for lease through Anas Properties, which is in the process of creating a Facebook page offering more information about the property.

The company is asking for $2,000 a month plus “triple net” fees for the 1,720-square-foot space, and it adds that the former owner of A New York Pizza Place is willing to sell the restaurant equipment that still is on the premises.

Anybody out there hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of opening up a pizzeria? We can only hope, after the loss of Divine this summer and what appears to be at least a temporary if not permanent closure of La Bera Cafe. Why is Maple Leaf losing so many restaurants?

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Little Caesars opens in The Village at Maple Leaf

January 4th, 2011 by master

Maple Leaf may have lost one pizza place recently, but it looks like we now have a new one, albeit in a different part of the neighborhood.

On Thursday, Dec. 30, a new Little Caesars Pizza opened in The Village at Maple Leaf at 8014 Lake City Way N.E. While other parts of Maple Leaf appear to be struggling in the downturn, including the closures of the earlier mentioned A New York Pizza Place at 8310 Fifth Ave. N.E., as well as Revolution Cycles at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E. this summer, The Village has seen something of a surge.

In May, Peony Nails & Spa opened, followed by iBurger & Shake in June and now a Little Caesars in place of the Suntan Place.

Let’s hope the surge trickles down through the rest of Maple Leaf!

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More news from the morning after

November 23rd, 2010 by Mike

Many things are closed or not happening this morning. They include:

  • Schools.
  • Garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup.
  • All libraries, until 1 p.m.
  • Planes – flight crews are having trouble getting to the airport. Call first!
  • Many park programs.
  • The University of Washington.
  • Many bus routes.

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Jack Cellars celebrates 'Last Syrah,' sale continues

October 23rd, 2010 by master

Jack Cellars, 8016 15th Ave. N.E., is closing its doors this weekend, but wine enthusiasts got the chance to bid a fond farewell on Friday night, also known as “The Last Syrah.”

Owner Jack Ewer estimated that hundreds would show up for the three-year-old store’s last wine tasting event, and by 6 p.m. attendance seemed sure to reach that figure.

And the festivities will continue through the weekend, with a liquidation from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The store’s racks, fridges, antique tasting bar, furniture, computers and more will be sold, although a number of the items already had “Sold” signs on them on Friday.

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Jack Cellars closing after 3 years in Maple Leaf

October 20th, 2010 by master

After three years at its south Maple Leaf location at 8016 15th Ave. N.E., just off of Lake City Way, Jack Cellars is closing its doors this weekend.

But it’s not going down without a big celebration, otherwise known as “The Last Syrah.”

Multiple vendors will be pouring wines from 5-8 p.m. Friday to “celebrate a great 3-year run,” states an e-mail sent out to subscribers.

“It’s just a great shop, successful,” said owner Jack Ewer. “I’m just moving on.”

Wine will be on sale at the party, and on Saturday the sale continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a liquidation of the store’s racks, fridges, antique tasting bar, furniture, computers and more. Anything leftover will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Although Ewer has owned the business for three years, the location has been a wine store for 11 years.

“It’s been for sale for a while,” he added, “but in this economy, who wants to start a business? It’s too bad, though, because they could step right in.”

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Revolution Cycles closes up shop today

August 31st, 2010 by master

The pickings are slim on the last day that Revolution Cycles has its doors open at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., but the prices still might make it worthwhile for you to stop by before the end of the day.

If all you really need is a tune-up for your bike, though, Revolution Cycles will continue to have you covered. Owner Trask Fredrickson says he has plans for a valet service for the greater Maple Leaf neighborhood, in which he will pick up and drop off bikes that are in need of service, and provide a mobile service that will do the work at your house if all your bike needs is a quick fix.

Fredrickson also plans to offer corporate bicycle repair citywide for businesses that have about 10 bicycles in need of service. He’ll show up at the office and provide the needed maintenance at the expense of the bike owners, but the business gets a tax credit for organizing the event.

“I’m trying to think of newer, greener, 21st century ideas,” said Fredrickson, who also lives in Maple Leaf.

His website,, will have maps that show his service area and that detail his services soon, he added.

For those of you who may be interested in leasing the space Revolution Cycles is vacating, here are some of the details: [Read more →]

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Revolution Cycles closing Tuesday – but will live on

August 27th, 2010 by master

The store Revolution Cycles is closing its doors on Tuesday, but the business itself as well as the “personal attention to bikes” its patrons have come to expect aren’t going anywhere.

“Having a store like this is really important to the neighborhood,” said owner Trask Fredrickson, “but I just don’t have deep enough pockets.”

He explained that even though he’s no longer able to keep the store open, Revolution Cycles will continue to service bicycles and cyclists throughout the Maple Leaf and greater North Seattle area with a “personal bike mechanic” service, which he compared to a personal trainer.

Now, instead of driving to the store at at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., Revolution Cycles will come to you, pick up your bike (or your skis and snowboards in the winter), then bring it back to you after it’s been fixed or assessed.

Or, if your bike just needs a quick fix, Revolution Cycles also will have a mobile shop to work on your bike at your house.

“We still have access to the same stuff,” he said. “We just won’t have a brick-and-mortar facade.”

Fredrickson, who lives in the neighborhood, said he’s also hoping he can establish a partnership with a Maple Leaf business that lets him set up shop once a week in a parking lot to offer his mobile services, as well as a drop-off service for tune-ups and other more complex services. Just come back the next week, and he’ll bring your bike back. And in the winter, he says he hopes to offer the same services for snowboards and skis, and possibly even rent out snowboards.

“The standard model of a business isn’t necessarily the best anymore,” Fredrickson said.

In the meantime, you’ve got until Tuesday to check out what remains at the store, which still has a couple of dozen bikes and plenty of accessories. And just remember, if you want to make an offer, you’d best heed the sign on the window above that says “Cash talks.”

Even though the storefront is going away, the website and phone number are staying the same. Check out or give Fredrickson a call at 206-525-3068.

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Cafe Kopi opens with same scones as Sugar Shack

August 17th, 2010 by master

The Sugar Shack Baking Co. may have a new name and owner, but fans of the Maple Leaf cafe’s much beloved scones and other baked goods, never fear. The owner of what now is known as Cafe Kopi reassures you that she has kept the same baker on board and will be sure to continue offering your favorite items.

“We’re trying to keep what people want,” said new owner Fery Sutanto, pictured above. “Usually if people make a request, we just make it.”

Sutanto says she bought the cafe, located at 8056 Lake City Way, in mid-June, but she only last week painted the new name of Cafe Kopi on the windows facing the busy intersection of Lake City Way and 15th Avenue Northeast. But it’s a work in progress, and she hopes to soon have a permanent sign that will be more visible.

As for the new name, Sutanto says she originally is from the Indonesian island of Java, and that in Indonesian, Kopi means coffee. But there’s plenty to drink besides coffee, including fresh juices and smoothies.

Sutanto has some more changes planned for the cafe, as well, including an expansion of the menu, which includes weekend brunch items such as biscuits and gravy and the “Shack Attack”; daily breakfasts including prepared bagels and oatmeal; and rice bowls, which today were listed as Coconut Curry, Hawaiian and Pesto. Sutanto added that there likely will be more rice bowl flavors soon, and that she also would like to include some salads to the menu.

For now, hours also are the same as when it was the Sugar Shack: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. But that, too, could change.

By the way, since Cafe Kopi has stayed so similar, we left its ratings under our Food & Drink section that readers had given to the Sugar Shack. Feel free to change your rating, and everyone else is of course invited to rate our Maple Leaf eateries away.

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