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Cafe Piccolo closes, more mail theft reports

February 21st, 2016 by Mike

Cafe Piccolo is closing this month after a decade serving Maple Leaf dinners.

The last day for the restaurant, at 9400 Roosevelt Way N.E., is Feb. 29th.

On its Facebook page, Cafe Piccolo says, in part:

Thank you Maple Leaf and Café Piccolo fans for 10 years of devoted business! Café Piccolo will close its doors on February 29th under the Carlino ownership. This was not an easy decision to make, as we have grown fond of all of you and attached to the community that has supported us through the good times and the challenges of a not so great economy.

Our great staff that you have come to know will be staying on to help with the transition to the new owner. We are confident that we are leaving the restaurant in very good hands, someone who will be able to take this location to the next level and grow with the neighborhood.

Since the restaurant is not open Sundays or Mondays, that effectively means the last day to eat there is Saturday, Feb. 27th.

Thanks, Chris, for the heads-up on Piccolo. Thanks, also, to Terry for the news last month that Hang Fire Design gallery and True Color Hair Design, both on Roosevelt, have shut their doors.

Also, earlier this weekend Jesse wrote to say:

On Friday night, February 19th, at 10:45 p.m. I stepped outside (corner of 8th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd  Street) and saw a blue truck with a covered bed, man driving and woman in the passenger seat, stop at our mailbox bank. She saw me and he sped off towards Roosevelt. I have never seen this truck in the past and it was obvious that they were there to steal mail.

Last week a similar mail theft was reported at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 102nd Street.

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Two empty storefronts in Maple Leaf

February 8th, 2014 by Mike

Missing from our neighborhood this weekend: The Snow Goose art gallery and San Marco Grocery.

The Snow Goose, at 8806 Roosevelt Way N.E., is empty, and a phone call went unanswered.  It’s been at that location since 1993, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.

And earlier in the week Jennifer wondered what was happening at San Marco, 8416 Fifth Ave. N.E. “They haven’t been open since Saturday Feb. 1.”

And today Kevin emailed: “I stopped in to the San Marco Grocery Friday evening for a bottle of wine only to find people packing up the inventory.” He says the owner told him they are moving – it wasn’t clear where.

She and her husband were such nice, welcoming people. A great part of our community. We hugged and she said “I will miss you. Tell your wife, your son I will miss them.” 🙁

Interestingly, San Marco was the only place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables that was – technically – within the borders of Maple Leaf.  Both the Safeway on Northeast 75th Street and the QFC off Northeast Northgate Way are just outside the Maple Leaf Community Council’s declared borders.

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Coming soon: "Greatest Falafal on Earth"

April 19th, 2013 by master

The space recently vacated by iBurger & Shake won’t stay empty for long.

Signs posted at 8000 Lake City Way state that “Zaina” is coming soon, boasting “Greatest Falafal on Earth” and “Best Gyro Ever.”

Anybody heard anything else about Zaina?

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iBurger & Shake on Lake City closes

March 11th, 2013 by master

Despite the recent spate of new businesses opening in Maple Leaf, including LeBlanc Floors and Espresso Repair Experts, there also are some area closures to report in addition to the drastic changes under way on Northgate Way.

On the far southeast end of Maple Leaf, there is now a for lease sign posted at iBurger and Shake, which had a good run in the parking lot of Maple Leaf Village after opening in June 2010 at 8000 Lake City Way.

And a “Roosevelt Dad” tipped us off to an article in about the closure of the Baskin & Robbins at Green Lake, which had been a fixture at the popular park since the 1970s. Although the Northgate location still is open, at 826 N.E. Northgate Way, its view of a parking lot on Northgate Way lacks a bit of the ambiance compared to the former store directly across the street from Green Lake.

Roosevelt Dad adds: “I think the new Green Lake frozen yogurt store and the trend toward healthier treats (or at least ones perceived as healthier) must have put the final nails in BR’s coffin.”

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New 7-story building planned on Northgate Way

March 10th, 2013 by master

Before you head out the door in search of a few of Northgate’s favorite ethnic restaurants, you should take stock of what’s closed as plans develop for a seven-story building just east of the 24 Hour Fitness at the corner of Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northgate Way.

Of the businesses shown above, we know that Espresso Repair Experts has moved to Maple Leaf at 9522 Roosevelt Way N.E., Northgate Rare Coins & Precious Metals relocated to 11319 Pinehurst Way N.E., and Frame It also moved nearby to what is apparently now called the BevMo! Plaza at 10712 Fifth Ave. N.E. Masala of India Cuisine is still open for now, and isn’t moving far with a sign already up underneath the 24 Hour Fitness next door.

As for Kim Nails and Pho in the USA, the buildings are simply empty and vacant.

The situation is even more grim on the eastern half of the development. Although a sign at Indo Cafe indicates its moved to 13754 Aurora Ave. N.E., and that the Sprint has moved next to Masala, there are no moving signs at Scorecard Bar & Grill (which actually closed its doors in August), Sunny’s Hair Design, Cigar Land, International Salon, Savvy Mattress Outlet or Countryside Donut House, which we should note had boasted the No. 1 spot on our restaurants list.

As of Sunday, Supercuts at 543 N.E. Northgate Way was the only business still open, although the year-old BECU branch and SleepCountry in a separate building just to the north appear to be staying.

And what did all of these businesses close or move for? A seven-story building with 22,967-square-feet of commercial space, 262 residential units and 270 underground parking spaces.

As you can see above, if you don’t like it, it’s too late to say anything because the comment period ended nearly a year ago.

But you’ll have other opportunities as there are likely even more developments planned since the Gene Juarez Academy just south of that retail area also has relocated to 6007 A – 244th St. S.W. in Mountlake Terrace.

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Check out the new Real Property Associates digs

February 4th, 2013 by master

Real Property Associates today officially moved into 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Today marks the beginning of a new era for the intersection where Roosevelt Way and Lake City Way intersect with Northeast 75th Street.

In a prime location that brings traffic from well beyond Maple Leaf’s borders, the former eyesore at 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E. is now the home of Real Property Associates.

Just two years ago, we spoke with RPA co-owner Jay Young, who said the company had hopes to move into the space but still was waiting to see what would happen with the economy.

The vacant building at 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E. two years ago.

Let’s take their opening today as a sign that things are moving in the right direction!

In another sign of good things to come to Maple Leaf, the space vacated when Bead World purchased its building and moved into an even bigger neighboring space also has a new tenant.

According to its website, Espresso Repair Experts opened Feb. 1 at 9522 Roosevelt Way N.E. We’ll try to learn more about the business in the days to come, so please stay tuned!

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Tattva's Herbs Organics moving to Maple Leaf

November 2nd, 2012 by master

The “For Lease” sign at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E. has come down and Tattva’s Herbs Organics, an established business in Roosevelt that sells Ayurvedic herbs and oils, is moving in with plans to open in early December.

Owner Susan Bowes tells us the current business at 902 N.E. 65th St., Ste. D, is moving to make way for condos, but it’s still open for now if you’d like to check it out to see what to expect when the store opens in Maple Leaf.

Previously, 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E. has been the home of Glassique and Revolution Cycles. We’ll keep you posted with progress at Tattva’s and tell you more about the business after it opens.

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Roosevelt space for lease after maoStudios leaves

September 15th, 2012 by master

After just over a year at 9220 Roosevelt Way N.E., maoStudios has left Maple Leaf and is reportedly back at is former Green Lake location.

The space is now for lease, adding to a glut of empty spaces in the north end of Maple Leaf, including the recent departure of Glassique from 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., which is one of three spaces for lease in that development.

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Nordstrom Rack to open at Northgate in November

July 9th, 2012 by master

Nordstrom has officially confirmed its plans to build a Nordstrom Rack in the space previously occupied by Toys ‘R’ Us at the south end of Northgate Mall, according to our news partners The Seattle Times.

It says the new store will open in November, and cover about 41,000 square feet. From the article:

“Northgate has been a special home to us for over 60 years, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to add a Nordstrom Rack in such a terrific location in our hometown,” Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack, said in a statement, referring to the full-line division’s long-time presence there.

Maple Leaf reader Stu, who told us about the initial plans from May, adds:

Old Northgate Theater demolished (complete), Thorton Place (complete), replacing ToyRUs (in November), a pedestrian bridge to NSCC (approved), just waiting for a Trader Joe’s and light rail and my master plan will be realized.

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Edward Jones moves to Thornton Place; Beadworld expanding

July 2nd, 2012 by master

There’s plenty of change brewing on Roosevelt these days! The empty lot at Northeast 89th Street has finally been sold, and there’s also been mysterious activity at the empty building at Northeast 75th Street, shown at right.

Meanwhile, the Edward Jones at 9524 Roosevelt Way N.E. has been lured to Thornton Place and is now located at 339 N.E. Thornton Place, which is down the hallway next to Subway.

But with Edward Jones’ departure, we will actually end up with two fewer empty spaces because of a planned expansion by Beadworld, 9520 Roosevelt Way N.E. After years of being vacant, the former Eastlake Galleries frame shop will be vacant no more after Beadworld moves into both that space and the former Edward Jones.

Beadworld will take over all three of the above-shown storefronts.

The end date is in September, so it’ll be a while until we can write more about the details, but we’ll get them to you as soon as possible.

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