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More about food (and drink) in the neighborhood

August 9th, 2015 by Mike

Recent items that caught our eye:

* The Maple Bar was written up in The Seattle Times on Wednesday, with this somewhat enticing  headline: Maple Bar: a neighborly vibe and easy-drinking libations.

Yes, the review of the restaurant and bar at 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E. was entirely about cocktails.

The Maple Bar is one of the best cocktail bars to open in the North End in the past year.

Some easy-drinking libations headline a menu that features herbaceous spins on summer staples such as the gin and tonic (its best drink), a house-made tonic made with herbs from its garden and spiced up with peppercorns, rosemary and orange zest.

It did tell us something we didn’t know, though: “Now owner Heather Ramsay has opened a second outdoor seating area, transforming a bushy, weed-filled backyard into a patio garden that seats 25.”

(Leaf Tip: Eating? Get the excellent burger. Medium rare.)

* Last month, in a ’90s flashback, the Times was asked where one could still find $1 Taco Tuesdays. Part of the answer: “If you’re really cheap, you can do 50-cent tacos at Old 5th Avenue Tavern in Maple Leaf.”

This same Reader Q&A also calls out the Watershed Pub and Kitchen at Thornton Place, though for beer not tacos. The last full review of the Watershed we saw, from last summer, is here.

* Finally, the Times earlier today reminded us that even when Farmer’s Markets are not open, there’s a year-round produce stand right down 15th Avenue Northeast.

“Rising Sun Produce.  Shop in season for the best deals at this Ravenna/Roosevelt-area fixture. 6329 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-524-9741).

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News about three Maple Leaf businesses – including the vacant building across from the park

August 4th, 2014 by Mike

Sharon emailed last week: “Probably you have noticed…my husband and I saw a land-use action sign re: the block across from the park (Northeast 86th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, I think) last weekend.

“It announced a 20-unit mixed use development.”

We hadn’t noticed. It’s the building/parking lot with the Maple Leaf Park design displayed, which once belonged to the former owner of Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

It’s a great location, and over the years many local businesses have eyed it.

According to the permit application, the proposal for the property at 8521 Roosevelt Way N.E. is for a “4-story mixed use structure containing 20 residential units and 5,000 sq. ft. of retail.

“Parking for 20 vehicles to be provided at grade and ten vehicles within the structure. Existing structure to be demolished.”

The new owner is listed as MRN Holmes LLC, at 7556 12th Ave. N.E.

Green Skunk

Mike emailed today:” I noticed this morning as I was pushing my bike with a flat tire on the sidewalk down Roosevelt,  that the location of our neighborhood medical cannabis pharmacy on the 9400 block appears to have cleared out over the weekend.”

Indeed. The Green Skunk, which moved to 9414 Roosevelt Way N.E. only last October,  is empty.

There’s no information on its web, Facebook or Twitter sites, and its phone has been “temporarily disconnected.”

Maple Bar

The new Maple Bar will open Saturday, Aug. 23th.

We know because the owners had the table next to us at the Maple Leaf Summer Social, and told us so.

It replaces the departed-but-lamented Maple Leaf Grill at 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Get a first glimpse at its food here.

Bonus business: Setsuna.

It’s just north of Maple Leaf, but the Japanese Setsuna Restaurant building, just north of QFC at 11204 Roosevelt Way N.E., is signed “up for sale.”

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The Maple Bar to replace Maple Leaf Grill

June 16th, 2014 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Grill closed about three weeks ago.

Now there are signs a new bar will open at the site, 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E.

“Please excuse our mess.  We will be reopening in August!

“The Maple Bar will be a family friendly pub during the day and cocktails, ales and wines for the adults in the evening. Open 12-12 weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. weekends.”

It’s signed: “Cheers, Libby and Heather.”

Thanks to reader Rob, who spotted the sign and noted: “A liquor license application is in the window, and it looks like they will serve hard liquor.”

The old grill was posted on Zillow as a business opportunity only (not real estate):

Maple Leaf Grill, a neighborhood favorite since 1989, is located in a charming 1920’s house with views of Mt Rainier and the Olympics. With a cozy fireside dining room & a seasonal patio for 12 overlooking their herb garden, the grill has something for everyone & is ADA accessible. This turn-key opportunity features large kitchen w/ type 1 hood, walk in cooler, and efficient floor plan that seats 49. Basement w/ prep and storage space. Room to run catering service in addition to the restaurant.

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