News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


The Maple Bar (nee Maple Leaf Grill) is open!

August 18th, 2014 by Mike

The Maple Bar, officially to open Aug. 23, actually had a “soft” opening this weekend.

The bar and restaurant, at 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E. in the space where the Maple Leaf Grill closed, will be open daily from 5 p.m to midnight.

The soft opening, to train staffers and fine-tune equipment (how’s the beer working now?) and offerings, means an initial reduced-price menu. (See below)

Without advance notice or advertising, the bar still packed in 100 customers Saturday night, staff said.

Welcome to Maple Leaf!

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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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Goodbye to Maple Leaf Grill, hello to PCC

May 20th, 2014 by Mike

photo Marcus R. Donner

There’s still time to order a Blast and yam fries at the Maple Leaf Grill before it closes for good Friday night.

Take a souvenir photo, too. (Sorry, the T-shirts are all gone.)

In the good news department, the new Greenlake Village PCC store opens in just two weeks, at 9 a.m. on June 4th.

It’s just down Fifth Avenue Northeast, at the site of the old dairy plant. Details are here.

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Maple Leaf Grill to close May 23rd

April 3rd, 2014 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Grill – a neighborhood institution with Mrs. Peel on the north wall and a huge reclining nude on the south – this morning announced it will close May 23.

From the Leaf’s Facebook page:

It is with great sadness that I must officially announce the impending closure of the Maple Leaf Grill. After 25 years of serving the Maple Leaf community, our last day of service with be May 23rd. I don’t know what else to say except that is has been my pleasure to serve you for nearly 1/2 of those years and I will miss seeing all of your beautiful faces.

You still have about seven weeks to come get your grub on, enjoy the best burger in the city with a pint of your favorite local brew, scarf down a plate of stroganoff or carbonara, or sup lightly on Pat’s pan-seared trout. I do hope you’ll all stop in to say goodbye.

This leaves Maple Leaf with one fewer local restaurant – neighbors will remember LC’s Kitchen closing in the spring of 2011.

From The Stranger:

The kind of bar everyone wishes his or her neighborhood had, the Maple Leaf Grill is a cozy, worn-in den, perfect for folks in the area to walk to and grab a burger and a beer—with their kids or without. A giant horseshoe-shaped bar dominates the main room, making a good spot for solo diners who want some people-watching with their dinner.

From the Leaf’s own webpage:

The Maple Leaf Grill has been a neighborhood favorite since it opened its doors in the charming Maple Leaf area of Seattle in 1989. In 1999, the Grill relocated up the street to the light grey house that sits on the corner of 90th and Roosevelt Way NE. The house was built in the 1920’s and is on the highest point in north Seattle, with views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic mountains. In January 2004, Pat Paull, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, bought the Maple Leaf Grill becoming the executive chef/owner. Pat Paull promised the loyal neighborhood that he would “bring the Grill back,” which is what he’s done.

From the Leaf’s Facebook page.

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More good news about Maple Leaf!

May 30th, 2013 by Mike

Just in case you missed the news a couple of days ago (Watch out! Maple Leaf is “increasingly popular“), Yelp’s Neighborhood Spotlight is now shining on us.

“Hidden away north of downtown, Maple Leaf is home to lots of lucky locals,” says the article, which spotlights several local restaurants.

“Teeming with Tudor-style and bungalow homes, those recent remodels and renovations also came to include some of Seatown’s most sought-after supper spots.”

The Kona Kitchen, shown at right, is called out, as are Cafe Piccolo, the Maple Leaf Grill,  Cloud City Coffee and Flying Squirrel Pizza.

Comments from neighbors have added in the Blue Saucer and the Snappy Dragon.

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Local holiday food, toy drives and benefits coming up

November 11th, 2011 by Mike

Winter is upon us, and with it drives to help the needy.

Thornton Place retirement community is currently holding a food drive to support Northwest Harvest, which operates statewide.

The retirement center, at 337 N.E. 103rd St., writes:

We have opened our community to Northwest Harvest’s annual food drive. Northwest Harvest Food Drive collection boxes are ready to receive your donations in the following locations: apartment lobbies of Thornton North and Thornton South Buildings, the management office and the gym. The food drive ends 11/20/11. Please donate generously. There is also an option to donate $10 by texting 8 END HUNGER at 80888.

On Sunday, Dec. 4,  North Helpline is holding a Gingerbread House Decorating Party as a benefit. The food bank, at 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., serves northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf and Wedgwood.

At the party:

Every family will have a station complete with their own gingerbread house, white royal icing, and a selection of candy.

Enjoy coffee, cookies, and cocoa included in cost of event. Live holiday music and a chance to have your photo taken with Santa or your finished gingerbread house!

There are two sessions, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $35 at or RSVP via email at events@northhelpline.

Also, the Maple Leaf Grill, 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E., is again holding a toy drive for the holidays.

We’re up to our old tricks. Collecting donations of toys and clothes for Treehouse, that is. Stop by, take a gift tag off the Giving Tree, shop for one or more items listed on the tag, and return the items (unwrapped) to us by Monday, December 12th. Because every kid deserves to open presents for the holidays. If you’d prefer to make your donation online, use this link and remember to list Maple Leaf Grill in the “Donation Drive Name or Organizer” field.

Finally, remember our earlier post on the Northgate Community Center’s hat and sock drive through Dec. 7.

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North Seattle Community Dinner is this Sunday

April 7th, 2011 by Mike

A local group is hosting a “community dinner” for North Seattle this Sunday, April 10, at Thornton Place.

From their Facebook page:

Come help identify community projects with your neighbors over dinner.
Three courses with discussion, deliberation and decision-making.
Ticket price: $15/person.
The dinner is from 5-8 p.m. at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.
On the page, organizer Dusty Hoerler writes:
The North Seattle Community dinner is intended to bring together community members to surface ideas and inspire community projects. It’s an opportunity for people to have time to sit down, get a chance to interact with neighbors from various backgrounds, eat, drink, be merry and spur discussion on what projects people are looking forward to working on.
His list of projects already discussed includes more sidewalks and wood-fired oven in parks. “Perhaps someone is interested in starting a local writing class, or local film club, or book club. Your idea is great and needs a place to be shared. “
The group says it is sponsored by the 46th District Democrats, the Washington State Labor Council, the Maple Leaf Grill, the King County Labor Council, Forza Coffee, Dan Knauff Graphic Design and Local 32 Plumbers and Pipefitters.

For tickets email

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Local ways to make back-to-school donations for foster kids

August 22nd, 2010 by Mike

Both Maple Leaf Ace Hardware and the Maple Leaf Grill are collecting clothes, backpacks or other donations for Treehouse, a non-profit that supports foster children.

The hardware store has a list on its Facebook page for kids ages 5 to 18. It includes new:

__ Jeans

__ Long or short sleeved shirt

__ Hooded sweatshirt

__ Warm Coat

__ Socks & Underwear

__ Shoes

__ Backpack or Messenger Bag

__ A new outfit, from head to toe

The Maple Leaf Grill’s Facebook page says “Washington State gives foster parents a maximum of $300 per year to clothe a growing child. It’s simply not enough.”

The Grill is taking donations through Thursday, and Ace through Friday.

Anybody know of additional local places to help get kids back to school?

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