News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

Summer Social this Wednesday, plus a new BBQ restaurant

July 22nd, 2017 by Mike

 

The revived Maple Leaf Community Council emails:

The 22nd annual Maple Leaf Summer Social is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th, at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Family Terrace (Playground) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. There will be live music, fun activities for kids, information booths for the neighborhood, and free ice cream bars sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

Please feel free to stop by the tables hosted by members of the Maple Leaf Community Council (MLCC) to say hello! The MLCC will have informational posters and would appreciate feedback from our neighbors on issues that people would like to engage in and learn more about.

Come meet your neighbors, enjoy some free ice cream and activities for your community!

Sincerely,
Maple Leaf Community Council Board Members
Jason, Kile, Eric, Sarah, Evan, and Bryan

Also, news about the former Coa Mexican Eatery & Tequileria at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street.

Crews are hard at work on it now, siting an outside place to put the barbecue smoker – 20-feet of it, we’re told.

Also that it will be Texas-style BBQ. (We’re from Texas….)

Opening date set for late August.

 

 

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We’re Number 4? Also, so long, Hudson House

May 14th, 2016 by Mike

Good news, neighbors!

Seattle Police say we’re No. 4 – in car prowls (Seattle’s most common crime).

This is GOOD news? Something north of 250 cars busted into?

Yes. Because in March, we were No. 1.

The graph above shows cars broken into between January and May 7.  Note, however, that Roosevelt/Ravenna is No. 5.

Thanks to Anthony and John for forwarding the information..

And to Lisa, for pointing out that the Hudson New American Public House, at 8014 15th Ave. N.E., is no more, as of Friday.

I noticed a handwritten sign in the window at Hudson Public House yesterday that indicated that a change in ownership/management was coming, and that today (the 13th) would be the last in the current hands.

The Collins Pub also tweeted the news: “Tonight it ends- @hudsonpub Hudson to close , transition to new owners.”

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Maple Leaf gets new restaurant next week, replacing Cafe Piccolo

April 27th, 2016 by Mike

Cafe Piccolo, which closed in February, is being replaced next week by a second location of Capitol Hill’s Americana.

Cucina Americana’s Facebook page (and menu) is here. It features tapas, pasta and entrees.

On its web site, it states:

During his search for a new Americana location in Seattle, executive chef Jeffrey “Cheffrey” Wilson discovered a charming Italian restaurant in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Its cozy vibe and local feel made it the perfect spot for his new restaurant. Cheffrey was inspired by the atmosphere and menu so much that he decided to put an Italian twist on his new venture, and thus Cucina Americana was born! The menu is inspired by home cooked, rustic Italian cuisine. It puts an Italian twist on American comfort food.

The restaurant is set to open Monday, May 2nd, at 9400 Roosevelt Way Northeast (although the sign on the door offers dinner Tuesday through Saturday).

In other restaurant news, the now-defunct Ying’s Chinese Drive-in at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 85th Street, will apparently be replaced by a location of The Growler Guys, according to an email from Vivian and posts on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf.

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Happy Solstice, Maple Leaf! (the park tree returns)

December 21st, 2015 by Mike

The Winter Solstice is this evening, and for the second year a Solstice Tree has returned to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It has lights, decorations, and an invitation to neighbors to bring ornaments to fully trim the tree.

Celebrate the return of light!

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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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Craft beer and fine pizza at Thornton Place’s Watershed Pub

July 19th, 2014 by Mike

Beer.
That’s what our news partner The Seattle Times first noticed at Thornton Place’s Watershed Pub & Kitchen.

“Sufficient come-on in a heat wave perhaps, but this casual, cavernous, cedar-paneled pub at Thornton Place has other things going for it.

“Pizza, for one thing. Pie folds for another. Both rely on the same excellent dough…,” Providence Cicero writes in a review this weekend.

The pub opened in late April on the south side of the Thornton Place complex at 10104 Third Ave. N.E.

In a press release, co-owner Ben Curran said:

Unique in a chain-restaurant dominated shopping centrum, Watershed brings craft beer and liquor and artisan pizza to a neighborhood in need of community-minded gathering spaces. The pub does just that with a warm cedar-clad interior, family-friendly sections, outdoor patio seating, and perhaps most significantly, close proximity to all of Northgate’s shopping and entertainment venues.

Movie-goers, mall shoppers, and commuters alike will find the location and hours of Watershed ideal for dining and socializing; the pub is also student and tele-commuter friendly, with high-speed internet access and thoughtfully-placed outlets, as well as flexible seating for business lunches.

The pub is “Family owned, community founded, globally minded.”

You can read more at the Time’s review or at the pub’s Facebook page or web site.

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Craft beer and fine pizza at Thornton Place's Watershed Pub

July 19th, 2014 by Mike

Beer.
That’s what our news partner The Seattle Times first noticed at Thornton Place’s Watershed Pub & Kitchen.

“Sufficient come-on in a heat wave perhaps, but this casual, cavernous, cedar-paneled pub at Thornton Place has other things going for it.

“Pizza, for one thing. Pie folds for another. Both rely on the same excellent dough…,” Providence Cicero writes in a review this weekend.

The pub opened in late April on the south side of the Thornton Place complex at 10104 Third Ave. N.E.

In a press release, co-owner Ben Curran said:

Unique in a chain-restaurant dominated shopping centrum, Watershed brings craft beer and liquor and artisan pizza to a neighborhood in need of community-minded gathering spaces. The pub does just that with a warm cedar-clad interior, family-friendly sections, outdoor patio seating, and perhaps most significantly, close proximity to all of Northgate’s shopping and entertainment venues.

Movie-goers, mall shoppers, and commuters alike will find the location and hours of Watershed ideal for dining and socializing; the pub is also student and tele-commuter friendly, with high-speed internet access and thoughtfully-placed outlets, as well as flexible seating for business lunches.

The pub is “Family owned, community founded, globally minded.”

You can read more at the Time’s review or at the pub’s Facebook page or web site.

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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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