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Welcoming Dr. Veronica Bello to the neighborhood(s)

August 20th, 2011 by Mike

There’s a new dental office in the neighborhood, Avila Dental, home of Dr. Veronica Bello.

She started moving into the Northgate Park Professional Building, 11050 Fifth Ave. N.E., Suite 202, on July 12. That’s just across Fifth from Hubbard Homestead Park, and a location where a new medical district is growing in proximity to Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. (On Thursday we posted about the UW medical clinic opening just south on Fifth in Thornton Place.)

After six weeks of construction (which you can find detailed on her Facebook page, together with instructions for a Tooth Fair app) she is now open for business.

Which, in Dr. Bello’s case is family (including children) and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Bello was born in Seattle. When she was a small child her parents moved back to Venezuela, where she grew up and received her DDS from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2002.

That’s where the name of her practice originated. From Avila Dental’s website:

Avila National Park is a mountain range located at the north part of Venezuela, in the ciy of Caracas, where Dr. Bello is from. On a clear day you can see the city on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other!

She returned to Seattle and received a master’s degree in oral medicine in 2009. She is an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington and a clinical instructor at the Renton Technical College in the Dental Assisting Program.

Avila Dental’s new office includes an area for children, treatment rooms and quite a bit of excellent art which was still being hung last week. It also includes brand new digital X-ray equipment and state-of-the-art fluorescence technology to detect decay.

A Ballard resident, Dr. Bello picked her new office location because of the growing medical district here, the north end neighborhoods and the easy commute access from Interstate 5 – important because, as a bilingual dentist, she’d like to draw  Hispanic customers from throughout the area.

We understand that a healthy mouth is essential to a healthy body and we focus on early detection and prevention of oral diseases. But we also believe in a collaborative treatment plan that takes you into consideration. Although we will always show you your options, we will never recommend unnecessary treatments.

Insurance coverage includes Washington Dental Services (WDS), Regence Blue Shield, Premera, Assurant,  Metlife and Aetna.

(Photos courtesy Avila Dental.)

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Take a peek at COA Mexican Eatery this weekend

May 12th, 2011 by master

COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria doesn’t plan to officially open until May 20, but it’s got a few events planned this weekend to give you a taste of what’s to come.

According to the COA website, it’s planning a Tacos for Life Street Fair from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14:

COA has decided to open up its doors for an opportunity to taste some of its DE LA CALLE (Street Style Food)!

COA’s “Tacos For Life” Street fair will be offering the following menu items:

  • Street Style Tacos (Carne Asada, Carnitas)
  • Gorditas
  • Nachitos
  • Ceviche Tostadas

BONUS! Sign in to enter yourself for one of 4 $25 Gift Certificates!

As well as a Family Night on Sunday:

In an effort to meet the neighborhood, COA is offering a pre-opening Family Night on Sunday, May 15th to show off some of its new menu items. Additionally, kids under 10 years old will eat for free off of a kids menu!

New Menu Items:

  • Chile Relleno
  • Fajitas
  • Camarones Diablo
  • Arroz y Pollo
  • Gorditas

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PCC inching closer to Maple Leaf

April 27th, 2011 by master

How many of you Maple Leafers out there have always wanted to join PCC but haven’t because the locations are too out-of-the-way?

Let the waiting begin.

Photo of “The Big Hole” in Green Lake courtesy My Green Lake.

Our news partner at My Green Lake says PCC is coming to the neighborhood in place of the giant pit that replaced the Vitamilk plant three years ago between Woodlawn Avenue Northeast, Northeast 71st St, Fifth Avenue Northeast, and Northeast 72nd Street:

Construction is finally moving forward at the former Vitamilk Dairy site, and the new building should be open by late 2013. …

Ground breaking at the site, now being referred to as “Green Lake Village,” is targeted for this winter, and the new PCC is scheduled to open in late 2013.

In addition to the 25,000-square-foot PCC, there will be 30,000 feet of other retail space and 295 apartments in five stories.

Read more about the development on My Green Lake.

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COA invites Maple Leaf to Cinco de Mayo pairing

April 26th, 2011 by master

Edgar Carreon, owner of COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria, with his fiancee, Juanita Bond, in front of the tequila bar on the first floor.

When COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria officially opens May 20 at 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., owner Edgar Carreon plans to offer more than just his favorite dishes and tequilas. What he really hopes to share with the community is an experience.

“One of the ways that we are different from most Southwest-style restaurants is that we are part of the Mexican culture,” Carreon said. “We didn’t come up with the idea; we didn’t come up with the recipes. These are things that we grew up with; these are the things that we still eat at home.

“We have a really personal relationship with the culture that we think is a really different experience.”

And because Maple Leaf has welcomed COA with such open arms, Carreon in turn is opening the doors to the restaurant a little early for a Cinco de Mayo dinner-tequila pairing specifically for the neighborhood. (UPDATE: Reservations now are being taken. Click to the bottom of this post for details.)

Carreon explains that his first restaurant, La Casita in Mount Vernon, is important to him because of the way the restaurant was so warmly welcomed into the community when it opened nine years ago.

“(Maple Leaf) has been the location that makes us feel just like we did in Mount Vernon,” he said.

The three-course meal offered May 5 will feature a tequila specifically chosen for each course from Casa Noble, Corrido and Ahatoro. Patrons that night also will get the chance to try some of the restaurant’s original tequila cocktails, as well as samples of dishes not being served with the meal.

So what style of food might you expect at COA? Carreo admits that much of the menu might not seem new to patrons who frequent Mexican restaurants, but he thinks the execution of the dishes is what will make the food unique. [Read more →]

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Flying Squirrel Pizza opening pushed back to July

April 25th, 2011 by master

Flying Squirrel Pizza Co.’s original location is in Seward Park. Photo courtesy its website.

By Katie Melton

In a previous post, we dropped the news that the Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. will be arriving in Maple Leaf sometime soon. Bill Coury, the owner of the restaurant that is taking the place of A New York Pizza Place at 8310 Fifth Ave. N.E., says it may be a little later.

“This is the million-dollar question, isn’t it? I am hoping that we are open at the beginning of July,” Coury said.

Regardless of the vacant space, why open a location in Maple Leaf?

“We’ve had such success being the neighborhood restaurant here in Seward Park. Maple Leaf just reminded me a lot of our Seward Park location. Lots of families, and it’s cozy. After a year, we will all know each other. It’s just more fun that way. It seemed like the perfect spot,” Coury said.

We will keep you posted on the status of the restaurant’s opening. By the looks of it, Maple Leaf neighbors should expect to be seeing the Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. in their backyard by summer.

“It’s a cool spot, don’t you think? We’re very excited,” Coury said.

Katie Melton is the intern for Maple Leaf Life. She is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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The Fine Diner opening appears to be nearing

April 23rd, 2011 by master

Progress appears to be moving forward for the transition from La Bera Cafe to The Fine Diner International Cuisine, 1000 N.E. Northgate Way.

No word yet on the opening date, but between The Fine Diner, The Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. (8310 Fifth Ave. N.E.), and COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria (7919 Roosevelt Way N.E.), we’ll soon have many more options to choose from.

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Seattle Met plans on getting 'Sauced' at COA

April 14th, 2011 by master

Check out today’s Sauced blog on the Seattle Met website, which features Maple Leaf’s own COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria. The new restaurant plans to open in mid-May at the former location of Divine, 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E.

The blog says COA is just “the latest in a string of local establishments specializing in agave spirits,” although the only other location that’s even somewhat “local” for us is Bandolero in Green Lake, which opened last fall, according to our news partner My Green Lake.

The post muses that COA’s clientele might nickname the restaurant the Hoe Bar, but you’ll have to read the link yourself to figure out why.

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Help wanted around the neighborhood

March 25th, 2011 by master

Although COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria doesn’t plan to open until mid-May, the new Maple Leaf restaurant at 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E. posted an ad via Twitter announcing that it’s already hiring:

“Tell us a little about yourself and your previous experience in the field. Share with us an experience you’ve really enjoyed with tequila.”

And COA isn’t the only new area business that’s hiring. The new Sally Beauty Supply, 837 Northeast Northgate Way, also has a sign posted in its window looking for help.

Most of the boxes are unpacked and it looks like the store is set to open Monday, March 28. Ready to work that soon? Applications are available online and can be submitted at the Lynnwood location, 19410 Highway 99, Suite C. For more information, call 425-776-4237.

If you’re more interested in being on COA’s wait staff or a “mixologist,” email

Know of any other companies hiring in the neighborhood?

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More on COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria

March 16th, 2011 by master

Excited about the new Mexican restaurant that’s moving into the former location of Divine, 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E.? Here’s a news release hot off the presses:

COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria plans to open their doors in mid-May in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood at the intersection of 80th and Roosevelt Way NE. COA plans to serve lunch & dinner six days a week and will open at 11am Tuesday through Sunday. The former house-turned-eatery will feature a dining room which seats 50 and a small bar to seat over a dozen.

Entrepreneur and COA owner, Edgar Carreon, will bring his family-style Mexican background to Seattle to create a new concept. “I’m excited to bring the Mexico I know to Seattle, says Carreon. “I come from three generations of Mexican restaurant entrepreneurs and this is our first venture in Seattle. The roots that you see in the food from Mexico exist just as much in tequila and we have an opportunity to combine those and create a new experience.”

COA is a sophisticated, low-stress neighborhood eatery that will offer lunch specials, a dinner menu and an extended happy hour. COA will offer authentic, handcrafted Mexican cuisine such as tacos, molé, carne asada and more that will pair well with over 50 hand-selected tequilas offered in the bar. COA’s initiative is to combine local, fresh ingredients with simple, bold flavors to deliver traditional dishes with an edge.

“I have always loved the Maple Leaf neighborhood and knew it was where I wanted to bring this concept,” says Carreon. I have watched the area grow so much over the past 10 years and I know COA will fit great in the neighborhood. My fiancé, Juanita, and I look forward to getting further connected with the community,” he concluded.

A coa is a tool that jimadors have used for hundreds of years to harvest agave. It is a tool that has endured and represents a culture that hasn’t been replaced with advanced technology. 

Follow @coatequileria for updates and progress.

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Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. coming to Maple Leaf

February 14th, 2011 by master

The former home of A New York Pizza Place won’t be empty for long.

According to a sign in the window at 8310 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle’s Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. is moving into the space left vacant in December.

In addition to the sign, an article from Seattle Met is posted on the door that compares pizza from Flying Squirrel’s Seward Park location with downtown’s Serious Pie from iconic Seattle chef Tom Douglas. The magazine writes:

Owner Bill Coury is as irreverent about the rules as Douglas, claiming that he wasn’t setting out to be authentically anything; he just wanted to make a classic American “everybody pizza” with the best-tasting stuff on top. And—judging from the crowds of hipsters and families that throng the friendly, Mexican coke–and–Olympia Beer sort of Seward Park storefront every night—that he has done.

Flying Squirrel says on its About page that it uses local produce when possible, featuring products from companies such as Salumi Artisan Cured Meats, Stumptown Coffee and Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop. The dough and sauce are made fresh each day, and Flying Squirrel also makes its own pork and chicken sausage. More from its webpage:

Each of our pizzas is hand tossed to order, and each carries its own uniqueness.  For example, your pizza might not be perfectly round…and that’s good!

Handmade food shouldn’t always look factory perfect…that’s the love you see, instead.

Who’s ready for Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. to open to Maple Leaf?

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