News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Groupon offering deal at COA

May 22nd, 2013 by master

COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria may have new owners, but it’s still hoping to keep its customers with deals like today’s on Groupon:

For $22, you’ll get a tequila tasting and appetizers for two, or a margarita pitcher and appetizers for four, which is regularly priced at $66.

There’s lots of fine print, so be sure to read up before you click!

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Seattle author writes next in ‘Cheap Bastard’s’ series

December 13th, 2010 by master

By Tyler Steele

Humor writer and Wedgwood resident David Volk released “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” the latest travel book in a national series targeted at not only tourists, but also locals looking to have fun without breaking the bank.

“I think it’s for everyone in Seattle,” Volk said while relaxing at Espresso Express in Ravenna. “Times are tough, and it doesn’t look like things are changing anytime soon. It’s really all about doing the things you’d already do  for less, and working within the system while having a good time doing it.”

After the series received commercial success in New York, Chicago and Boston, Globe Pequot Press decided to tackle the Northwest.

“We needed an insider’s perspective for the book,” Editorial Director Amy Lyons said by phone from Guilford, Conn.  “This one is very much for the person that lives in Seattle.”

“I’m the perfect person to do this book because I know how to pinch pennies till they scream,” declared Volk, who makes his living as a freelance journalist. “I wrote about what I’ve been doing for years — surviving on cheap haircuts and happy hours.”

A resident of Seattle for the past 20 years, Volk highlighted some of his favorite places for free entertainment and kids’ meals in the Maple Leaf neighborhood:

  • Kona Kitchen at 8501 Fifth Ave. N.E.:  A mix of professionals and amateurs show up for stand-up comedy on the second Thursday night of the month for this open mic format show (this month, it’s on Tuesday, Dec. 14, because of the holidays). The fun starts around 8 p.m., comedian standard time, and usually goes until around 10ish (pg.72).
  • Coriolis Dance Collective at 10701 Eighth Ave. N.E.:  Coriolis focuses on experimental dance that involves collaboration among artists from many disciplines.  Volunteer slots are available during some performances and often involve jobs including venue setup, ushering and performance teardown. Volunteers get comp tickets (pg.76).
  • Marie Callender’s at 9538 First Ave. N.E.: Children 12 and younger get a free kid’s meal with purchase of adult entrée on Tuesday and Saturday.  The meals include a choice of ice cream sundae or slice of apple or chocolate cream pie (149-150).

You can read an in-depth profile on Volk on our sister site, Wedgwood View.

Tyler Steele is the intern for our sister site, PhinneyWood. He is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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Deals for veterans abound today

November 11th, 2010 by master

The Ram Restaurant and Brewery at Northgate Mall is offering a buy one, get one free deal for lunch and dinner to veterans today.

Our news partners the Queen Anne View have compiled a list of deals area businesses are offering today to veterans in honor of Veterans Day:

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Parfait ice cream truck back with $1 off deal tonight

September 8th, 2010 by master

Don’t let tonight’s predicted rain keep you from enjoying a visit from Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream, which will be parked  from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Once again, Parfait is making it worth your while to also stop by Blue Saucer, which will be open later for patrons. Parfait writes on its Twitter feed:

Maple Leaf, give some love to Blue Saucer tonight. They stay open late so we can serve ice cream! Buy a treat inside, get $1 off your cone.

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Where to watch World Cup matches in Maple Leaf

June 10th, 2010 by master

Sure, you can head downtown starting Friday to rub shoulders with the hard-core World Cup fans as early as 4:30 a.m. at bars such as Fado, which our partner The Seattle Times says was named “Best Soccer Bar” in the nation by the U.S. Soccer Federation last year.

Or you can sleep in a couple of hours and head to one of our local pubs to enjoy the world’s most-watched sports tournament with fans who also are neighbors.

Although none of Maple Leaf’s bars plans to open before the sun rises, Ram Restaurant & Brewery at Northgate Mall, 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Ste. 1102, is your best bet with a 7 a.m. opening throughout the monthlong World Cup. It also will offer a special breakfast menu, and discounts on bloody marys and Modelo Especial beer.

Also braving the early hours is Roosevelt Ale House, 8824 Roosevelt Way N.E., which will open at 7 a.m. on days the U.S. team plays, and all other match days at 11 a.m.

Another earlier riser is Cooper’s Alehouse, 8065 Lake City Way N.E., which plans to open at 10 a.m. throughout the World Cup and offer happy hour prices all day until 6 p.m., including food options off of its happy hour menu and $1 off pints.

And although the Old Fifth Avenue Tavern, 8507 Fifth Ave. N.E., doesn’t have any specific plans to open early for the World Cup, the staff would consider it if there was a group interested that’s big enough to make it worth their while. [Read more →]

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Save $10 through Groupon at Greenlake Bar & Grill

June 2nd, 2010 by master

Greenlake Bar & Grill may not be in Maple Leaf, but it sure is close and quite appealing with its outdoor patio in the summer.

Groupon is offering a $20 gift certificate for lunch at the Green Lake restaurant, 7200 E. Green Lake Drive N., at the discount price of $10. This deal is only valid for lunch, served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it expires in a year.

You have until midnight tomorrow to make the purchase, but know first that there’s only one deal per person, although you may buy multiple as gifts, and you can only use one per table.

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A week of happy hours starts today at Starbucks

May 7th, 2010 by master

If you like Starbucks’ Frappuccinos, you’ll like them at happy hour prices even more.

From today until May 16, you can have any Frappuccino of your choice for half-off from 3-5 p.m. at participating locations. Although the Starbucks inside Barnes & Noble at Northgate Mall isn’t participating, you still can get half-off prices at the remaining three Northgate stores:  in the food court at the south end of the mall, inside the QFC at the corner of Northgate Way and Roosevelt Way, and the store at 540 N.E. Northgate Way.

It’s a perfect way to kick off spring, not to mention a smart marketing strategy to help the company introduce its new “However-You-Want-It” Frappucino.

What’s your favorite area coffee shop?

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It's 31-cent scoop night at Baskin-Robbins

April 28th, 2010 by master

Now this is a deal. Not only can you treat yourself to a scoop of your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream for 31 cents tonight, but you also will be supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Participating Baskin-Robbins, including the one at 826 N.E. Northgate Way, are offering each customer up to three 31-cent scoops tonight from 5-10, while supplies last, and you’ll also be helping support the Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, which is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in conjunction with the event.

Enjoy your double-whammy scoop(s) of ice cream tonight!

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Dine Out For Life at two Maple Leaf restaurants

April 26th, 2010 by master

The great deals available during Seattle Restaurant Week at more than 100 restaurants in the area, including Maple Leaf’s own Divine, seem like reason enough to go out to eat during April.

But this Thursday, the last day of Seattle Restaurant Week, there’s an even better reason  as 150 restaurants in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties pledge to donate 30% of your bill to the Lifelong Aids Alliance for the 17th annual Dining Out For Life event.

The two Maple Leaf restaurants participating are LC’s Kitchen and Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, and you can check out the whole list here.

You’re also invited to give a little back on Thursday to become a member of the 20% Off Tuesdays club. If you donate $25 or more while Dining Out For Life on Thursday, you automatically become an exclusive member and are eligible for 20% off your entire bill every Tuesday evening for the next year at participating restaurants.

Where will you eat on Thursday in support of Dining Out For Life?

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A Divine deal during Seattle Restaurant Week

April 7th, 2010 by master

If you still haven’t made it to dinner at Divine, your chance to try a bit more off the menu for less of a price is right around the corner during Seattle Restaurant Week, April 18-29.

More than 100 restaurants in and around Seattle are participating, offering three-course dinners for $25 Sunday through Thursday, as well as a three-course lunch for $15 at a number of the same restaurants.

Although Divine, 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., is the only Maple Leaf restaurant participating, nearby participating restaurants include Nell’s at Green Lake, and Eva and Kisaku in Tangletown. See the whole list here and make your reservations soon.

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