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Pandora's strip club – almost a year later

May 22nd, 2012 by Mike

Last May the news here that the venerable Seven Seas Restaurant was turning into a strip club ignited hundreds of comments from readers, many predicting an increase in crime and decease in property values.

The Maple Leaf and Wedgwood community councils  both appealed the opening, saying Pandora’s Adult Cabaret had been improperly permitted by the city. The appeals were rejected, and Pandora’s opened on July 12 at 8914 Lake City Way N.E., on the line between the two neighborhoods.

Maple Leaf Life wrote at least a dozen posts on the club last year. This year? We’ve heard nothing. So we thought we’d ask.

We can’t speak to property values, but we can about crime. We ran the entire year on the city crime map and found – nothing.

We asked Terrie Johnson, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct.

I talked to Community Police Team Officer Kipp Strong and to our Precinct Prosecutor, Jana Jorgensen, and neither one of them have had any complaints about Pandora’s. I have worked North Precinct now for 12 months, and I have had no complaints about them either.

At the Wedgwood Community Council (you could argue Pandora’s is technically in Wedgwood because it’s on the east side of Lake City Way) Per Johnson said: “I haven’t heard of any crime or complaints from neighbors. In fact, to his word, the owner emailed me a few months back to see if I’ve heard anything. So far, they seem to be a good neighbor.”

When we asked the owner, Joe Walker, he replied in part: “If there are legitimate concerns I would be more than happy to address them as needed. Having been in the business for almost 30 years I was pretty confident that the doom and gloom predictions wouldn’t come to fruition.”

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Pandora’s strip club – almost a year later

May 22nd, 2012 by Mike

Last May the news here that the venerable Seven Seas Restaurant was turning into a strip club ignited hundreds of comments from readers, many predicting an increase in crime and decease in property values.

The Maple Leaf and Wedgwood community councils  both appealed the opening, saying Pandora’s Adult Cabaret had been improperly permitted by the city. The appeals were rejected, and Pandora’s opened on July 12 at 8914 Lake City Way N.E., on the line between the two neighborhoods.

Maple Leaf Life wrote at least a dozen posts on the club last year. This year? We’ve heard nothing. So we thought we’d ask.

We can’t speak to property values, but we can about crime. We ran the entire year on the city crime map and found – nothing.

We asked Terrie Johnson, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct.

I talked to Community Police Team Officer Kipp Strong and to our Precinct Prosecutor, Jana Jorgensen, and neither one of them have had any complaints about Pandora’s. I have worked North Precinct now for 12 months, and I have had no complaints about them either.

At the Wedgwood Community Council (you could argue Pandora’s is technically in Wedgwood because it’s on the east side of Lake City Way) Per Johnson said: “I haven’t heard of any crime or complaints from neighbors. In fact, to his word, the owner emailed me a few months back to see if I’ve heard anything. So far, they seem to be a good neighbor.”

When we asked the owner, Joe Walker, he replied in part: “If there are legitimate concerns I would be more than happy to address them as needed. Having been in the business for almost 30 years I was pretty confident that the doom and gloom predictions wouldn’t come to fruition.”

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Italian Spaghetti House & Pizzeria for lease

February 16th, 2012 by Mike

The fence around the former, much-loved Italian Spaghetti House & Pizzeria is gone, and a “for lease” sign is up.

Will it reopen as a restaurant?

The sign says “retail, restaurant or development site. Call Joe.”

Joe hasn’t returned our call from last week.

A reader in Wedgwood emailed this week that she saw the sale in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

I read that the Spaghetti House Restaurant at 9824 Lake City Way was sold on January 9. The buyer is ISH Restaurant LLC, 2900 NE Blakeley St., Suite B, Seattle 98105. The purchase price was $1,200,000.

The registered agent for that LLC is Joe – Joseph L. Brotherton.

Our reader points out that neighbors, and the community councils of both Maple Leaf and Wedgwood, have expressed concerns about the arrival of strip clubs along Lake City Way.

Since the old restaurant closed last year, a new neighhbor has moved next door, medical marijuana dispensary Greenside Medical at 9804 Lake City Way N.E.

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Italian Spaghetti House & Pizzeria for lease

February 16th, 2012 by Mike

The fence around the former, much-loved Italian Spaghetti House & Pizzeria is gone, and a “for lease” sign is up.

Will it reopen as a restaurant?

The sign says “retail, restaurant or development site. Call Joe.”

Joe hasn’t returned our call from last week.

A reader in Wedgwood emailed this week that she saw the sale in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

I read that the Spaghetti House Restaurant at 9824 Lake City Way was sold on January 9. The buyer is ISH Restaurant LLC, 2900 NE Blakeley St., Suite B, Seattle 98105. The purchase price was $1,200,000.

The registered agent for that LLC is Joe – Joseph L. Brotherton.

Our reader points out that neighbors, and the community councils of both Maple Leaf and Wedgwood, have expressed concerns about the arrival of strip clubs along Lake City Way.

Since the old restaurant closed last year, a new neighhbor has moved next door, medical marijuana dispensary Greenside Medical at 9804 Lake City Way N.E.

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Wedgwood council also declines to sue over strip club

July 21st, 2011 by Mike

Saying a “technicality” would likely make any legal action unsuccessful, the Wedgwood Community Council announced Wednesday night it would not pursue a suit against the city over permits for Pandora’s Adult Cabaret.

Like the Maple Leaf Community Council, which also declined to sue, the Wedgwood council believes the city improperly issued permits for the strip club at 8914 Lake City Way N.E., on the line between the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods.

In a post on its website Wednesday night, Per Johnson of the Wedgwood council noted that city requirements make the issue complicated. “The case that we would be required to make before a King County judge would be difficult to explain in this format.

“So, in an attempt to keep our explanation simple, we decided that while we felt confident in presenting a strong defense of our contention with the city’s inaccurate interpretation of the code, we felt equally strong that we would not be given the chance” due to contention over a 21-day time limit on such suits.

Therefore, we unfortunately determined that this technicality would likely prevent us from ultimately being successful in court.

We are encouraged that the owner of Pandora’s Adult Cabaret reached out to us earlier and has told us that he would like to be a valuable part of the community. We will continue to work with the owner if/when issues arise to resolve them amicably.

The council also released an emailed letter it received Tuesday from Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s office. The letter again declines to revisit arguments over the strip club’s permits.

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Maple Leaf council decides not to pursue suit against strip club

July 20th, 2011 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Community Council at noon today announced it will not attempt a lawsuit against Pandora’s Adult Cabaret.

The strip club opened this month at 8914 Lake City Way N.E., on the line between the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods, and the community councils of both wrote the city to say they believe the club’s permit was improperly issued. The city disagreed.

The issue has generated considerable discussion, with well over 200 comments on the Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View neighborhood blogs and their Facebook pages. Meanwhile the club’s doors opened, and the club posted on its Facebook page: “Ladies- We need dayshift Entertainers! We’ve had customers everyday this week waiting for us before the club opens at 1pm, need more girls so we can start opening at 11am! The money’s been fantastic, just need more of you!”

Both the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood councils considered a lawsuit, but in a vote on Tuesday evening the executive committee of the Maple Leaf council said “no” by a 4-3 vote as “Executive Board President Joshua Newman proposed the following motion: ‘I move that MLCC should cease exploring or considering a lawsuit against the City of Seattle over the permitting of Pandora’s Strip Club.’”

In today’s email David Miller, a member of the executive committee, explained that due to timing issues, including a 21-day time limit on lawsuits, success seemed unlikely.

“That 21-day period passed before anyone in our community learned of the issuance of the permit,” Miller wrote, and although courts have made timing exceptions that might apply, “filing a lawsuit after July 25 would almost certainly erase any remaining (slim) possibility legal action against the City’s decision would be heard on the merits.

Since community individuals and businesses have inquired about legal action, we felt it important to quickly communicate the MLCC Executive Board’s vote so individuals and businesses can make their own decisions in the few days remaining before July 25.

We will continue to work with other community councils, Maple Leaf residents, and Maple Leaf businesses concerned about ongoing activity at the location of the adult cabaret.

(In a related matter, the strip club opening up the street at the former Rick’s, 11332 Lake City Way N.E., now has a new name: DreamGirls at Ricks.)

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Pandora’s strip club indicates it’s opening this afternoon

July 12th, 2011 by Mike

Update July 13: From the club’s Facebook page: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Pandora’s is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Club hours are 1pm to 230am, cover charge is $10 and $5 for a drink. Hope to see you all here!”

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On its Facebook page the new strip club on Lake City Way indicates it will open this afternoon at 1 p.m., and stay open until 2:30 a.m.

In a post from around midnight, the club said “we’ll be open tomorrow.”

Pandora’s Adult Cabaret, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., was originally set to open July 6, but but was still awaiting an inspection, the club has said. That location is right on the line that splits the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods, and the community councils of both have written the city to say they believe the club’s permit was improperly issued. But the city refused to step in.

The sign outside the club, which used to be the Seven Seas Restaurant, is now covered in black. At 8 a.m. workers were visible inside the open door.

The club has posted several photos on its Facebook page, including one of a stage, at right.

The club has generated considerable discussion, with around 200 comments on the Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View neighborhood blogs and their Facebook pages.

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Pandora's strip club indicates it's opening this afternoon

July 12th, 2011 by Mike

Update July 13: From the club’s Facebook page: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Pandora’s is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Club hours are 1pm to 230am, cover charge is $10 and $5 for a drink. Hope to see you all here!”

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On its Facebook page the new strip club on Lake City Way indicates it will open this afternoon at 1 p.m., and stay open until 2:30 a.m.

In a post from around midnight, the club said “we’ll be open tomorrow.”

Pandora’s Adult Cabaret, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., was originally set to open July 6, but but was still awaiting an inspection, the club has said. That location is right on the line that splits the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods, and the community councils of both have written the city to say they believe the club’s permit was improperly issued. But the city refused to step in.

The sign outside the club, which used to be the Seven Seas Restaurant, is now covered in black. At 8 a.m. workers were visible inside the open door.

The club has posted several photos on its Facebook page, including one of a stage, at right.

The club has generated considerable discussion, with around 200 comments on the Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View neighborhood blogs and their Facebook pages.

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Strip club indicates it’s opening as soon as Monday

July 10th, 2011 by Mike

On its Facebook page, Pandora’s Adult Cabaret is announcing “OPENING NEXT WEEK!!!!!!”

And a little lower down, “Pandora’s Adult Cabaret Working on monday.”

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Strip club indicates it's opening as soon as Monday

July 10th, 2011 by Mike

On its Facebook page, Pandora’s Adult Cabaret is announcing “OPENING NEXT WEEK!!!!!!”

And a little lower down, “Pandora’s Adult Cabaret Working on monday.”

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