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Entries from October 2010

Dick's chooses Edmonds for new drive-in

October 18th, 2010 by master

In the parking lot at the original Dick’s Drive-in in Wallingford (111 N.E. 45th St.), the folks from Seattle’s beloved fast food chain (including 87-year-old founder Dick Spady) and the Edmonds mayor announced that the newest Dick’s will arrive soon in the town to the north.

My Edmonds News was on hand for the news and posted, in part:

The idea of locating a Dick’s in Edmonds has been the talk of the town ever since the drive-in chain announced that it would be building its first new location since 1974.  Dick’s ran a poll on its website asking customers where a new restaurant should be built, and the Northend won, with 46 percent of the vote. Edmonds residents also submitted videos stating their case for why Dick’s should come to Edmonds, with two of them featured on the Dick’s website.

The new Dick’s is slated to open late in 2011. Read the rest of the story about the announcement here.

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Library raises fees beginning Nov. 1

October 16th, 2010 by master

If your tab for overdue materials looks higher than usual the next time you visit the library, here’s why: Next Monday, new fines will take effect, and the daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD will change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day. The maximum per item late fee will be $8.

The Seattle Public Library is implementing these higher fines because of citywide budget cuts. Here are more details:

The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) will change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day. Maximum per item late fee: $15.

The daily fine for an overdue reference resource will change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day. Maximum per item late fee: $15.

The per page charge to print from Library computers will change from 10 cents to 15 cents per page.

In addition, all accounts with a balance of $25 will be sent to a collection agency, including accounts for children and teens. A $12 charge is added to the account at that time. Parents of children age 12 and under will be notified when accounts become delinquent. Adults and teens ages 13-17 will be notified directly.

Patrons signed up to receive e-mail notices from the Library currently receive reminders several days before books and other items are due. Patrons are also contacted by phone or e-mail when items are past due and need to be returned.

Library cardholders can access information about their Library accounts anytime from the Library website,, or by calling call Borrower Services with their Library card number at 206-386-4190 during operating hours.

The Library is implementing a total of $3 million in cuts this year due to the continued down economy. The Library has already cut operating hours, reduced the book budget by nearly $500,000, eliminated positions and shut down for a week Aug. 30-Sept. 6 to achieve the necessary budget savings. The new fines and fees schedule will encourage timely return of books and materials and help offset budget reductions.

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Maria Hines eyes N. Seattle for second restaurant

October 16th, 2010 by master

When we talked with Tilth chef-owner Maria Hines in August, shortly after her Iron Chef win, she said that she didn’t want to open a second restaurant but added, “Never say never, though. Someone might give me a pile of money to open another restaurant!” Now comes news from Nancy Leson at the Seattle Times that Hines has investors lined up and will open Tilth’s sister restaurant, Golden Beetle.

Hines plans to stay in North Seattle for her “gastropub with an Eastern Mediterranean focus and a North African accent,” Leson writes.

With investors in line, Hines has her eye on the North End, and a turn-key space that she can turn around fast. Her wish list includes proximity to Tilth, and seating for fewer than 60 patrons.

“I don’t want to drive south of the Ballard Bridge or east of I-5,” says the Crown Hill resident. Nor does she care to build-out a new restaurant, a la Scott Staples, whose third venture is presently under construction in Fremont. Fremont’s in her sight-line, along with Ballard, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. “I’d love to have another restaurant tucked away in one of those sweet little neighborhoods up here,” Hines says.

Read the rest of Leson’s article on the Seattle Times site.

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Do you know this dog found on Latona?

October 15th, 2010 by master

Update: Jean told us that the dog and its owner have been reunited with help from a post on the Green Lake Moms Yahoo Group. She said, “This is the best ending for this story!”

Jean let us know that she found this dog wandering in the middle of Latona Ave. between 58th and 63rd streets yesterday. She is black, older, with gray face and feet, rabies tag with nonworking Nevada number on it, Jean said. If this is your dog or know whose it might be, please email us at

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Stone Way to get four-story, mixed-use building

October 14th, 2010 by master

The evolution of the look and use of Stone Way will continue when buildings that front Wallingford’s western boulevard from N. 44th to N. 43rd streets are razed, and a four-story, 93-unit apartment building rises in their place.

Property owner RD Merrill Company plans to build market-rate apartments, with underground parking for all tenants, the company’s VP of Investments Billy Pettit told us.

At the street level will be commercial space, which Pettit said they’ll try to fill with small local businesses. Pettit used the example of Merrill’s recent development The Corydon in the University District as the type of building that would go on Stone Way.

This is the proposed design for a new 4-story mixed-use development on Stone Way between N. 44th and N. 43rd streets. Many more views of the design are available in this document.

“Our goal here is to do smaller neighborhood projects in neighborhoods we like,” said Pettit.

Two structures on Stone Way will be demolished for this project: the commercial space that houses the Oom Yung Doe martial arts school and a nine-unit apartment building that was built in the 1950s.

N. 44th Street and Stone Way

N. 43rd Street and Stone Way

Oom Yung Doe students may be concerned that it will leave the area. Greg Martin at Oom Yung Doe wants to put those fears to rest and commented by email:

The School of Oom Yung Doe loves the Wallingford neighborhood, especially our location on Stone Way. We feel that we have been embraced by the Wallingford community and look forward to staying in the Wallingford area. Over the past two years we have developed strong ties to our neighbors providing free after school classes for Hamilton Middle School, earning the YMCA Volunteer of the Year award there, and working closely with Meridian Elementary School and the Wallingford Senior Center just to name a few. Also, Oom Yung Doe Instructor Greg Martin was recently nominated for Vice President of the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce after serving on the Board of Directors for one year. We have done so much in Wallingford in the past two years that we wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.

We have known for some time that the building will eventually be torn down and replaced. What we would really like to do is to occupy a space in the new building when it is built. In order to remain open during the construction time and continue teaching classes, we are currently looking for other locations in Wallingford. The space for lease on Stone Way and 45th across from The Boys and Girls Club is one possible location but nothing is final at this time.

The public is welcome to the Design Review Board meeting about this project next Monday in the U District. Here are details:

Date: Monday, October 18, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE, Room 209

The documents that were submitted to the Design Review Board are on this lengthy .pdf on the Seattle Department of Planning and Development’s site and include details of the proposed design and an extensive list of concerns that were raised at the Early Design Guidance Board meeting regarding the project last June.

Project manager Tom Fanning of PB Architects told us that, in a nutshell, neighbors urged the designers to be respectful because the new development will be next to a single-family zone; to mimic a lot of surrounding buildings and not to design something gaudy or outlandish; and to provide ample parking, especially since Tutta Bella is across the street and its patrons park in the area already. This new development will include 93 underground parking spaces.

Fanning anticipates that demolition will begin in about 18 months, and the project will take 18 months to complete.

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Volunteers sought for Wallingford tree inventory

October 13th, 2010 by master

Last month we let you know about a project Mike Ruby’s heading up to catalog all the trees in Wallingford.

Ruby let us know yesterday that he’d love to get some volunteers to help audit the area north of N. 50th Street:

We got the last list from SDOT (Seattle Dept of Transportation) yesterday and are ready to work on the area north of 50th. We have four areas, mostly between 55th and 60th, that still need volunteers. We’d be happy for folks who don’t live there to carpet bag north if they would like. We also have two areas west of Stone Way south of 45th that still need volunteers.

If you’d like to help out (the rain’s not supposed to return for a couple of days!), contact Ruby mruby (at) You will receive the inventories and detailed instructions.

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Nearby: Obama rally, burgers, Ballard lock closed

October 12th, 2010 by master

University District
President Obama schedules rally on UW campus

Hazing sends student to the emergency room

Vintage sportswear store opens in Fremont

New burger joint opening in upper Fremont

Green Lake
Greenlake Kids Dentistry launches Halloween Candy Buy Back program

Neighborhood kids get on the (walking) bus

Island Video on Greenwood Ave. is closing

Large lock at Ballard Locks could be closed all week after lightning strike

Maple Leaf
Tiny owl rescued in Maple Leaf

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Made your Seattle Restaurant Week reservations?

October 12th, 2010 by master

If April’s inaugural Seattle Restaurant Week was any indication, better get on the phone (or reservations website) to secure your seat at local dining spots.

During the event, which begins this Sunday, October 17 and runs through October 28, more than 100 Seattle eateries will offer will offer a $25 three-course dinner menu and optional $15 three-course lunch menu. (Do note that the prix fixe meals are available only Sunday-Thursday.)

Five Wallingford favorites — JouleIvar’s Salmon HouseKisakuEva, and Tilth— are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week this time around.

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Wine World superstore to open by Thanksgiving

October 11th, 2010 by master

Wine lovers whose lust for the grape isn’t satisfied at local wine shops and grocery stores, start planning your trip to the Northwest’s largest wine store. Owner David LeClaire plans to open the 23,000-square-foot superstore Wine World at 400 NE 45th St. in Wallingford by Thanksgiving.

We toured the space, most recently an OfficeMax, with LeClaire while he and workers hurried to prepare the store for its new cork flooring, which will be installed this week.

The enormous store will “blow people away,” LeClaire said. “There’s nothing like what we’re doing in the Northwest.” With its location right off I-5, LeClaire intends for his Wine World to attract oenophiles from all over Puget Sound and beyond.

Northwest wines will take center stage at Wine World; they’ll occupy the entire west section of the store, in front of the dark purple wall pictured above. Along both sides of that purple wall will be tasting bars where wineries will pour samples five nights a week, as well as during the day on weekends. A large area to the right side of the store will be devoted to cheeses, charcuterie, chocolates and flowers.

On the north, pumpkin-colored wall will be beers and a cooler for wine. The green wall will be reserved for eco-friendly wines. The north side of the store will house high-end bottles in a reserve cellar, which will include vanity lockers, lounge chairs and a cigar humidor. The reserve cellar door will be locked because “you don’t want college students stashing a $400 bottle in their backpack,” LeClaire said.

This is the area for wines from outside the Northwest.

An event room (pictured above) with views to the south and west takes up half of the south side of the space. Part of that room will be a curtained “owners lounge” for LeClaire’s 14 investors (and counting) who have funded the $1.4 million venture. In the future, LeClaire plans to add a demo kitchen to the event space.

If either Initiative 1100 or 1105 passes and he can sell hard liquor, LeClaire has set aside space for artisan and harder-to-find liquors, he said. He would plan to leave the bulk sales of less expensive liquor to Costco. Of the initiatives, he said, “It’ll help us if either one passes, but 1100 would be best for us because we’d get a quantity discount on wine and beer as well as hard liquor.”

LeClaire is blunt about the biggest problem he anticipates with the new store — traffic, specifically shoppers trying to turn east on N. 45th after leaving the store: “You could have a great experience here, then wait for 10 minutes  at that stop sign and never want to come back.” He said that his staff will educate customers to drive from the parking lot north of the store (where there will be 36 spaces of free parking for Wine World) down the alley to get to 5th Ave. NE.

Good luck making a left turn onto N. 45th St. from this intersection. Take the alley behind Wine World instead, David LeClaire advises.

Since the news first broke that the massive wine store would open in Wallingford, we’ve heard fear for the smaller neighborhood stores such as City Cellars, a half mile to the east at 1710 N. 45th St. LeClaire would like to put any worries to rest: “City Cellars is a nice little wine store, but it’s not a destination. Neighborhood places will still serve the neighborhood; what we’ll do is draw people from all over.”

LeClaire pictures shoppers strolling through the store’s wide aisles, sipping a glass of wine, and taking their time with the excursion. “We want it to be like Ace Hardware meets Home Depot — a huge selection with service,” he said. “The idea is people won’t be overwhelmed, and they’ll feel they were helped. It’s not just shopping for wine, it’s an experience.”

Wine World will be open seven days a week till from 10 or 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.


A Muddy Cup coffeehouse opening Tuesday

October 10th, 2010 by master

Just in time to provide refuge during Seattle’s long, dark autumn and winter, A Muddy Cup coffeehouse will open Tuesday at Latona and N. 45th St. Its hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to serving coffee from Sol Colibri, which imports organic coffee directly from growers in Costa Rica, the cafe will offer a wide selection of baked goods. Co-owner Sarah Dolezal told us, “Right now we’re planning on Julia’s Bakery, Mighty-O, Flying Apron, and Bagel Oasis.  Trying to keep all our distrubutors within arms reach!”

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