Monthly Archives: June 2010

Seattle Times: Audit finds NOAA botched decision to move to Oregon

Our news partner, the Seattle Times, reports that a new federal audit finds that NOAA didn’t consider using cheaper, existing federal facilities in Seattle rather than move to Newport, Oregon.

NOAA announced last summer that it would leave its long-time base on Lake Union in Eastlake and relocate to Newport. Despite appeals by Bellingham, which also tried to win the base, and Washington elected officials, NOAA has insisted the move was the best decision for the agency.

The new audit comes from the Commerce Department’s Inspector General. NOAA is part of the Commerce Department, which is headed by former Washington Gov. Gary Locke.

The Times story says of this new audit:

The report also takes NOAA to task for failing to analyze the total, long-term cost of moving the ships to Newport, which lacks major maritime facilities and is more than 200 miles from the Seattle-based researchers who commonly use the vessels.

The Times’ story says it’s unclear if the auditor’s report will cause NOAA to reassess it’s move. The Newport base is already under construction.

Read more of the Times’ story here.

Lake Union Park closed for fireworks watching

I’ll be posting later this week about traffic restrictions in Eastlake on the Fourth of July. One development that might send a few more folks our way on Sunday: Lake Union Park at the south end of the lake will be closed on the Fourth.

The Parks Department sent out a press release today saying that the park will be closed because it’s “under construction, and not suitable for crowds.” A small portion of the park will be open to provide access to the Wooden Boat Show.

Lake Union Park has been undergoing a multi-year, $30 million renovation and is scheduled to have a grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Our report in April on Fourth of July restrictions is here.

Major natural gas leak reported on Harvard Ave. E.

UPDATE, 11:18 a.m.: Real-Time 911 shows the call is now closed. The P-I says firefighters report the leak was caused by a ruptured pipe. More from is here.

Seattle Fire Department personnel have responded to a “major” natural gas leak in the 3200 block of Harvard Ave. E.

The building, a 1920s-era apartment that also houses several businesses, was reportedly evacuated.

Casey McNerthney at reports that fire crews reported that gas in the building’s boiler room was turned off at 10:50 a.m. McNerthney reports that fire officials say there were no injuries.

The emergency call is still active at this time (11:15 a.m.).

Is your business open for the Fourth of July? Let us know

The Fourth of July is next weekend. We’ll be publishing a list of Eastlake businesses that will be open for the holiday.

Is your business one of them? If so, tell us what hours you’ll be open and what you’ll be offering. Any specials for the holiday? Your Eastlake customers want to know!

Either put your hours in the comments or e-mail me at curtmilton (at)

Have a great holiday!

Eastlake history: Check the different street names on this 1893 map That might have been the name of this blog if Eastlake’s original street names had been left intact.

Check the attached map to see what I mean. It’s a detail section of an 1893 city ward and precinct map posted recently on Flickr by the Seattle Municipal Archives

You can view the whole map here on Flickr. Be sure to check out the larger size because the interesting stuff is in the details.

You’ll see that most of the street names in Eastlake in 1893 bear no resemblance to the names we know now.

Eastlake Avenue? The street is there but not the name. It’s labeled as Green Street. In fact several familiar streets have unfamiliar names, many of them colors. Franklin is Indigo. Yale is Yellow Street. Minor is Orange. And a little piece of what would be Fairview is labeled Red.

A few contemprary names are on the 1893 map: Allison, Shelby, Hamlin, Roanoke, Louisa. Lynn is known as Angie. Boston is called Grace. Edgar shows up but it’s a little longer: Edgard. Over the hill, Fuhrman is called Randall.

I’m intrigued by the cluster of small streets west of Louisa. Several of the names aren’t legible in this photo, but the east/west street between Roanoke and Louisa is: Clatsop Avenue.

And speaking of small streets, check out Short Street on the point where Gas Works Park now stands.

If you look at the southern end of this enlargement, you’ll see that Franklin makes an appearance, but it doesn’t apparently connect with the northern part of the street.

Local writer Benjamin Lukoff notes in a comment on the Municipal Archives Flickr page that there was a great renaming of streets in 1895. It would be interesting to know how our current names came about. 

More photos from the Seattle Municipal Archives can be found here on Flickr. They have a Flickr set of just historic city maps.

Eastlake P-Patch donors are listed

Rebecca Partington sends along the attached list of local businesses and invdividuals who have donated to the Eastlake P-Patch expansion project. 

This list notes:

“We’ve accomplished a great deal, but none of it would have been possible without our generous donors. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated their time, donated money, or donated materials.”

Click the attached list to see who all has helped out.

Work continues on the P-Patch expansion. Work parties are generally scheduled on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Contact Rebecca at or 206-601-3453 for more information.

For a selection of our previous coverage of this major expansion project, click here.

First Week of Summer Dinner at Nettletown this week, evening meals soon

News from Nettletown, Christina Choi’s wild food restaurant at Eastlake and Lynn:

  • First Week of Summer Dinner: 7 p.m. this Friday, June 25, $35. Christina says they’ll be celebrating the season (yes, it really is summer) with “a bounty of summer produce and wild things — fresh bamboo shoots, peas, morels, porcini, seabeans, asparagus, new potatoes, halibut, cherries, elderflowers …” Food will be raw, pickled, steamed, roasted. Reservations at or 206-588-3606.

  • Friday and Saturday night dinners: Coming starting July 11. Check their website closer to the date for more info, Christina’s e-mail says.
  • Fourth of July: Nettletown will be the restaurant of choice at the Minor Avenue Fourth of July party. They’ll be barbecuing on Minor at the party, which is just south of Lynn Street from 3 p.m. until the food runs out, Christina says.
  • New menu: More sandwiches and other small changes, Christina says. Plus, she’s added a dessert menu.

Who’s that new chef at Louisa’s? Someone familiar …

Alcena Plum, owner of Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, made it official with an e-mail today: She’s taking over as executive chef of her Eastlake restaurant. She says in her e-mail:

“I am so ecstatic to be back in the kitchen doing what I love, COOKING!”

Plum was already in the kitchen in her white chef’s jacket last week when the Eastlake Merchants Association had their after-work meet-up there.

She says in her e-mail that she’ll be experimenting this summer, focusing on classic comfort foods and fresh, local meat and produce. She’ll also be featuring a $20 prix fixe menu every night during July.

Louisa’s now serves dinner every night of the week except Sunday.

And more news from Louisa’s: They got their liquor license. You’ll now be able to enjoy a Bloody Mary at brunch, Alcena says, or a martini at dinner. She notes that they won’t be turning in to an over-21 lounge.

New restaurant – Little Water Cantina – appears to be coming to Eastlake

Application has been made for a liquor license for a new restaurant at 2865 Eastlake Ave. E.: Little Water Cantina.

The restaurant would go into a commercial space in the Eastlake 2851 apartments.

An employee of the apartments said the restaurant was expected to open in a couple of months. She said that some of the people involved in the restaurant were from New York, although records in the Secretary of State’s Office for Little Water Cantina LLC show that some of those involved in the business have addresses in Fremont.

The application says the type of liquor license would be for beer, wine, spirits and that the establishment will have a restaurant and lounge with half or more of the space devoted to dining.

A concept drawing of how the space at 2865 might be configured into a restaurant is on display inside the front door. The restaurant will get to use deck space on the west side of the building with views of Lake Union and Gas Works Park, the apartment employee said. See the photos for a better idea of what it looks like.

No other information is available on the new restaurant.

In other liquor application news, the 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E., has applied for a license to serve beer and wine.