Monthly Archives: July 2010

What you can do to help make Eastlake Movie Night a success

A group of Eastlake folks gathered Tuesday evening for the first planning session on this summer’s Eastlake Movie Night (Aug. 21, Rogers Playfield, put on by the Eastlake Community Council).

Kate Dulemba, who is organizing the event again this year, says they could use help in the following ways:

  • Sponsorships: They’re looking for Eastlake businesses or individuals who would be willing to donate either money or in-kind services. (Eastlake Ave. will be a sponsor again this year.) Sponsoring businesses will be named on the event poster being created by Mary Hansen.
  • Computer projector: They need a projector of 3,500-5,000 lumens and/or a basic sound system to borrow for the night of the event.
  • Volunteers: People to help out with the event in many ways are always needed, Kate says.

If you’d like to donate or help out, e-mail and put “Movie Night” in the subject line.

Noisy Ship Canal Bridge repairs set for next two weekends

It’s summer and that means ROADWORK! Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation will be doing their annual repairs on the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge deck for the next two weekends.

This weekend, they’ll close two southbound lanes at 4 a.m. each day and work until 9 a.m. Next weekend, they’ll do the same thing on northbound lanes. Express lanes will open as usual.

Be prepared for some noise, the WSDOT e-mail says:

This is noisy work. Crews will use jackhammers to remove broken concrete and dump trucks to haul it away. While we do our best to use quieter back-up alarms, the work will likely be noticeable. Residents can contact WSDOT at 206.440.4699 to get earplugs in advance of the work. 

Ah, the peaceful sounds of summer!

Got questions? E-mail

Seattle Times: Tako Truk guys are heading to Madison Park

Nancy Leson has the scoop on her All You Can Eat blog on the Seattle Times’ website: Tako Truk creators chef Cormac Mahoney and his business partner Bryan Jarr are taking a restaurant space in Madison Park.

Alas: Mahoney says it won’t be Tako Truk. Leson quotes Jarr:

“We might do some one-offs, since we had such a good response to Tako Truk,” he told me, “but that space deserves something more refined.”

The restaurant will be called the Madison Park Conservatory, Leson says, and will occupy space that, until recently, was the home of Sostanza. Jarr tells Leson the deal is “close-close” and they are probably a couple of months out from opening.

Too bad there wasn’t a space in Eastlake for Mahoney and Jarr but we wish them well … and we’ll be coming to eat!

Read more of Leson’s column here. Seattle Magazine also has a short item here. Our previous posts about Tako Truk are here.

Later liquor service hours: Would you want to see it in Eastlake?

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn unveiled a new nightlife initiative yesterday (see Seattle Times coverage here).

One of the more talked-about parts of the plan would be a change in liquor laws to allow bars to serve liquor later than they now do or even to serve all night. The idea is to let the market determine closing hours in the hopes that would prevent the mass exodus of bar patrons that occurs at the standard 2 a.m. closing time.

The mayor would couple that proposal with better training for bar security personnel, tighter noise restrictions and more late-night bus service.

Eastlake hasn’t had the problems with bar-related violence that seem to plague Belltown. Still: Would later hours be desirable for some or all of the restaurants/bars in the neighborhood? What would be the advantages or disadvantages?

What do you think? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

For more information on the initiative or to leave comments or participate in a survey, go to the website for the Mayor’s Office.

Eastlake Movie Night returns on Saturday, Aug. 21

The Eastlake Community Council will again sponsor a Movie Night outdoors on the Rogers Playfield lawn. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Aug. 21.

Kate Dulemba, movie night organizer extraordinaire, once again will be putting on the show with the help of a dedicated band of volunteers. And Mary Hansen is, we hear, going to do the poster again (last year’s was a collectable). Kate says she’ll be announcing the movie in a week or so.

Many people bring dinner to the playfield to enjoy before the film. The movie is projected on a big screen hung on the tennis court fence. Last year’s event was great fun and a chance to hang out with your neighbors and see a terrific film (last year it was “Groundhog Day”).

We’ll have more details, including the announcement of the movie, as they become available. Until then, here’s a short video of last year’s Eastlake Movie Night:

Metro to eliminate Harvard E. stops on bus Route 49 on Aug. 7

Metro’s Route 49 just brushes the edge of Eastlake: It comes down Capitol Hill on 10th E., jogs on Roanoke and then goes down Harvard Avenue E. before crossing the University Bridge.

On Aug. 7, Metro will close three of the stops on Harvard, at E. Edgar, E. Hamlin and E. Allison. Those stops also serve Route 25.

The stops are being eliminated to help cut costs and fuel consumption and to allow buses to move faster and more reliably. According to a Metro press release:

Currently, the [Route 49] corridor has 50 bus stops between Convention Place Station and the University Bridge, with an average spacing between stops of 835 feet. Metro will remove 13 of these stops, increasing the average stop spacing to about 1,145 feet.

To see a map of Route 49 and the stops to be eliminated, or to submit comments, go to Metro’s website for the route by clicking here.

More Eastlake restaurant news: happy hour, new menu items and A/C at Cicchetti

News from Cicchetti: On Tuesday, they’ll be starting a happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

The restaurant and bar, located behind Serafina at 121 E. Boston, features small Italian plates and hand-made cocktails.

They’ve added several new items to their menu, including Corona bean salad with white Spanish anchovies; spicy beef jerky with Romaine leaves, lemon-cumin dressing and quince molasses; baked figs, goat cheese, arugula and 12-year balsamic; and many more.

They also turned on their new air conditioning today, so it’s cool inside. Perfect timing!

Eastlake restaurant news: Dinner at Nettletown; World Cup venues

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Information from Kristos Eastlake has been added.

Two short items from Eastlake restaurants:

  • Dinner at Nettletown: Christina Choi, chef and owner, says they’ll have their first dinner service this evening (Friday, July 9) from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dinner will be Fridays and Saturdays for now. “Dinner service will be similar to lunch with more entrees and specials,” she says in an e-mail. Starting next month, they’ll have a happy hour between lunch and dinner with a limited menu and drink specials. Nettletown is at 2238 Eastlake Ave. E.
  • World Cup venues: Randy from Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave., says they’ll be open at 11 a.m. Sunday for the World Cup final with happy hour food and drinks all day. The Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave., will be open at 11 and is still advertising drink specials for World Cup games. Kristos Eastlake, 3218 Eastlake Ave., will be open around 10:30 a.m. and will have happy hour specials during the game.

McGinn, McDermott, other officials urge Locke to reconsider NOAA move

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. A link to coverage of the event from the Seattle Times has been added.

The latest round in the battle over NOAA’s planned move from Eastlake to Oregon took place today.

NOAA announced last summer that it was leaving it’s long-time location on Lake Union in Eastlake for Newport, Oregon. Despite protests from Seattle, Belllingham (which was vying for the base) and various officials, NOAA has broken ground on the new base.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Congressman Jim McDermott, Councilmember Jean Godden and other elected officials gathered on the banks of the Duwamish River today to sign a letter to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke urging him to reopen the NOAA site selection process. The letter (which is attached) says, in part:

We believe the NOAA should admit its errors and do the right thing by beginning this entire process anew. It is the right thing to do for the Agency and the American taxpayer.

The letter says that a recently completed Inspector General’s report on “the Marine Operations Center-Pacific (MOC-P) site selection process highlights the many significant flaws that, from the beginning, undermined the integrity of the selection process. These flaws were so egregious that the entire MOC-P selection process was tainted.” 

According to the West Seattle Blog, the setting was chosen because the Federal Center South, just across the river from where the officials gathered, is considered a prime spot for NOAA to locate in Seattle.

The West Seattle Blog has video of the letter signing, as does the mayor’s website.

The Seattle Times has coverage of the event here. They quote NOAA spokesperson David Hall as saying in an e-mail: “None of the Inspector General’s findings will cause us to reverse course.” 

Does Eastlake need any trees? The city is giving them away

The City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods has trees and they’re giving them away.

This is the 15th year for the Neighborhood Matching Fund’s Tree Fund program. Seattle residents have planted 20,000 trees through the fund.

You’ll need a group of five neighbors on your block (you and four others) to apply for the trees. You’ll get between 10 and 40 trees, with up to one fruit tree per household.

Deadline for applying is August 16 and you’ll find out within six weeks what you’re getting. Planting occurs in the fall. 

You’ll find all the information you need at this link, including the application. I’ve attached a PDF that explains the Neighborhood Matching Fund program.

In a press release, the Department of Neighborhoods explains the rationale behind the free trees program:

In 1972, Seattle’s land area had a tree cover of 40 percent.  Now, that cover has dropped to 22 percent.  This decline threatens nature’s ability to help manage storm water, reduce erosion, absorb climate-disrupting gases, improve public health and clean the air.  The goal of the Tree Fund program is to increase the percentage back to 30 percent, build community, and promote a clean and green environment for Seattle’s streets.