UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Grand Central Bakery, Patrick’s Fly Shop and Mort’s Cabin are also open today.
The weather may still say “winter” but the calendar says “summer.”
Memorial Day is Monday and many Eastlake businesses will be open. Our list of who in the neighborhood is open is published below. If you’re staying close to home, you don’t need to leave Eastlake to find much of what you might need.
If your business is open and didn’t make the list, email me and I’ll add you.
Serafina owner and neighborhood resident Susan Kaufman will be celebrating the restaurant’s 20th anniversary with an Italian garden party on Sunday (May 29).
The event, which runs from 1 to 10 p.m., will be a street-style festa with food, music and events in the dining rooms at Serafina and Cicchetti as well in the courtyard, “rain or shine,” says the press release.
There won’t be regular service on Sunday. Instead, they’ll be having $5 and $10 drink and food specials all day. No cost to get in. They’ll be selling $5 tickets to redeem for food and beverages.
The library room at Cicchetti will be set aside as a kids play space.
The events will include performances by Shelby Earl, indie-folk-pop singer/songwriter; violinist Pasquale Santos; Sue Nixon and Leo Raymond; and a staff talent show. Also on tap (literally) will be an Iron Bartender competition with bartenders from Sambar, Cicchetti and Vito’s, Serafina, Sun Liquor and Barrio competing to create drinks with secret ingredients.
Food will include a variety of items from the Serafina and Cicchetti menus, including skirt steak, swordfish, lamb skewers, grilled asparagus, pizza Margherita, baked semolina gnocchi with mushroom creme, a piadini station and more.
Serafina is at 2043 Eastlake Ave. E. See complete details of the event on Serafina’s website.
Susan Kaufman and the Serafina staff
IN A VIDEO on the Serafina website (also on YouTube and embedded below), Kaufman says, “My heart feels very full today. It feels really full of joy and I feel blessed by having made it this long.”
Kaufman recalls how she and her then-husband, a theater designer, had moved to Seattle. She decided to open the restaurant.
“The whole feeling I had was one of wanting it to look like a place we stumbled on in Italy like a hundred years ago,” she says, “full of character, history, romance. The feeling of it being the community place. I feel like we succeeded with that quite well, actually.”
Kaufman counts among her blessings her staff, “a group of people who own Serafina as if it was their home.”
Eastlake’s own candidate for Seattle School board Michelle Beutow last night won sole endorsement at the King County Democrats! All four School board incumbents were considered, but did not receive the King County Democrat endorsement. Go Michelle!
One Reel, producers of the annual Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Union, said Tuesday that it had raised enough money to fund the display this year.
Coca-Cola Refreshments — Northwest Region contributed a final $25,000 to push the fundraising effort over the top. One Reel says the cost for the display this year is the same as 2010: $500,000.
Other companies helping to fund the fireworks include Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Talking Rain, BECU, Charlie’s Produce, Merrill Gardens, Taco Time, Smith Brothers and many more. You can see the complete list here.
In March 2010, One Reel announced it had been unable to find a major sponsor for the display and that it was going to have to cancel the July 4 fireworks. Local restaurteur Tom Douglas and KIRO radio host Dave Ross stepped up and raised the money in a day. One Reel used a similar approach this year, seeking numerous corporate sponsors and individual donations.
The Family 4th at Lake Union starts at noon at Gas Works Park. The fireworks usually happen just a little after 10 p.m.
Read the complete press release from One Reel here.
The Memorial Day holiday is almost here. Is your Eastlake business going to be open Monday, May 30? If so, let us know either by posting in the comments below this post or by emailing me at curtmilton (at) comcast.net. I’ll compile a list and post it on Eastlake Ave.
If you are open, this is a great chance to let Eastlake residents know. Thanks for your help!
The walls are going up on a second houseboat at Wards Cove on Fairview Avenue E.
The float for this houseboat arrived on April 14. It is located next to the first houseboat, which is also under construction, on the north end of the dock. The floa for that home arrived the week of Dec. 13 last year.
Joel Blair, director of real estate for Wards Cove, says he is anticipating the arrival of a third home by mid-June. That houseboat will be complete when it gets to Wards Cove. A fourth home is going through the design and permit process, he says.
Wards Cove has been redeveloping its historic waterfront location for several years, as we reported last year. Gone are the old docks and storage for the company’s fishing fleet, replaced by houseboat moorages, office space, a marina and a green street.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined the Eastlake community last August to celebrate completion of the green street and the Eastlake P-Patch’s expansion project.
Every Thursday from 11am – 3pm aboard the Virginia V.
The FarmBoat Floating Market is held aboard the historic steamship Virginia V docked at Lake Union Park Wharf. Vendors display locally grown produce, specialty foods and artisan crafts on board the 125′ wooden vessel–just as it was done a century ago. Market visitors can tour the ship for free and learn about Puget Sound agricultural and maritime heritage while they shop. (There is plenty of space on deck to enjoy lunch with fantastic shoreline views of downtown Seattle and Lake Union).