Eastlake notes: Houseboat rescued; Romio’s closes

Two news items from Eastlake this morning:

Houseboat rescued: Police and fire units, including a police boat, were on the scene about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 2800 block of Fairview Avenue E. where a houseboat was tipping and in danger of sinking. The houseboat was on the dock next to Lake Union Crew. Crews were attempting to keep the houseboat upright. The incident has been closed and appears to now be under control.

UPDATE: More details on the sinking house boat are provided by the Seattle Fire Department. The houseboat is under construction and no one was on board. Fire department crews were able to turn off water to the vessel and pump it out. After about 45 minutes it had been righted. A broken pipe is being considered as the cause for the tipping. Staff from the Department of Ecology and the Seattle Public Utilties were sent to investigate for a possible spill.

Romio’s Pizza closes: The windows are papered over at Romio’s Pizza & Pasta, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E., and the sign in the window says the business has closed. A recorded message on the restaurant’s phone has the same message. No word on why they closed or what business might locate in the space which has been home to several restaurants over the years.

5 thoughts on “Eastlake notes: Houseboat rescued; Romio’s closes

  1. the Angelovs

    My husband and I are the owners of Eastlake Romios. We have closed this location with no plans to reopen. Many factors contributed to this hard decision. We thank the Eastlake community for your business and support over the last 3.5 years! The sign reporting that we are “on vacation” is a misrepresentation – someone has gained access to the building and changed the sign we placed that correctly informed the public that we would be closing down. Due to a legal dispute, I will not be disclosing more information here at this time. Suffice it to say, we are no longer associated with this business and I question the legality of what is occurring in that building since we have closed doors.

  2. bill

    Sorry to see you go.

    There’s a lot of history to that location. When I was a wee tyke, it was a notable coffeehouse called The Llahngaelhyn that, aside from its spelling challenge, featured jazz and folk music. I remember seeing Ernie Hatfield there once; also bassist David Friesen.

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