Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year! Here’s what’s open in Eastlake

It’s almost 2012 and Eastlake is getting ready to celebrate!

Here are the local businesses that will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. This list isn’t definitive. Businesses not listed may be open. Call to check ahead.

If I’ve missed your business, please add yourself in the comments or email me at and I’ll add you to the list. I’ll be updating the list this afternoon.

Happy New Year!

NEW YEAR’S EVE (Saturday, Dec. 31)


  • Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., might go until 11 p.m. if it’s busy. Website:
  • Blind Pig Bistro, 2238 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: open at 5 p.m. Special tasting menu tonight: five courses for $50 or seven courses for $70. Reservations: 206-329-2744.
  • Borsalino’s Pizza & Pasta, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Website:
  • Cicchetti, 121 E. Boston. Hours: Two seatings: 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Special menu: Levant Rising: A taste of Turkey, Lebanon and Greece. Reservations: 206-859-4155. Website:
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Special three-course menu this evening. Website:
  • Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 3 p.m – 2 a.m. Website:
  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Website:
  • Grand Central Bakery, 1616 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Website:
  • Le Fournil, 3230B Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Website:
  • Little Water Cantina, 2865 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Specials: $3 Manny’s Draft Beer, complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations recommended: 206-397-4940. Website: (Note: Little Water will be closed Sunday and the rest of next week.)
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Website:
  • Pazzo’s, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Kitchen open until 1 a.m., bar open until 2 a.m. 
  • Serafina: 2043 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: seating from 5-11:45 p.m. Reservations: 206-323-0807. Live music featuring Sue Nixon on vocals starts at 9 p.m. Website:
  • Ship Canal Grill, 3218 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: New Year’s Eve Celebration begins at 9 p.m. with DJs playing dance music. No cover. Midnight champagne toast. Reservations: 206-588-8885. Website:
  • Starbucks, 2344 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: open until 7 p.m. Website:
  • Thai Siam, 1629 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 5 p.m. until late. Website:
  • Voxx Coffee, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Website:


NEW YEAR’S DAY (Sunday, Jan. 1)


  • Azteca. Hours: noon-9:30 p.m.
  • Borsalino’s Pizza & Pasta. Hours: noon-10 p.m.
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill. Hours: 9 a.m.-midnight
  • Eastlake Zoo. Hours: 3 p.m – 2 a.m
  • 14 Carrot Cafe. Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery. Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Pazzo’s. Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday
  • Ship Canal Grill. Hours: Brunch starts at 10 a.m.
  • Starbucks. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Voxx Coffee. Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.


  • Pete’s Wine Shop. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Flower Lady. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Eastlake native and restaurateur Christina Choi has died

UPDATE: A more detailed appreciation of Christina Choi, written by Susan Gilmore and Nancy Leson, is online at the Seattle Times. It’s worth reading.

Services for Christina Choi will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2702 Broadway Ave. E.

Christina Choi, an Eastlake native who went on to run a popular local restaurant and a business dedicated to foraged food, has died. She was 34.

Choi died Wednesday of complications from surgery for a brain aneurysm.

This afternoon, her family posted about her last day on the blog they’ve been writing about her surgery, Honey From a Weed:

Christina was the light of our family.  Right now we don’t really know how we are going to survive this, but we know you all with be with us. Thank you thank you for the words of support and love that you continue to send us.

More details on her illness can be found there and you can also leave comments for her family.

Choi was a co-founder of Foraged and Found Edibles, which supplied everything from wild mushrooms to ferns to local restaurants. She tapped in to that experience when she opened Nettletown in the old Sitka & Spruce location at Eastlake and Lynn in February 2010. She closed the restaurant in August of this year to pursue other ventures.

Choi lived in Eastlake, the neighborhood where she grew up. Her father, Ted Choi, a longtime Eastlake resident and activist, died last year.

Nancy Leson, the Seattle Times’ All You Can Eat blogger, has a post up about Choi’s passing with comments from fellow chefs.

Please feel free to post your thoughts about Christina and messages to her family in this post’s comment field.

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Quotes and a link have been added.

Eastlake police reports include a restaurant burglary, a house burglary and more

Highlights from Seattle Police reports for Eastlake this week include a burglary at Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, a house burglary and more:

  • Dec. 21: Vehicle theft, Fairview N. and Eastlake E., 12:24 a.m.
  • Dec. 21: Boat taking on water, 1500 block of Fairview Ave. E., 5:08 a.m. A 200-foot boat was taking on water at the Lake Union Drydock when the Seattle Fire Department was called. Fire Department crews were able to pump out the boat. More details at
  • Dec. 22: Disturbance, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:24 p.m.
  • Dec. 22: Burglary, forced, residential, 800 block of E. Gwinn Pl., 9:23 p.m. A home was burglarized while the owner was away during the evening. A laptop and flat screen TV were missing. Entry had apparently been made through a window. Prints were obtained by police.
  • Dec. 25: Burglary, commercial, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:29 a.m. Louisa’s Cafe Bakery was burglarized early on Christmas morning. Alcena Plum, owner, says the restaurant’s safe was taken along with artwork, food and other items. Louisa’s was the object of a previous break-in in April.
  • Dec. 25: Theft, auto accessories, Fairview N. and Eastlake E., 5:10 p.m.
  • Dec. 26: Accident investigation, 2700 Franklin Ave. E., 1:39 p.m.
  • Dec. 26: Disturbance, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:36 p.m.
  • Dec. 27: Theft, 2000 block of Boylston Ave. E., 3:11 p.m.

See the map at

Happy Holidays from Eastlake Ave!

Lolita’s tree, decked out for the holidays.

Happy Holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa) from Eastlake Ave., your Eastlake news source! Nothing says “Eastlake Christmas” better than a photo of Lolita’s tree, all decked out in its holiday finest. 

Things are pretty quiet in Eastlake today. If you’re looking to go out or need information on bus service, check our holiday hours post.

Have a great day!

Holiday hours: Here’s what’s open in Eastlake on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

The Christmas holiday is upon us and many Eastlake businesses will be closed. Since the holiday is on a Sunday, many businesses have chosen to also be closed on Saturday, Christmas Eve, in addition to Christmas Day. 

If you need supplies or want to go out for a meal or a drink, your best bet is to do it on Saturday. Two businesses (Eastlake Bar and Grill and the Eastlake Zoo) will be open on Christmas Day and one (Flower Lady) may be.

If I’ve missed your business, please add your hours and details to the comments.

Have a happy holiday!




  • Chloe and Dillon Boutique, 2345 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Flower Lady, 3230 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Website:
  • Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Website:
  • Maya Vajra, Licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioner, 2366 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Until 4 p.m. Call for an appointment at 206-300-1530.


  • Eastlake Bar and Grill. Hours: 8 p.m.-midnight.
  • Eastlake Zoo. Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Flower Lady. Not sure about hours. Call ahead: 206-325-5751

Metro will be on a Sunday schedule (fewer trips than weekdays, reduced prices) on Monday, Dec. 26. Buses will operate on a reduced schedule (some commuter and school-oriented routes don’t run, regular fares) from Dec. 27-30.

For more information, go to Metro’s Holiday Service web page.

The North Recycling Station in Fremont is closed on Christmas Day. Solid waste collection will be on a normal schedule Christmas week.

If you have curbside food and yard waste collection, you can put your Christmas tree and greens out during your regular collection day for no extra charge between Dec. 26 and Jan. 8. Cut the tree into sections six feet or shorter with branches less than four feet. Sections should be bundled. Multi-family buildings can put one tree next to each yard waste container for free.

If your tree has flocking or ornaments or tinsel, it will be collected as extra garbage at an extra charge.

Trees and greens can be dropped off for free at the North Recycling and Disposal Station between Dec. 26 and Jan. 8. Trees must be in sections eight feet or less and trunks no bigger than four inches in diameter. Three tree limit per vehicle.

Police chase suspected car prowlers in Eastlake

A team of suspected car prowlers fled from police Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, after they were seen breaking into vehicles in the streets around Eastlake.

The manhunt fanned out across the neighborhood after the duo fled the 2800 block of Franklin where the two were allegedly breaking into cars around 6 a.m. A neighborhood resident saw the pair, yelled at them and then called police. Four cars were broken in to.

The suspects smashed into a SPD cruiser in the stolen BMW they were driving before ditching the car at Yale and Edgar and attempting to flee pursuing officers on foot on Fairview.

According to an SPD officer at the scene, police nearly took the male suspect into custody but he was able to escape an officer’s grasp by wriggling out of his shirt and continuing to run. SPD radio said a female suspect wearing a grey or light colored hoodie was also seen fleeing the area on foot.

The shirtless suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 6-foot tall, with long black hair pulled back and a mustache and a goatee.

Thanks to Justin at for extensive help with this report.

Eastlake police reports include car prowls and disturbances

Police reports for Eastlake for the week include car prowls and several disturbances:

  • Dec. 14: Trespass, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:29 p.m.
  • Dec. 14: Disturbance, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 15: Theft, 2200 block of Minor Ave. E., 11:14 a.m.
  • Dec. 15: Disturbance, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 1:57 p.m.
  • Dec. 15: Fire, 2300 block of Yale E., 4:32 p.m.
  • Dec. 16: Disturbance, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 16: Disturbance, 2800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 8:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: Disturbance, 1600 block of Fairview Ave. E., 2:28 a.m.
  • Dec. 18: Burglary, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:01 a.m. The glass in the front door of a convenience store was broken. The owner determined that 10 cartons of cigarettes were stolen. Security video showed that the suspect was a male of undetermined race, stocky build, wearing a three-quarter length trench coat over a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. He was also wearing gloves.
  • Dec. 18: Theft, auto accessories, Fairview E. and Fuhrman E., 8:52 a.m.
  • Dec. 18: Theft, miscellaneous, 3200 block of Furhman E., 11:12 a.m.
  • Dec. 19: Liquor violation, intoxicated person, I-5 express lanes and E. Roanoke, 7:25 p.m.
  • Dec. 20: Car prowls, 2800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 6:10 p.m. Police chased suspected car prowlers who allegedly broke into four vehicles. See our post on this story here.

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Will your Eastlake business be open at Christmas and New Year’s?

The holidays are upon us and it’s time for Eastlake Ave.’s annual lists of which businesses are open here on Christmas and New Year’s.

Will your Eastlake business be open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? If so, will you be offering any holiday specials? Will your hours be different from usual business days?

And what about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Local restaurants and bars: I’m looking at you! Anything special planned? Will you be open on either day and if so, what hours?

Please let me know if you’re open, the hours and any other information either in the comments to this post or in an e-mail to me at I’ll publish a list later in the week.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Eastlake roundup: Wards Cove moves, ‘Nutcracker’ performer, new massage providers

News from around Eastlake:

Wards Cove moves offices: It’s the end of an era as the Wards Cove company has moved out of its offices in the 2800 block of Fairview Avenue E. The company, which operated a fishing fleet in Alaska, has occupied space on the Lake Union waterfront in Eastlake for decades. In the last few years, the firm has redeveloped its location into commercial office space, a marina and a dock for houseboats.

Joel Blair, director of real estate for the company, says the firm’s offices have been relocated to North Lake Union, although he will stay in a space on Fairview. One of the tenants in the office building behind the original Wards Cove office will be taking over the space. The new tenants should be in the space by mid-January.

Local student in “Nutcracker:” An Eastlake student is dancing in this year’s production of “Nutcracker” at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Tiona Francisco, a sixth grader at Forest Ridge, dances the role of Tall Servant at PNB through Dec. 27.

New providers at Eastlake Massage: There are three new providers at Eastlake Massage, 3103 Eastlake Ave. E. They are:

  • Melanie Silwick, LMP, a 2004 graduate of the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Weaverville, N.C. She specializes in deep tissue and treatment massage. Melanie worked at various spas across the country before moving to Seattle.
  • Erin Forbush, LMP, has been in practice for six years. She learned deep tissue and Swedish massage at Bastyr University and the Brenneke School of Massage. 
  • Phi Huynh is licensed as an East Asian Medicine Practitioner (EAMP) and nationally board-certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He graduated from Bastyr University and also studied at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he received advanced Chinese herbal training. He specializes in treating allergies, automotive and sport related injuries.

Eastlake Massage is currently offering a special: $150 for three massages.

Do you own or take care of this sweet little cat?

The sweetest kitty comes to our house (on East Roanoke) to visit daily.  We LOVE her and want to continue to spend time with her.  We just want to be sure that someone is feeding her and we are wondering if she has a permanent owner since she has no collar.  If you own or take care of (or know someone who does) this kitty can you please email me at: ?  Thank you!