Author Archives: Tim A.

Preview of Little Water Cantina, a soon-to-open new restaurant on Eastlake

Check out Seattle Weekly’s recent preview of Little Water Cantina:

​There’s going to be a party going on all summer long off Eastlake at the new Little Water Cantina. As first reported by the Eastlake Ave. blog last June, this restaurant will occupy retail space in one of the many condos in that ‘hood, but also have an outdoor space with a view of Lake Union. 

Full story:

Eastlake Tree Ambassadors needed

Any tree ambassadors out there? From the Green Seattle Partnership website (

Become a Seattle Tree Ambassador!

The Tree Ambassador program empowers residents to become stewards of the urban forest and serve as resources for their local communities. Tree Ambassadors will be trained in the basics of urban forestry, leadership and community organizing. As a Tree Ambassador, you will work in teams of 2-3 people to develop projects for your neighborhood which could include tree walks, invasive species removal workdays, and/or tree plantings. No previous tree experience necessary, only a desire to learn and a passion for urban greenery. Both the team and individual applications and more information can found be online at Applications are due April 24.

Highlights from public meeting about Eastlake’s Roanoke Street End Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation hosted a well-attended public meeting on Wednesday to discuss plans for improvements to Eastlake’s Roanoke Street End Park.

David Graves, a senior planner with Parks and Recreation, announced to the group that based on budgetary and other constraints, the city plans to implement the improvements to the south portion of the park (the Roanoke street end). The north end of the park (the Fairview street end) will need to be improved in some other way — perhaps by the city in another few years, or by neighborhood fund raising and volunteer efforts.

Many of the 27 neighbors in attendance gave feedback about continuing concerns about pedestrian, bike and car safety around the park. David will take that feedback to SDOT to see if there are some creative ways to increase safety in the area.

Seattle Parks plans to start making the improvements in the late summer or early fall, having the planting beds ready by October.

Eastlake resident and architect Carsten Stinn collaborated with neighbors to come up with the initial design proposal for the park improvements. Carsten’s efforts were enabled by a pro bono program at his employer, Perkins + Will, where he and several other members of the firm were able to work on this project on company time. 

To contact Eastlake neighbors working on the park project, email Suggestions, ideas and volunteers are welcome.

If you’d like more information, contact David Graves, a senior planner with Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-7048 or Website for the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop is at

Movie fundraiser at The Zoo tonight: Dendrite Studios ski movie "Out of the Shadows"

Visit the Facebook Invite!

When: Tuesday, October 26th

Time: Movie starts at 8pm

Cost: $10 at the door

21+ / Cash Only – Beer and Wine served at the bar

Where: Eastlake Zoo Tavern || 2301 Eastlake Avenue East

All $$$ goes to Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) – 

There will be a screen printer at the bar making shirts at the time of order with all profits going to NWAC! ($15/cash)

Proudly shot in the mountains of British Columbia, Out of the Shadows features the finest athletes who have been in the shadows for too long. This is their shot and their opportunity to break out on film. They bring their lives with them and shred the mountains with un-inhibited passion on a daily basis. We bring you their stories.

Check out the trailer!

Reminder: ECC's Candidate Forum is Tuesday night!

We will have Seattle City Council Candidates, representatives of the mayoral candidates and initiative supporters here to answer your questions.  It’s a great opportunity to learn about what will be on the ballot on November 3rd! 

City Council Candidates scheduled to appear: Richard Colin, David Ginsberg, Sally Bagshaw, David Bloom, Nick Licata, Jessie Israel, Mike O’Brien, and Robert Rosencrantz.

More Info:

Candidate Forum

Brought to you by the Eastlake Community Council

Tuesday, October 6th, 7 pm – 9 pm

TOPS at Seward School – 2500 Franklin Ave E

Candidates are scheduled in 15 minute slots — 5 minutes to each candidate to talk about what they have done and their vision for future then 5 minutes for both to answer a few questions from the floor.  Bring your questions and be ready to meet the candidates.

Hope to see you there!

Candidate Forum 2009

The Eastlake Community Council is hosting their annual Candidate Forum 2009 and Eastlake Community Council Board Elections next week.

Scheduled to attend:

  • Seattle City Council candidates
  • Representatives of the mayoral candidates
  • Initiative supporters and opponents

TOPS-Seward School Library, 2500 Franklin Ave. E

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 7 – 9 pm

Hope to see you there!

Another new Eastlake restaurant on the way: Ravish

An Eastlake informant spotted the sign of another coming-soon Eastlake restaurant called Ravish. Said to be opening in August, it’s located on Eastlake across from the Eastlake Bar & Grill in the Ruby condo building.

Does anyone know any details about it?

UPDATE: See comments for some details.


Louisa’s now open for dinner

Alcena Plum, owner of Louisa’s.

Louisa’s, one of Eastlake’s favorite restaurants, is now open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday nights. Here’s a short statement from Louisa’s that describes it well:

An ideal destination for a low-key night out, Louisa’s varied dinner menu and deliciously welcoming atmosphere make for an unparalleled neighborhood dining experience.  With a menu concept centered on seasonality and comfort, Louisa’s offers a frequently-changing and adventurous wine list, a live music schedule and rotating exhibitions from celebrated local artists.  Louisa’s truly savors being an integral and delicious highlight in the unique and eclectic Eastlake community.

We’ve tried many of the salads and entrees on the regular dinner menu and you can’t go wrong — it’s all good! Please help us welcome a new dinner option to the neighborhood.


Provide input to the city about updating Eastlake’s neighborhood plan

What’s a neighborhood plan? According to the city’s Dept. of Neighborhoods website, neighborhood plans “identify actions needed to ensure that each neighborhood will continue to thrive and improve as Seattle grows over the next 20 years in ways that meet our commitments under the State’s Growth Management Act.”

The city is now looking at updating the neighborhood plans, and they’re looking for our input. For background reading, take a look at Eastlake’s current neighborhood plan, which was developed about 10 years ago. (Be forewarned — it’s very detailed.)

Here’s the current status report on updating the plans. The way to get involved right now is to watch a short intro video, and then fill out a quick survey.

Next step in the process: the city will be doing more public meetings, tentatively scheduled for October, where comments and survey feedback will be reviewed and then they will start the process of documenting the status of the neighborhood.

To stay informed, join the ECC announcement email list and we’ll let you know when the next public meeting takes place. Have questions or want to send your thoughts to the ECC board? Email us at