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Thursday, October 20, 2016 1:44 PM
The Early Design Guidance Review Board will hold a second review meeting with developers and architects behind a proposed residential and commercial development at 2925 E. Madison St., where a PCC Market will sit between three stories of apartments and two levels of parking.
  • McDemolition on First Hill
    Demolition of the First Hill McDonald’s on Madison started Tuesday, April 18, making way for a 17-story apartment tower by Holland Partner Group. Shoring and excavation work to lay the foundation and four levels of below-grade parking is expected to start in May.
  • Hula Hula tiki bar opens on E. Olive Way Friday

    Tiki-karaoke bar Hula Hula has reassimilated in Capitol Hill following its closure in Queen Anne, with plans for a grand reopening on Friday.
    “The layout is pretty much the same as it was,” said owner Keith Robbins before a soft opening Tuesday night. The liquor license came in Monday. “There’s been people poking their noses in, for sure, but we just peeled the wrap off the glass today.”

  • California dreamin'

    Poke is one of the latest food trends to inundate Seattle over the past year, but Rory Rodgers and Joe Om say the craze is even greater in California’s Orange County.
    When Rodgers and Om, best friends since high school, decided to open a poke restaurant of their own, they packed up and headed north.

  • The Riveter combining business, wellness
    A new women-centered coworking space, The Riveter, is slated to open May 1 in Capitol Hill. Founders Amy Nelson and Kim Peltola have a goal of opening 20 sites when all is said and done.
  •  Rapha brings brand of cycling culture to Seattle
    London-based cycling and retail company Rapha has been on a roll with its U.S. expansion, opening its Seattle Clubhouse in the Excelsior building at Melrose and Pine on March 22.
  • Knack finds room to grow in Chophouse Row

    Knack owner Laura Jennings was ready to move her online gift shop well before the need to vacate the old Fran’s Chocolate building on East Pike.
    “We were squeezed into the old Fran’s Chocolate kitchen,” she said. “It really wasn’t set up for us in an optimum way, but that was when we were small.”

  • Postal Plus up, running after weekend move
    Postal Plus is now open for business in its new spot in Capitol Hill, and postmaster Ed Zhang is happy with the change.
  • Online review site offering deaf-friendly training to Capitol Hill businesses
    It’s not always easy for deaf people to dine out or shop. The right attitude and a little effort can make all the difference, says Melissa “Echo” Greenlee, founder of Deaffriendly.com
  • Salt & Straw scoops up Capitol Hill spot
    Nationwide coffee subscription service? Check. A Redhook small-batch craft brewery and pub? In progress, but check. A Portland-born Salt & Straw Ice Cream outpost? Add it to Pike Motorworks sometime in late summer.
  • Madison McDonald's coming down soon for 17-story apartment tower
    First Hill residents are down a McDonald’s, and as soon as next year will be looking up at the 17-story apartment tower replacing it.
    The building and golden arches could be coming down as soon as next week, said Nick Hoffman, project manager for Holland Construction Management, which handles Holland Partner Group developments.
  • Capitol Hill Redhook brewpub eyes August opening
    “We’re still in a pretty early construction phase, but things are moving around, starting to take shape,” said Nick Crandall, the Redhook Ale Brewery innovation brewer tasked with creating small-batch brews in the Capitol Hill brewpub’s 10-barrel system.
  • Mission BIA
    Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce executive director Sierra Hansen ditched her prepare presentation Monday night in favor of a more intimate rundown of how a new business improvement area would benefit neighborhood businesses and residents.
  • Gone green
    Gone are the sloping terraces covered with cascading greenery. Absent now are the living walls facing I-5 from a bluff on Pine. What was platinum will now be gold. Esker is gone, and something new is being proposed to replace it.
  • Hunters Capital lines up buyer for Ford Building
    Hunters Capital has a letter of intent from a prospective buyer for the Ford Building in Capitol Hill that wants to keep Elliott Bay Book Company where it is.
  • The Runaway new identity for Moe Bar

    After a two-month overhaul on 10th Avenue, Neumos is back and Moe Bar is now The Runaway.
    “It’s crazy how many iterations,” said Jerry Everard during The Runaway’s unveiling last Wednesday, March 8. “I was telling someone it’s probably had 20 remodels in 25 years.”

  • Cat cafe entrepreneur scratches out lease

    More than a year after Caitlin Unsell set out to create a cat cafe in Capitol Hill, NEKO is now slated to open on East Pine this summer.
    “I was dead-set on Capitol Hill,” Unsell said, “and every broker I worked with tried to get me into other areas.”

  • Only in Seattle funds boosting economic development efforts on Hill
    The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and Capitol Hill Housing have been partnering to promote economic development in the neighborhood for more than eight years, applying together annually for Only in Seattle funds through the city’s Office of Planning and Community Development.
  • Sun Liquor Distillery moving production off Hill
    Sun Liquor Distillery is moving production off Capitol Hill in order to keep up with demand, but owner Michael Klebeck hopes to keep his bottle shop and bar open on East Pike for some time.
  • Central Co-op digitally preserving '98 donor tiles before construction
    Central Co-op is slated for landlord improvements at 16th and Madison, which means saying goodbye to the building’s donor wall. Before then, the cooperative reports it is working to digitally preserve each tile.
  • Postal Plus finds new Capitol Hill location

    Postal Plus owner Ed Zhang has found a new Capitol Hill location for his business in time to move off 15th Avenue East with minimal disruption to service.
    Zhang has been serving post office customers from his small outpost at 1463 E. Republican since 1987. He began looking for a new spot last year, when he learned his rent would be nearly double.

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