New Mexican Spot ‘El Grito Taqueria’ Debuts In South Lake Union

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Hungry? A new neighborhood Mexican spot has you covered. The newcomer to South Lake Union, called El Grito Taqueria, is located at 234 Fairview Ave N. (between Thomas St. & John St.)

This new taqueria features an array of popular Mexican food standbys. On the menu, expect to see breakfast items like chorizo enchiladas with eggs and huevos rancheros. Avariety of lunch and dinner entree options include tacos, burritos, fajitas, and more. 

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The Impact of the Amazon Jobs Boom on Seattle Rents

Seattle has one of the strongest housing markets in the country, with home value and rent growth consistently topping nationwide rankings in recent years. A strong local labor market has been an important driver of this growth, with the area being home to some of the country’s most dynamic companies, including Amazon and Microsoft and Zillow. Companies based elsewhere, such as Facebook and Google, have been increasingly drawn to establish satellite offices in the region.

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New South Lake Union Coffee Shop Wants to Connect Tech Workers, Homeless and Everyone in Between

Seattle Coffee Works’ newest location looks to fit a neighborhood in transition.

The new softly open location of Seattle Coffee Works—the “by the people, for the people” neighborhood coffee shop—is not a sellout. Yes, it’s at Amazon’s doorstep, and you’ll likely line up for a morning cup with many a blue-badged employee from the high-rise offices upstairs.

But owner Sebastian Simsch is quick to point out that Cascade Coffee Works (as this location is known)—housed in the new building that incorporates the 1927 corner brick facade of Troy Laundry, just blocks from a P-Patch and community center—is part of the historic Cascade neighborhood, which has been doing its own thing long before South Lake Union all but swallowed it up.

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Gas leak forces evacuation of some buildings in South Lake Union

Some buildings were evacuated near a gas leak at 219 Terry Avenue North in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood Friday morning. (Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Fire Department evacuated some buildings in South Lake Union due to a natural-gas leak from a broken pipe.

Emergency crews responded to the leak at 219 Terry Avenue North about 7:30 a.m. The leak was stopped about 8:20 a.m. and crews were checking buildings for trapped gas.

Seattle Fire Battalion Chief Mike Sharp said the leak was “very large,” but also “a lot to do about nothing” because the gas was easily dissipating. He said he did not know how the gas line broke.

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Privately funded water taxi planned between Renton, South Lake Union

The developers of a Renton business park want to bring back an old idea to shuttle high-tech workers.

Seco Development has begun work on funding a water taxi to ferry passengers from its Southport office park on the south shore of Lake Washington, near the Boeing Renton plant to Seattle’s high-tech hub at South Lake Union.

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MOHAI announces special holiday events, Seattle on the Spot curator talk, and more this season!

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It’s difficult to believe but the holidays are almost upon us! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Seattle shopping scene and pop into MOHAI for one of its many special events taking place throughout the season. As a quick heads-up, we are looking forward to Greet the Season on Saturday, Nov. 25, and a special Seattle on the Spot exhibit curator talk on Tuesday, Dec. 5!

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Recovery Café, Cornish, and Holland partner up for South Lake Union residential tower

Surface-level parking lots at Boren and Lenora in South Lake Union are turning into an apartment tower from Holland Partner Group. As part of a partnership with nearby Recovery Café and Cornish College of the Arts, the new building will also house some administrative offices and educational facilities.

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Trendy Bulletproof Coffee opens up cafe in South Lake Union

The exterior of the Bulletproof Cafe in South Lake Union in Seattle. Photo: Courtesy Bulletproof

Bellevue-based Bulletproof Coffee, which claims to help drinkers lose weight and increase brain function in addition to delivering a daily buzz, opened up its first Seattle cafe Friday.

The cafe at 307 Westlake Ave. North features the original Bulletproof butter coffee (a mixture of coffee, grass-fed butter and something called Brain Octane oil), in addition to other items that work with a ketogenic (high fat, low carb) diet.

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Take a peek at South Lake Union’s Moxy Hotel

King-size beds, exposed-grain wood, and… a selfie elevator?

Moxy Hotel opens at the corner of Boren and Republican in South Lake Union—right in the heart of Amazonland—in the next few months. The hotel is the first of Mariott’s Moxy line, a little more affordable and targeted to a younger demographic, on the West Coast.

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Flatstick Pub expands to South Lake Union with third location

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Flatstick Pub today announced that the craft-beer bar best known for its indoor mini-golf courses and ‘Duffleboard’ game will open its third location within a historic space in Vulcan Real Estate’s Allen Institute building in South Lake Union.

Expected to debut this spring at 609 Westlake Avenue North, the new location will be Flatstick Pub’s largest at 11,000 square feet – almost four times the size of its first location in Kirkland, which opened in May 2014. Owner Sam Largent left his accounting job of 15 years to start the business as a way to reimagine Seattle’s bar scene. 

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