Eastlake community events June/July 2017

The Eastlake Community Council offers notice of the following events and comment opportunities. Background is in the links and in the Summer Eastlake News (on-line; also being hand-delivered by 40+ intrepid volunteers).

 Public meeting with Police Department representatives about Eastlake’s public safety priorities; planning for July 4; and emergency preparedness — Tues., June 13  7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Avenue East. The West Precinct community policing team regularly asks Eastlake residents and businesses our policing priorities. Please bring yours (and/or send to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org). Also at this meeting, be briefed and pose questions and suggestions regarding the Police Department’s planning for crowds, traffic, and parking in Eastlake on July 4.  Meeting concludes with ongoing efforts and opportunities to make Eastlake safer in emergencies and disasters. For background, see pp. 6 and 16 of the Summer Eastlake News or click here about public safety & July 4; and here about emergency preparedness.  Meeting is sponsored by ECC.

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5 New FareStart Restaurants Set For South Lake Union With Help From Amazon

The nonprofit will launch five different restaurants on the same block.

Obviously, Amazon is affecting Seattle in big ways. Less obvious is the impact of FareStart, an organization that has quietly and consistently been influencing our city through social services and quality meals for the past 25 years with the help of longtime supporters—like Amazon.

The South Lake Union (SLU) megacorp is donating 25,000 square feet of premium neighborhood space (all on the same block, but in different buildings) to FareStart to house a new paid-apprenticeship program with public dining options, training and catering facilities. It’s set to open in July.

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Eastlake Bar and Grill

2947 Eastlake Avenue E
Phone:(206) 957-7777
Mon-Friday 11:00 am–1:00 am
Sat–Sunday 9:00 am–1:00 am
Happy Hour 3:00 pm–6:00 pm &10:00 pm–close
Ratings guide:
**** extraordinary
*** excellent
** good
* fair
Eastlake Bar &Grill claims higher standards than the typical American bar and grill. Upon entry guests walk into a warmly decorated and candle-lit atmosphere rather than a loudly bustling and cluttered sports bar—more like popping into a friend’s house to catch the game and enjoy some laid back service and rockin’ Lake Union views. Not to imply that the family is unwelcome. Patrons of Eastlake Bar &Grill range from locals to tourists,college students to seniors. Whether the sports on TV or the lights across the lake catch your eye,it is easy to settle in.

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Eastlake Community Council events

The Eastlake Community Council offers notice of the following events and comment opportunities. Background is in the links and also the Spring Eastlake News.

Public comment opportunity (on-line and via May 16 City open house) on Mayor’s proposed increase in height of new buildings in Eastlake and other neighborhoods.  Attend today’s Tues., May 16 open house (6-8 p.m. at historic Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122—near Seattle University) to learn about and comment on the Mayor’s proposals to increase construction and building size in Eastlake and nearby neighborhoods. For details from the City, see its May 15 HALA newsletter.  Can’t go?  It’s urgent to file a comment (details in next paragraph).

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Grilled Cheese on Wheels Expands to South Lake Union

Hoping to capitalize on the still-booming South Lake Union scene, The Grilled Cheese Experience food truck has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant to complement its melty mobile operations.

The restaurant landed last month at 434A Yale Ave N, near REI and the frenzied Amazonia construction zone. Owner Mark Amatangelo says he’s long looked to set down roots for his business born on wheels, and South Lake Union was a natural fit given its explosive growth, workday lunch crowd, and the success of other truck-to-restaurant concepts in the area, like Skillet and Marination.

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Kilroy Realty to start building $370M South Lake Union development

Kilroy Realty Corp. on Thursday said construction will soon start on 333 Dexter, a two-building office and retail campus planned for the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Kilroy is the latest real estate developer to invest in this part of the booming neighborhood, which will see big changes when the new Highway 99 tunnel opens.

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Eastlake Community Council Spring Events

Trees in Eastlake: Why are they disappearing? Wed., April 26, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Experts will talk about the benefits of trees and how various current public policies are threatening trees in parks, along streets and other public rights of way, and on private lands. Speakers include from the Seattle Audubon Society, International Society of Arboriculture, and Interurban Trail Tree Preservation Society. For background, see p. 8 of the Spring Eastlake News. To help with the Eastlake tree inventory, see the ECC web site’s tree page

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MOHAI’s Edible City Month is in full swing


EDIBLE CITY MONTH IS IN FULL SWING as MOHAI and the region’s top restaurants and organizations salute Seattle’s urban palate

Celebrate Edible City: A Delicious Journey, now open at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) through Sept. 10, with Edible City Month. Join restaurants and organizations from throughout the region as they partner with MOHAI by staging a broad range of culinary creations. Smell, see, taste, touch, and hear Edible City Month throughout Seattle! 

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McCormick’s in South Lake Union closed

The McCormick & Schmick's restaurant on Westlake Avenue recently closed down. Photographed Thursday, April 13, 2017. The sign refers to the chain's other "Seattle" location, which is in fact not in Seattle, but in Bellevue. Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM / SEATTLEPI.COM

No, it wasn’t a keen, unique local spot owned for decades by a hip older couple who finally just couldn’t make a go of it in the booming Emerald City.

Instead, it was McCormick and Schmick’s Harborside in South Lake Union, a decidedly corporate-owned seafood and steak house that closed recently without explanation, according to reports.

The place closed so quickly, in fact, that it forgot to cancel at least one existing reservation.

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Riding a Tech Boom in Seattle’s South Lake Union


Between Seattle’s bustling downtown high-rise core and picturesque Lake Union a short skip to the north, several conditions have converged to establish what has quickly become one of the world’s most dynamic urban technology hubs.

As Amazon.com has continued to overflow its ever-expanding headquarters village in Seattle’s South Lake Union (SLU) district, other high-growth tech companies have likewise set up shop to take advantage of the area’s deep talent pool—and at a considerable cost savings over comparable places in northern California.

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