MOHAI’s Edible City Month is in full swing

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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

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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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SDOT to reopen east-west roads in South Lake Union

The breakthrough of Bertha is a critical part of the changing face of South Lake Union.

The city is planning to reopen three east-west thoroughfares in the area that, in theory, will help alleviate traffic congestion.

Since World War II era, east-west roads like John Street, Thomas Street, and Harrison Street were all cut off by the jersey barrier of Highway 99.

Seattle Department of Transportation workers can now prepare to reopen those roads, because of the lid that will lay over the tunnel’s north portal.

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Lake Union Civic Orchestra April 8 – Apotheosis of the Dance

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​It was Richard Wagner, a champion of Ludwig van Beethoven’s music and a great conductor of his symphonies, who had described Beethoven’s 7th as “The Apotheosis of the Dance.” Each movement of Beethoven’s masterpiece is propelled by irresistible dance rhythms that enthralled the audience during the premiere in 1813 with the composer himself at the helm. The performance was so successful that the second movement Allegretto had to be encored immediately!

Norwegian and English composers Edvard Grieg and Malcolm Arnold (known for his scoring of the famous movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai”) each wrote distinct music based on traditional dance movements which promise to keep your toes tapping!

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Eastlake Community Council April/May Events

Eastlake egg hunt and fun run Sat., April 15 at Rogers Playfield, 2500 Eastlake Ave. Hunt begins at 11, and is followed by the fun run. Donations are welcome and needed ($5 suggested, on-line at http://eastlakeseattle.org). Thanks to Fleet Feet Sports Seattle for co-sponsoring the fun run.  Volunteers are needed to assist the Bunny in hiding eggs for kids to find. To help or if you have questions call 206-715-8762 or e-mail christyelton@gmail.com and info@eastlakeseattle.org. Sponsored by ECC.

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Value of South Lake Union property more than doubles in a year.

The Allen Institute headquarters opened in December 2015.

The Allen Institute, which plans to more than double its employee count, has been on a buying spree in the area around its new building.

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County health officials identify two measles cases in South Lake Union

King County Public Health officials announced that they have confirmed measles in a six-month-old child and the child’s parent. Both had recently traveled to Asia and neither had been immunized to the disease.

Officials determined the patients had been in several public locations in South Lake Union and downtown before they were diagnosed. Any unimmunized people who may have been exposed will most likely show symptoms between March 21 and April 8.

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Council committee approves South Lake Union rezone

A Seattle City Council committee took a step forward Tuesday in rezoning South Lake Union, Lower Queen Anne, and Downtown neighborhoods.

The Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning committee voted 3-0 to forward the legislation, which would allow taller building heights in exchange for affordable housing. 

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Vestal closes temporarily in South Lake Union

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Josh Henderson and Huxley Wallace Collective seem to have hit a rough patch in South Lake Union. The restaurant group opened a slew of new eateries throughout Seattle in 2016 and already replaced one of them — boundary-pushing Pacific Northwest-inspired taco spot Bar Noroeste — with Kiki Ramen, dialing back the creativity and catering more directly to the Amazonia lunch and happy-hour crowds.

Now, Henderson has also closed high-end, highly-regarded, wood-fired Vestal and plans to reopen it in late April or early May with the same name but a pared-down concept: counter service, lower-priced comfort food in the $10 to $20 range, quicker turnaround, and — you guessed it — a renewed focus on lunch and happy hour, plus brunch this summer. “I think we were doing good stuff but I honestly think people want a little bit easier, they want casual,” Henderson told Eater, echoing a comment he made about opening Kiki Ramen “to do what the neighborhood wants.”

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