A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Entries from September 2008

Greenwood’s OK Corral opening 2nd location in West Seattle

September 30th, 2008 by Doree

How ’bout that, two Greenwood/Phinney eateries opening sister locations in West Seattle! Just a couple hours ago we saw on the West Seattle Blog that Prost! was opening a second pub in West Seattle in about a month. Now the West Seattle Blog tells us that OK Corral at N. 87th St. and Greenwood Ave. N. is also opening a second location in West Seattle. Check out all the comments on West Seattle Blog giving props to the Corral’s tasty barbecue.


Register to vote at Greenwood Market

September 30th, 2008 by Dale

With the voter registration deadline looming for the Nov. 4 general election, organizers are holding a voter registration drive outside of the Greenwood Market, 8500 3rd Ave. NW today from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

They’ll also help you if you’ve had a recent change of address. The last day to register by mail is Oct. 4. After that, the last day to register in person at the elections office is Oct. 20. Here’s more deadline info.


Prost! expands to West Seattle

September 30th, 2008 by Doree

The West Seattle Blog reports that Prost! on Greenwood Avenue is opening a sister pub, Prost! West Seattle, in the next month or so. The main difference between the two is that Prost! West Seattle will welcome the under-21 crowd as well. There’s quite a thread of comments on the West Seattle Blog debating the merits of allowing children in a bar, but the owner, Chris, says the new pub won’t exactly cater to kids (no booster seats, crayons or kids’ menu), but he wants it to be family-friendly in true European style.

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Support a Phabulous cause at Phinney Pig Out

September 30th, 2008 by Dale

Eat out at any of 18 local restaurants, breakfast hangouts, coffee shops and pubs this Thursday, Oct. 2 during the 6th Annual Phabulous Phinney Pig Out and a portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting the Phinney Neighborhood Association soup kitchens.

Participating businesses include:

74th St. Ale House, 7401 Greenwood Ave. N. (Reviews)
Bleacher’s Pub, 8118 Greenwood Ave. N.
Carmelita, 7314 Greenwood Ave. N. (Reviews)
Fresh Flours, 6015 Phinney Ave. N.
Gaspare Ristorante, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N. (Reviews)
Gorgeous George’s, 7719 Greenwood Ave. N.
Kouzina, 8403 Greenwood Ave. N.
Mae’s Phinney Ridge Cafe, 6412 Phinney Ave. N. (Reviews)
Oliver’s Twist, 6820 Greenwood Ave. N. (Reviews)
Park Pub, 6114 Phinney Ave. N
Pete’s Egg Nest, 7717 Greenwood Ave. N. (Reviews)
Pig ‘N’ Whistle, 8412 Greenwood Ave. N.
Red Mill Burgers, 312 N. 67th St. (Reviews)
Santa Fe Cafe, 5910 Phinney Ave. N. (Reviews)
Stumbling Goat Bistro, 6722 Greenwood Ave. N (Reviews)
Wingdome, 7818 Greenwood Ave. N. (Reviews)
Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 7419 Greenwood Ave. N. (Reviews)

The event runs from breakfast through dinner and dessert. So eat well and feel good about it at the same time.


Naked City Brewing a few weeks from opening

September 29th, 2008 by Dale

The folks at Naked City Brewing hope to open in mid-October. Here’s what it looked like inside Monday evening:

That’s one of the owners, Don Webb, behind the bar. Take a look at our previous post to get an idea of how far they’ve come since Sept. 1.

Donald Averill (another owner), said they’re still working on getting a conditional use permit that will allow them to brew beer on the premises at 8564 Greenwood Ave N. He’s hoping they’ll get it by the end of the year. People won’t go thirsty waiting, however. In the meantime, there will be 24 guest taps right behind where Don is standing. Mmmmm, beer.


Help plan Day of the Dead

September 29th, 2008 by Dale

Every year, the PNA holds a traditional Mexican parade and festival celebrating life and death called Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

There’s a 7 p.m. planning meeting tonight (9/29/08) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, so anyone who is interested in being involved, has ideas, or wants to find out what will be happening, is invited to stop in. 

For those who just want to participate, the festivities happen this year on Friday, Nov. 7, starting with a candlelight procession that begins at 6:30 p.m. at 75th and Phinney and end up at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N. where you can participate in the community altar and enjoy live music, hot chocolate, craft activities, and more. Call (206) 783-2244 for more information.


Bike lanes going in on Fremont Ave.

September 29th, 2008 by Dale

Spray-painted markers denoting where permanent bike lanes and “sharrows” will be placed are marking up Fremont Avenue from the south end of Woodland Park Zoo to North 42nd Street.

According to an employee at the Seattle Department of Transportation, the permanent markers could go in later this year if the weather holds. If not, they’ll go in sometime next year when the weather again improves.

The completion of the bike lanes and shared roadway markers is part of Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan.


Missing dog roaming through area

September 28th, 2008 by Dale

UPDATE: Rosa’s owner, Oscar, reports that Rosa has come home. See the Comments section for his thanks to everyone who looked for her.

Rosa, a 10-year-old, 30 pound Jindo, went missing Friday afternoon from 5th Avenue NW between 42nd and 43rd. Someone saw her at 85th and Aurora on Saturday, so she could be in the area.

Her most distinctive feature is that she’s missing part of her right ear. She is very aloof with people but loves other dogs. Anyone having information about her can phone Oscar at (206) 419-1102.

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Why aren’t you visiting the Friday Farmers Market?

September 26th, 2008 by Dale

Year two of the Phinney Farmers Market is a week away from coming to a close and by all accounts, attendance is down. Here’s the scene Friday a little after 6 p.m.

Granted, many people probably went home to watch the Presidential debate, as one vendor pointed out. In a few conversations with the organizers over the course of the summer, they’ve said it’s not uncommon for year two of most farmers markets to take an attendance dip. Just the same, they’ve said the market in the lower parking lot at the Phinney Neighborhood Center was performing to expectations.

Several farmers asked about it today felt it was less about the poor economy than about how aggressively the market is being promoted compared to last year. Given the growing interest in eating locally and organically, it’s been surprising to us and some of our readers how few people are showing up for great local produce, honey, fresh breads, pizza, bakery items, cheeses, apple cider, chocolates, ice cream and so on.

There’s even live entertainment most afternoons until 6 p.m. Today, Tiger Zane played a beautifully emotional set that captivated our young son.

OK Phinneywood readers, here’s your opportunity – why are/aren’t you attending? What would you like to see change for next year that would get you to attend? In any case, 3-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3 is your last chance to stop by this year.


Picnic food and wine boutique opens Monday

September 26th, 2008 by Dale

The food and wine boutique on the first floor of the Fini Condos building at 6801 Greenwood Ave. N, will open Monday, hitting their goal of opening in September.

The store, owned by husband and wife team of Anson and Jenny Klock, will feature a full wine bar as well as organic soups, salads and sandwiches. They’ll also have pate, duck leg confit, prosciutto and a long list of other meats and locally-grown vegetables that you can eat there or take to go.

Jenny took a break from ongoing preparations to offer a glimpse inside the store Friday afternoon:

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They’re closed Tuesdays and Jenny says they’ll use next Tuesday to “regroup” after Monday’s soft opening. 


Local girl makes good – hosts ‘SNL’

September 26th, 2008 by Dale

Anna Faris, star of “Scary Movie” and the new “House Bunny,” told the Seattle P.I. today that she got her start taking acting classes at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Her teacher encouraged her to audition at the Seattle Rep. After graduating from the UW, she moved to LA, where the 31-year-old has made a successful career out of silly movies. She’ll host this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.”


Zoo wins elephant conservation award

September 25th, 2008 by Dale

Woodland Park Zoo has received the 2008 Significant Achievement Award for International Conservation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) for its support of the Tarangire Elephant Project, in partnership with – deep breath – the Wildlife Conservation Society, Lincoln Park Zoo, Reid Park Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, Indianapolis Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Milwaukee County Zoo.  

In a press release, Dr. Deborah Jensen, Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO is quoted as saying, “Woodland Park Zoo and AZA are committed to conservation work extending well beyond zoo walls into critical and endangered habitats worldwide. By working together to support Tarangire Elephant Project, we can have a larger impact, gaining key scientific knowledge about African elephants and building successful habitat conservation initiatives with local communities in east Africa.  Project founders Dr. Charles Foley and his wife, Lara, have dedicated their lives to elephant conservation. We are proud to be part of a multi-institutional effort to save these significant animals in an important part of their natural range.”

The press release with all the details should be posted here soon.