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


2 more LED holiday monkeys stolen from Red Mill overnight

December 31st, 2014 by Doree

Two more LED-covered metal monkeys were stolen from the roof of Red Mill Burgers overnight, making a total of five monkeys stolen from the neighborhood lighting display in the last month.

Mike Veitenhans, one of the lighting project organizers, tells us he filed a police report this morning. The first two monkeys were stolen from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar; the third was stolen yesterday from Red Mill.


Holiday monkeys on Red Mill Burgers and neighboring Starbucks in late November. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Since the thieves left behind the lighting controllers, he says the police believe the monkeys were stolen for scrap metal. Each monkey has only about $20 worth of metal.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership Group and the Greenwood Arts Council came up with the lighting project as a tie-in to Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights and a way to promote neighborhood businesses in a unique way. Each monkey has roughly $80 worth of materials and another $120 worth of volunteer time.

The monkeys – about 150 throughout the neighborhood – have been displayed since Thanksgiving week and will be taken down beginning Jan. 2 and stored until next year.

If you have any information about the stolen monkeys, call the PNA at 206-783-2244. Veitenhans says the stolen monkeys also can be dropped off at the PNA, no questions asked.

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‘Dine Out For Life’ at neighborhood restaurants on Thursday

April 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Seven Phinney Ridge and Greenwood restaurants are participating in Thursday’s “Dine Out For Life” by the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. They’ll donate a portion of your bill to the organization’s fight against illness and hunger.

Here’s the list of participating restaurants in our neighborhood (you can check out the full city-wide list here.):

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Red Mill Burgers shows off its famous ‘bacon pile’ on TV Tuesday night

February 4th, 2013 by Doree

Red Mill Burgers‘ famous pile of bacon and bacon burgers will be featured on the TV show “United States of Bacon” at 6 p.m. Tuesday on Destination America (channel 201 on Comcast). Host and well-known chef Todd Fisher filmed here last September. The episode also will feature Mike’s Chili Parlor in Ballard.

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Stop by Red Mill on Thursday for a chance to be on national TV

September 26th, 2012 by Doree

A food show on the Discovery Channel will be filming at the Phinney Ridge Red Mill Burgers on Thursday. Staff members wouldn’t say which show it was, but did say the show’s giant production trailer will be parked in the parking lot all day, starting around 8:30 a.m.

The show’s main focus will be Red Mill’s Double Bacon Deluxe with Cheese.

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Red Mill’s new Ballard restaurant opens tomorrow

October 10th, 2011 by Doree

If you’re hankering for a Red Mill burger, Phinney Ridge and Interbay are no longer your only choices. Red Mill’s new Ballard restaurant opens Tuesday.

The Red Mill Totem House, 3058 NW 54th St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 12-8 p.m. on Sunday.

Read the full story on My Ballard.


Red Mill Burgers looking to expand to Ballard

January 31st, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson reports today that Red Mill Burgers, with locations in Phinney Ridge and Interbay, wants to open a third location, in the recently closed Totem House, next to the Ballard Locks.

Photo from MyBallard.

Red Mill co-owner John Shepherd told Leson they’d love to open a Red Mill that also serves fish ‘n chips.

Read Leson’s full article here.