Halloween on Queen Anne Ave – seeking volunteers & trick-or-treaters!

It’s that time of year again, the Halloween decorations are popping up all over Queen Anne and readers are asking about the annual Trick-or-Treat event along Queen Anne Ave N. First up, the answer to the burning question: trick-or-treat is happening on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st, from 3-6pm along Queen Anne Ave N between McGraw and Galer.

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Halloween fun and in order to keep trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween, it’s also looking for volunteer crossing guards. As always, ideally drivers should avoid Queen Anne Ave N on Halloween, but every year, there’s more traffic… and if you’d like to help direct the traffic and keep the kiddos safe, this opportunity is for you.

What’s required for volunteers? Volunteers meet at Umpqua Bank, 1630 Queen Anne Ave N, on Halloween at 2:45pm to pick up safety vests and flags. Two crossing guards will be posted at each cross-street along Queen Anne Avenue from Galer to McGraw Streets. Sign up to volunteer here.

Halloween is almost 2 weeks away, so mark your calendars for the spooky fun & candy along Queen Anne Ave N – Halloween, October 31st!

Looks like Nana’s is closed

We’ve had readers report that Nana’s Restaurant is closed, and Yelp reviewers have reported the same. It’s not too surprising as this listing – for Nana’s – has been all over Twitter:

The link to the listing is now gone, so Nana’s owners may have found a buyer. Or, the listing may be renewed. Right now, no confirmation on what’s next for the spot at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N – recent restaurants that have tried and failed at that spot include Emmer & Rye and Julia’s.

Surrell popup restaurant at Bite Box this Friday

Bite Box is hosting a popup restaurant this Friday, August 18th. Locally-owned Surrell will move into the space for an evening to feature a tasting menu and wine pairing. And, it’s not the only instance of Surrell’s popup – they’ll also be at Bite Box (307 W McGraw St) on select dates in the future.

This Friday’s feature menu is all about tomatoes. The all-tomato dinner includes a special wine pairing by Sommelier Zach Geballe. You can purchase tickets to Friday’s dinner online, and stay tuned for future popups at Bite Box!

Beer + Yoga at Citizen this Saturday – CANCELLED

UPDATE: the organizers have cancelled this event.

Get in an hour of fitness in before having your first beer of the day this Saturday at Citizen. Start at the leisurely half-hour of 11:30am for an hour-long Vinyasa yoga practice in the Citizen Beer Garden. Following the session, the class moves to the reward portion of the midday, with a pint of your favorite local craft beer.

The event is 21+ and the yoga class takes place on a gravel surface. There will be extra mats available to add more cushion and to protect your own mat from dust and dirt.

Tickets are available online for Saturday’s yoga + beer at Citizen, 706 Taylor Ave N. Doors open at 11am!

Coba now open in old Red Papaya spot

We’ve had a couple of readers send in tips on Coba, the new restaurant in the old Red Papaya spot at 530 1st Ave N. Coba seemed to move in pretty quickly, with little disruption to the space other than a new sign and menu. Per readers, ownership did not change, which helps explain the seamless transition.

According to Coba’s website, the new version of Vietnamese focuses on Saigon street food using “local sources of mussels & clams harvested in the Puget Sound, free-range eggs raised just south of Olympia, beef that is raised south of Hood River” – plus, they have a beer selection that highlights Seattle-area breweries.

Eater published a quick blurb on Coba, highlighting some of its menu items, including a vegan pho option. You can see the entire menu here.

Umpqua Bank is hosting a free cook-out on Friday

Thanks to a reader tip for this heads-up! Umpqua Bank’s Upper Queen Anne branch is hosting a free community cook-out tomorrow, Friday, July 21st. From noon to 2pm, neighbors can swing by the Umpqua Bank parking lot for free burgers, hot dogs, chips, sodas, and ice cream.

Umpqua Bank is a great local community partner. Aside from the free cook-out, did you know that Umpqua hosts local business meetings, book clubs, community meetings, yoga classes, and more. If you’d like to host an event at Umpqua, just contact the local Queen Anne branch for more info.

Swing by Umpqua Bank, 1630 Queen Anne Ave N, tomorrow between noon and 2pm and enjoy a fun, free summer event!

Chocolopolis moving to Interbay after Queen Anne lease is up

Back in April, Chocolopolis owner Lauren Adler announced that the shop would be leaving its Queen Anne location at the end of its lease. The lease is up on July 31st and Adler has announced the new location for Chocolopolis: Interbay. So, not too far away!

The new location is at the Interbay Work Lofts at 1631 15th Ave W, Suite 111, the building next to Whole Foods. The new location won’t be a traditional retail space, but there will be a small version of the shop carrying most of the same products you know and love. The days and hours haven’t been set yet, and you can take a survey today to help determine them, as well as your favorite day for Chocolate Happy Hour.

The new location will allow Adler and her team to focus on curation, education, and community engagement without getting spread too thin. Unfortunately, for now the drinking chocolate and in-house hand-crafted chocolates will be going away – but Adler is open to solutions in the future.

A big bonus of the new space: more common rooms for larger chocolate tasting and pairing events. You’ll also still be able to get curated craft chocolate bars and truffles by the piece. Plus, the new location is more cost effective overall – Chocolopolis may be leaving Queen Anne, but it’s not leaving Seattle, which is goodness!

Queen Anne yoga studio openings & closings

Thanks to a tip from a reader, there’s some news in the Queen Anne yoga studio world. One studio is closing, another is changing management and names, and some are sticking around:

Closing: Home Yoga (523 1st Ave W) will be closing at the end of July.

Opening: Yoga Life/Om Culture (8 Boston St) is currently closed for renovations until mid-July, when it will reopen as Sangha Yoga. As of July 1st, the studio has new owners, Heather and Scott Falkin. Sangha Yoga will honor all short-term passes for three months after July 1st. Annual passes purchased prior to June 1 will also be honored through the end of the term.

Other Studios:

Eka Yoga (621 5th Ave N) opened in September. Eka Yoga is a non-heated yoga studio that reconnects yoga and ayurveda, and offers yoga classes,  guided meditation classes, workshops, events, Thai Yoga Bodywork, and Ayurvedic Consultations.

Haute Yoga (2131 Queen Anne Ave N) offers daily heated yoga classes taught by experienced Hot Hatha and Power Vinyasa instructors. The Upper Queen Anne studio has an infrared heating system, an outdoor courtyard, and cushioned hardwood flooring.

Core Power Yoga (300 3rd Ave W) has a Lower Queen Anne location, in addition to many franchise studios across the US.

Early view of Safeway expansion shows parking below the new 50,000 sq ft store

Following up on our post on the planned Upper Queen Anne Safeway redevelopment, we have a view of the current site plan from the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections. As previously reported, the plan has the current store footprint doubling from 25,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet. It also includes 4 stories of residential space above the storefront on the first floor.

Per the initial site plans, the new Safeway would extend to the sidewalks on both Crockett and Queen Anne Ave N, with underground parking replacing the current above-ground parking. The entrance would be across from the Trader Joe’s garage parking entrance on Crockett. Pedestrian entrances would be located on Queen Anne Ave N and at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N & Crockett St.

Please note, this site plan could change, but this is what has been publicly filed to date:

The current plan is to break ground in 2018. As more information becomes available, we’ll post it.

Bustle Caffe is now S&L Cafe

A reader wrote in to let us know that Bustle Caffe now has a new sign outside and wanted to know the scoop (thanks, as always, to readers who send in tips!). I contacted the owner of Bustle to discover that he sold the business and it’s now under new management.

Along with the ownership change comes a new name – S&L Cafe. According to new owner Daniel, S&L stands for Sel & Lumiere, French for salt & light. The goal of S&L is to “serve and love the community by helping people to build relationships one cup at a time” and Daniel hopes to see the S&L space used for neighborhood building events and gatherings.

There are a few changes to the menu as well. The coffee served previously was a traditional Italian dark roast coffee, and S&L now serves a medium roast coffee from Portland-based Heart Coffee Roasters. This particular roast is described as having “smooth, balanced, and complex flavor profiles of medium roast coffee.”

And, as of this past Saturday, S&L is serving ice cream. You can get local small-batch homemade ice cream from the U District’s Sweet Alchemy Creamery at S&L, no need to leave the neighborhood.
Stop by S&L to say welcome, try the new roast, and pick up some sweet ice cream too!