Big Mario’s opens November 6th with 100 free slices to celebrate

We first broke the news that Queen Anne would be getting a Big Mario’s location back in May. Now, the space at 815 5th Ave N that used to house Panos Kleftiko is sporting a Big Mario’s sign and the restaurant will open its doors next Friday, November 6th.

To celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest Big Mario’s, the restaurant will give a free slice of pizza to the first 100 customers. (note: they haven’t finalized their hours yet…)

Owners Mike McConnell, Jason Lajeunesse, and David Meinert opened the original Big Mario’s on Capitol Hill in 2010. Lower Queen Anne is the second location for the local New York style pizza joint, which also serves calzones, pasta, salads, and drinks.

Why Queen Anne? According to Lajeunesse:

“Our goal is to bring Big Mario’s to all of our favorite neighborhoods! We’ve been looking at Queen Anne for a long time, and our partner Mike had this unique space. It’s in an old building, and needed tons of work, but it truly feels like a Big Mario’s. It’s also right next to one of our favorite sister businesses, Caffé Vita located on Lower Queen Anne.”

Who’s Big Mario? A friend of the owners, Mario Vellotti, came to the US in 1964 from Naples, Italy. He opened pizzerias with his brother and uncle in New York – spanning all of the five Boroughs.

Now, Big Mario’s comes to Lower Queen Anne. You can check out the slices, pies, and more on their online menu, and plan ahead to try a slice for free next week.

Find a feline friend at the Cat Adopt-a-thon on Saturday

The Seattle Animal Shelter’s Fabulous Feline Team is going to swing into action at the Mud Bay Uptown location tomorrow, Saturday, January 24th.

The team will be holding a Cat Adopt-a-thon at Mud Bay’s Adoption Center from noon to 3pm, and plenty of furry felines will be on hand to find forever homes. 

SAS will have a variety of available cats and kittens that have been living in foster homes. Plus, the foster parents will be there too, so you can find out about the kitties’ individual personalities and habits, and find the right match for your home.

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include: initial vaccinations, deworming, feline leukemia testing, spay or neuter, microchip, and a certificate for a free health exam at local veterinarians.

If you’ve been looking to add a feline friend to your household, stop by Mud Bay (522 Queen Anne Ave N) to find your perfect match!

Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Event is today!

QA Dispatch Fall SaleApologies for the late heads up, but this one was in our queue… and overlooked. It’s time for the annual Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family event!

All day today the local boutique is offering 20% off clothing, jewelry, gifts, stationary, and more! Plus, it’s more than just a sale, as at 6pm the celebration kicks off with music by DJ Mullet. Plus, drinks and bites served until 10pm.

Head over to Queen Anne Dispatch today at 2212 Queen Anne Ave N, and celebrate shopping local on Queen Anne!

What’s up with the Lower Queen Anne Post Office?

USPS Queen AnneWe’ve had several readers write in and report that the Lower Queen Anne Post Office location is closed or boarded up.

The USPS site still shows it as open and you can even rent a PO box via the site. However, calls to the location returned only a busy signal (and still do a week later).

Bring in the USPS Postmaster for the scoop. I contacted our Seattle Postmaster and he says that the Lower Queen Anne location is still open.

The USPS leases the space in the building at 415 1st Ave N; currently, the building’s owner is completing renovations to the 1964 structure.

The Post Office entrance is now located on 1st Ave N.  Going forward, it will no longer be accessible from the main entrance to the building.

What’s Going On With Queen Anne View

Just a quick note that Laura hasn’t been feeling well and has been unable to work on Queen Anne View lately. Hopefully she will be back relatively soon and Queen Anne View will return to having daily updates. Please keep checking back for her return, and in the meantime I’ll be adding a few things here and there.

Queen Anne Community Council opens up nominations for member elections

Queen Anne signHave you ever wanted to represent the interests of the Queen Anne community? Help ensure a voice in future developments that impact Queen Anne? If so, you may be the perfect candidate for the Queen Anne Community Council.

The annual election of members to the QACC board is September 17th at the QACC annual meeting. Candidate nominations are open to all Queen Anne residents, as well as owners or employees of Queen Anne businesses.

In the September meeting, the QACC will elect 11 members to 2-year terms and one member for a 1-year term.

If you’d like to run for a slot on the QACC board, all you need to do is contact Ellen Monrad via email and send along a 50-word or less statement about why you’d like to be considered.

Streamline Tavern may be steps closer to sticking around Queen Anne

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Iconic Streamline sign,
courtesy of Streamline Tavern

The Streamline Tavern is one of the tenants in the block of buildings on Mercer St purchased by the Republic of South Korea for a new South Korean Consulate. That means they will have to vacate their current location at 121 Mercer by the end of this year.

Many readers have asked about the Streamline’s future, and we’ve been watching building sales, leases, and liquor licenses. On Monday, the owners of The Streamline applied for an assumption liquor license – this type of license is issued “where there is a currently licensed business with the same exact type of liquor license”.

The currently liquor license holder is listed as Jabu’s Pub at 174 Roy Street. Yesterday, I spoke with Streamline’s owner, Mike Lewis, about the license and Streamline’s future. Since nothing is final yet, he cannot confirm what may or may not happen in the coming weeks and months. Things are still in flux, and we’d prefer to wait for confirmation (and, ideally, celebration) before publishing local news.

However, Eater Seattle picked up the liquor license news today and posted about the Streamline’s potential new home, writing that “Jabu’s Pub on Roy St. has changed its name to Streamline Tavern”. What’s actually happened is a change to the name on the liquor license, not the business license. Jabu’s is still open and operating as its own business. [note: Eater has since updated the post to clarify the change.]

I’ll be following up with Mike as things start to gel for the Streamline, and as soon as we have confirmation of the Streamline’s next, we’ll be sure to let you know. For now, cross your fingers and hope for the best for all Queen Anne businesses involved.

Trader Joe’s opens new Queen Anne Ave N location this Friday

TJs courtyard

Back in 2012, we broke the news that the Upper Queen Anne Met Market would be closed and demolished, making room for a mixed-use space on Queen Anne Ave N. Shortly after the announcement, Trader Joe’s was announced as the anchor tenant for the new space.

Fast forward 2 years and The Towne is now completed and tenants (both residential and retail) are moving in.

Trader Joe’s is set to move from its 211 W Galer St location to its new digs at The Towne complex at 1920 Queen Anne Ave N. Over the past week, Trader Joe’s workers have been busy stocking the new space for a grand opening on Friday, August 15th.

TJs entrance preopenThe new space is much larger than the old spot on Galer. In addition to much more floor space (roughly 3 times as much square footage), the new Trader Joe’s has a liquor section that’s impressive in scale. More room between registers and taller ceiling height make for a space that feels not only new, but also more contemporary.

TJs liquor sectionTrader Joe’s will be celebrating its move into the spacious new spot at The Towne next Friday. According to Trader Joe’s workers, in addition to giveaways, there will be a steel band on hand and more to for the grand opening celebration.

Get ready to shift your Trader Joe’s experience from Galer St to Queen Anne Ave N this Friday.

New exhibit features the photography of Art Grice

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Art Grice, AG235, The Sense Series 1976

A new art exhibit opens this weekend at Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty. Perspective Then and Now: The Fine Art Photography of Art Grice runs from this Sunday, July 13th through September 7th, and the gallery is holding an opening reception this Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.

Art Grice, AG966, Paris 2013

Art Grice is an architectural and fine arts photographer based on Bainbridge Island. In his early years, Grice focused on illustration and fine art photography. Photography was the real draw though; he opened a gallery in Vancouver, BC, and taught photography classes and workshops at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver School of Art, and the NW College of Art.

Grice has received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for 3-D photography and his work has been published in both books and magazines worldwide.

Art Grice, AG234, The Senses Series 1977

In 2003, Grice founded Arts Studio Gallery with the goal of showing Northwest artists, sculptors and photographers. This year, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art hosted a show of his work as well as 26 other artists who had shown their work in his studio.

In his own words, here’s what you can expect in the upcoming show:

“After many years of pleasant distractions I’m rediscovering the photographic world I left behind.  Traditional landscape, the senses series and new street images were themes in my older work that I thought I would get back to but I always seem to get drawn into new ideas with only threads of the old work coming through. So, here are a few older prints and maybe a hint of the new.”

Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty is at 614 W McGraw Street Suite 101. For more information on the show, you can contact Stacy at 206.270.9465 or via email.

Zeek’s Pizza moving into Seven Hills spot on Queen Anne Ave N

Zeeks license applicationWe’d heard rumors and hearsay that Zeek’s Pizza was moving into the large retail space in the Seven Hills at 1919 Queen Anne Ave N – and it looks like they were true. A reader (thanks, Aaron!) sent us a photo of a newly posted liquor license application for the space, and sure enough, it’s Zeek’s Pizza.

No details are available from Zeek’s, we’ve tried contacting them since rumors first surfaced a couple months ago. When more information is available, we’ll keep you updated.