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Entries from December 2010

Happy New Year’s Eve, Fremont

December 31st, 2010 by Sean Keeley

Chances are you’ve already got your New Year’s Even plans in effect. Just in case, here’s some ways around Fremont to say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011.

Moisture Festival New Year’s Even Dance Party -Starting at 8pm at Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary NE), it’s an all-aged dance party and show. At midnight, they’ll be dropping the big red ball. Tickets available here.

OmCulture’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – Starting at 8pm, stay for five hours teeming with music and magic to bring your year’s journey to a close and pull back the curtains on the wonders of 2011.  Champagne served at midnight. $15 – $25 sliding scale at the door.

Nectar Lounge -DJ Swervewon, DJ 100Proof and speciall performances by R.I.P. Obese, and Viva La ReignCity highlight their New Year’s Bash. $10-15 adv, 21+

Bonza Bash (Fremont Studios) – The New Year’s Gala Ball features the Mach One Jazz Orchestra, DJs, a red carpet and complimentary coat check. Read all about it here.

High Dive (513 N. 36th) – Featuring Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme as well as Tubaluba. $15, 21+

TosT (513 N. 36th) – The lounge says good bye with a Lazybones Reunion with guests Airport Way. Prices TBA, 21+

There’s plenty of restaurants open in town as well. One place worth noting is Pie. While the shop itself isn’t open yet, their late-night window will be fully operational. Swing by to check out sweet and savory pies from the upstart.

Happy New Year!

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34th Street Roadwork To Restart January 3rd

December 31st, 2010 by Sean Keeley

The past two Tuesdays, Seattle City Light has held public meetings to discuss possible changes to the Traffic Control Plan on the 34th Street underground electrical improvements.

The project restarts on January 3rd but when it does, Seattle City Light will be implementing changes based on your suggestions. They include:

  • Increase intersection signal timing at N. 35th /Stone Way and N. 34th /Stone Way to assist morning eastbound traffic in clearing intersections.
  • Provide illuminated message board northbound on Fremont Avenue prior to Fremont Bridge deck.
  • Increase the size and darken the print on the 48”x 60” Fremont Avenue/N. 34th Street road closed sign.
  • Add “Local Access to Troll Wy.” sign at 34th/Fremont Avenue.
  • Add 30”X30” detour arrow sign at N. 34th/Fremont Avenue.
  • Remove barricade and add peace officer at N. 34th/Fremont Avenue.
  • Add no parking barricade signs at 3 slots on east side of Fremont Avenue between N 34th Street and N 35th Street to assist with choke point as buses re-enter traffic.
  • Add peace officer at N. 35th/Fremont Avenue.
  • Add 3 standard advanced warning signs, type 3 barricade and flagger at 34th /Troll Avenue.
  • Add no parking barricade signs on both sides of Troll Ave. between N. 34th Street and N. 35th Street
    Increase truck detour awareness.
  • N. 34th /Fremont Avenue signal timing has been changed to assist in clearing bridge traffic

The project is scheduled to be in effect until mid-March. For updates on the project see Seattle City Light’s Construction Website.

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Stretch Those Hips, Fremont, Salsa School Opening Soon

December 29th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

With the holidays coming to a close and New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, you’re going to need a way to work off those extra, seasonal pounds. Longtime Seattle salsa instructor Vassili has the perfect solution for you.

Salsa Con Todo (750 N 34th Street) will open its doors om January 3rd. The dance studio will feature classes of all levels in Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha and a whole lot more.

The school’s artistic director Vassili brings with him a decade of dancing experience.

Vassili took his first Salsa lesson in 2000 and has not stopped dancing since. He won the “Reno Dance Sensation” Salsa competition two years in a row, and has performed and taught at numerous dance events around the US.

Vassili’s passion lies not only in the art of Salsa but in challenging himself to provide the most dynamic instruction to his students. He actively studies from dancers of various styles. He has traveled to Colombia and Cuba to study Salsa and Afro-Cuban Rumba from the real pro’s and looks forward to delving deeper into Salsa’s roots around the world.

Vassili is also a member of Children of the Revolution, a world rock band that has played some of the Northwest’s most prestigious theaters such as Meany Hall, Benaroya Hall and the 3,000-seat Paramount Theater.

The studio will be hosting a grand opening party on January 7th. They currently feature a six-week package for salsa lessons at $80 per person. For more information on how to get involved or sign up, check out their website.

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Seattle Still Expects Snowfall Wednesday Night

December 29th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

2010 Snowpocalpyse 2.0 didn’t exactly happen in Seattle today. It certainly didn’t happen in Fremont, where a few people reported slight dustings here and there but that’s about it.

However, it looks like the forecasts were just a little jumpy. Seattle still expects some snow tonight and the SDOT is planning accordingly.

SDOT crews will continue patrolling and treating streets in the north end of Seattle today as needed although streets for the most part remain bare and wet.

Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing early this evening with the possibility of up to one inch of snow or freezing rain. Crews will be out throughout the city to treat major arterial streets as needed and in preparation for the evening commute. Night crews will continue this work depending on conditions.

Drivers are advised to slow down this evening and tomorrow morning, and be prepared for ice, especially on bridges and other elevated structures.

If it does snow, try to stay out of your cars. If you do have to use your cars, try to stay away from any hills. You don’t want to end up on YouTube, do you?

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Fremont News, Notes, Happenings & Whatnot 12/29

December 29th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

Some items of interest for Fremonsters as you wonder where all this snow is…

We know the Stone Way Festering Pit is going to filled finally. According to Wallyhood, that might be happening sooner than later. Work may start on or around January 17.

Showa, the other new Fremont Asian comfort food joint, gets their Happy Hour profiled by the Seattle Times.

Plans for a proposed 48-apartment, four-story building at 3606 Woodland Park Ave. N. is profiled at Fremont KOMO.

Theo Chocolate performs well but comes just up short in the Battle for Seattle’s Best Chocolate & Orange Bar.

Rock-jazz quintet Spellbinder will headline the final night at ToST, reports Examiner.

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Fremont, Seattle Preps For Snowfall

December 28th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

As you’ve heard, it’s likely going to snow Wednesday. Now reports say that snowfall will begin Tuesday night. The good news is that the city isn’t expecting it to be quite as bad as last month’s snowpocalypse. Still, they’re going to take precautions.

After 10 p.m. tonight SDOT crews will proactively apply salt brine in roadway areas where frost or black ice is prone to develop, especially on bridges and other elevated structures around the city.

Starting at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning (Wednesday), SDOT spreader trucks will be prepositioned throughout the city, ready to spread rock salt on major arterial streets (primary snow routes, Levels 1 and 2) for the morning commute if conditions warrant.

Chances are, you won’t be breaking out the sled to race own a snowed-over Fremont Ave. Wednesday morning. Read more on SDOT’s winter weather response plan and to view a map of snow routes here.

Also remember that Metro buses are already running on reduced schedules this week so be prepared if you’re traveling around the city either way.

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The Buckaroo Rails Go Bye-Bye

December 28th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

Was walking past The Building Formerly Known As The Buckaroo and noticed the trademark outside rails had officially been taken down.

What had become the ideal spot to eat your Paseo’s sandwich is no more.

I’ll try and follow up with the owners to find out some specifics on the next rail-less phase of the building.

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Burnt ToST: Fremont Bar Closing Its Doors

December 27th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

I received an email from an anonymous tipster today regarding the Fremont bar & club ToST. They said the club was closing due to new ownership. Looks like that’s been confirmed by The Stranger’s Line Out blog.

I haven’t seen any press on it yet, so thought I’d spread the word that ToST in Fremont was sold and is closing January 1. This is the last week of shows.The employees were told last Wednesday, three days before Christmas, that their jobs are gone at the new year…which sucks. I remember there was a lot of pulling together for the employees of the Crocodile when this happened to them three years ago, and while ToST isn’t the Crocodile, I’m surprised that I haven’t seen any mention of the closing of this venue.

The folks over at ToST confirmed as much on their Facebook page, though they did caveat that the new space would be ready shortly:

ToST has been sold to a new ownership team, effective at the start of the new year. The new owners plan to close for a few weeks to remodel. So next Thursday will be THE LAST MARMALADE Tost!!!!!! We have already checked on a few places to move our Thursday night (next door Jan 27). Were not finished just evolving. We …hope to receive your continued support and to keep growing with us.

ToST is at least going out with a bang. Their New Year’s Eve party will be their final night.

H/T: Christian

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Good Deal For A Fremont New Years Eve

December 27th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

Christmas is barely behind us but it’s already time to start thinking about New Year’s Eve, if you haven’t already. There’s a pretty good deal out today for those looking to get out to a fun party but who don’t want to leave the comfy confines of Fremont to do so.

The Bonza Bash New Year’s Eve 2011 Gala Ball begins at 8:30pm on December 31st at Fremont Studios and goes straight on past midnight into the new year. According to the site, it’s “the most exclusive and outrageously entertaining New Year’s Eve experience in the Pacific Northwest.” The outrageously entertaining part remains to be seen but I’m not too sure how “exclusive” it’s going to be considering the deal currently up on Groupon:

With today’s side deal, $37 gets you a ticket to Bonza Bash’s New Year’s Eve 2011 Gala Ball at Fremont Studios (a $74.43 value including 9.5% sales tax and a 5% admission tax). Hosted at a Seattle movie studio, this suit-or-cocktail-dress affair provides a sparkling start to next year. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, multiple full bars, and live music as you count down the moments until a new decade of Vh1 nostalgia specials begins. This year’s bash benefits Bridge of Promise, a Carnation-based nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for developmentally disabled individuals.

The event features an 18-piece big band, DJs, over $20,000 in prizes and giveaways and exclusive VIP offerings.

FYI, jeans, shirts without a collar and/or sneakers are all “expressly forbidden.” So if that’s your New Year’s Eve style, guess you’ll have to find another gala to enjoy. Then again, if that’s your style, you’re probably not going to any kind of event referred to as a gala.

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Brutal Beating Outside Fremont Bar Last Week

December 27th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

Last week, a fight outside Fremont bar 9 Million in Unmarked Bills left one man with multiple injuries including a fractured jaw and head trauma.

A 26 year-old man wound up at the Kirkland hospital intensive care unit after a brutal beating outside 9 Million in Unmarked Bills on 3400 block of Fremont Place N.

According to a police report, the victim’s brother contacted police on Friday, Dec. 18, after the victim was admitted to Overlake Hospital with a fractured jaw and injuries to his neck, shoulder, and face.

The man told police the victim had been at the Fremont bar earlier that night where he was “beaten, hit in the head multiple times, and left for dead on the sidewalk outside the bar.”

The victim was taken to Swedish Hospital, treated for his injuries and released several hours later. The man later lost consciousness and was taken to another hospital and placed on a ventilator. At the time of the report, he was still in the hospital in serious condition.

The victim hasn’t been able to tell police much given his condition though he apparently did claimed that one of the attackers said he was a University of Washington football player.

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Recycle Christmas Trees For Free Until January 9th

December 26th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

Thanks to our sister site My Green Lake for this story.

Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge beginning today (Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010) until Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or twine. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each yard waste cart at no extra charge.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Starting Jan. 1, each unit of extra garbage will cost $8.10. Plastic trees are not recyclable.

Creative Commons License photo credit: comedy_nose

Seattle residents can also drop off their holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations between Dec. 26 and Jan. 9. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees without flocking or decoration may be disposed free of charge.

The North Recycling and Disposal Station (1350 North 34th St) and South Recycling and Disposal Station (130 S Kenyon St) are open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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What’s Open And What’s Not Christmas Eve/Christmas In Fremont

December 23rd, 2010 by Sean Keeley

With Christmas Eve and Christmas approaching, the hours for almost all of Fremont’s businesses will be limited. Below is a list of the essential spots you’ll want to know are open or not over that time. If you don’t see a place listed that you’d like to know about, please leave a comment or send an email and we’ll find out.

Below is a list for the markets and coffee shops. I’ll have a list for restaurants and bars on Friday.


PCC: Open til 7pm Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

Marketime: Open til 6pm on Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

Coffee Shops

ETG: Open til 4pm on Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

Lighthouse: Open til 1pm Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

Fremont Coffee: too cool to pick up the phone so I’m not sure. Anyone?

Caffe Ladro: Open til 5pm on Christmas Eve, Open Christmas Day 7:30am to Noon

Caffe Vita: Open til 2pm on Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

Canal Street Coffee: Open til 5pm on Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

Starbucks: Open til 5pm on Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

Peets: Open til 4pm Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

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Uneeda Burger Set To Open*

December 21st, 2010 by Sean Keeley

Uneeda Burger, the new burger joint at 4302 Fremont Avenue, will officially open its doors on Monday, December 27th.  But here’s a pro-tip if you can’t wait until then…

Just head on over right now, walk inside, order your burger, exchange legal tender for said burger and eat that burger.

Uneeda Burger is having a “quiet opening” this week, which I suppose I’m defeating the purpose of by telling you, but there you go.

I stopped by just to take some photos when I just so happened to find this out for myself. I snapped some photos and spoke with one of the General Managers, Peter, who ran me through the many, many fresh and local ingredients that will be Uneeda Burger’s hallmark.

The burgers are priced between $6.25 and $12.00, depending on what you go with. I sampled the Crispy Emmer Veggie Burger myself (#10) and you definitely get your money’s worth with that loaded meal.

For their regular burgers, they will be serving Painted Hills Beef that has been especially prepared for the restaurant. You can also swap that for Whidbey Island Crescent Harbor 100% Wagyu (Kobe) Beef if you like. You can also upgrade to grass-fed beef from Thundering Hooves for an additional $3.00/$4.00.

They also offer chicken breast sandwich, BLT, hot dog, soup, chili and salads amongst other items.

For dessert you can get hand-dipped ice cream shakes in a bunch of different flavors as well as floats and artisan sodas.

For beer drinkers, they’ve got three beers (PBR, Manny’s and Odin) on draught as well as a full bottle selection. There’s also a sizable wine selection to choose from.

FYI, the restuarant will be closed Friday through Sunday this week for Christmas but open again on Monday “for real.” Normal operating hours are 11am – 9pm Monday through Thursday, 11am – 10pm Saturday and 11am – 8pm Sunday.

The website ( isn’t live yet but will be by Monday.

More photos after the jump.

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Winter Solstice Feast Tonight In Fremont

December 21st, 2010 by Sean Keeley

For the summer solstice, Fremonsters like to take off all their clothing and ride their bikes around town in a care-free and whimsical manner.

For the winter solstice, we just like to chill out and eat.  Fair enough.

The Fremont Arts Council’s Winter Solstice Feast is tonight. The event is invitation-only, so you probably already know if you’re going or not. The invitations are good for two people, so if you’re not invited, find someone who is and tag along. Or you could become a FAC member, that’ll work too.

If you do attend, you’ll need to bring $10 and a dish to share with everyone else.

The site is the old Ballard Public Library, on 24th NW between 57th and 58th. Same place as last year, a beautiful building for us, if a bit cozy! just makes us all get a little closer together.

The Feast is a volunteer appreciation party, a fundraiser and a celebration of the longest night of the year. The money goes to a great cause and everyone has a great time.

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Hope You Got Your Paseo Fix For The Holidays

December 20th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

The line outside Paseo was long on Saturday. That’s nothing new. But it seemed even longer than usual, if that’s possible. One look at the storefront answered why…

Hope you stocked your freezer with Cuban pork sandwiches. If you didn’t, fret not. Word on the street is that Uneeda Burger will be opening this week, so you’ll still be able to get your meaty sandwich fix.

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Fremont Traffic Control Plan Revisions Up For Discussion

December 20th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

If you’ve driven under the Aurora Bridge at any point since September, you know there’s been some construction going on down there. The re-wiring project, which is being overseen by Seattle City Light, extends between N. 34th Street and N. 35th Street on Woodland Park Ave. N. and between Stone Way N. and Troll Ave. N. (under the Aurora Bridge) on N. 34th Street.

Work on the project has been halted until January 3rd as the holiday season is here. However, that doesn’t mean things are at a complete standstill. Seattle City Light is holding two public meetings to discuss plans to change the Traffic Control Plan for the next round of work and they’d love to see folks from the Fremont Neighborhood there.

Some of the issues and proposed changes that are up for discussion include:

  • Better signage, and electronic readers
  • Additional flaggers & officers to control congestion points, including N. 34th Street & Fremont Avenue, and
  • Troll Avenue & N. 34th Street & N. 35th Street
  • Clearer direction for through truck detour to N. 46th Street
  • Adjust signal timing to clear bridge opening traffic
  • “No Park” on Troll Avenue to improve flow

Both meetings will cover the same topics, so you can attend either:

The project is scheduled to be in effect until February. For current project information, visit:

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