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Entries from March 2012

Joule Moving To Fremont From Wallingford

March 27th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Joule chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi have already done a lot in Fremont with their restaurant Revel. Now they’re bringing their original creation to the neighborhood as well.

The current Joule, located in an old storefront space in the Wallingford neighborhood, will close at the end of April and reopen this summer in a mixed-use restaurant and retail project called The Fremont Collective being developed at 3506 Stone Way North. The restaurant’s new space is being designed by award-winning Heliotrope Architects.

Joule opened in November 2007 and the husband and wife team’s work there made them semifinalists for a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the category of Best Chef Northwest


Crew Working On Burke Gilman Trail This Week

March 27th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Starting Wednesday, March 28, the Burke Gilman will be closed temporarily in small sections while crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation remove 14 bollards between NW 43rd St. and NW 36th St. The work will be done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Thursday, March 29.

From SDOT:

Small sections of the trail will be closed at intersections while the crews remove the bollards and replace them with asphalt. The trail will remain open with only small detours around the work area to minimize impacts on trail users. There will be signed detours in place and flaggers on the trail if they are needed.

The bollards are being removed to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along the trail. This work is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative approved by Seattle voters.

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Fundraiser For “Girls on the Run” Next Week

March 27th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Next week, Girls on the Run of Puget Sound will be putting on their annual auction fundraiser. On Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m., the “No Sweat Event” will be held at at the Shilshole Bay  Beach Club.

Girls on the Run is a youth development program with the mission of, “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” The program operates in nearly 30 schools in the county, including North Beach Elementary and Loyal Heights Elementary. Their website says funds from this event have helped, “serve 175% more girls and add 21 school program site over the past year. It has also allowed to continue our tradition of serving girls from families of all income levels, with over 70% of participants receiving full or partial scholarships.”

Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased here.

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Parkour Visions Offers Summer Camp Program

March 20th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

via Meghan Walker

Parkour Visions on the Ballard/Fremont line (4216 6th Ave NW) is offering a summer camp program for youngsters who need to burn some energy. Parkour is a full-body sport that involves, “overcoming obstacles effectively and swiftly using only your body,” according to coaches from the gym. “Fundamentals include running, jumping, crawling, and climbing, in order to pass over, under, around, and through obstacles in the everyday world.” They say parkour is for all levels of experience or fitness, and, “improves our ability to move, increases our confidence, and changes how we see the world.”

A video of one of Parkour Visions’ coaches demonstrating parkour.

The camps they will offer are as follows:

Basics Camps are a great way to get started with parkour, so bring your friends! We’ll learn fundamental parkour movements, keys to safe parkour practice, and play a bunch of parkour-based games to keep you moving and having fun! We’ll also visit some local parks and learn how to apply our parkour skills to environments outside the gym.

Intermediate Camps are for people who know all the parkour basics (Level 2 students or people who’ve been training parkour on their own for a year or so) and are looking to develop strength, flow, and parkour vision both in the gym and outside.

Advanced Camps are for PKV level 3 students and for people with several years of parkour experience. We’ll train outdoors all over the city and focus on learning how to train safely and effectively outdoors.

Each camp is three hours long and runs Monday to Friday. The cost is $195 per camp if you sign up before April 1, and $230 per camp if you sign up later. Single days are also an option for $55 per day.

Here is a schedule of camps:

·         Apr 16–20 – Kids Indoor Basics Camp

·         Jun 25–29 – Kids Basics, Teen Basics

·         July 9–13 – Young Kids Basics, Kids Basics

·         July 30–Aug 3 – Young Kids Basics, Kids Advanced

·         Aug 13–17 – Kids Basics, Teen Basics

·         Aug 20–24 – Kids Intermediate

(“Young kids” are 5-8 years old, “Kids” are 8-13, and “Teens” are 13-17)

To learn more, visit the Parkour Visions’ website.


Celebrate Ivar’s 107th birthday with $1.07 entrees

March 20th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Today is the founder of Ivar’s 107th birthday, and in celebration, the restaurants are offering $1.07 entrees all day in honor of their “flounder” Ivar Haglund. Patrons must purchase one full-priced entree in order to get the deal, and exclaim “Happy Birthday, Ivar!” upon placing their order, of course. Fremont’s closest Ivar’s is at 401 Northeast Northlake Way.

The restaurant will also treat the first 107 guests at each location to a blueberry cupcake, Haglund’s favorite flavor. In addition to the $1.07 entrees, Ivar’s is also hosting the “Ivar Haglund Birthday Video Contest” on the O-Fish-All Ivar’s Club Facebook page. According to the restaurant, fans can enter by uploading a video of themselves singing happy birthday to Ivar by March 21, for a chance to win a $107 Ivar’s gift card or other great prizes. Winners will then be selected, “based on originality and creativity, and bonus points are awarded for videos filmed at Ivar’s locations.”

The restaurant itself opened in 1938, with Ivar Haglund at the helm of his fish and chips stand at what is now Pier 54. The history behind Haglund can be found on Ivar’s website.

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Fremont’s Pie Expanding To Seattle Center House

March 13th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Pie isn’t just for Fremont anymore. Owners Renee Steen and Jess Whitsitt recently announced that the sweet and savory pie shop will be expanding with a new shop in the renovated Seattle Center House.

“Our heart is in Fremont but we are ready to spread the pie love,” says Whitsitt, whose palm-sized pastries have become a bona fide hit since Pie opened in January 2011. The duo had been looking to expand to South Lake Union when the invitation from Seattle Center arose. They signed papers Friday afternoon.

It will be a full-scale shop just like the one in Fremont and the goal is to open a week before Memorial Day weekend.

Pie joins Skillet at The Armory, which is the new name of the remodeled Center House.

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13,400 Seattle City Light Customers Without Power, Fremont Affected

March 13th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

The Seattle Times has a report that a large power outage was reported shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday and the outage has affected approximately 13,400 customers in Fremont, Wallingford, East Lake and Green Lake.

Seattle City Light crews are working on the issue and power is expected to be restored by 4:30 p.m.

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Pomeranian Missing, Last Seen In Phinney Ridge

March 13th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

A miniature Pomeranian named Arlee ran away from a home near NW 73rd Street and 13th Ave NW in Ballard on Friday afternoon. She was later seen in Phinney Ridge near NW 73rd Street and Greenwood, heading east.

Arlee is very shy and skittish. She has a collar and tags, but no microchip.

If you’ve seen Arlee, please call 206-384-1290 or 206-240-5823.

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Busy Weekend In Fremont Theater

March 9th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

If you’re in the mood for a thought-provoking theatrical performance, you’ve got a lot to choose from this weekend in Fremont.

A new show called Emerald City premieres Friday night at West of Lenin. Written by award-winning playwright S.P. Miskowski, the play is about the changing cultural identity of Seattle.

A writer is forced to return to Seattle, site of her personal and professional ruin, to cover the story of Dorothy Dietrich. Crashing with a college roommate and proprietor of an earnest yet doomed tour business, and surreptitiously followed by a lover whose interest may be swayed by a surprising suitor, her life is once again changed by a trip she didn’t want to take to a city she hoped never to see again.

The play runs through April 7th and tickets can be purchased here.

Meanwhile, Seattle playwright, activist and street theater director Ed Mast has written a political play he is doing for free in living rooms and spaces all around Seattle. This weekend he’ll be performing the play, titled Something I Can Do: Voices From Occupy Seattle, at VDP Studio (4128 Fremont Ave. N) on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. They play lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a group discussion. Call 206 632-2353 for more info.

Finally, for some theater that’s a little more free-flowing, The folks at The Fremont Tour checked in to let us know that a group of women from Montana will be taking the tour through the neighborhood on Sunday to celebrate a 50th birthday. The tour begins at the Fremont Sunday Market, end at Lola Pop, before they do brunch at 35th St. Bistro an end the day at the zoo. Fremonsters are encouraged to “accidentally” run into the tour and deliver a surprise 50th birthday card for birthday girl Kelly.

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2012 Moisture Festival Kicks Off Thursday

March 9th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

The Moisture Festival, the world’s largest Comedy/Varietè festival, begins its ninth-annual, four-week run on Thursday, March 15th and goes until April 8th.

The Moisture Festival encourages creativity in the form of an affordable annual festival showcasing the art of live comedy/variete performance.

Events take place at all over Seattle, specifically at Hale’s Palladium here in Fremont.

The opening night show will kick off the 2012 festival in grand style at Hale’s. The Moisture Festival’s variety shows feature a rapid succession of acts showcasing comedy alongside awe-inspiring physical and mental dexterity, with poignant moments of strength and delicate beauty.

To find out more about the events and performers at the festival and how to buy tickets, check out their website.

Photo: Michelle Bates


Thieves Ask For Recommendations, Then Rob Fremont Video Store

March 8th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Two men walked into Video Isle (4459 Fremont Ave N.) at around 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 27 with what seemed to be very obvious concerns. What movie should they rent? One of the men distracted the clerk by asking for such recommendations while the other disappeared to the employees-only area where he left holding a tin box containing $400 to $500.

via KOMO:

When the clerk confronted the man, the man shoved the clerk to the ground and said, “Don’t touch me, boy,” according to the report. The man then ran out of the store.

According to the store owner, this isn’t an isolated incident. After reviewing security footage, he was able to ascertain that these were suspects who had done the same thing before.

No word on the suspects or any arrests as of yet.

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Forget The Buckaroo, Now It’s The Bucka-Roux

March 6th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

The Red Building Formerly Known As The Buckaroo has been busy in recent months. Every time I walk by it seems like something is going on and yet nothing is going on at the same time. They blocked out the windows, then they took it down. There was briefly some kind of light show going on inside and then that was replaced by a giant Jenga-like structure. And then last week there was a box full of grapefruit skins out front for a good week before that mysteriously disappeared.

However, it looks like the time has come to put an actual business back inside the building.

Matthew Lewis, whose popular food truck of that name is “bringing New Orleans to the streets of Seattle,” is bringing his talents to Fremont Avenue space where he’s planning to open a breakfast-lunch-and-dinner joint called Roux, according to The Seattle Times.

Lewis had been thinking for a while that “I’d love to put down some permanent roots so people could always find us,” he said. “It’s going to be nice to do beignets all day long (instead of the current 11 a.m.-2 p.m.), and to have some really nice Herkimer coffee to go along with it. It will allow us to do some of the cool signature things we’ve been playing around with.” (On the list: N’awlins-style chicory coffee.)

Lewis says he wants the place to “be really New Orleans, or naturally New Orleans, as people would say.” Roux is hoping to open in August. Watch Lewis’ Facebook page and Twitter feed for details

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B.F. Day Playground Improvement Meeting, Swellegant Coming Soon

March 2nd, 2012 by Sean Keeley

The folks over at B.F. Day Elementary School want to make sure you’re aware of two upcoming events.

First, the latest B.F. Day Playground Improvement Project community meeting is coming up Wednesday, March 7 between 6 – 8 p.m. The meeting will take place  in B.F. Day Elementary School Gymnasium.

How do you use the B.F. Day playground? Imagine an improved park and playground in the heart of Fremont. Come be a part of the design of process! Last chance to tell us what your priorities are. The more community involvement, the better!

Bring the family– there will be crafts and games for the kids and snacks for everyone

If you have an idea for a fundraiser and/or would otherwise like to get involved, please contact the Project Team at

The other event is the annual Swellegant cocktail party to raise money for arts and science enrichment in the classroom, which takes place March 10th.

Not only will this fundraising event benefit children’s learning experience and support our neighborhood school, but it’s a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with BF Day parents, neighbors, and new friends in your community. Music and dancing, dinner and drinks, that’s Swellegant. It’s all happening Saturday, March 10th at the Fremont Abbey, 7-11pm. Tickets are $45 in advance and $60 at the door. Visit for more details.

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Traffic Delays At Fremont Bridge Friday Morning

March 2nd, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Heads up, commuters.

Mid-morning Friday, March 2, a large marine vessel is scheduled to depart Lake Union and move through the Ship Canal to Shilshole Bay. The Fremont Bridge and the Ballard Bridge will close to vehicle traffic while opening for the ship’s passage through the waterway.

The anticipated vessel opening schedule is set for 9:45 a.m. at the Fremont Bridge and 10:15 a.m. at the Ballard Bridge, though that might not be precise.

Each of these closures to vehicles will last between 10 and 15 minutes, however traffic could become very congested on all streets surrounding both bridges on both sides of the canal.

Motorists should allow for delays or consider avoiding the general area and taking alternate routes between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

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Gail Simmons Shares Stories & Souffle At Book Larder

March 1st, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Top Chef judge and Food & Wine magazine Special Projects Director Gail Simmons appeared at Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave) Thursday morning to promote her new book Talking With My Mouth Full while providing a cooking demonstration.

While most of her appearances have been in bigger spaces, Simmons was excited for the opportunity to appear in a boutique store, remarking, “it makes me happy to see small culinary bookstores.”

Of course, the big buzz was about the previous night’s Top Chef finale, of which many of the 25 or so attendees had not yet seen. And so, the winner was referred to with a gender-neutral codename (“Pat”) in order to stay spoiler-free while discussing the amazing dishes that kept her and the other judges deciding until six a.m. before announcing a winner.

While she mixed a savory souffle concoction based on a recipe that Carla from season five of Top Chef attempted, Simmons shared her thoughts on what she thinks when each season begins (“I can never tell who’s going to win, but I can tell you who the best cook is.”), this most-recent season’s surprise competitor (“Don’t get between Beverly and a rifle.”), and discussed the rumor that an upcoming season of the show could take place here in Seattle (“I know as much as you know…I do know it’s between three cities.”).

Simmons also shared some of her favorite Seattle restaurants, including Canlis, How To Cook A Wolf, Tilth and Salumi.

After the demonstration, Simmons signed her book for audience members and shared the completed souffle with everyone.

Talking With My Mouth Full is a memoir of Simmons’ life and how the integral role of food in it and also includes 12 recipes. It’s available at Book Larder for $26.99.

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