A pair of new restaurants appear to be opening soon on Lake City Way in the Rekhi Building. We knocked on the doors of both but no one answered from behind the covered windows. We looked up permit info from the City of Seattle but there wasn’t much available.
The first restaurant is Mo & Lu Pasta Co. Rumor is that the business will open around the end of June. It will offer another addition to the increasingly diverse selection of food in the Lake City core.
The second restaurant is 2C Thai Bistro & Spirits. Both will be welcome additions to the neighborhood.
The much-loved Lake City Farmers Market will be back, starting on June 11th. The market runs every Thursday through October 1st, from 3-7 pm.
The market welcomes back many of their farmers and food artisans – and a few new vendors for 2015. New vendors include:
- Deiros Artisan Chocolate
- Fresh & Wild Seafood (starting mid-August)
- Jikoni (authentic West African Food)
- Lowercase Brewing, Mariposa Farm, White Heron Wine
- Mt. Baker Berry Farm
- Napkin Friends (Latke press sandwiches – food truck on rotating schedule)
- Yellow Belly Farm (honey)
On opening day market visitors will find sweet, luscious strawberries, cherries, crisp fresh lettuces, beautiful heads of broccoli, crunchy carrots, and dozens of other vegetables. Kittitas Valley Greenhouse will have ripe heirloom tomatoes, and there will be plenty of fresh basil on the farm tables.
The market is also hosting a full schedule of fun events for kids and grown-ups, including a free cooking class with chef/author Amy Pennington on June 18, the Cherry Pit Spit Contest on July 2, and the Zucchini 500 car races on Sept 3. You can find events calendars and farmer/vendor lists on the market’s website here.
You have likely seen the utility work in Lake City in recent weeks. Crews from CenturyLink have been hanging high-speed fiber optic lines from utility poles and threading them under streets. The new fiber cables are part of a CenturyLink project to bring high-speed broadband Internet to much of Seattle.
CenturyLink has not announced when the system in northeast Seattle will be on-line, but the infrastructre is now being put in place. Lake City has long suffered from a lack of Internet options and arguably poor service from those that we have here. The company is not without its own criticism from customers and government agencies, but it will be the first company to offer residentail customers Internet at gigabit speeds.
The Seattle Times in 2014 reported what kind of fees a customer could expect to pay for the gigabit Internet. From the Times:
CenturyLink will charge $110 per month for gigabit service for the first year, or $80 if bundled with a voice plan, DirectTV service or a Verizon wireless plan. There’s also a $60 installation fee, a $20 activation fee and a $7 per month modem fee. After the first year the standalone rate jumps to $152, which will limit its appeal and uptake.
You can learn more about the CenturyLink “gigabit” Internet here.
Bring your business cards and your smile. The event is free.
2701 NE 127th
April 30, 2015 5PM-7PM
Are you getting the most out of your networking? Do you come away with two or three good connections from every event you attend?
Contrary to popular belief, networking is about connecting with people, not selling to people. But, once you connect with people honestly, you will see your business grow.
You’ll leave this short workshop understanding ho connecting with people builds your business much quicker than selling to people. You’ll find out how to walk away from any event with more than just a stack of business cards. Most importantly, you’ll learn the single most important step you need to take to turn a connection into a champion for you and your business.
Our presenter is Sven Mogelgaard, Millcreek Technology Services
Thursday, May 14, 2015 12PM-1PM
Bring your lunch for this casual, fun and free meeting. Beverages and dessert provided! No reservations needed.
North Seattle Chamber of Commerce
12531 28th Ave NE
Next to the Lake City Library
Chamber Lunch & Learn is held monthly on the 2nd Thursday and features speakers on relevant topics for our world today, business and personal. Visit www.northseattlehchamber.com for updates as we book for the following months. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Lake City Future First will host a “Community Conversation” on April 29 at the Community Center. The meeting will tackle the topic of urban design. From a flyer for the event (embedded below):
Talk with your neighbors and Lake City business owners over delicious food
Lake City Future First heard from the community and from your input we have our Strategic Plan to share with you
Share your thoughts about the draft vision for the urban design of Lake City
Volunteer sign-up for Lake City Future First projects in the Strategic Plan
Did we mention free food and entertainment? Find out more at lakecityfuturefirst.org
Lake City Future First recently wrapped up their first ‘World of Tastes’ passport program where people that visited neighborhood businesses received stamps on a “passport.” Those that completed the passport were then eligible for a prize. The goal of the program was to encourage people to discover some of Lake City’s diverse neighborhood offerings. (Previous coverage here.)
Participating businesses included Mania Manila, Elliot Bay Brewing Co., Pho An, Erawan Bankok Thai, Lake City Gyros, Beer Authority, and Kaffeeklatsch.
From Lake City Future First:
Congratulations to Larissa and Joseph, the winners of our very first “World of Tastes in Lake City” passport program. Larissa and Joseph will enjoy their $50 gift cards courtesy of Kaffeeklatsch, Elliot Bay Brewery, and Lake City Future First as well as 10 free yoga classes from Two Dog Yoga.
A special thanks to all the businesses and the people of Lake City who participated. Be on the lookout for our second “World of Tastes in Lake City” in the next few months featuring new tastes and more prizes.
Back in May we reported that DreamGirls at Rick’s trimmed back street trees in front of the business. At the time the pruning seemed severe. It prompted complaints from the community.
They were then required by City of Seattle arborists to replace the trees along Lake City Way that were pruned, because at the time it was thought the trees may not survive the pruning or were damaged. The city determined then that topping of the trees was illegal.
From a KIRO Radio report at the time:
The strip club will have to pay for the city to replace the five trees on SR 522 and restore the area to its former appearance. The city won’t say how much it will cost to remove the damaged trees and replace them with new trees of similar size. “The cost will be ‘substantial.”
But over the summer the previously pruned trees recovered and filled out with new branches and leaves, regaining some of their previous size. They survived just fine and looked healthy.
Now those trees that survived the shears, have been cut down. They have been replaced with much smaller trees. The new trees are shown above. The previously pruned trees below.