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Romios Pizza and Pasta for sale


Romios Pizza and Pasta, known for their tasty pizza and free neighborhood delivery, is for sale.

A posting on Craigslist through Vantage Commercial Partners has the business listed for $165,000. The purchase price includes the building lease and assets.

From the posting:

Established pizzeria on Lake City Way. Not a franchise, trade name not included. Full kitchen, type 1 hood, Class H liquor license, ample parking. LEASE AND ASSETS ONLY

The restaurant is the latest business on the east side of Lake City to have significant change in recent months. Claire’s Pantry abruptly shut down and Schmetzers Sporthaus is moving to a new location on Aurora Avenue.

The moves come at a time that new businesses that have come to the neighborhood are proving that there is a hungry market in Lake City. Elliott Bay Brewing Co. and Kaffeeklatsch, on the west side of LCW, are consistently packed with customers. Thai One On and Toyoda Sushi also have a strong, loyal customer base. Other neighborhood restaurants have also proved customers in Lake City are willing to spend money.

Jamtown kicking off tots drumming class, spots still available

Creating music at Jamtown

Creating music at Jamtown in the tots class

The folks over at Lake City’s Jamtown are kicking off their Toddler 8 Week Spring Series classes this week.

There are still spots left in the classes for youngsters. Caregivers, parents and grandparents are invited by Jamtown to join in the drumming with with the youngsters during the sessions.

The 45 minute classes help the kiddos create rhythms on an assortment of drums and instruments.

The following is the class schedule:

  • Tots 8 week, Wednesday April 17 – June 5, 10 a.m.
  • Tots 8 week, Thursday April 18  -  June 13, 10 a.m. (no class 5/23)
  • Tots 8 week, Friday April 19 – June 14, 10am (no class 5/24)
  • Tots* 8 week, Saturday April 20 – June 22, 11am (no class 5/4, 5/25)

The classes cost $99 for parent/child. Siblings are 1/2 price.

You can register online here or call 206-632-9136

You can follow Jamtown on Facebook here.

Elliott Bay celebrates one year here on LCW this Saturday with beer and brass

628x471Are you ready to “shake what yo mama gave ya” this Saturday?

Our neighborhood’s hugely popular Elliott Bay Brewing Co. will celebrate their first anniversary here on the outer limits of Seattle on Saturday March 30th.

The event will feature live music from Tubaluba, an energetic New Orleans second line band. The music kicks off at 6 p.m.

Tubaluba is a band billed as “just the grease you need to shake what yo mama gave ya.” And judging by video of some of their performances viewed online, they are successful at getting the audience into the show.ebb

Elliott Bay’s talented “Brewer Bill” teamed up with Matt van Wyk, of Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, OR, and cooked up a special rye-based IPA brew to be served during the fun community event. Also contributing to the special anniversary brew is neighboring Kaffeeklatsch, who baked loaves of 100% rye bread that were added to the mash tun for a sure-to-be unique ale.

So if you have time, stop by and raise a glass to Elliott Bay for one year of providing our neighborhood with sweet potato gaufrettes, elk burgers, No Doubt Stout pulled pork and of course tasty beer.

Below is a video of Tubaluba performing at the Fremont Street Fair.

Elliott Bay making special brew for first anniversary on LCW


Recently the fine folks at Elliott Bay Brewing Co. started making a brew that is extra special for the Lake City location. The brew will be ready in time for the hugely popular brewery’s first anniversary here on the outer limits of Seattle.

Elliott Bay’s talented Brewer Bill teamed up with Matt van Wyk, of Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, OR, and “have cooked up a rye-based IPA kinda thing,” Elliott Bay said on The Bar Stool Blog.

Also contributing to the brew is neighboring Kaffeeklatsch, who baked loaves of 100% rye bread that were added to the mash tun “to ramp up even further the special rye character of this sure-to-be unique ale,” said EBBC on their site.

They plan to release the beer on March 25th, ahead of their March 30th first anniversary party.

Theft rate at Grocery Outlet, Fred Meyer alarming

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The Lake City Grocery Outlet. Photo courtesy Seattlepi.com, used with permission

The Seattle P-I has a report that Lake City’s Grocery Outlet is suffering from significant losses due to theft. The losses are partly blamed on Seattle’s plastic bag ban, which encourages customers to bring in their own bags. It has proven difficult for store owners to track items that people have in the bags they bring into stores.

Since the bag ban took effect, Grocery Outlet owner Mike Duke said theft of frozen foods and produce have increased significantly. Traditionally those are items a thief “wouldn’t put down their pants,” said a store employee.

Representatives of Fred Meyer were quoted recently as saying that the theft rate at the store was the highest in the multi-state chain.

Some of the theft has also been blamed on the chronic inebriates, drug users and transients that linger in the area. But business owners have been reluctant to go on the record with that for fear of appearing anti-homeless. But in recent days, a contributor for Lake City Live witnessed two incidents of theft by chronic inebriates that are regulars in front of the Post Office and the 99-cent stores.

You can read more of the P-I report on the alarming shoplifting rate in Lake City here.


Claire’s Pantry shuts down, Schmetzer’s Sporthaus plans to leave Lake City

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Claire’s Pantry shown in a photo from the Seattle P-I story. Used on Lake City Live with permission.

Earlier this week, diners that arrived at the doors of Claire’s Pantry, a longtime business at NE 125th Street and Lake City Way, were surprised with a sign on the door. In all capital letters the sheet of paper read: BUSINESS CLOSED.

The simple sign was the apparent end of a business that many longtime Lake City residents have visited or passed by for decades. Inside, the business looked as if the closure was unexpected. Tables were still set, napkin holders and condiments still on table tops.

A story in the Seattle P-I on Wednesday said the business had been open since 1974. The story by reporter Casey McNerthney also gave the history of the site of the longtime diner. You can read the story with more details here.

Rumors were flying among people as to why the business closed so suddenly. We tried to sleuth out the reason for the closure on Tuesday but were unable. Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson sent the message below on Twitter. Others in the neighborhood discussed a more unfortunate rumor for the restaurant’s sudden closing. But honestly, no one was quite sure why the business shuttered.

But in recent years regular diners noticed significant change at the restaurant. The food changed, portion sizes were said to be smaller and the building seemed to be falling into disrepair. Online reviews became harsh for the business. On Tuesday broken light fixtures were seen on the exterior of the building, the awning over the entrance seemed to be missing or torn and brick work on the brick building seemed to be crumbling on the west side.

The closing of the restaurant comes with the equally sad news that another longtime Lake City Business will leave the neighborhood— although this one will continue in a new location.

Pedestrians walk past Schmetzer's Sporthaus soccer store on Lake City Way.

Pedestrians walk past Schmetzer’s Sporthaus soccer store on Lake City Way in this photo from the Seattle P-I. Used with permission on LCL.

Schmetzer’s Sporthaus, which has been a fixture in the business core on LCW, selling soccer gear and attracting youth from Lake City’s vibrant youth soccer scene, will reopen on Aurora Avenue on May 1st. The P-I reported that Schmetzer’s will relocate to a larger space near the old Chubby and Tubby building. A staff member of the business also said on Tuesday that the daily gathering of chronic inebriates and drug users in front of the business was also a significant influence in their decision to leave Lake City. Many of those gathered there seem to be attracted by the nearby Dollar Plus store known for its cheap, fortified beer and wine.

The departures of the Lake City businesses come almost one year after the hugely successful opening of Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery, a business that is packed almost every night. Elliott Bay’s huge success has proven that there is a hunger among neighborhood residents for quality businesses. Nearby Kaffeeklatch coffee and bakery, the Lake City Bakery are examples of other businesses that have become favorites of locals, and recently more of north Seattle as they are both “discovered.”  The Beer Authority, a full service beer bottle shop with 400 labels of beer, also recently moved to a larger space to accommodate its increasingly popular business.