Hey Everybody, Shake Shack is Coming to SLU!

Shake Shack is a much-loved burger and shake joint in New York City, and Seattleites are about to get their very first location in Washington State! Last week, the company announced that a Shake Shack will be opening in Seattle in mid-2018 at 2115 Westlake Avenue.

Get ready for some delicious burgers (made with 100% Angus beef) topped with the Shack’s proprietary ShackSauce, as well as hot dogs, frozen custard and crinkle-cut fries. Craft beers and wine will also be on the menu.

According to CEO Randy Garutti, who used to be a manager at Canlis, “It’s a dream come true to bring Shake Shack to Seattle! This city has held a special place in my heart since the early days of my career living here and working as the General Manager of Canlis”, he said. “I love coming back here and seeing the continued growth of the city and its dynamic food scene. We look forward to building a community gathering place for this great city.”

The “modern day roadside burger stand” (as the company refers to its restaurants) will be constructed using sustainable and recycled materials. For example, they plan to make the table tops out of reclaimed wood from bowling alley lanes.

Shake Shack was founded in 2004 in New York City by popular restaurateur Danny Meyer, with its first (food cart) location in Madison Park. They have since expanded in New York and beyond, with 136 locations in 12 countries. West Coast locations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Sail the Lake with Lake Union Charters and Adventures This Summer

By Michael King

Lake Union Charters and Adventures offers guests with the opportunity to hop aboard one of their many sailboats for lessons or sightseeing.

One of the boats available is the Schooner Lavengro which was built in 1926.

It was the luxury yacht of its day. The Lavengro was built in Mississippi and 91 years later, finds itself in Seattle’s waters. You can take her for a sunset sail, a family sail, or even date night sail!

“I moved out to Seattle about 10 years ago and wanted to share that experience with other people,” said Marine Service Center’s Geoff Gamsby.

If you’re looking to learn the ropes of boating, Captain Geoff can show you how. And he’ll do it with patience, so you can stay relaxed.

But the beauty of Lake Union Charters and Adventures is that you can do all or nothing.

“We take care of handling the boats,” said Gamsby. “And it’s really low stress. If you want to actually drive the boat, we welcome that. So, you can get an experience of what it’s like driving a 27-ton boat.”

Your experienced captain will be standing by if needed, but you can man, or woman, the helm!

And you never know what you’re going to see.  The lake is teeming with rich history.

“One of the reasons we like sailing Lake Union a lot, there are so many stories with shipwrecks, the floating homes, prohibition, the rum runners,” said Gamsby.

The Lavengro is just one of Lake Union Charters and Adventures’ 14 boats. You can also hop aboard a racing yacht, adventure ferry, floating atrium, and more!

The adventures range from short day trips to multi-day trips to the San Juan Islands, and they also accommodate groups and corporate outings. Learn more about the adventures here.

Lake Union Charters and Adventures
(360) 399-6490
2420 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Syndicated from King5.com

$4.3 Million Repair Job on the South Lake Union Bridge Starts

By Chris Daniels

If you’ve looked around the Lake Union Park in recent years, you’ve noticed quite a few birds.  There’s the geese, the cranes, and one lame duck.

But that duck is about to move again or at least move people.  The city began this week its long delayed work,on a relatively new pedestrian bridge.  The span, just 108-feet long, opened in 2007 and was part of the major renovation that produced the park in 2010.

But just four years later, the bridge was closed.  The city acknowledged later a major mistake was made in the engineering of the east abutment.  The soil settlement was greater than expected, causing the span to move several inches;  however, the city said it didn’t have the money to make the proper repairs.

That was until this past year after the Seattle City Council allocated the money needed.  It will cost $4.3 million to make the fix.

Rachel Schulkin, a spokesperson for the Seattle Parks and Recreation department, says engineers will use a geo-foam to stabilize the soil and reduce further settlement.  She says the plan is for the bridge to be open by 2017.

David Erskine, a volunteer at the Center for Wooden Boats, says he’s looking forward to the reconnection.

“(The Center) are looking for our neighbors to come us, larger populations, and look for respite,“ he said. “We hope to see in a few months that much improved and being a lovely way.”

Syndicated from KING 5 News.

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in August

There’s lots of fun happening in Lake Union this August! Check out some highlighted events…

Tuesdays in August: Pasta Class
6:30pm | Cuoco
Learn how to make pasta from scratch on Tuesdays in August at Cuoco, one of Tom Douglas’ fantastic restaurant creations. You’ll learn the tricks of technique, plus recipes and a hands-on demonstration. Then, sit down for a three course meal featuring the pasta you crafted in the kitchen. The cost is $65/person and includes a take-home portion of pasta and a glass of wine.

August 3: Living Voices Theatrical Performance – La Causa
2pm | MOHAI
MOHAI’s next installment of Living Voices, a live theatrical performance combined with film from archives, shares a closer look at the Mexican American farmworkers movement in the late 1960s. These workers struggled with indecent working conditions and racism while battling for their civil rights, and this performance focuses on one woman balancing her family while fighting to free her people from poverty. The cost is free with museum admission.

August 3: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, August 3rd, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

Saturdays in August: A Bite-Size History of Pike Place Market
1-1:30pm and 3-3:30pm | MOHAI
Learn more about one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the US on Saturday, August 5th. MOHAI is hosting two 30-minute edible journeys on Saturdays this month, starting at 1 and 3 p.m., featuring six samples that illuminate a moment in Pike Place Market’s history. Member registration is required, and is first-come, first-served for non-members. The cost is $5.

August 5: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Dark Knight”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
The SLU Discovery Center’s outdoor movies continue on August 5th with a viewing of “The Dark Knight”. The movie will be screened in high-definition at the SLU Discovery Center’s grass lawn on a 55-foot inflatable screen. This event is 21+, with a beer garden.

August 11: SLU Block Party
12pm – 11pm | SLU Discovery Center
The annual South Lake Union Block Party is finally here! On August 11th, head to the Discovery Center with the whole family to shop more than 60 community booths from noon until 6 p.m. and enjoy the party! Food trucks and a beer garden will be going until 11 p.m., with live music performances sprinkled throughout the afternoon. The School of Visual Concepts’ Steamroller Smackdown is from 2 – 7 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 7:45.

August 11-13: Fred Hutch Obliteride
All Day | South Lake Union
The Fred Hutch Obliteride weekend is August 11th through 13th, with registration and a kickoff celebration on the 11th, and the rides kickoff on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

August 12: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, August 12th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

August 13: Lake Union 10K
7:30am | South Lake Union Park
The 9th annual Lake Union 10K is coming up on Sunday, August 13th. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at Lake Union Park in the southwest corner of Lake Union. Enjoy vendors, raffles, awards, and Portage Bay Cafe’s French Toast and breakfast bar after the race.

August 19-23: Washington Beer Collaboration Festival
4:30pm | SLU Discovery Center
Taste from 25 different special collaboration beers crafted by 50 different Washington breweries at the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival from August 19th through 23rd. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and include 8 4-ounce tasting tokens and a tasting glass.

August 25: Pinknic on the Patio
4pm – 7pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is hosting a patio party on Friday, August 25th to feature the delicious pink wine of the summer: Rosé! The first ever Pinknic on the Patio Rosé Party will include snacks, summer music and plenty of rosé samples to enjoy. Wear pink and white! Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 per person at the door and include five tastings and snacks.

August 26: Pre-Prohibition Whisky Cocktails
1pm – 3pm | Serafina
Participate in a fun, unique cocktail workshop and tasting event at Serafina this month! The Italian restaurant is hosting a Pre-Prohibition Whisky Cocktail event on Saturday, August 26th at 1 p.m. Learn about the history and tradition of finely crafted whisky, enlivened in well-mixed cocktails. A food pairing will be offered with each whisky cocktail. The cost is $80/person plus tax and gratuity.

August 31: Amazon Walking & Wine Tasting Tour
1pm – 3pm | The VUDE
Get the scoop on Amazon lore, history and facts while touring the glass Spheres, art installations, dog parks and Seattle’s only free banana stand on the Amazon Walking & Wine Tasting Tour! This 45-minute tour concludes with a wine tasting at The VUDE, tasting room for Hand of God Wines. Admission is $40/person, and includes the wine tasting.

10 Things You May Not Have Known About The Blue Angels

At festivals, fairs, and events across America, The Blue Angels are a quintessential part of summer. These epic aviators create a great spectacle, boost morale, and are something to look forward to for families across the country. From their initial inception to this history behind their name, here are a few things you may not have known about the Blue Angels.

They Were The Second Formal Flying Crew in the World

Formed in the 1940’s to cultivate passion and grow interest in the Navy, The Blue Angels were the world’s second formal flying  aerobatic team. The first was the Patrouille de France, which was the first of its kind formed in 1931. The Blue Angels’ first performance was in Omaha, Nebraska in 1946.

They’re Named After a Nightclub

When deciding on a name for the Blue Angel fleet, the namesake actually came from a New York night club. The original crew was planning a show in NYC and one member saw mention of New York’s famous Blue Angel night club in New Yorker Magazine. They decided to call their crew the Blue Angels, rather than keep their initial name, the Navy Flight Exhibition Team.

They Fly As Close Together as 18 Inches During Formations

While most of us would be skeptical to fly such fast planes in such close proximity to each other, Blue Angel pilots do so with ease In their Diamond 360 maneuver, the planes can be as close to each other as as just a foot and a half.

They Reach Speeds of Up To 700 MPH While Performing

These fast flyers reach up to 700 miles per hour during their performances. That’s about 125 miles per hour faster than the average commercial plane, whose average speed is around 575 miles per hour.

They Fly Themselves to All Shows

While it seems logical for these planes to fly themselves to each destination, flying from coast to coast is no quick trip for any plane. When the crew flew to Hawaii in 2010, they were accompanied by two tankers which refilled each plane ten times during the flight across the Pacific Ocean.

They Were the First U.S. Military Presence over Moscow Since the Cold War

In 2013, the Blue Angels became the first U.S. military planes to see the skies of Moscow since the Cold War. The crew performed on Moscow Day, in honor of the inception of the city.

Their First Female Pilot was Marines Captain Katie Higgins in 2015

It took 70 years for a female pilot to become a member of the Blue Angels, but Katie Higgins joined the team in 2015.

“Little girls have told me that they didn’t even know that ladies can fly aircraft, that women could be in the cockpit,” Captain Higgins told the Independent Journal Review in 2015.

She said she applied for the team not because she wanted to break barriers but because of her passion for flying. She tells anyone who is sceptic of her ability to fly a plane as well as the men to simply watch the demo.

“They can’t tell the difference between mine and the other two pilots on here because I fly it just as well as they do,” she said.

Pilots Must have at least 1,250 tactical jet hours to join the ranks

There is an extremely stringent screening process for all pilots hoping to join the Blue Angels. This includes over Navy and Marine aviators with 1200 tactical jet hours, a stringent interview process, and more.

They have performed for over 500 million people

Since their inception in the 1940’s, the Blue Angels have performed for over 500 million people. With summer shows across the country and performances in countries around the world, these planes are a well-loved attraction for people of all kinds.

They’re Coming Soon to Lake Union

Its summertime, and that means it’s show season for the Blue Angels. During Seafair Weekend, August 4-6, they will preform a daily show at 1:40 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see them!

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