More Deliciousness Headed to SLU

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By now you’ve probably heard that beloved and acclaimed Middle Eastern eatery Mamnoon will be opening a new venture called ‘mBar’ in SLU, but it seems as though that’s not enough to keep Mamnoon’s owners busy this year.

In addition to the Mediterranean inspired rooftop spot (sure to be glorious with it’s 100-seat, glass railed patio, so as to protect and enhance your mealtime view), and the recently announced ‘Mamnoon Street’, it looks like the Mamnoon team will be opening yet another spot next door at Amazon’s new 6th Ave Doppler campus.

The newest addition to the Mamnoon line up will be called ‘Anar’ meaning pomegranate in Farsi, and will focus mainly on the “ancient traditions of juice and vegetarian dishes.”

From the proprietors:

    Anar will  be an ideal destination to get energized for the day, starting with a breakfast yogurt blend, Persian mint tea, or a specially blended kombucha.  Juices will range from sweet to savory to hearty, and will include such ingredients as orange blossom, rose water and pomegranate with available additions like yogurt, cashews and chickpeas.  Food options include small plates; a mezze dish with dolma, pickled and raw vegetables, arugula and gluten free crackers with a choice of Carrot bi tahini, muhammara, or ‘Persian’ green hummus, and big plates; Fatteh with cauliflower, garbanzo, gluten-free crackers and mint cucumber salad.  For a late afternoon pick-me-up, Anar will feature desserts, snacks and ‘mocktails’, such as muddled cucumber, cilantro, mint and soda. Items from Anar will be available for take-away or to enjoy in its warm, open, colorful space.  With seating for 18, Anar will be ideal for an intimate meeting or to settle into a cozy space to work with a delicious beverage and great music.

Anar will be opening later this month at 2040 6th Avenue with business hours of Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Home For The Holidays: KEXP Moves To Seattle Center

Even Seattle’s most beloved radio station isn’t immune to the building boom that is pushing businesses out of their well-established homes to make way for shiny new apartments. This fate has been inevitable to for KEXP 90.3 FM, which lives in the densely packed Denny triangle area. The station’s lease is up this year, forcing a move that was actually much-needed.

KEXP staff moved into their New Home at Seattle Center on Wednesday, December 9th. Staff members marched from their posts at Denny Way and Dexter Ave to their new digs in the northwest corner of Seattle Center, cheering and bumping music along the way. The historic first broadcast from KEXP’s New Home was hosted by DJ John Richards starting at 9:03 am.

From the Moving Day for KEXP press release: “KEXP’s first broadcast is a major milestone for the station,” said John Richards, host of The Morning Show.  “While we are sad to say goodbye to our old studios, we know that the future of the station is at Seattle Center and our New Home. This first broadcast marks our ability to both work and broadcast from the New Home but it in no way means we are done with our capital campaign. Thanks to our amazing community we’ve raised around $13.7 million and now hope to raise the final $1.3 million leading up to a public grand opening in April. It’s one of the most exciting times ever for this station and our music community and I hope everyone who has been a part of the last 40 years celebrates KEXP on our first broadcast at KEXP’s new home!”

KEXP’s New Home is slated to open to the public on April 16, 2016. The space will be visitor-friendly with a gathering space for listeners, a showroom, café, and more accessible viewing spaces to watch live in-studio performances and observe record collections. More funds are needed to make these plans a reality—you can make a tax-deductible donation here.

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South Lake Union to Get Half a Dozen New Restaurants

1. Eltana | Wood-fired Bagel Café

This is the fourth Eltana location and will serve all the same tasty food. Look for some fun additions such as, the Moroccan Shredded Beef sandwich, Aleppo Slaw and a vegetarian breakfast sandwich.


Located: 826 Thomas Street (NW corner of 9th and Thomas)

2. Hurry Curry of Tokyo

The Japanese curry restaurant will take over 3,000 sf to offer lunch, dinner, happy hour and late night happy hour. Sake and beer menus will be offered as well.

Opening in December

Located: Southwest corner of 9th and Harrison Street


pizza3. Ballard Pizza Company

Ethan Stowell will open his third Ballard Pizza Company restaurant which will take over 1,600 sf of space. The restaurant will be serving up slices, whole pies, beer and wine for your enjoyment. Delivery will also be available.

Opening: Early 2016

Located:  Amazon Phase VI building at Mercer Street & Westlake Avenue



4. Huxley Wallace Collective

Three new restaurants by Josh Henderson (of Skillet, Westward and other Seattle-area projects) will also be located in the Amazon Phase VI building. The restaurants will be under the Huxley Wallace Collective and will offer a variety of options for lunch and dinner.

– Poulet Galore: a rotisserie chicken window offering half and whole roasted chicken to go.

– Cantine Bottle Shop and Bar: offering a bar atmosphere for a cocktail or beer after work or pre-evening outing. wine

– Vestal: a sizable chef’s counter surrounded by a coal-fired hearth (as Vestal means “hearth” in Latin) where the menu will include some of Henderson’s most enjoyed food from his childhood, along with favorites from his travels. Word has is Henderson himself will in the kitchen with this one.

Opening: Spring 2016

Located: Amazon Phase VI building at Mercer Street & Westlake Avenue


5. Sam’s Tavern

This will be the tavern’s second location and will offer fancy burgers and $1 Rainier beer. Taking up 5,700 square feet, Sam’s will be open until 2 a.m. which might help pump up South Lake Union’s dismal nightlife.

Opening: January 2016

Location: Northeast corner of 9th & Harrison



Construction Continues for SLU: Denny Substation


More construction is coming to the Denny Triangle and South Lake Union areas. Work on the Denny Way Substation Project, which was approved by the City Council back in August of this year, is slated to start this fall, aka any day now and aims to be completed in mid-2018. The Project will give the Denny Triangle and South Lake Union a new electrical substation and an underground distribution network.

Beyond just providing reliable power for the future the substation is designed to add some artistic flare to its urban neighborhood.  According to Downtown Seattle, “the proposed design shows a building with sloped, glass windows and an open-air, elevated walkway for pedestrians.” The substation is planned for Denny Way and Minor Avenue, and has a hopeful permeant closure of one-block of Pontius Ave North (from Denny to John St) leaving a triangular space available for community use.  A large screening wall will be built to hide the significant infrastructure needed for the substation, and to the west of the wall, the triangular community space will offer an off-leash area for four-legged friends, public art by Lead Pencil Studio, seating areas, and an elevated walkway.  Also, a transit hub is to be intergraded into the facility design says the Seattle Design Commission.

If you’re worried about traffic in the already much congested area, the project is headed by Seattle City Light who plans to coordinate with other city departments to reduce traffic interruptions. Despite the promising information, expect lane restrictions, detours, parking and loading restrictions, increased noise and truck activity, and crews working on multiple sites throughout the area.

This version of the Denny Substation was designed back in 2012, but the conversation about it has been going on since 2003, when the then City Council committed to making South Lake Union a competitive technology and business district.

KEXP’s New Home Loses Significant Amount of State Funding

Good things come in small packages, but sometimes those things become so good that they outgrow those packages. This is the case for Seattle’s beloved KEXP 90.3 FM. The radio station is currently planning its move from a small, overcrowded brick building on Dexter and Denny to swanky new digs in Seattle Center. KEXP’s New Home is set to be filled late this year, with the old building up for demolition. The modern new space will allow KEXP to build stronger connections with the community, better accommodate artists, and be closer to partners SIFF, the VERA Project, and EMP Museum.

The listener-powered, non-profit station has been campaigning for funds since the move became final, and still has a long way to go to reach the $15 million needed for the project. Funds have been raised through benefit concerts, on-air drives, and private donations. KEXP was largely depending on funding from the Washington State Senate… until recently.

Late last week, KEXP’s new home was removed from the Senate’s Capital Budget for Building for the Arts (BFA) support. According to King 5 News, the state funding would have been the majority of the $15 million total cost needed for the project. This significant dent in KEXP’s new home funding sent the radio station into a panic, immediately advocating for community support in opposition to this measure. KEXP called for action, asking listeners to write their senators to express the need for these funds.

From the KEXP update regarding BFA funding: “You took action right away sending emails and making phone calls, tweeting and texting and encouraging your neighbors to do the same. It was overwhelmingly heartwarming and deeply appreciated.”

The New Home had been second in line for $1.8 million from the state. After the Senate meeting on Thursday, April 9th, it was decided that KEXP would not receive this amount in its entirety. “Unfortunately, full funding for KEXP’s New Home in the Capital Budget was not restored. However, an amendment to fund $1 million (53% of the original amount) for KEXP’s New Home did pass.”

KEXP will continue to report updates as the budget moves through the State Legislature. To support the New Home, click here to donate.

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