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New indie fashion retailer Ritual plans to bring an edge — and conscience — to Pike/Pine

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Two industry veterans are coming together to create a new fashion shopping experience on E Pike they hope moves beyond faceless, soulless big box retailers.

“We both became a little more disillusioned with faceless, fast profit, fashion companies,” William Rheinhardt tells CHS about Ritual, the new store he and business partner Sarah Randall Williams are creating in the 900 block of E Pike in the middle of the neighborhood’s nightlife and club scene.

After meeting in the trenches working on West Coast efforts for Swedish retailer H&M, Rheinhardt says he and Williams are breaking out after a combined 40 years in the industry to create their own fashion shop featuring clothing as well as household and lifestyle goods.

“We’ve been looking to partner with brands that have a social conscience,” Rheinhardt said. “We see that as the greatest need in fashion.”


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2014 vs. 2018 at 914 E Pike (Source: Google)

Combining their expertise in aesthetics and logistics, the partners also know price is an important part of the equation along with social and environmental considerations. “We know that people want to spend their dollars correctly,” Rheinhardt said.

With a look planned to be industrial and “maybe” a little medieval, the new store is planned to open in early November in a space formerly home to the popular Ballet Vietnamese restaurant that had previously been lined up for another food+drink project in the Rancho Bravo family of restaurants. The space, Rheinhardt says, is beautiful with an exposed brick wall and fir floor — and huge. They’ll have around 1,400 square feet to spread out in.

As for the look on the racks, expect ritual to have an edge with a focus on form and fit — not just function. Maybe think of All Saints — but more interesting.

With the neighborhood’s style and accepting and open culture, Rheinhardt says E Pike and Capitol Hill will be the ideal launching pad for the new business.

“Capitol Hill is where my life revolves around,” he said. “I chose to live here because of the Capitol Hill aesthetic.”

Ritual is planned to open in early November at 914 E Pike. You can learn more at buyritual.com.

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ridingsloth
33 days ago
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"think of All Saints — but more interesting" - I admit to being intrigued.
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Tacos Chukis ready to go big in Central District at 23rd and Union

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Broadway-born Tacos Chukis has a new headquarters but the neighbors around 23rd and Union are probably more interested in the grilled pineapple and abodaba.

The latest expansion of the small Seattle chain including its new central kitchen is set to open Saturday in the Central District.

“This will be our central base and supply our other restaurants,” owner Beto Salmeron tells CHS about the biggest Tacos Chukis yet.


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CHS started the year breaking the news on the planned Chukis project joining 23rd and Union inside The Central mixed-use apartment building, the first of a wave of development around 23rd and Union from Lake Union Partners. The apartment building is also home to e-bike dealership Electric Lady and coffee shop + hair salon Squirrel Chops. Across the street on the northwest corner of the intersection, Lake Union Partners is also opening The Central, a second mixed-use project anchored by a New Seasons grocery market expected to open — despite opposition from labor and some community groups — in 2019. Meanwhile, Lake Union Partners is developing a third project at 23rd and Union where Midtown Center is expected to be demolished early next year to make way for a 429-unit mixed-use project anchored by a large drugstore.

For Tacos Chukis, its new restaurant and central kitchen follows a slow, steady expansion from its Capitol Hill roots. In 2013, CHS wrote about its first expansion of its original home inside the Broadway Alley. By 2016, Salmeron joined the rush to feed Amazonians in South Lake Union. Tacos Chukis Beacon Hill opened last December and is only a few minutes away from the Broadway original via light rail.

UPDATE: The new Chukis neighborhood is already blessed with strong taco action. Taqueria Sotelo has been a longtime presence just up E Union while El Costeño does steady business with a permanent position in the Uncle Ike’s parking lot.

The tacos are still affordable but Tacos Chukis has also stepped up its game. The new restaurant is designed by the architects at Graham Baba and features around 50 seats and a commissary kitchen to help the growing Tacos Chukis centralize more of its operations. Salmeron told us earlier this year the Central District space is larger than he would have had normally taken on but the ongoing growth of Tacos Chukis means the small chain could use a better headquarter kitchen facility.

As with most projects in the late stages of this wave of Seattle boom times, the buildout took longer than expected thanks to permitting and contractor demand. Salmeron said, despite the growth, opening a new Tacos Chukis is pretty much the same as it ever was — lots of feel with just enough planning to get started. “Whenever we’re ready, we just up and go and see how it runs and just take off from there,” Salmeron said.

Tacos Chukis at The Central is slated to open this weekend at 2203 E Union. Hours are expected to be the same as the other locations 11 AM to 10 PM every day. You can learn more at facebook.com/TacosChukis/.

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ridingsloth
38 days ago
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Holy crap their new location is ginormous.
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More openings and closings: Fogon returns, ‘A Pizza’ bar you might have missed, and Capitol Hill now down one ramen joint

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Monday’s update on a more unusual example of a papered over Capitol Hill food+drink window reminded us — and a few readers — of a few more updates to add to our roster of is it open/is it closed ponderings. Below, we’ve tallied a few more new places to check out and marked a passing or two we missed along the way.

  • Fogon is nearly ready to return to action after being shut down since a July kitchen fire. Neighborhood tipsters Blair and Richard report that the E Pine Mexican favorite hopes to reopen Friday if everything goes well with the inspector. Fogon missed its own August birthday — it debuted the corner of Pine and Belmont six years ago.
  • 11th Ave’s A Pizza Mart has apparently been open for weeks. CHS first reported on the small Seattle chain of pizza dive bars coming to the neighborhood exactly one year ago. The new pizza joint celebrated an August opening in the Modera building, the six-story development Tetris-ed into a block of Pike/Pine between 10th and 11th Aves and Pike and Union. The company was founded way back in 1996 and operated its longtime Stewart location before a small wave of new openings including the University District, West Seattle, and First Hill.
  • Also quietly open is Dao Tai House with Chinese food — and boba tea — in the restaurant space next to Velocity Dance formerly occupied by Octo Sushi.
  • Capitol Hill is down a ramen shop. Tentenyu shuttered in its space on the Belmont side of the AVA Capitol Hill building earlier this summer. The expansion of a Kyoto-style ramen brand to Seattle didn’t take off here. After briefly reopening under local ownership, the shop has shuttered for good leaving an available restaurant space in the auto row preservation-boosted AVA development.
  • There’s more Thai within walking distance. “Street food”-styled Kin Dee is now open in new construction at 23rd and Madison.
  • Footprint Winea wine on tap concept replacing a beer on tap concept — has its liquor license and should be nearly ready to open at 1222 E Madison.
  • Also in possession of an approved liquor license is the new joint taking over the old Sun Liquor space on Summit. Congratulations, Sol Liquor.
  • Speaking of Sun, the old Sun distillery location on E Pike is starting its new life. Shhhhh. I-Miun Liu’s Chinese, Korean and more flavored East Trading Co. is quietly open.

Anything we missed? Let us know in comments.


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67 days ago
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Aw damn, also Tentenyu closed.
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With a spin of the zodiac wheel, East Trading Co. now open on Capitol Hill

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I-Miun Liu

E Pike’s East Trading Co. is ready to be a drinking spot for all Capitol Hill communities: rats, oxen, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, sheep, monkeys, roosters, dogs, and, yes, even you pigs.

The new bar in the old Sun Liquor space is now open with Chinese, Korean, and Filipino flavors and themes of Sheng Xiao, the Chinese zodiac. And, if you can’t decide on which sign to associate with, you can always spin the big zodiac wheel to let fate choose a cocktail for you.

“When I first bought this place, it already had a lot of Sun Liquor soul to it,” I-Miun Liu tells CHS about the makeover of the E Pike venue. “I wanted to get back to the bones of it.”

Stripped down and built up with new colors and new flavors, the space formerly home to the Sun bar and distillery is now filled with Sheng Xiao-themed cocktails and small plates designed to accompany them. It will mark its grand opening Thursday night with a celebration of the new joint’s design from Electric Coffin.

The food is for drinking, Liu says, and is “Korean, Chinese, Filipino inspired.”

CHS talked with Liu in May about his plans for East Trading Co. including the original “doughnut bar” concept that ended up on the cutting room floor. “Everything will be in disposable containers: street food bites. Chinese, Korean, things that I grew up eating,” Liu told CHS. You’ll even find a selection of convenience store snacks in the bar’s market space.

The owner is known for his methodical pace. CHS reported on Liu’s first Capitol Hill project, the E Pine Oasis Tea Zonewhen it opened in 2016 and set a “record” by debuting “two years and two days after CHS first wrote about the project taking shape.” Following Sun Liquor’s decision to move it distillery business off-Hill, Liu’s latest Pike/Pine project will have a total turnaround of somewhere just under two years — not quite the 12-year cycle of the zodiac, but close.

Liu is a prolific entrepreneur. Despite his methodical pace, East Trading Co. is also the third venue Liu has had a hand in starting up this year. His Dynasty Room transformation was completed in the International District this summer and Raised Doughnuts, another Liu-backed project on 23rd Ave from baker Mi Kim, opened in the Central District in June. Kim, by the way, has lent her fried sweets expertise to the dessert menu at East Trading Co.

Meanwhile, Liu isn’t ready to rest. With a small chain of bubble tea joints and Liu’s collection of bars, straws are a big deal to his businesses. Faced with Seattle’s ban, Liu tells CHS he has a solution. He started a compostable supply company.

East Trading Co. is located at 514 E Pike. It is open daily from 4 PM to 2 AM. You can learn more on the East Trading Co. Facebook page.

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Replacing The Saint, Dacha Diner bringing ‘Eastern European cuisine with Jewish fare’ to Capitol Hill

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It seems the hot pink building on the corner of E Olive Way and Bellevue is destined for a new paint job. What was formerly The Saint, a Mexican-style bar that was painted a shade called “bougainvillea pink,” has changed ownership and will become the Dacha Diner, a family-operated business striving to give Capitol Hill a taste of east European-style cuisine and Jewish fare.

“Italian food and French food has gotten a lot of play around here,” said Joe Heffernan. “The really humble and hardy food of Eastern Europe — We just saw that it wasn’t really being represented here.”

It’s as rich a tradition just like anywhere but it’s just not well represented in Seattle,” Heffernan said. “There’s a lot to be found and enjoyed.”

Capitol Hill is a good case in point that more of this type of food is ready to be discovered. Dingfelder’s Delicatassen is now open in walk-up counter mode at 14th and Pine.

The menu and style of Dacha Diner will be inspired in large part by a trip that Heffernan, along with his partner Ruth Heffernan, co-owner Tom Siegel and his wife Tora Hennessey made to East Europe. They travelled through Georgia, Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania. As they traversed each country, they experienced its sights, sounds, smells and tastes.

Joe and Tom are experienced Seattle restaurateurs. Their Independent Pizzeria in Madison Park is considered by many to feature some of the best pies in the city.

Heffernan moved to Seattle in 2005 and Ruth has been living on the Hill since she was 17. Siegel and Tora have been living on Capitol Hill on and off or the last 24 years. Heffernan and Siegel will be cooking, Tora will be General Manager and Ruth will be in charge of design and branding while helping in front and in back of the restaurant. But, ultimately, the four of them will run Dacha Diner together.

“I’m a New York Jew,” said Siegel, whose ancestors hail from Lithuania. “This is kind of a culmination of my upbringing and all the foods and memories I’ve had growing up.”

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Once it’s open, Dacha Diner will be serving breakfast and lunch. The menu, Siegel said, will be diner-like with a focus on eastern Europe cuisine.

“There’s a frugal character to it. The flavors come through with a certain honesty. When it’s done poorly, it’s shameful,” Siegel said. “But when it’s done properly, there’s nothing like it out there.”

Dacha Diner is planned to open by December, according to Heffernan and Siegel. As to what color, hue or shade will replace the “bougainvillea pink” on the walls of building now, they only answer for now was: “To be determined.”

You can learn more and keep track of progress at instagram.com/dachadiner/.

 

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ridingsloth
75 days ago
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Putting an eastern european deli there? Seems fine. Putting one that only serves breakfast and lunch seems like madness.
ojiikun
75 days ago
my very same first thought. aside from an impossible weekend brunch crowd, that area is not all that lively before 5. :/
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Lumbersexual axe-tossing bar Blade and Timber coming to Broadway

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Finally, Capitol Hill’s lumbersexuals will have a hangout to call their own.

Blade and Timber, the national chain of… checks notes… axe-throwing bars is coming to Broadway.

The Missouri-headquartered company has filed for permits for the ground level retail space at 206 Broadway E that has been empty since the Castle “sex megastore” chain moved its Capitol Hill location to Pike/Pine in 2014.

The first Blade and Timber opened in Kansas City in 2017. The company has plans for rapid expansion with a push to open a dozen more locations this year including a new bar planned for Portland on Vancouver Ave. The business operates like a bowling alley — you can book a private lane for $120 for 90 minutes or share a lane for $20. Given you’ll be throwing sharpened axes together while most likely consuming alcohol, choose your lane partners wisely. If something goes wrong, fortunately the new use for Charlie’s right across the street is ready to help.

The bar chain’s arrival on Broadway is part of a big investment in the commercial building just a block from Capitol Hill Station.

CHS reported here earlier this year on real estate investor Dhruv Agarwal’s plans to overhaul the building in anticipation of even greater growth in activity around the light rail facility. “It’s an incredible part of the city with the new light rail station opening,” Agarwal told CHS in January. “As the light rail network expands and traffic gets worse in Seattle, the Capitol Hill Station is going to be a hub for entertainment and neighborhood shopping.”

Above the coming axe tossing bar, the vegan rockers at the Highline remain ensconced in the bar’s longtime second story home. Agarwal, meanwhile, is moving forward with another part of his project creating new office space behind the vegan bar and night spot.

Blade and Timber is planned to open at 206 Broadway E. You can learn more at bladeandtimber.com.


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Bwahaha
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