Archive for February, 2013

New farmers market coming to Pioneer Square just in time for summer

February 26, 2013  |  Announcement, Business, PI, Residents  |  No Comments

Seattle Times reports that in addition to all of the other wonderful restaurants and retail businesses opening in 2013, Pike Place has decided to do one of their “express markets” in Pioneer Square. It will run from June 19 – Sept 25th on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm.

SubSeattle Tour Reopens March 1

February 26, 2013  |  Announcement, Event, PI  |  No Comments

Spring has arrived, and with it comes the opportunity to rediscover Seattle’s beautiful outdoors. Now you can explore the spectacular sites and views the city has to offer on the SubSeattle Tour, brought to you by the world-famous Underground Tour, which reopens for the season on March 1.

SubSeattle Tour is a rollicking 90-minute bus ride filled with irreverent humor, sightings and stories of Seattle’s subcultures. See the Chinatown Gate, Lake Washington parks and beaches, the house where Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain lived (and died), Volunteer Park, Seattle’s gay Pride parade route through Capitol Hill, and stunning views of Seattle from atop the hills east of the downtown core.

Discover Seattle’s hidden gems and best-kept secrets. See the “real” Seattle most people don’t even know exists.

Tours are scheduled as follows:

March: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
April: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
May-September: Daily, 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
October-November: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 206 682 4646, and in-person at the Underground Tour, 608 First Avenue, between Cherry Street and the James-Yesler Street junction.

For more information about the SubSeattle Tour, please visit

Pioneer Square in the News

February 25, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Matt Dillon’s Bar Sajor opens in Pioneer Square as Seattle restaurant rush continues (PSBJ)
Bar Sajor, the latest venture by Vashon Island-based chef Matt Dillon, opens today [2/21] in Pioneer Square, bringing hope to a sagging neighborhood and adding to what already has been a busy month for Seattle restaurant openings.

Mercer Island artists open studio in Pioneer Square (MI Reporter)
Three members of the Mercer Island Visual Arts League have partnered with two Eastside artists to create Studio 103, a show and workspace.

Dick’s Brewing Company Releases New Beer For Seattle Sounders (Thurston Talk)
Big Al’s Civ’s White IPA and Dick’s Au GFC will have a special release at four GFC partner bar locations on March 2nd, 2013 for Sounders first kick: Fado Irish Pub in Pioneer Square, Auto Battery Bar and The Summit Public House on Capitol Hill, and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood.

New life coming to Seattle’s historic Smith Tower (King5)
Coming up on its 100th anniversary, the Smith Tower is getting new life. In foreclosure and nearly vacant a year ago, it’s now nearly two-thirds full.

Is your neighborhood one of Seattle’s cycling hot spots? (Seattle Times Blog)
Where does your neighborhood rank? Is it closer to University Heights, where nearly 1 in 10 workers are pedal-powered? Or more like Pioneer Square, where nobody rides? [this is shocking!]

Software glitch causes Diamond Parking overcharges in Seattle area (Seattle Times Blog)
Some Diamond Parking customers in the Seattle area were charged several times more than what they were supposed to be this week because of a third-party software glitch, according to the company.

Dinner + a Movie
A review of a movie (Snitch), and dinner at McCoy’s Firehouse Bar + Grill

Update on PSE natural gas pipeline relocation project

February 21, 2013  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

In conjunction with WSDOT’s Alaskan Way Viaduct project, Puget Sound Energy needs to relocate approximately 2,500 feet of existing 12-inch high pressure natural gas pipeline in the core downtown Seattle area to ensure continued public safety and service reliability for PSE’s Seattle-area natural gas customers (see map below).

The project team originally targeted a construction start date in January or February 2013, depending on permitting. The project is still in the permitting phase and we now expect to start construction in spring 2013. More details on timing and construction impacts will be shared as soon as we have additional information. We are working hard to come up with a construction plan that minimizes impacts to the community as much as possible.

In the meantime, for more project information, please visit If you have questions or comments about the project, please email or call PM Julie Kelly at 425-462-3919

First Hill Streetcar Construction Updates

February 20, 2013  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

Below is a general rundown from SDOT on streetcar construction in Pioneer Square in the coming days:

Intersection of 2nd & Jackson

Intense work began in the southern leg of the intersection shortly after the New Year, work that appears likely to continue into April.

Seattle City Light is about done with their current work, but will be followed immediately by duct bank and vault construction by the streetcar contractor for several weeks. City Light will then return to pull cable through the newly installed duct banks. Fortunately, the later City Light work should have a more limited impact than their recent work, primarily the loss of parking for the trucks to pull cable between vaults. Puget Sound Energy will then follow City Light to replace the gas line between 2nd and 3rd avenues for two to three additional weeks.

Finally, storm drain installation east of the intersection and on the northeast corner of the intersection is currently scheduled for this weekend and the week of February 25, respectively.

Traffic on Jackson and 2nd Avenue will be limited to one lane in each direction during much of the remaining work. (Notice will be distributed of any street closures likely to have any significant impact.)

Intersection of Occidental & Jackson

While construction is not currently active at this intersection, a temporary chain link fence on the southwest corner is evidence that the work is not complete. The street restoration will require the use of brick pavers. Unfortunately, the initial paver proposed by the contractor was rejected by SDOT. Another paver is being proposed. Once approved work in the street will be completed. The vault in the sidewalk on the southwest corner was damaged and is awaiting evaluation, design and construction repair. The schedule for the repair has not been determined.

South Side Alley between Occidental and 2nd Ave S

The alley on the south side of Jackson between Occidental and 2nd Ave S has been closed for a number of weeks due to a sewer break unrelated to the streetcar project. Seattle Public Utilities has retained a contractor to make the necessary repairs, which are scheduled to begin this week and take less than two weeks. Access to the alley from King Street will remain open during this work.

Streetcar construction has demolished the alley entrance at Jackson. Restoration is to begin this week, although completion is dependent on repairs to a damaged vault and the aforementioned brick paver approval. SDOT and SPU are aware of the importance of this alley for access to building parking and are working to minimize the impact and speed completion and alley reopening.

North Side Alleys

The Jackson Street entrances to Nord Alley and the alley between Occidental and 2nd Ave S were closed for restoration for several days earlier in February. Unfortunately, the brick paver approval issue is delaying completion; however, the alleys are open until an acceptable paver is obtained.. No firm dates have yet been determined, but the neighborhood will be notified.

There is also an alley on the north side of Jackson between 2nd and 3rd Avenues S which will also be closed for duct bank construction and restoration. (This won’t take place until the work at 2nd & Jackson has been completed and the wiring from that location has been brought along the south side of Jackson and brought across the street into the vault in the alley.) This work is currently scheduled in early March.

Communicating with the Neighborhood

SDOT would like to take whatever reasonable steps it can take to minimize the impact of this construction and to keep neighbors aware of construction activity. We will attempt to provide information on dates and times, but ask that citizens understand that unforeseen challenges (including weather) can and frequently does cause dates to slip.

Feedback on how we might best convey this information and keep the neighborhood informed are encouraged.

Additional information regarding the First Hill Streetcar and its construction can be found at the project website, located at

Thank you for your patience.

12 new restaurants and retail stores opening in Pioneer Square

February 5, 2013  |  Announcement, Business, News, PI  |  1 Comment

I had to count it twice to believe it myself, but there are actually 12 new restaurants and retail/event spaces opening (or already open) in Pioneer Square:

  • Bar Sajor
    • Location: foot of Occidental Avenue’s pedestrian mall
    • Website:
    • Opening Date: some time in February (aka soon!)
    • Other:  lunch, happy hour, and early dinner
  • Indigene
    • Location: southeast corner of the stretch of Occidental Mall
    • Opening Date: ?
    • Other:  private meeting space, serve wine and sell gallery-like retail items and cookbooks
  • London Plane
    • Location: northwest corner of Occidental Mall
    • Opening Date: ?
    • Other: a bakery, a floral production space, sell baked and retail goods, and offer sit-down and takeout meals
  • Rain Shadow Meats
    • Location: east side of Occidental just south of South Jackson
    • Website:
    • Opening Date: some time in February
    • Other: butcher shop
  • The Lodge Sports Grille
  • Il Corvo Pasta
    • Location: 217 James St (formerly BuiltBurger)
    • Website:
    • Opening Date: Open!
    • Hours of Service:  Open Mon – Fri for lunch only
  • Tinello
  • Gaba Sushi
    • Location: 220 1st Ave S
    • Website:
    • Opening Date: Open!
    • Hours of Service: weekdays 11am – 3pm
  • The Kitchen by Delicatus
  • Floor 13
    • Location: 114 Alaskan Way S (between Washington St & Yesler Way)
    • Website:
    • Opening Date: Open!
    • Other: event space that holds 75 – 100 people
  • E Smith Mercantile
  • Cherry Street Coffee