Archive for June, 2013

Pioneer Square in the News

June 27, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

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Worse than Manhattan? Bike expert rattled by ride through city (Seattle Times)
Residential neighborhoods are bike friendly, but Seattle is falling behind its peers in creating safe routes, especially downtown, says Rutgers professor John Pucher.

Readers and writers remember Elliott Bay Book Co. (Seattle Times)
Writers and readers remember scenes from Elliott Bay Book Co.’s past four decades.

VOTE! Which Seattle Restaurant Opening Are You Most Psyched About? (Eater)
London Plane: This will be Matt Dillon’s second Pioneer Square project when it opens sometime this summer (that was the last word, anyway). London Plane will serve as the bakery for Dillon’s restaurants (Corson Building, Sitka & Spruce, Bar Sajor), a retail space for baked goods, and a cafe that offers both sit-down and takeout meals.

Groping suspect arrested after mob chases him through Pioneer Square (Seattle PI)
A man suspected of groping a woman in Occidental Park was arrested Monday after an angry crowd chased him down.

New resource on where to rent in Pioneer Square

June 21, 2013  |  PI, Residents  |  5 comments

I have added a page to this site where you can find information on where to rent market rate housing in the neighborhood. I get a lot of emails from people asking about options, and there haven’t been a lot, but with The Post, and The Nolo, there are a lot more options.

Check it out here and let me know what you think.

If you live there and have photos to add or more information, please let me know! (info[at]

Other Resources:

Where to Live (including low income and condos)
Pros and Cons of living in Pioneer Square

Rock n’ Roll Seattle this Saturday – street closure info

June 20, 2013  |  Event, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments


On Saturday, June 22, the Rock N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon will get under way at 7 a.m. and conclude at around 3 p.m. The course winds from the Seattle Center through the city, across Lake Washington, back on I-90’s express lanes and ends on center grounds.

With 20,000 participants following the 13- and 26-mile courses, streets will be closed and reopened as participants move along. Streets near the center, such as Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue, will be closed from midnight on Friday into the morning in preparation for the event.

Additionally, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed northbound from 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. From the morning into early afternoon, other key closures include the I-5 and I-90 ramps at Columbia, Dearborn and Rainier; the I-90 express lanes; Broad Street; the downtown core from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue; Rainer Avenue S and Lake Washington Boulevard.

Additional details with maps are available at:

Farmer’s Market opens in Occidental Square today!

June 19, 2013  |  Announcement, Food, News, PI  |  1 Comment


The brand-new weekly Pike Place Express Market kicks off in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park today. Market farmers and other vendors are excited to be in this new location and welcome Pioneer Square shoppers!

Look for just-picked strawberries, cherries, asparagus, lettuces and other greens. Seattle Bagel Company will feature an array of freshly made bagels, while Britt’s Pickles will offer kimchee and other favorites.

June 19-October 30
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Parking Information

Here’s who they expect for the first week of the market:

Alvarez Farms – organic vegetables

Britt’s Pickles – pickles, kimchee, sauerkraut

BB Ranch – meat

Children’s Garden – flowers and veggies

Garden Flowers – organic veggies and berries

Growing Washington – organic vegetables and berries

Hmong Highland Garden – flowers and veggies

Holmquist Hazelnuts – hazelnuts

Il Corvo Pasta – dried pasta

Lee’s Fresh Produce – vegetables

Magana Farms – vegetables and orchard fruit

Moua Farm – flowers and veggies

Paul’s Peppers – hot sauce

Razey Orchards – organic orchard fruit

Seattle Bagel Company – bagels

Sidhu Farms – berries, jam and honey

Whidbey Island Ice Cream – ice cream

Pioneer Square in the News

June 18, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Resident, firefighter injured in Seattle condo fire (KOMO)
The fire, which started on a fifth-floor deck, was reported just after 6 p.m. at a condo in the 500 block of First Avenue South. A resident was barbecuing on the deck when the fire started, according to Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department.

Bar Sajor is Matt Dillon’s finest yet (Seattle Times)
Bar Sajor, Matt Dillon’s beautiful new Pioneer Square restaurant, is his most pulled-together effort yet, evidence that, while still a creative renegade, this 2012 winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest is maturing as a chef/restaurateur.

The Contender (Stranger)
Can Rain Shadow Meats Squared Justify a Place in Seattle’s Sandwichiest Neighborhood?

Police: Firework-throwing man causes panic in Pioneer Square (KOMO)
A man with a backpack full of firecrackers caused a panic in Pioneer Square and had at least one officer preparing to deal with a gunman early Saturday, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Pioneer Square’s Volume declared as chronic public nuisance (KIRO)
Seattle police and the city attorney’s office have declared Volume a chronic public nuisance. If the club doesn’t improve the city could shut it down.

City warns Club Volume to step up security (Seattle Times)
Club Volume in Pioneer Square has been declared a “chronic public nuisance” by Seattle police and the city attorney’s office. The owners of the dance club must curb crime and fighting or face fines and the loss of their business license.

Hub Seattle’s Brian Howe: If I Were Mayor (Crosscut)
The co-founder of the Pioneer Square-based coworking space looks to data visualization — and a little imagination — to open doors in Seattle for more citizen-led projects.

Seattle Mag: It’s Hip to be Pioneer Square

June 18, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Photo Credit: Seattle Magazine

Seattle Mag has a feature of Pioneer Square in its latest issue:

Sorry, Capitol Hill. You are so last week. All of a sudden, restaurants and bars (not to mention boutiques and tech companies) are competing for real estate in a new neighborhood. And who would have guessed it would be Pioneer Square.

The article notes that there have been good restaurants in the ‘hood for a while, but that we have an exciting group of newcomers: Bar Sajor, London Plane, Rain Shadow Meats, Tinello, and more.

New Video on the Ups and Downs of Pioneer Square

June 18, 2013  |  Art, Business, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

As part of her Masters in Design project, Kari Gaynor produced the following video on the ups and downs of Pioneer Square. It is a little over 20 minutes, but well worth the watch:

The Ups and Downs of Pioneer Square from Kari Gaynor.

Remembering Ben Masin

June 12, 2013  |  Announcement, PI  |  No Comments

The Seattle Times has a feature on Ben Masin, owner of Masin’s furniture and the reason why we have a historic district in Pioneer Square.

Benjamin Masin, former president of the Pioneer Square Association and owner of Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design, died Tuesday in his Seattle home. He was 93.


Little Uncle Now Open

June 12, 2013  |  Announcement, Business, Food, PI  |  No Comments

Little Uncle is a little walk up place on Madison that only has two seats — sometimes referred to as the most coveted 2 seats in the city. Word is that they are also planning on offering cooking classes in the neighborhood. More from Seattle Eater:

Owners PK and Wiley Frank will open the new location of their popular Thai takeout nook for lunch today at 11 am in the former home of Marcus’ Martini Heaven at 88 Yesler Way.

Click here to read more, and welcome to the neighborhood!

little uncle

Delicatus now offering breakfast/coffee service

June 11, 2013  |  Announcement, Business, Food, PI  |  No Comments

Delicatus, one of my favorite sandwich shops for lunch and dinner is now partnering with Fonte Coffee to offer coffee and espresso as well as their own baked goods.

They will be open every morning M-F at 8am and starting last Sunday, they will be opening at 10am for Brunch (Sunday Only with Saturday in the future). This is great news and I love when local businesses take the effort to invest more into the neighborhood. They have already been a great contributor by staying open in the evening (which supports residents).

They have been cranking up the production side of The Kitchen by Delicatus to start producing their own Sausages & Pastrami with an eye for Corned Beef as well as Roast Beef in the near future.

With The Kitchen rolling, they are also able to bake their own items for AM service and for now, they are starting with Savory Scones, Coffee Cake, Granola, Blueberry Bran Muffin, Seasonal Fruit Breakfast Bar, etc…  As they progress at The Kitchen, they will begin to also offer some Savory Breakfast Stuffed Pastries for the M-F 8am crowd.

A little sneak peek at our Brunch Menu for Sunday

Bread Pudding French Toast

Blueberry and Brioche Bread Pudding Grilled on Cast Iron and Topped with Honey Butter and Maple Syrup, Served with 1 Piece Zoe’s Bacon

Mini Breakfast Sandwich

Scrambled Egg, Bacon, Chive Aioli, Cheddar, Spinach on Brioche

Corned Beef Hash

House made w/ a bit of House Kraut, topped with Two Fried Eggs, Fresh Rosemary and 2 Slices of Rye Toast

Breakfast Salad

Field Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Grape Tomatoes, Guanciale, Grilled Bread & Poached Egg

Delicatus Bloody Mary

A Specialty of the House with Delicatus Bloody Mary Mix, House Spiced 100 proof Vodka, Roasted Lamb Stock & Delicatus Spiced Salt Rim

The Brioche Bread as well as the Corned Beef Hash are also being made in house.  If you want to see their full menu, click here.

Hope you stop by and check it out!