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Friday, October 20, 2017 1:27 PM
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  • The Washington State Liquor Control Board reports it’s likely David Meinert will soon be issued a new liquor license for Mecca Cafe, which he’s slated to take ownership of this fall.
  • Paragon is back open under new ownership, Champagne Diner is dishing in Interbay and Eden Hill will no longer be offering food a la carte, but is instead focusing just on its tasting menus. 
  • The Roy Street Apartments in Lower Queen Anne is slated for demolition to make way for a seven-story successor, but not before the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board makes a decision about the original building’s fate.
  • The City of Seattle has found a buyer for the Mercer Mega Block properties in South Lake Union, the sale to Alexandria Real Estate Equities expected to provide more than $78 million in funds to support affordable housing development and nearly $17 million for transportation projects, plus an SLU community center within one of the three new developments in the pipeline.
  • Since Amazon Prime Day produced a proliferation of plastic film products, Ridwell offered a free service, gathering and recycling any Amazon packaging for interested users from July 22 to Aug. 1.
  • Developers are planning to replace the site where The Thai Kitchen sits in Queen Anne with a five-story 40-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail.
  • New Paragon owners Kim and Eric Rogozienski have plans to reopen the popular Queen Anne bar and grill on Aug. 9, and are putting the final touches on the interior while setting up a lineup of musicians to entertain new and returning customers.
  • In the smoky haze of the Puget Sound region last summer, Aaron Ansel and Andrew Enke looked at the unhealthy air quality and high demand for pollution masks. What they saw was an e-commerce opportunity in what is expected to remain a growing market for years to come.
  • When one door closes, another restaurant opens. After 15 years in Lower Queen Anne, Crow bistro’s service has ended, and in its place Suzana Olmos is reimagining her Citizen Six Korean-Mexican restaurant, with a new name, Lazy Susan. And in its Interbay spot, a new diner is taking shape.
  • The Queen Anne News has confirmed that David Meinert, once a prolific business owner in Capitol Hill’s nightlife and music scene, before multiple female acquaintances came forward last year with allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape, has entered an agreement to acquire Mecca Cafe in Lower Queen Anne.
  • Three Birds Home and Gifts will officially close when “inventory has sold down,” at the end June, after eight years of business on Queen Anne Avenue, according to an email from owner Robin Johnson.
  • Pink Salt’s sign went up on West McGraw Street on Friday, the Peruvian-inspired restaurant expecting to open softly in Magnolia next week.
  • There’s something sour brewing in the northeast corner of Magnolia, and the timing of its release is a critical step in Dirty Couch’s slow and thoughtful beer-making process.
  • Crow in Lower Queen Anne is ending its 15-year run on its own terms, say co-owners Jesse Thomas and Philip Van Seters. The lease was up, and both were ready for a change. Patrons wanting to say farewell to the bistro have until June 22.
  • Eden Hill owner and chef Maximillian Petty had been looking to get back to basics with his second Queen Anne restaurant and offer something more casual.
    “We want to do a pretty approachable neighborhood spot, because our other spot got kind of fancy,” Petty said.

  • Bruce Schoonmaker first became interested in seismic retrofits as a concerned homeowner wanting to reinforce his own house. He found he had a knack for it, and started reinforcing buildings professionally. Twenty years later, A-FFIX is still standing in Magnolia.
  • Security Properties chief development officer John Marasco is confident a proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the Magnolia Albertsons will get the green light, but it will still be up to three months before the company concludes its feasibility study.
  • Cupcake Royale founder and owner Jody Hall said closing her Queen Anne location was a tough decision, but it came down to logistics and keeping her company strong.
  • The Paragon started as hip spot on Queen Anne to catch live music with no cover back in 1995. Now, it's a place that also caters to families while keeping the jams pumping at night. After 25 years at the helm, Todd Ivester has handed off the keys to new owners, who will temporarily close the bar and grill for a deep clean. 
  • The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce wants to be known for more than just helping businesses make profits and attract customers. It wants to be a holistic part of its community.
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