Digging even deeper into the Seattle permits and property records (full disclosure here: I can see the Esmay building from my house, so I have a vested interest), it looks like a Scott Staple’s burger restaurant is
definitely maybe in the works.
According to documents from August, Heather and Scott Staples are officially leasing the Esmay building from the Schlamp family and have been proceeding with all of the permits and official documentation under the name of Columbia City Artisan Burger.
In short, although still definitely a rumor at this point, a Columbia City Uneedaburger may very well be a possibility.
Greenhouse residents, it may be time to start getting prepared for an across-the-street temptation of
gourmet, or rather, artisan burgers, fries, and shakes at all times…maybe the neighborhood we will even get some real outdoor seating.
UPDATE: none of this appears to have played out. The building is now for rent.