It’s been a crazy year…and the additions to Columbia City’s business district just keep coming. Here’s an update on another:
Walking by today (and doing a little sleuthing on the web) suggests that the next new business to open its doors will be Phase Two Interiors–a furniture consignment shop just East of Rainier on Edmunds. Peeking through the windows, the remodel to the space appears to be nearly finished and there’s already a large selection of furniture ready to be displayed.
Phase Two already has a website up and running (although limited at this point) that provides some hints as to what we can expect. No exact date on when the doors will open, but all signs point to it being very soon.
The Stranger featured Columbia City’s own Harvey Gorsuch in a “Person of Interest” feature. Harvey is the owner of Hunt, the neighborhood spot for “curated menswear.”
Given your background in finance and sales, how did you come to be the purveyor of such dandy garments?
It must be hard to resist snagging the best stuff for yourself.
You’ve been running the shop for two years, and living in Columbia City for three. That means you’re part of some of the big changes that have been taking place down there. Has there ever been any tension with longer-term residents?
I haven’t felt a backlash. There has been very little negative vibe. It’s a very welcoming neighborhood, and I try to carry things for everyone. I’m not looking to be a smoothie.
Ever since it was confirmed that Third Place Books is coming to the former Seward Park PCC site, many have been wondering what restaurant bookstore owner, Ron Sher, will be planning for the space. For those not familiar with Third Place, food is definitely part of the equation. The Ravenna location (also a former PCC) houses the popular Vios (which also has a branch of its Greek cafe on Capitol Hill) and The Pub at Third Place. Further north, the Lake Forest Park bookstore has a mini-food court of sorts with the Honey Bear Bakery, Kitto, and Burney Brotthers BBQ. Additionally, both Third Place Locations have plenty of space to find a spot to spread out, grab a coffee, and study, work, or read.
As reported earlier, the initial permits for the new Seward Park Third Place also include plans for at least one restaurant (it also seems the basement will possibly be used as a pub). Poking around a bit, it appears that the name for the restaurant will be Raconteur. To make things just a bit more interesting, Coury Restaurants seem to be the group behind Racounteur. Who are they? I have no idea…except that they share an address with Genessee’s own Flying Squirrel Pizza.
Here’s a quick look at the dinner menu:
Salted Sea earned itself a full review from The Seattle Weekly. Here’s the quick summary:
The absolute best thing on the menu? Shrimp toast. Though you may recall it from your childhood Chinese-American restaurant’s pièce de résistance, the flaming pu pu platter, what few people know is that the Vietnamese also have their version, likely influenced in part by the French. Here, small rounds of French bread are slathered in shrimp paste, scallion, ginger, and lime, then broiled. The result is like a savory, shrimp-flavored cheese toast, as the shrimp paste melts and resembles cheese in texture. It’s completely delicious and gooey, and you should get two orders ($8 each) so that, if dining as a couple, you each get three.
As for service, it was somewhat uneven, though always friendly; given the full house and the restaurant’s infancy (it opened earlier this summer), longish waits here and there were forgivable.
If you don’t mind the haphazardness of the Vietnamese influence, you’re sure to find enough here to enjoy. But it may take more than a few visits to figure it out.
Island Soul’s owner, Theo Martin, is featured in a full write-up in this month’s Seattle’s Child. In addition to highlighting the restaurant, author Caitlyn Flynn explores the important role family and food play in Martin’s philosophy and business. Click here to read the whole thing.
For Theo Martin, owner of Island Soul restaurant in Columbia City, cooking is a joyful and rewarding family experience at work and at home. Theo’s parents were also in the restaurant business, and “serving others is what makes food a very spiritual and happy field,” he said.
Theo’s children, ages 14, 22 and 25, grew up at the restaurant and his two oldest kids now work there as a bartender/cook and a manager. It’s “a true family diner,” he said, adding that his brothers and nieces also work at Island Soul.
Through hands-on experience at the restaurant, Theo’s children learned the ins and outs of running a business at an early age.
“Teaching kids how to run a business is something you see in a lot of other cultures, but not as much with American families,” he said. “It’s about how to manage money, and how to outright talk about things and not hide or ignore them.”
Island Soul, which opened 15 years ago, has a loyal customer base. Theo’s favorite meal to serve is Saturday and Sunday brunch, because that’s when families come in…
While the official date has yet to be announced (one reliable rumor is as early as the 10th), Marination’s new Columbia City project, Super Six, has dropped a few hints on their Facebook page as to what’s about to open on Hudson St.
If you are excited, click here to vote in Eater Seattle’s poll on the most anticipated fall restaurant openings. Thus far, Super Six has a clear lead.
Update: The Super Six Twitter feed is also active. Here are a few more teasers.
Back in July, a major fire unfortunately shut down Bob’s Quality Meats, a Columbia City institution and one of the oldest (and last) family-owned butcher shops in Seattle. Since then, the shop has been boarded up with many neighbors hoping they will eventually be able to reopen. This week, Bob’s posted the following message to their Facebook page, looking for neighborhood help in securing a historic preservation grant. If you’d like to add your name to the petition, do it soon!…the signed petitions need to be collected on Tuesday. See below for where to find one.
Hi all, we are applying for a historic preservation grant to help repair and restore the building after the July 2 fire. We have created a petition to show community support for rebuilding the business, and we would love to get as many signatures as possible. You can sign it at Claw & Paw’s Pet Grocery in Hillman City, Columbia City Bakery, the Columbia City Alehouse, Full Tilt, or Rocket CrossFit.
We’ll be collecting the petitions on Tuesday afternoon/evening. Please stop by one of these fine local establishments and sign over the long weekend if you can, and stay tuned for more ways you can help Bob’s come back. Thank you!