Category Archives: Local Businesses

Cafe Red Now at CC Light Rail

The lack of coffee (…or any other service for that matter) right at the light rail station during the morning commute has been the cause of a bit of grumbling over the years. As of today, this problem has been solved.

Cafe Red

Cafe Red (a mobile, bike-powered coffee cart) is now officially set up M-F from 6-10am. Here’s the details from their Facebook page:

What is Cafe Red? We are a mobile bicycle-powered cafe bringing fresh locally-roasted coffee to Seattle’s under-served neighborhoods. Partnering with Rainer Valley’s own Tin Umbrella Coffee, we will be located weekday mornings at the Columbia City light rail station on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Edmunds Street. You will also be able to find us in Seattle’s eclectic South Park neighborhood each Sunday for a pop-up cafe, graciously hosted by Lowercase Brewing at 8th Avenue South and South Southern Street.CR

Seattle Met on Marination’s Super Six

As the signs on the old Esmay building have been covered up with Super Six’s new branding, the excitement about Marination’s new Columbia City project has been growing. SUPERSIXdoor_1__zpqjaw

Seattle Met’s got the following details:

Team Marination sent along a few more details on Super Six, the former auto body shop in Columbia City that will soon see new life as a day-to-night restaurant with long-term plans that involve a rocking beer garden. Owners Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison say their latest outpost will open in September, though as always that’s subject to a million unknowns and variables.

Super Six is named in honor of a slick long-ago sedan produced by the equally long-ago Hudson Motor Company and will essentially serve a broader take on Marination Mobile’s Hawaiian-Korean fusion. In a most appropriate turn of events, Ma’ono chef/owner Mark Fuller–a guy who knows a thing or two about fusing Hawaiian and Asian flavors–is consulting on the menu. Kim Mahar is the opening pastry chef, a move that might prompt cries of nepotism, except that she put out some pretty impressive desserts during her days as the pastry chef at at RN74.

Saxton and Edison also have their leadership in place: Chef Ryan Doran has been working alongside Caprial Pence at the Alexis, GM Kristian Unvericht helped open Tallulah’s. Here’s another rendering, just for kicks. A large beer garden is slated to arrive next summer, but hopefully the weather gods and the opening/permitting gods will align to let us enjoy a few weeks of that little patio before fall truly sets in.

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Eater Seattle also picked up on the most recent announcements.

Confirmed: All the Best Pet Care Coming to The Angeline

A few weeks ago, I published this post regarding the rumors surrounding the possibility of a new pet store at The Angeline.The recently released agenda for the 7/7 Columbia City Landmarks Preservation Board meeting (they are the group that preserves the historical look of the neighborhood) includes an application for an All the Best Pet Care sign for The Angeline location. ATB

Fire at Bob’s Quality Meats


Photo by Allison B. From the CC Facebook page.

As I’m sure just about everyone in the neighborhood is now aware, a Columbia City and South Seattle cornerstone, Bob’s Quality Meats, is now closed after getting hit by a major fire on Thursday, July 2nd.

The fire started around 3pm on the roof and spread to a small, wooden rooftop structure used as an office, bathroom, and storage for Bob’s. The 2-alarm fire was contained by the Seattle Fire Department within an hour of being first reported and the SFD response was massive. One count reported a total of eleven trucks on Rainier and the side streets.SFD

The fire was primarily limited to the 100+ year-old building that Bob’s occupies, with some minor damage possibly spreading next door into Gather. According to this tweet released yesterday by the SFD, the fire was accidental and due to a malfunction with rooftop machinery.

When the fire was first noticed, the west side of Columbia City’s business district was quickly evacuated. There were no reported injuries.Bobs Facebook

The Bob’s fire comes right at the butcher shop’s busiest weekend of the year and will be a major financial blow. A number of neighbors have commented on Facebook that the family that owns Bob’s is also the owner of Hillman City’s pet store, Claw and Paw’s Pet Grocery. Shopping there for your pets could be a good way to show your support. There have also been numerous calls for crowdfunding efforts to help Bob’s out. At this point, a focused philanthropic effort from the neighborhood has yet to emerge. If such a site does come to fruition, we’ll update Columbia City Source with the details.

Beyond the financial loss over the 4th of July weekend, the fire is an emotional one as well. Bob’s has been in the neighborhood for 30+ years (see this 2008 Seattle PI article for the history), has a loyal and diverse clientele. and is absolutely one of the neighborhood institutions that makes Columbia City what it is.

As the owner of Bob’s, James Ackley, told KIRO, “This has been in our family for a lot years…so…it’s like someone in the family dying…”

Edmunds Furniture Store Update

There’s not a ton of new info to report, but details on the plans to turn 3808 S Edmunds (formerly Awash Ethiopian Restaurant) into a new furniture store of some sort continue to trickle in.

While it’s not clear what kind of furniture store it will be or who’s behind it, the plans for the space were posted a few weeks ago. Here’s the only drawing that’s currently available. Plans.pdf

Rumor: Pet Store Coming to the Angeline

P-RAINIER-NORTH-CORNERI try to hold off on posting rumors without any evidence to back them up (permits, land use proposals, etc.), but enough neighbors have asked me if I know anything about the pet store coming to The Angeline (PCC’s new home) that I figured it was worth a post. To be clear, this is in no way confirmed.

So, who knows the details? I’ve heard everything from big-box chains (like a PetCo), to Mud Bay, to something much more local. I’ve also heard there’s a possibility that this store will not be taking the full, Rainier-facing storefront and that the space might be divided for an additional business to come in.

If you are in the know, be sure to use the comments to chime in.

Salted Sea: Open!

After following the rumors for months, I somehow missed posting anything about Salted Sea’s official opening day.

Walking by a few times, the place has been consistently busy since Wednesday.  Reviews on Yelp are starting to trickle in and so far, so good.

Zagat’s Leslie Kelly seems to have the most extensive coverage of the opening:


Salted Sea launched this week in Columbia City, the historic neighborhood south of Seattle that’s getting hipper by the moment. There has been a lot of recent additions, including this upscale restaurant with a menu that’s laser-focused on fish. From butter-poached prawns and whole roasted trout, the lineup is totally seafood-centric, except for the mustard-crusted lamb chops. Here are a few standouts, which are also discounted during happy hour, which runs from 3 to 6 PM daily.


Nestled on crushed ice toward the back of the open, airy dining room, the opened-to-order bivalves are finished in imaginative toppers like a tart rhubarb migonette and tarragon pickled mustard seeds. Oyster selections will shift regularly, but the opening options included superstar choices such as Shigoku, Virginicas, Kusshi and Mintner Sweet Select.

Curried mussels

Plump and meaty, these shellfish don’t disappear when simmered in spicy green coconut curry. The crispy shallots on top are brilliant.

Shrimp toast

This Asian staple doesn’t show up nearly enough around Seattle, but maybe this stellar version will start a trend. The ginger and garlic-seasoned shrimp spread is smeared on sliced baguette from Columbia City Bakery and sauteed in butter.

Salmon slider

This itty-bitty sandwich (pictured in the main image) has a whole lot going on in between the toasted buns. Beyond the cooked-right chunk of fish, there’s also candied bacon, a tomato-red onion jam and tender spinach leaves. We’re hooked.

Beatwalk: 21st Anniversary

Beatwalk is officially of drinking age this year. To mark the anniversary, the good folks behind it have put together this reminder about what it’s all about:

Salted Sea: Hiring + May Opening

Columbia City’s soon-to-be newest restaurant, Salted Sea, is hiring. The post also provides more clues as to what the new “seafood & raw bar” will offer. For more information on the positions that need to be filled (cooks, servers, bartenders), click here.

Salted Sea  Seafood   Raw BarAs we prepare to put the finishing touches on our restaurant, we are seeking the following positions to be fulfilled prior to our May opening…

Our menu will feature local seafood in a variety of preparations with an emphasis on simplicity and clean flavors. The style will be modern American with influences from French and Vietnamese cuisines. Oysters will be featured prominently.