Island Soul Featured in Seattle’s Child Magazine

Photo: Joshua Huston, Seattle's Child

Photo: Joshua Huston, Seattle’s Child

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…

Super Six Opening Super Soon

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.PicMonkey Collage

Update: The Super Six Twitter feed is also active. Here are a few more teasers.

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Bob’s Quality Meats Looking to Rebuild: Sign the Petition for Historic Preservation Grant

bobsBack 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!

Crosscut on Southend Jet Noise

Crosscut’s Eric Scigliano has an interesting article on jet noise in the Southend. The bulk of the article centers around Beacon Hill’s issues with air traffic and noise, but there is a section on Columbia City’s own Ray Akers’ ongoing battle with the FAA and his efforts to keep the Rainier Valley a bit quieter:SeaTac_mitigation_contours-550x440

Twice, in the late ’90s and in 2010, Columbia City realtor Ray Akers caught the FAA extending its northbound departure corridor to the east, past Beacon Hill and MLK Way and over the Rainier Valley (and Akers’ house), with no announcement or review. The first time, he says, the agency relented and restored the original routing. The second time it stonewalled, not even acknowledging the change. Akers got Congressman Jim McDermott’s office to demand an explanation. The FAA’s acting regional director replied that this “Plan Charlie” routing was necessary whenever “localized weather or clouds” impeded the ability of Boeing Field controllers to track Sea-Tac jets visually. Akers replied that this hadn’t been necessary for years previous, and that jets were being rerouted even when no adverse weather interfered.

Eventually the jets stopped crossing into the valley. FAA spokesman Kenitzer says the agency “corrected” the routing after “discovering” it had somehow strayed off course.

“It takes a lot to get the FAA to respond,” says Magnolia’s Robert Bismuth, a longtime private pilot himself. “The FAA has two mandates, safety and commerce, and no mandate about anybody on the ground. It traditionally hasn’t responded to noise and pollution concerns. If you want it to, you have to involve the congressional delegation.”

That’s what worked for Magnolia. In 2009 the FAA proposed lowering the Class Bravo “floor,” the minimum altitude for incoming jets, from 3,000 to 2,000 feet. In familiar fashion, it convened public meetings in Tacoma, Burien and Everett, but none in Seattle where the effects would be most severe.

Bismuth got McDermott and Sen. Patty Murray, both on committees overseeing the agency, to write letters. And he played the safety card: This would drop the floor for the Lake Union seaplanes and other “uncontrolled” aircraft that fly below the jets to just 500 feet. Besides consigning Magnolia and Queen Anne to noise hell, this would come too close to hilltop water and communication towers. The FAA conceded the safety issue and dropped its plans.

Beacon Hill doesn’t hold that trump card, but it may be able to play another: the National Environmental Policy Act, which bars environmental discrimination against poor and minority communities — the sort of neighborhoods that wind up under flight paths all across the nation…

Read the whole article here.

A Weekly Guide to Columbia City Arts, Entertainment, and Culture

Columbia City has a number of great venues and theaters. As a neighborhood, we all know the value of these businesses and also know how necessary it is to support them in order to keep them a vital part of our thriving community. I’ve always had the idea to use Columbia City Source as a way to post a simple, regular guide for the week’s music, theater, and movie happenings in the neighborhood.

If this is something that readers are interested in and value, be sure to let me know in the comments. Also, if anyone connected with these theaters, clubs, restaurants, etc. wants to get involved and take on a weekly posting like this for the whole of the neighborhood’s venues, let me know…I’d be happy to hand this one off to someone who’s truly involved with Columbia City’s arts and music scene.

ArkRoyalTheaterArk Lodge Cinemas has three movies this week. Showtimes are for Mon -Thurs:

Columbia City Theater has a mix of live music and karaoke:

The Royal Room has a mix of both free and ticketed events (see the main Royal Room page for details):

  • Monday, August 24th (8pm): Enso/ Johnaye Kendrick with Dawn Clement & Chris Symer, (10pm) The Salute Sessions (Salute to Monk)
  • Tuesday, August 25th (8pm): Perry Robinson / Stochastic Mettle Union local #35
  • Friday, August 28th (8pm): Beth Fleenor’s Birthday Show featuring: Amy Denio / Tarik Abouzied Duo, Angela Sheik, Led to Sea, Trimtab, Crystal Beth and the Boom Boom Band
  • Saturday, August 29th (9pm): Twisted Groove

Rainier Valley Cultural Center is hosting a weekend event for the new Rainier Valley Radio Station:

The Hummingbird Saloon has music this Tuesday from a neighborhood band:

Island Soul continues its regular weekly offerings:

  • Wednesday, August 26th: Angelo Pizarro

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

Restoration Coming to Rainier and Ferdinand

It’s been nearly a year since an out-of-control SUV slammed into the Carol Cobb Salon and Grecian Delight at the corner of Rainier and Ferdinand. The building has been boarded up and supported with structural reinforcements ever since.

There’s not a ton to report on what’s eventually coming to the space, but recent permits suggest that a multi-phased effort to restore the building to its original look is underway. For the full proposal, click here. For a quick look at what architectural look might eventually return to the neighborhood, see below.

Rainier and Ferdinand

Once-again lining up with the Rainier Valley Heritage weekend, the Royal Room is hosting the Third Annual Columbia City Blues Festival this weekend. Click here for the details: