Ever notice that Green Lake’s restaurant news comes in waves? Well here’s the latest, and much of the news is concentrated to one block:
Green Lake is getting a hot pot restaurant. Da Long Yi Hot Pot is going into the former Ming China Bistro location, across the street from the Green Lake Village complex. According to the Ming website, the owners have joined the well known Chengdu brand Da Long Yi Hot Pot. They anticipate opening in Fall 2019.
After a three year anticipated opening, we can now officially say that Little Big Burger Green Lake has opened. The 7130 Woodlawn Ave NE location, which is in Green Lake Village had a soft opening last weekend and was open for normal business hours this past Monday. And to celebrate the opening, this Thursday, July 25 they are hosting a free burger day. They pay for the burgers, you pay for the fries and drinks.
Across the courtyard from Little Big Burger at the former Lucia Kitchen and Bar location, Eight Row, plans to open as soon as next month. Read more about that here.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the lake, in Tangletown… Seattle’s only all Spanish speaking cafe quietly opened a month ago. We chatted with the owner of Olé Cafe to find out more.
Olé Cafe quietly opened a month ago. Tucked into the former Diggity Dog space in Tangletown, it is Seattle’s only Spanish speaking cafe. The space was started by Amanda Reichert, who we recently got to chat with about her new Green Lake cafe.
Seattle Greenlaker: Welcome to Green Lake! Tell us more about your self proclaimed love affair with the Spanish language and the background of Olé Cafe.
Amanda: I grew up in Seattle, and started learning Spanish at the age of 12. After graduating with a degree in Spanish language, I lived in Mexico for a year, where I taught English. Upon returning to Seattle, I started teaching at an immersion school in Wallingford, which I did for 3 years, before doing another year abroad, this time in Spain. I lived in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which is where my love and passion for the Spanish culture grew, and is what inspired me to make Olé Café Spanish-themed. I returned from Spain in 2012 and worked for 2 years teaching middle school Spanish, but ultimately decided that I was ready to branch out from the public-school system, which is why I opened my own school, Vámonos Spanish Center, in 2014. The school has progressively grown via word of mouth, and 5 years later is booming!
Seattle Greenlaker: So why Olé Cafe?
Amanda: As Vámonos Spanish Center grew, so did the need for our students to have a place where they could practice speaking. The vision to create Olé Café came about in order to create a space for students to meet peers and native speakers, in a real life setting.
Seattle Greenlaker: How are things going one month in?
Amanda: After reaching our one-month mark of being open, I can say that we have been well received by the community. Many people who live in the neighborhood speak Spanish, and they have been very excited to come in and order, or chat with other patrons. Overall there has been a positive vibe, especially from students learning Spanish, or native speakers. From the non-Spanish speaking patrons, it has been a mix of curiosity, confusion, and at times resistance. However that was as I expected, and while I hope to make the café an inclusive place, maintaining the concept is much more important to me, and its ok that it’s not a fit for everyone.
Seattle Greenlaker: Tell us more about your menu and chefs.
Amanda: We prepare some tapas in-house, and serve others from an amazing restaurant in Mill Creek, Tablas WoodstoneTaverna, by chef Clara Gutierrez. While we aren’t a restaurant, we offer a good selection of savory and sweet tapas. The favorites so far have been the tortilla española and churros con chocolate.
Seattle Greenlaker: So what is next for you at Olé Cafe?
Amanda: I am excited as the café grows to expand the variety of events that we will host, such as live flamenco music, dancing classes, workshops and more. I will also experiment with adding different tapas occasionally to spice up the menu.
Olé Cafe is located at 5421 Meridian Avenue N 206-775-3050
Here’s your chance to meet our District 6 City Council Members.
DON’T MISS THE MAY GREEN LAKE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING AT THE HEARTHSTONE 7 PM THIS WEDNESDAY! Join your neighbors and keep in touch with what’s happening in our neighborhood, including District 6 City Council Candidates Cook, Martin, Massa, Peeples, Rice, and Wills, and the latest on the new Green Lake Village development.
Here’s the agenda: Welcome / Introductions – Paul Kostek Latest on Green Lake Village – Julie Cain District 6 City Council Candidates – Cook – Martin – Massa – Peeples – Rice – Wills
Next Meeting – September 11, 2019 Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months at The Hearthstone, 6720 East Green Lake Way North at the corner of 1st Ave NE. This is the only high-rise on Green Lake and is near Nell’s Restaurant. Consider carpooling, walking or taking transit since parking can be limited. Green Lake Community Council meetings are open to the public.
With wading pool season back in full swing I think it’s a good time to remind visitors to keep a watchful eye on kiddos while they are in the pool. Although shallow it is still a drowning risk. This past week I witnessed a pretty frightening situation with a kiddo that was not being supervised by their family and had to pull the little one out of the water. Even more frightening to me was that other people saw the kid and didn’t jump in to help. Perhaps they thought he was playing? But anytime a small child is in the pool and appears to be having an issue please respond. If it was my kid I would want you to. No question.
While there is an attendant on staff at the wading pool they are there for cleaning and making sure the rules of the wading pool are being followed. So at the risk of being a buzz kill, put down your phone and watch those little ones and have fun out there.
We recently heard about a free program that is perfect for summer reading for kiddos. The Friends of The Seattle Public Library provides free owl totes to any child 6 years old or younger who signs up for a library card. You can get the tote at at any branch, but here are the Green Lake Branch Library hours, just so you can have them handy: Monday and Tuesday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more info, go to http://www.friendsofspl.org/about/
Starting at 11 a.m., the Green Lake Wading Pool will be open for the season. The pool will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. as long as the weather is above 70’. But if the thought of schleping your kids down there to find it closed gives you the cold sweats, be sure to check to make sure if it is open here with our handy guide.
The mystery of what will go into the restaurant space previously held by Lucia Kitchen + Bar has been solved. Eater Seattle reports that Eight Row will be opening in August at 7102 Woodlawn Ave NE. The restaurant is owned by Chef David Nicols who hails from Queen Anne Beer Hall and Rider.
According to Eater Seattle, “The restaurant’s name is borrowed from a term referring to large cherry size. The menu will take influence from the growing seasons and cultures of Central Washington, where Nichols grew up, as well as his family traditions.”
Nicols told Eater that the restaurant plans to be open daily and will include a happy hour, weekend brunch and a expansive wine list.
This opening is just one of two new restaurants slated for Green Lake Village this summer. Just across the courtyard from Eight Row, Little Big Burger is expected to open soon, possibly this week.
Sad news to share. Green Lake’s Lucia Kitchen + Bar has closed. The Italian restaurant opened in 2014 to the then brand new Green Lake Village complex.
On Monday night they posted this to their Facebook page: “Thank you Green Lake! Regretfully, after 5 wonderful years, Lucia Italian Kitchen closed its doors on Sunday, June 16th. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the years. Thank you for your support!”
We recently announced that Seattle Greenlaker is launching a binge worthy Summer Reading List based on picks from local experts. Two weeks ago we chatted with Green Lake Branch librarian Andrea Gough about her picks. This week we give you Sam Kaas’ picks from Third Place Books, one of Green Lake’s closest independent bookstores. Happy reading!
Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer ( 978194822619, Catapult)At nineteen years old, bored and unsure where to direct her energies, Lara Prior-Palmer learned about the Mongolian Derby – a 1000-kilometer endurance horse race across the Mongolian Steppe – and, largely on a whim, entered. With limited experience and virtually no training, she simply hoped to finish, but she ended up becoming the youngest competitor – and the first woman – ever to win. Rough Magic is her raw, windswept, day-by-day account of the race, but it’s also a near-magical paean to the strange pleasures of solitude and restlessness, and to the pull of the unknown. You’ll only want to put this down long enough to go enter an extreme endurance race of your own. https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9781948226196
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patirck Radden Keefe (9780385521314, Doubleday) This intimate and fastidiously-researched history of the IRA – told through the lense of a still-partially-unsolved disappearance in Belfast in 1972, at the height of The Troubles – was the first book this year I stayed up into the wee hours to finish. Those interested in the history of Northern Ireland will appreciate Keefe’s careful, engaging reporting, and those who are looking for their next great True Crime read will want to set aside a full day to tear into this gripping story. https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9780385521314
Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch ( 9780374268121, Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)***AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW; publishes July 9, 2019***Madeline Ffitch’s characters – bombastic, tragic, triumphant, flawed, hopeful, insufferable, and hilarious – had become like family to me before I really knew what was happening, and her crackling live-wire of a debut is a loud, proud rallying cry for love and freedom in all forms. Full of joy and pain, humor and vitriol, and a cast of unforgettable personalities, Stay and Fight may be one of the summer’s must-read novels. https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9780374268121
The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith ( 9780374146856, Sarah Crichton Books)From the Paris exhibitons of the Lumiere brothers to the early film studios of New Jersey, from the trenches of WWI to the eccentric glory of 1960s Hollywood, Dominic Smith’s sweeping historical novel questions, again and again, how love and truth and creative vision play out in 24 frames per second. If you loved Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, this book is your next summertime read. https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9780374146856
Repaving the Aurora Bridge continues this weekend and will be followed by 8 additional weekends of paving and partial lane closures. WSDOT is warning of long delays and asks that people avoid that area if possible. WSDOT posted a few of the times but says it may need 10 to get the job done. Weekend work will occur from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, the weekends of:
June 14-17 June 28-July 1 July 12-15 Aug. 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26