Seattle Met: Bar del Corso one of Seattle’s best restaurants

Photo by Dapper Lad Cycles in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.
Bar del Corso on Beacon Avenue South is featured in the annual Seattle Met Best Restaurants list for 2012. Writer Kathryn Robinson says “[Seattle’s] soul resides in the mom-and-pop neighborhood restaurants that dot the city like a starry constellation. Jerry Corso’s Beacon Hill pizzeria provides the blueprint for how it’s done.”

The only other Southeast Seattle restaurant mentioned is Columbia City’s Full Tilt Ice Cream.

Read about Bar del Corso, Full Tilt, and the 23 other restaurants included on the list here.

John C. Little Park needs your help Saturday

The Green Seattle Day organizers want you to know that volunteers are still needed to help out at another local park, John C. Little Park on South Beacon Hill, on Saturday, November 3. (We previously mentioned a work party at the Cheasty Greenspace.)

Volunteers will help remove invasive species, and plant native trees, shrubs, and ground cover.

The work party will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the tool chest located behind the town homes along Holly Park Dr S. This area is located above the children’s playground in the upper part of John C. Little park. To reach the work area, follow the signs that lead up to the alley way behind the townhomes. The tool chest can be found under the large tree located halfway up the alley.

Please dress appropriately for weather conditions, and bring snacks and a filled water bottle.

Find out more and register to volunteer here.

FAA meeting rescheduled for November 13

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port of Seattle meeting originally scheduled for October 23 at New Holly has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland High School, 5511 15th Ave. S. on Beacon Hill.

The FAA, Port, and Boeing Field representatives are holding the meeting, they say, to “provide information on existing flight procedures into and out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Boeing Field.”

Members of the Quieter Skies Task Force, a group of Beacon Hill and other Southeast Seattle neighbors, plan to be at the meeting in force, bringing concerns about recent and planned future airplane noise over our neighborhoods, and a petition signed by more than 300 neighbors. See our earlier post about the meeting.

Photo by C r u s a d e r via Creative Commons/Flickr.

Volunteers wanted for Green Seattle Day at Cheasty Greenspace/Mt. View

The Cheasty Greenspace/Mt. View is a host site for the upcoming Green Seattle Day on Saturday, November 3. Neighbors and friends of the Greenspace are invited to participate in this special volunteer event.

According to the Friends of Cheasty Greenspace,

“We have over 800 native plants, shrubs and trees that need to be planted to transform the Angeline Entrance, our gateway into the park. We will also be completing the Columbian Way Link; if you like robust trail building work, this is for you!”

Volunteers should meet at 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning at 2809 S. Alaska Place, one block west of the Columbia City Link station. The work party will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a noon break for lunch. Tools and gloves are provided; please bring your own lunch, water, and a snack for the community snack table.

Find out more here.

Beacon Bits: Annoying litter, stolen cars, hot dogs and brunch

We haven’t done a Beacon Bits in a while, so here goes. This time we got a few emails from folks that we want to pass on to you. First, Jeff writes:

“Down here in S. Seattle, we have been having a litter problem. The Seattle Times has an advertising paper that they deliver by contracting it out. The delivery folks just toss it out of a moving car to every home that does not get the Times. This creates an unsightly mess, as well as advertising when people are out of town.

“I have contacted the Times multiple times, to no avail. They insist it is their right to litter our neighborhood! I know of several other neighborhoods adversely affected by this issue as well. I started an on-line petition. Can you please post it to your Blog and ask folks to both sign it, and disseminate it through emails or social media such as Facebook? This is an issue all Seattle neighborhoods should be concerned about and can work together on. Here is the link to the petition.

Bobby writes:

“My partner and I recently bought a house down on S. Juneau & Beacon Ave. about 2 months ago now. Sunday morning, around about 3am-8am, someone stole our car from our driveway.”

Please contact Bobby at if you happen upon a 2002 green Honda Civic with the plate 811ZVA.

Frank writes:

“I would like everyone to know that I have started my new business on Beacon Hill and I want to thank the people who supported me ‘Frank’s Hot Dogs’ on Saturday, my first day of business. I put the cart, on the South/East corner lot of the El Centro de la Raza, east of the taco trailer or right next to it. For my first day it was fun, even though it rained the whole time I was open, I still enjoyed being there. I want to let everyone know, that I wanted to be open Monday through Friday, 11:00 to at least 5:00, possibly Saturday and closed on Sunday. Because the restaurant, El Quetzal where I do my clean up, is closed on Mondays, I will now be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 to at least 5:00. Then, at 9:00 pm, on Saturday nights, I will be on Beacon Ave. at El Quetzal until after the bars close.”

Melissa writes:

“Would you be willing to mention Tippe & Drague’s Sunday brunch in the blog? We offer it from 9:30am – 1:30pm.”


Design Review meeting for station block apartment project 11/13

The currently-vacant site on the station block. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Interested in the development of the Beacon Hill Station Block property at 17th Avenue South and South McClellan Street? Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m., when the Design Review Board will meet for the second phase of Design Review for this project, the recommendation meeting.

The proposed project is a six-story structure with 47 residential units and 2,046 square feet of retail space. There will be parking for 17 vehicles in a garage below grade.

Here’s what is on the schedule for the Design Review Board recommendation meeting, according to a notice posted by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD):

  • The applicant will present information about the proposed design and how it responds to the Design Guideline priorities established at the previous Early Design Guidance meeting(s).
  • The public may offer comments regarding the proposed design. Please note that public comment at the Recommendation meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.
  • The Design Review Board will offer their recommendations regarding the design to the Director of the DPD.

The meeting will be held at the Wellspring Services Community Room, 1900 Rainier Ave. S. For more information, see the DPD page, or our “station block development” archive of stories about the site.

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Dearborn Park Elementary honored for breakfast improvements

This morning, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will visit Beacon Hill’s Dearborn Park Elementary (2820 S. Orcas St) to honor its staff with a Super School award as part of the Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge. The Challenge is a joint initiative of Dorn, the Washington State Dairy Council, Share Our Strength, and Children’s Alliance.

In the Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge, all of Washington’s schools were challenged to change their breakfast programs to increase school breakfast participation by 50% during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. Schools that have made the greatest improvements will be awarded cash prizes.

During today’s event, parents and students will have breakfast with Superintendent Dorn at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 10 a.m. in which Dorn will present the Super School award to Principal Angela Sheffey Bogan and the students of Dearborn Park. Dorn will also announce additional winners of the contest.

Free Children’s Carnival at Seattle Chinese Alliance Church, 10/31

The Seattle Chinese Alliance Church on South Orcas Street is hosting a Children’s Carnival next Wednesday, October 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. They are inviting neighbors from Beacon Hill and all surrounding neighborhoods to attend.

The carnival will feature activities including games, balloon animals, a maze, a photobooth, a bouncy house, refreshments, a prize room, and more.

The carnival is free, and all ages are welcome. Seattle Chinese Alliance Church is located at 2803 S. Orcas St.