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Hiroshi’s opens to serve Japanese food at 15th and Beacon

December 17th, 2013 at 12:38 am | 7 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

A new restaurant has opened at 15th and Beacon, in part of the building that was once the Beacon Hill Library. Hiroshi’s opened yesterday with a sign in the window promising “Japanese Food, Take Out, Deli, Catering,” not to mention a big blue neon sign that says “Sushi.” We haven’t been able to try it out yet and probably won’t be able to for a few days, so if you check it out, tell us what you think!


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Now open: Pippy’s Café, with salads and sandwiches

September 19th, 2013 at 5:11 am | 5 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Pippy's Cafe is open for business. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

Pippy’s Cafe is open for business. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

There’s a new place to eat on Beacon Avenue, where Pippy’s Cafe opened this week just south of the corner of Beacon Avenue South and South Stevens Street. The café’s menu features salads and sandwiches, including chicken or tofu pita sandwiches, veggie wraps, a chicken club, and more. Soup will be added to the “Simple Foods Made Fresh” menu soon.

Pippy’s is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3007 Beacon Ave. S.

This Pez collection may be seen behind the counter at Pippy's. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

This Pez collection may be seen behind the counter at Pippy’s. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.


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Dine out in SE Seattle to help your community

April 22nd, 2013 at 6:40 pm | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

This Thursday, April 25, Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s Dining Out For Life returns to raise money to fight illness and hunger in our community. During the event, when you dine at a participating restaurant on Beacon Hill or elsewhere, a portion of your bill will be donated to Lifelong.

Restaurants in the Beacon Hill/Columbia City/Mount Baker neighborhoods that are participating include:

Besides the benefit of contributing to your community, if you dine at one of these establishments you’ll also be entered to win two domestic airline tickets from Alaska Airlines. Tweet photos of yourself participating, and you’ll have a chance to win a Dining Out For Life prize package.

See the restaurant locations in this interactive map:


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Beacon Ave Sandwiches to open next Friday

January 19th, 2013 at 7:29 pm | 24 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Hankering for a sandwich? Luis Rodriguez of The Station made this announcement today on Facebook:

“Great News!! Beacon Ave Sandwiches will Finally be Open!! This coming Friday January 25th!! Yaaaay! We will do a crossover, by selling coffee from The Station coffee shop and selling Sandwiches at the coffee shop! I hope to see you all here! We apologize if we are a little slow in the beginning but we promise that it will be a delicious, fast and affordable place very soon!”

Beacon Ave Sandwiches is at 2505-B Beacon Ave. S., in the former (brief) location of Luisa’s Taqueria, and near the intersection of Beacon Avenue South and 15th Avenue South. According to the Facebook page, hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but Luis tells us that they will open at 11 a.m. for Opening Day on Friday.


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Music, food, and drink at the Beacon Boogie 10/27

October 22nd, 2012 at 2:31 pm | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Put on your boogie shoes this coming Saturday, October 27 from 5-10 p.m. — the Beacon Hill Merchants Association is sponsoring another Beacon Boogie, a night of dinner, drinks, and live music in several restaurants in North Beacon Hill. All locations are within 2 blocks of South Hanford Street and Beacon Avenue South.

Here’s the evening’s schedule:

Hot Club Sandwich
5pm – 8pm, Bar del Corso, 3057 Beacon Ave. S.
Hot Club Sandwich define themselves as “Acoustic/Jam Band/Jazz.”

Mango Trio
7pm – 10pm, El Quetzal, 3209 Beacon Ave. S.
Members of MangoSon, a band who says they want to “recreate the sounds you might have heard in the street corners and marketplaces of coastal cities of Latin America before the onslaught of keyboards and electric guitars… We want our music to smell of sweet rum, black beans and rice, plantains and casabe.”

The Colour Project
8pm – 10pm, Tippe and Drague, 3315 Beacon Ave. S.
The Colour Project is a Seattle-based electronic rock duo, who “combine drum beats, guitar, synthesizer, textured loops and melody.”

Admission to Beacon Boogie is a $5 donation.


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Snackdown pt II: Southeast Seattle vs. International District

October 17th, 2012 at 9:52 am | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

A tasty huarache from El Quetzal on Beacon Avenue. Photo by Lesa Sullivan in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

As is only right and proper, Southeast Seattle wiped out West Seattle/White Center in the last round of Seattle Weekly‘s Snackdown competition to find the neighborhood/district with the best eatin’. Now we’ve moved into the quarterfinals, with a tough match against a heavyweight: the International District.

The International District is certainly known for its food, but it may be that Southeast Seattle has much more variety. At any rate, you know what to do: vote early, vote often.


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Beacon Ave Sandwiches coming soon to former Luisa Taqueria space

October 15th, 2012 at 3:11 pm | 31 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

As of earlier this month, the “Grand Opening” sign was still up in front of the former Luisa Taqueria — now being remodeled into Beacon Ave Sandwiches. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

The space at the intersection of 15th and Beacon, where Luisa Taqueria opened for business but then closed for good only a few months ago, will soon reopen — this time, as a sandwich shop/deli: “Beacon Ave Sandwiches.”

Luis and Leona, owners of The Station coffee shop, will be opening the new shop later this year. Luis told the Beacon Hill Blog that the store will be “like something that would have been on Beacon Hill in the 1920s,” a place where customers can purchase sandwiches but also meats and cheeses by the pound.

Luis told the BHB he has a lot of ideas in mind for Beacon Ave Sandwiches, including sandwich names based on local landmarks and references. In a post on the Beacon Hill Blog Facebook page, he asks for “serious” suggestions from the community.

In just a bit over a year, North Beacon Hill has acquired an Italian restaurant, an Indian restaurant, two pubs (you can now get a burger without leaving the Hill!), and a taco trailer. Soon, these will be joined by the new sandwich shop. Things are changing rapidly in the neighborhood, aren’t they? After all these changes, what do you think we still need here on the Hill? Tell us in the comments.


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Southeast Seattle vs. West Seattle: a lip-smacking Snackdown

October 8th, 2012 at 3:55 pm | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Have a torta at El Quetzal! Photo by Eleazar Teodoro in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

Get your votes in for Southeast Seattle! Seattle Weekly‘s Voracious food blog is running their annual Snackdown, in which regions of Seattle compete for the Snackdown title as “Seattle’s best eating district.” This week, Southeast Seattle is up against West Seattle and White Center. You can vote on the website.

In this year’s competition, the suburbs are included, and some Seattle neighborhoods are lumped in with others. So, Beacon Hill is part of the “Southeast Super Region” along with the Central District, Madrona, Mount Baker, Georgetown, Columbia City, and Rainier Valley. Last year’s champion, White Center, gets paired with West Seattle. The Southeast wiped out the Northeast Super Region in a pre-competition qualifying round last week.

Of course, we know all about the great food that can be found on Beacon Hill and elsewhere in the great Southeast. Surely we can defeat the Westerners this week. The winner of this week’s competition will then face the winner of the competition between Downtown/Belltown/Pioneer Square/Sodo and the International District.


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Finally! The Oak opens tonight

October 8th, 2012 at 1:56 am | 22 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

This is what the Oak building looked like in May. There have been more improvements since; tonight you can see the inside of the place, too. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

It’s been a long wait, with a few bumps on the road, but one more eating and drinking establishment is opening tonight at 8 p.m. on Beacon Hill: The Oak.

Owner Lisa tells us that the Oak (3019 Beacon Ave. S.) passed its health and fire inspections on Friday and after a weekend of “running around like mad doing last minute things,” the owners decided tonight would be the night.

The Oak is the second of two restaurant/bars to open recently after lengthy delays; the Tippe and Drague opened a few weeks ago further south on Beacon Avenue.


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Tippe and Drague applies for off-premises license

September 5th, 2012 at 6:41 am | 4 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Photo by Maya83 via Creative Commons/Flickr.

The Tippe and Drague Alehouse at 3315 Beacon Ave. S., which opened last weekend to a throng of thirsty Beaconians, recently filed a new liquor license application, adding an new endorsement that wasn’t on their earlier license application. The previous license applied for was “direct shipment receiver — in Washington only” (which allows them to buy beer and/or wine from federally certified wineries or breweries), “restaurant – beer and wine” (which allows them to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption in conjunction with food sales). They are now applying to add an off-premises endorsement (which will allow them to sell beer and/or wine for off-premises consumption in original containers, as well as allowing them to sell tap beer to purchasers who provide their own containers, subject to certain restrictions.

The applicants are Tippe and Drague LLC, Melissa Cabal and Robert McConaughy, and the license number is 407765. As with all liquor license applications, if you wish to comment on the application to the Liquor Control Board, you can e-mail customerservice@liq.wa.gov.


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