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Last month saw several violent crimes in our neighborhood, as this summary will show. Please let us know if you hear of any other incidents of Belltown crime in the future – after you’ve communicated with police, of course.

And if you’re interested in what the crime condition is like for our city as a whole, check out the SPD Quarterly Report recently released.

Here’s what happened with crime in Belltown last month:

  • Police Hunt for iPhone Robbery Trio: SPD is looking for three men who are suspected to have collaborated to steal an iPhone on March 18th at 6th Avenue and Pine Street. Please contact SPD detectives with any information by calling: 206-684-5535. Watch the video of the robbery below:

  • Avoid the Pregnant Lady with the Stun Gun: At around 11:15 a.m. on March 22nd, a bike messenger crossed 5th Avenue in the crosswalk in front of a gray coupe. The driver stopped suddenly in front of the crosswalk and honked, then the bike messenger shouted at the driver and kicked the wheel of the car before finishing his crossing. A woman (described as being pregnant) got out of the passenger side of the car, began yelling at the messenger, and pulled a stun gun out of her bra before chasing the messenger and striking him twice in the face. Then the driver of the car also got out, swinging his own stun gun at the messenger before the stun gun wielding couple got back in their car and fled the scene. The bike messenger was not seriously injured, but this remains an open investigation.
  • Serious Car Accident on 4th Avenue: Just after 2 p.m. on March 24th, a Toyota SUV was hit and overturned onto a parked car in the 1900 block of 4th Avenue when the SUV was hit by a VW Jetta. The Seattle Fire Department rescued the driver and passenger of the Toyota and transported them to Harborview for serious injuries. The driver of the Jetta was screened for signs of impairment, but was not detained. This remains an open investigation.
  • Stabbing in Front of McDonald’s: While monitoring activity near 3rd Avenue and Pine Street on April 1st at about 4:25 p.m., two officers sitting in a marked police car noticed two men yelling at one another – they seemed about to fight. The officers used the loudspeakers to tell the men to stop and move on, which they did. Only moments later, a person ran up to the police car to tell the officers that someone was just stabbed in front of McDonald’s. Arriving at the scene, the officers found one of the two men from earlier bleeding from his arm. He was transported to Harborview with life-threatening injuries. The suspect got away and remained at large until being apprehended and arrested in the High Point neighborhood on April 2nd.
  • Fight Turns Violent on Stewart: Two men were verbally arguing inside a pizza restaurant on the 900 block of Stewart Street at about 1 a.m. on April 3rd. The altercation moved outside, where the two men began fighting on the ground and one of the men slashed the other in the neck. Bystanders separated the two men and called 911. Officers arrived on the scene and had the victim transported to Harborview, while the suspect was taken to King County Jail. He had an unknown and unseen head injury, so he was taken to Harborview as well and put under police guard. The box cutter was recovered for evidence.
  • The Escalated Cat Fight: Two women got into a violent altercation on the morning of April 9th. According to reports, one of the women approached the other as she sat at a bus stop, and began hitting her with a crutch. The second woman then pulled out a knife and stabbed her attacker several times in the hands. Officers arrived on the scene and had both women treated for non-life-threatening injuries before having them transported to Harborview. Both women were uncooperative with police in their attempts to investigate.
  • Woman Saved from Attempted Robbery: Just before 10 p.m. on April 10th, a woman was walking south on 2nd Avenue when she noticed a man following her. He then asked for the time, which she told him before he walked away. Minutes later, he returned and grabbed her purse straps, but she wouldn’t let it go and kicked him to defend herself. The suspect then punched her in the head. Two passersby saw what was happening and held the suspect while the woman found police – an off-duty State Patrol trooper who detained the suspect until SPD arrived on the scene. The man was arrested.

Stay safe, Belltown!

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As of July 18th, 2013, Spur Gastropub in Belltown will have been an eatery in our neighborhood for five years. We’re glad to have this unique and innovative gastropub right around the corner. To express our appreciation for their culinary novelties and excitement for their Seattleite bites, we’re putting the attention on them for this month’s Belltown restaurant spotlight!

Spur Gastropub was the first of Chef and Co-Owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough’s group of eatery creations. After Spur, they have gone on to open Tavern Law on Capitol Hill and another Belltown restaurant, The Coterie Room. They’ll also be opening a new restaurant near Tavern Law in a few months called The Old Sage. Oh, and look for Spur’s spring cocktail menu rolling out soon!

McCracken and Tough started Spur as a chef-driven restaurant. They were interested in the gastropub concept that was all the rage in Europe, and bringing that to the forefront in Seattle. “It was about moving the kitchen out into the bar, and having the same talent in the bar as was in the kitchen,” says Spur’s manager Anne Magoon.

Spur’s name came about as a ‘spur of the moment thing’ – Brian’s mother was a regular cowgirl, and growing up, he remembered seeing a spur in his home.

The Belltown restaurant does major menu changes each season, but menu items are constantly changing. “Some local farmers and foragers will just drop things off at our back door, and we get to figure out how to incorporate it into a special for that night,” Magoon says.

According to the Spur website, McCracken and Tough “Are proud advocates of New American cuisine— creating interactive and seasonally pure plates to share.” Relish Magazine recently listed Spur as one of the top 10 must-visit gastropubs around the country that “are redefining the way we look at food.”

Whether you’re sitting at a high family-style bar table, in the comfy chairs near the door, at the bar itself, or at one of the small tables clustered into the restaurant’s upper area, you’re bound to enjoy a treat. “We take pride in offering the same level of service at every place you sit,” says Magoon.

Spur Gastropub is famous for its Grass-Fed beef burger, which is topped with red onion jam, cheddar and thyme. The restaurant’s Pork Belly Sliders – with cranberry, coriander, and arugula – and Tagliatelle pasta, which is made with oyster mushrooms and pine nuts and topped with duck egg, are staples that are pretty much always available to order. Don’t forget Spur’s delicious Sockeye Salmon Crostini! Layered Sockeye salmon, mascarpone cheese, capers, and pickled shallot make this small dish a delight!

The May issue of Cooking Light actually has a feature on Chefs McCracken and Tough – talking about their Salmon crostini and Northwest Salmon! Read more on Spur’s blog.

If you’re in the mood to try a variety of dishes, you can order the Chef’s Tasting Menu – five courses for $75, or eight for $100. Spur is also participating in Seattle Restaurant week, this week and next week. Check out our recent blog post for the details and their Restaurant Week menu.

“We want to be that place where you can go to get the fine-dining experience and service that’s well-educated about food without it being pretentious,” Magoon says.

Visit Spur daily from 5 p.m. till the last person leaves. They also have a happy hour Sundays through Thursdays from 5 – 7 p.m., with $7 cocktails, $5 house wine, and $4 draft beers. If you want to rent the space for a private event, or have a group meal, they’re happy to work with you on a special, tailor-made menu!

Seattle Restaurant Week begins this Sunday, April 7th! For the next two weeks, spanning Sunday through Thursday, plenty of Belltown restaurants will be joining the rest of the city as they heat up their ovens, sharpen their knives, fire up the grill, and get cooking for Seattle Restaurant Week!

At each of the following Belltown restaurants, you can enjoy three-course dinners for $28, and one or two will also serve three-course lunch for $15. Restaurant Week runs this Sunday, April 7th through Thursday, April 11th, and then again from Sunday April 14th through Thursday April 18th. Read on for more details, the menu offerings, and reservation information:


Photo credit: Flickr user food_in_mouth
Photo credit: Flickr user food_in_mouth

SPUR GASTROPUB: Enjoy the unique, somewhat rustic fare at Spur for your Restaurant Week dining experience. Appetizer choices include Sunchoke Soup with brown butter custard, fennel, and granny smith apple; Chicory salad with plum vinaigrette, candied pecan, sorrel and blue cheese; or Chicken liver terrine with rhubarb, pickled spring onion, miners lettuce and toast. Your entrée may be one of the following: Smoked arctic char with purple cabbage and mustard puree, mustard greens, crispy fried brussel sprouts, and spicy bacon; Pork Cheeks with crispy fennel pollen spatzle, apple onion soubise, and watercress; or Tagliatelle, duck egg, oyster mushroom, and pine nuts. Finish with the sweet stuff! Choose from: Chocolate ganache cake, the Daily Ice Cream, or the Daily Sorbet. Hold your table with online reservations, or call 206-728-6706.


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LOCAL 360: This Belltown restaurant will have both lunch and dinner menus available during Seattle Restaurant Week:

  • Lunch (3 courses for $15, served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Appetizer selections include a Pretzel Croissant Welsh Rarebit, Roasted Carrots & Beets with Flora Cheese and a Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette, or Lentil Soup with Smoked Ham Hock and Greens. Entrée items to choose from are Sausage with a Smoked White Bean Cassoulet, Duck Meatloaf made with Duck Fat Yukon Potatoes and Ketchup Leather, or Taglatelli in Crème Fraiche, Leeks, and a Farm Egg. Lunch dessert is  your selection of PB&J Bon Bons, Gooey Butter Cake, or Carrot Cake made with Spiced Orange Caramel Sauce and Cocoa Nibs.
  • Dinner (3 courses for $28, served 3 p.m. till closing): Choose from Roasted Pear with Hazelnuts, burratta, honey, and truffle; Roasted Carrots & Beets with Flora Cheese and a Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette; or Lentil Soup with Smoked Ham Hock and Greens for your appetizer or starter. Then it’s either ½ Farm Chicken with Sumac, Chard, and gingered huckleberries; Braised Beef Cheeks and Early Spring Vegetables, or or Taglatelli in Crème Fraiche, Leeks, and a Farm Egg for your dinner entrée. Finally, dessert choices include PB&J Bon Bons; Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Ice Cream and Spiced Orange Caramel Sauce and Cocoa Nibs; or Pecan-less Pie with Roasted Hazelnuts, maple, roasted parsnip ice cream, and ginger milk meringue.

Make a reservation online, or call 206-441-9360.

AQUA by EL GAUCHO: Enjoy Seattle classics and delicious dishes at this Restaurant Week destination! Appetizer selections include Potato Leek Soup, Caesar Salad, or Wicked Shrimp. Choose your entrée from either Wild Pacific Prawn Risotto, Grilled Columbia River Salmon, or Almond Crusted Sole. And dessert choices include Crème Caramel, Chocolate Ganache, or AQUA’s Seasonal Sorbet. Additional sides are offered as well, for $5 apiece. Check out the full menu here. Call 206-956-9171 to make reservations by phone, or reserve your table online.

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The Wicked Shrimp served at El Gaucho and AQUA. Photo credit:

EL GAUCHO: Choose from the following appetizers and starters at El Gaucho Seattle for Restaurant Week: Insane Truffle Soup, Spring Greens, or Wicked Shrimp. Your entrée choices include Top Sirloin, Truffle Linguine, Tenderloin Medallions, Columbia River Salmon, or Housemade Gnocchi. Finally, finish your meal with delicious dessert options: Chocolate Bourbon Cake, Seasonal Sorbet, or Banana Bread Pudding. El Gaucho also features several add-on sides for $6 or $7. Click here for the full menu. Make your reservation by calling 206-728-1337, or make your reservation online.


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BLACK BOTTLE: Enjoy great wine, beer, or cocktails at the Black Bottle, alongside your Seattle Restaurant Week meal. Appetizer options are Wilted Baby Kale and Spinach Salad with or without Pancetta; Gruyere Emmentaler Beet Gratin with Mâche/Rocket; or Ceviche and Tortillas. Choose from entrée items including Malbec Demi-glazed Oxtail; Bacon Lemon Scallops with Frizzled Kale; or French-country Pesto Flatbread with Brie, Leek, and Niçoise Olives. Finish your meal with a dessert: Lemon Curd Ricotta Cake with Lavender Crust; Cacao Nib Mouse Torte and Chili Pistachio Brittle; or Basil Gelato and Ginger Madeleines (gluten free). Something of note: In addition to the three course meal, Black Bottle is offering a complimentary plate of Broccoli Blasted and a glass of Krogstad Aquavit for its diners. Call 206-441-1500 to make your reservation.


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BRANZINO: Seattle Restaurant Week appetizer choices include a House Salad made with baby lettuces, white balsamic, and pecorino; Clams and Sausage from house sausage and crostini; or Grilled Octopus: puttanesca and grilled bread. Entrée choices are House Pizza; Pappardelle made with bolognese, fresh herbs, and grana padano; Tagliatelle made with pesto, goat cheese, and toasted pine nuts; or “Fresh Catch”: Umbrian lentils, pancetta, and clams. For dessert, choose from Chocolate Torte, Lemon Tart, or a Seasonal Special. Make your table reservation online, or call 206-728-5181.


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THE COTERIE ROOM: Delicious, fresh fare. Choose from these appetizers: Cauliflower soup with spiced cauliflower, pine nut and apple gremolata; Kale & Quinoa Salad with coriander and chili vinaigrette, crispy fried & pickled spring onions; or Hungarian sausage with hedgehog mushroom medeira sauce and frisee fine herb salad. Entrée choices include Arctic Char with puree of parsnips, spicy black kale & marinated parsnip salad; Pork Cheeks with baby vegetables, red wine jus, camembert potato puree; or Raviolo with filled creamed nettles, brown butter pine nuts, charred onion jus & parsley salad. Finally, desserts to choose from are Chocolate custard cake; a Daily Sorbet; or a Daily Ice Cream. Call 206-956-8000 to reserve your table, or make your reservation online.


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TAVOLÀTA: Ethan Stowell’s Belltown restaurant is making a show in the Seattle Restaurant Week! For starters and appetizers, choose from Parsnips with truffled pecorino, and chard; Baby Romaine with blue cheese, radish, and crouton; or Pork Belly with Frisée and Kumquat. Your entrée selections include Rigatoni made with Spicy Italian Sausage, Marjoram and Tomato; Gnocchi Alla Romana with Semolina, Mozzarella and Tomato; or Grilled Spanish Mackerel with Fresh Chickpea, Preserved Meyer Lemon, Potato, and Olive. Finish sweetly with Gianduia Chocolate Terrine with rhubarb coulis; a Seasonal sorbet with biscotti; or Lemon Zeppole topped with a Cara Cara Orange Chocolate Sauce. Reserve your table online, or call 206-838-8008.

Happy Seattle Restaurant Week, Belltown! Eat up and enjoy!

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Spring is here, and there’s plenty to do in our neighborhood! Belltown events in April include tons of foodie activities, tastings, and festivities, so don’t miss them!

  1. April 4 – Tempus Cellars Wine Dinner at Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie: Walla Walla winery Tempus Cellars will be present at a prix-fixe 4-course dinner at Seatown on April 4th at 6 p.m. Dinner with wine pairings is $75 per person (including tax & gratuity, must be 21+ years of age). Purchase tickets here.
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    Photo credit: Voracious Tasting Event site.

    April 4 – 4th Annual Voracious Tasting & Food Awards: Eat and drink up at Seattle Weekly’s Voracious tasting night on April 4th! Seattle’s best restaurants, food trucks, foodies and mixologists will be showing off their stuff at the Paramount from 6 -10 p.m. Belltown restaurant Local 360 will be there, and we suspect others will, too! Tickets/entrance costs are $45/person ($85 VIP).

  3. April 7-11 & April 14-18 – Seattle Restaurant Week in Belltown: Restaurants all over Belltown are participating in this bi-annual event! Eat a three-course prix-fixe meal for $28 at several Belltown restaurants including El Gaucho, (click the restaurant name to view the menu).
  4. April 14 – Eat. Run. Hope. (Presented by Ethan Stowell Restaurants): Support Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine on April 14th. Begin the day with a 5K run/walk at Seward Park, followed by a Chef’s Tent tasting, filled with samplings of food from Seattle’s best chefs (including Tavolata’s Ethan Stowell). Wine pairings and microbrews will be available, and each registrant will receive a Mariner’s ticket. Click here for the schedule, more information, and ticket prices.
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    April 18 & 19 – Prince at the Showbox at the Market: Music celebrity Prince will be at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market this month on April 18th and 19th (two shows each night, 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.) Ticket prices start at $250 and the shows are limited to 21+ years of age. The April 19th shows are already sold out, but you can still get tickets to the April 18th 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. shows.

  6. April 25 – Dining Out for Life in Belltown: Several Belltown and Downtown restaurants will be participating in Dining Out for Life. It’s an annual event, where restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds (each of the Belltown ones will be donating 30%) towards AIDS service organizations. Dine out at 88 Keys, Al Boccalino, Café Paloma, Far Eats, Intrigue Chocolate Co., and Tulio – all of Belltown’s participating restaurants.

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Construction began on the first phase of the Bell Street Park project last week on Thursday. This project will create a 56,000 square foot park between 1st and 5th Ave. along Bell Street.

A rain garden, pedestrian park, and bike lane will be added to the street, as well as over 100 trees, LED street lights, and other energy-efficient lighting. It will be completed in phases by block, with this first phase (between 1st and 2nd Avenue on Bell Street) expected to be complete by the end of May 2013. All phases are expected to reach completion by this winter.

The artist chosen for the Bell Street Park is Sheila Klein, who is currently slated to design at least one other Seattle project, the Tukwila Commuter Railstation. Bell Street Park will be constructed by AGR Construction. The project was bid to cost $3.377 million and is funded under the Parks and Green Spaces Levy from 2008.

This bit of Belltown news comes after years – and several public meetings – of planning, discussion, and decision-making. The existing trees along Bell Street will have to be removed for the project. Seattle Parks did extensive reviews of the area and existing trees, as well as supplying specific information to the public, in an effort to convey their regard for the cost of removing the trees.

An additional note of interest is that the plan allows and will encourage restaurants in the corridor to utilize the space for outdoor dining – an amenity that has been accommodated for in the new Bell Street Park project.

With the new space and greenery provided by the Bell Street Park, Belltown and the rest of Seattle can look forward to a wonderful new area for pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, residents and businesses located on or traveling along Bell Street.

Featured photo from the Project’s webpage.