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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.
  2. Photo credit: Voracious Tasting Event site.
    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.
  5. Photo credit: Showbox
    Photo credit: Showbox

    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.

Featured photo from the Seattle Restaurant Week Website.

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.

Belltown was a busy spot for the Seattle Police Department back in January through mid-February, as our last Belltown crime recap showed. But this month seems to have been a little calmer.

  • A Cab, a Cyclist, and a Biker: Quite the mess greeted officers when they arrived at the scene of a vehicular accident on March 1st. According to their report, the bicyclist was riding north on Alaskan Way, followed from behind by a motorcyclist. When a cab ahead of the two stopped on the east side of Alaskan Way, the bicyclist went around the cab. Unfortunately, the motorcycle was not so lucky, lost control, hit the cab, and then hit the bicyclist before continuing into oncoming southbound traffic and hitting another vehicle. Medics transported the bicyclist and motorcyclist to Harborview for non-life-threatening injuries.
  • Caught in the Crossfire: A woman was hit in the arm by a stray bullet on Saturday, March 2nd. The incident occurred just after midnight, when two men were seen arguing and running down Pike street. Shots were then heard, and the woman was hit in the arm from where she stood with friends near the corner of Pike and 2nd Avenue. The two men were taken into custody, and the woman was taken to Harborview. Her wound is not considered to be life threatening.
  • A Pike/Pine Buy-Bust Sting Op: After a 14-year-old young man sold cocaine to a police informant at the Joe’s Mart near 2nd Avenue and Pike Street on March 6th, he was arrested and booked into the Youth Service Center. SPD also arrested a 21-year-old man – also for selling cocaine – later in the afternoon in the same area. The older man was wearing body armor, which officers submitted into evidence.
  • Quick-Action Prevents Tragedy: On March 17th, police received a call about a man holding a handgun and standing outside a building on the 1900 block of 3rd Avenue, talking on the phone and threatening to shoot someone. SPD arrived quickly on the scene, and took up chase when the suspect began to run. The suspect was quickly apprehended, discovered to be a convicted felon, and was taken into custody. A record check done by SPD determined that the gun they recovered from the suspect – a .40 Smith & Wesson – was stolen in a carprowl in 2010.

Please feel free to shoot us an email if you know of criminal activity that we missed or needs to be mentioned on an upcoming recap. Of course, make sure the police have been notified first.

Stay safe, Belltown!

Featured photo from King5 News.

While many folks will be celebrating their rich Irish heritage (and wannabe’s too) this coming weekend at various St. Patrick’s Day Belltown events, there’s a pub crawl for a good cause going on right here; the 4th Annual Team Blitz Pub Crawl in Belltown!

Team Blitz is led by team captain, Ryan Asdourian – the Seahawks mascot, Blitz. The Seahawks team has supported Asdourian since 2008, when the man behind the mascot was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For the past three years, his Team Blitz Pub Crawl has raised awareness about MS in Seattle, as well as raising money toward a cure. Learn more about the crawl and Team Blitz in this recent King 5 news feature.

Since year one, with 125 participants and $6,000 raised, to last year where 325 people came out for the pub crawl and raised $12,000, Asdourian has high hopes for the 4th annual pub crawl: $100,000! Check out the website to watch the Team get closer to their goal, donate, and mark your calendar for the Pub Crawl on Saturday March 16th and the Walk MS event on April 14th.

The pub crawl begins at Buckley’s in Belltown, and ends at Belltown Billiards this Saturday. Attendees (21+ only) can get tickets to the crawl here, with four drinks and a T-shirt for $35 plus fees (tickets day-of are $40). You can donate there, too. Bars that are confirmed to participate in the crawl are Buckley’s, Amber, Belltown Pizza, Belltown Pub, the Frontier Room, and Belltown Billiards.

When: Saturday, March 16th from 2:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Belltown, Seattle, beginning at Buckley’s in Belltown
Cost: $35 until March 16th, day of event tickets are $40

Featured photo from New Day Northwest by King 5 News.

Saint Patrick’s Day is just over a week away, but Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub in Belltown is getting the festivities going early with their annual Irish Festival! Beginning this Friday, March 8th, the festival runs through the next week to culminate with a huge party following the St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 17th.

Kells St Patricks FesitvalKells hosts the largest St. Patrick’s Irish Festival in the Northwest each year, and this year is their 30th anniversary celebration. Each day during this year’s Belltown events at Kells, there will be live music from Irish musicians and bands like Liam O’Riordan, the Smokin Shamrocks, The Blarney Bhoys, Martin O’Huigin, and more. Click here to learn more about the bands and musicians.

The Irish pub opens at 11:30 a.m. each day of the festival until Saturday and Sunday (March 16th and 17th), when they’ll open early at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. consecutively. There will be no cover charge until Friday, March 15th, with a $5 admission fee after 9 p.m. The cover charge for the Sunday Festival finale will be $20 and includes a Festival T-shirt while Kells’ supplies last. Check the festival schedule for more details.

Proceeds from the 30th Anniversary Irish Festival at Kells will benefit the Pike Market Clinic, which provides health care services for homeless, low-income and uninsured individuals.

Get your pass for the festival at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub at 1916 Post Alley, and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! “If you can’t go to Ireland, come to Kells.”

Featured photo by Flickr user dmartinka from the 2007 Kells Irish Festival.