Espresso Stand Going In Italian Spaghetti House Lot

Today, a new espresso stand was being built in the parking lot of the closed Italian Spaghetti House property on Lake City Way. Headrush Coffee hopes to be open for business by June 1st said owner Zach Head, who will run the stand along with his brother. The free-standing building won’t need any plumbing and will tap electricity directly from the main power line. Head negotiated using the disused space, a deal by the new owners of the property to make some income from the empty building and surrounding lot which they purchased earlier this year after the restaurant closed in 2011.

Kingfisher Clean Up

Lynnette Spear helps pull invasive ivy around Thornton Creek

On a beautiful Sunday morning in May, half a dozen or so Victory Heights residents hiked into the Kingfisher Natural Area (better known to most people as the Thornton Creek green belt) just south of 17th Ave NE to pull invasive species of plants. Future work parties are scheduled for May 20th starting at 10 AM. Come, get involved and see an unspoiled part of the city amidst the towering pines.

Thornton Creek Work Parties Begin This Sunday

Green Seattle Partnerships announced work parties, Walking Under the Owls, on Thornton Creek (or its new designation, Kingfisher Natural Area) starting this Sunday, May 6th at 10 AM. Activities, which are open to all ages, include removing invasive species in a part of the park to be determined, and possible native specie planting. As well as complete enjoyment of the bird songs, flowing water and hard working friends… (the weather forecast for Sunday looks promising too).

It will run until noon, and then future work parties will continue every other Sunday through June (May 20th, June 3rd & June 17th) at the same time, 10 AM.

Volunteers should bring hand tools, gloves, eye protection, and water.

Meet at the creek where it intersects with the 17th Ave NE trail (see map). You can park near the trailhead located at intersection of 17th Ave. NE & 104th St. Note that 17th Ave is only accessible from the North and East.

For more information, contact Lynnette at or Rick at


More Resources For Bill Pierre Properties Development

In addition to the meeting planned on May 19th to discuss the future development of the Bill Pierre properties in Lake City, there will be a chance to meet the team informally this Thursday, and a new blog has started.

May 3rd at Kaffeeklatch, 12513 Lake City Way NE, at 7 PM, Douglas Park Cooperative and Families for Lake City are hosting Marty Curry and UW interns. They will conduct  mental mapping exercises to help focus their vision of Lake City.

The same team have started also a blog, Lake City Way Visioning Project.

The meeting on Saturday, May 19th opens for registration at 8:30 AM and begins at 9 AM at Nathan Hale High School. Help come up with ideas for what should be done with the Bill Pierre properties and how it will impact Lake City Way for years to come.