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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

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posted by on June 6 at 9:11 AM

A thug tried to rob Serafina, a popular restaurant on Eastlake Ave., last night. The bartender resisted and the wannabe robber shot the bartender in the arm, then fled. No arrests have been made.

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Ah, that explains the news cameraman filming through the restaurant's front window this morning. I assumed that Sting was dining inside.

Posted by DOUG. | June 6, 2007 9:28 AM

if the bartender had been armed...

cue the 'more guns solve this problem' broken record.

Posted by maxsolomon | June 6, 2007 9:34 AM

I thought the restaurant's name was spelled differently ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2007 9:38 AM

This would be a good place to "plug" the Stranger's restaurant reviews.

But is called Serafina.

Posted by elswinger | June 6, 2007 9:43 AM

Wow. Part of me wants to go, "Yay bartender!" and then the other part of me wants to go, "Dude, it's just money. It's not even your money. Your gonna get shot for someone else's money? What the hell?"

Posted by Judah | June 6, 2007 9:46 AM

It's Serafina.

Posted by Callie | June 6, 2007 9:46 AM

the FUCK?! I was AT Serafina until 11:090 last night and live around the corner and consider myself "a regular"

Eastlake is like, crimeless, for the most part.

I am shocked.

And the bartender that was working last night, the one who wears the suspenders and fedora, is like, far from the best bartender who works there. At being a bartender, anyway. Apparently he rules at being shot in the arm.

Even so I hope he's ok and I commend his bravery/stupidity.

Posted by jackie treehorn | June 6, 2007 9:49 AM

I love that place. Very romantic. Watching someone get shot? Somewhat less so. I hope he's OK. I hope he gets a bonus too.

Posted by Fnarf | June 6, 2007 9:51 AM

They probably gave the guy's table to someone who came in after he did. That's happened to me twice there and I wanted to shoot someone. The last time after we FINALLY got seated it took them about 20 minutes to bring us water and another 10 to get a waiter to acknowledge our presence.

Their food rocks but not worth bad service.

Posted by monkey | June 6, 2007 9:51 AM

Fnarf-- maybe we should slap them with an abatement order for attracting a violent element to the neighborhood.

Posted by Judah | June 6, 2007 9:58 AM

@9 All service in Seattle pretty much sucks.

Posted by tired of crappy service | June 6, 2007 10:34 AM

Like, omigod, there is actually crime in Eastlake, jackie.

Fer sure.

Posted by Shaniqua Jackson | June 6, 2007 10:45 AM

nice one, judah.

Posted by wf | June 6, 2007 11:15 AM

Who the fuck robs a full-scale restaurant?

Betcha five bucks it's some asshole from the South Side, just like the thugs that keep mugging kids on Saturday night in the U District. In fact, I think it's the same group of assholes.

Posted by Gomez | June 6, 2007 11:19 AM

Thanks for fixing the name, guys!

Any idea if the restaurant will have a special tip jar for the guy who was attacked, since he'll end up missing work? They don't make much at those jobs ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2007 11:23 AM

9. I walk out of establishments that do that and I don't go back, at the very least not for a long time, if ever. If I make a reservation and you give away my table, then the hell with you.

But yeah, like jackie said, Eastlake is such a crimeless stretch. This is quite a surprise. The thugs making the rounds know no bounds.

Posted by Gomez | June 6, 2007 11:24 AM

Gomez, what do you mean when you say the "South Side?" Not a Seattle term, so far as I know and, forgive me, but it seems a little loaded as a geographic or cultural category.

You're sure the perp is not from Lake City? Bellevue?

Posted by fixo | June 6, 2007 11:36 AM

Judah @10:
That's the funniest thing I've read on Internets today.

Posted by Sean | June 6, 2007 12:00 PM

I'd lay money down that it was someone from near Lake City. That place is scary. I used to go to dialysis up there and we'd hear gunfire every other week.

Posted by elswinger | June 6, 2007 12:05 PM

Pretty, defensive, fixo. You from Tacoma? The south siders get particularly snippy when people even hint that their burgs export crime.

And for what it's worth, after the frat shooting last year, the shooting and other violent crimes in frat row were linked to thug gangsters from Tacoma.

Posted by Gomez | June 6, 2007 12:05 PM

A gunshot every other week is nothing, elswinger. Try growing up in East Las Vegas and hearing gunfire outside every single night. It was almost a surprise when a night went by without hearing it.

I lived in Lake City for a year, walked to and from the store, the bus stop, wherever, late at night almost every day, and never once did I have a problem. I'm certain crime existed there... but I'm not sure it was anywhere close to Tacoma-bad.

Posted by Gomez | June 6, 2007 12:10 PM

Why does crime have to come from any certian area? Assholes live everywhere in this and every other city. It coulda been my fuckin mom for all you know.

Posted by Thom | June 6, 2007 12:49 PM

Gomez, thank god for all of us you are not in law enforcement. Such logic, and nuance!

BTW, I am a lifelong Seattleite. Northeast End, Mt. Baker, CD.

Have you been to Tacoma? There's lots to like.

Posted by fixo | June 6, 2007 1:43 PM

That I'm able to comment with any sort of authority on Tacoma indicates I have, fixo.

Ever caught a bus to Tacoma? Get off at Commerce Street. There's lots to like there, too ;/ Make sure you're not carrying anything valuable.

Posted by Gomez | June 6, 2007 2:34 PM

There was a guy that used to hang around at the bars on Eastlake - a shady character. He robbed a couple of places, including Serafina, using the same M.O. He knew what doors were open when they closed and who would be around. He got busted, but I wonder if he's out again.

Posted by skweetis | June 6, 2007 3:05 PM

"That I'm able to comment with any sort of authority on Tacoma indicates I have, fixo."

Oh, how cute. Gomez thinks that he comments with "any sort of authority". Poor deluded little guy...

Posted by Bison | June 6, 2007 3:57 PM

Well then, don't take it from me, Bison. Go hop on the 594 on a Saturday afternoon, hang out on foot in T-Town for a while, come back and let me know what you think.

Posted by Gomez | June 6, 2007 5:18 PM

In Mexico its pronounced EL SERAFINASSS and SIAROL.

Posted by Maximiliano | June 12, 2007 11:49 AM

In Mexico its pronounced EL SERAFINASSS and SIAROL.

Posted by Maximiliano | June 12, 2007 11:50 AM


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