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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dept. of Unsubstantiated Rumors, 15th Avenue East Edition

posted by on March 13 at 13:43 PM

Three different people this past weekend said that Linda—of everybody’s old favorite faux-Western bar Linda’s Tavern on Pine, everybody’s new favorite faux-Western bar King’s Hardware in Ballard, and ’70s playboy-lounge Viceroy in Belltown—is opening a place on 15th. It’s unclear where, however, and no new or transferred liquor license application can be found. Speculation about the location tends toward the Cypress site (but would the proprietors, who also run Nectar, give up so quickly?) and the Rainbow Grocery space (the shelves have been suspiciously empty off and on in recent weeks). If the new place (“Linda’s King’s”?) has good brunch, which it likely will, there will be much rejoicing on the top of the Hill.

[A non–15th Avenue East aside: That lamp made out of a big hoof at Viceroy is the best lamp in town.]

Also: The big sale—50% off many, many books—at Horizon Books does not mean they’re closing, according to a gentleman working there this past weekend, though those who would whine about independent businesses and our fair city as a whole going to hell in a handbasket if they did go out of business should go buy some books there instead of ordering from Amazon.

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I haven't lived on the Hill in 10 years so I am so out of touch what 15th is like now. Good to know Horizon is still there. A large portion of the books I own I bought there.

Posted by elswinger | March 13, 2007 2:03 PM

The problem with 15th is that you have to walk UP to get there, as opposed to DOWN to go to Barnes & Noble.

Am I right, folks?

Posted by Ari Spool | March 13, 2007 2:20 PM

inside gossip - gay bar on 12th

Posted by ed dippy | March 13, 2007 2:23 PM

I probably bought close to a thousand books at Horizon back in the late 70s, early 80s. When I returned to Seattle after a long absence I was disturbed to find that they pretty much have the same stock now that they did then. A cleanout is probably in order. Great shop, though.

Posted by Fnarf | March 13, 2007 2:43 PM

The Cypress location is cursed but seems a likely target. Ari, Route 10 is the party bus.

Posted by j | March 13, 2007 2:57 PM

Sure you have to walk up to get there, but the benefit is you get to walk down to get back. Always easier to walk down after a night out.

Posted by Tiz | March 13, 2007 3:35 PM

Especially if you're going to be carrying a bag full of books.

Posted by COMTE | March 13, 2007 3:55 PM

I've only seen the last two incarnations, but this latest is the better of the two (obviously). Unlike Kozak's which had a steady decline in quality, Cypress'food and service has improved with each visit. There is still something about that space that is uninviting, but their decor efforts have improved that (slightly) too. Decent place to grab a casual, inexpensive meal.

@3 - where/what is the gay bar on 12th?

Posted by defman23 | March 13, 2007 5:12 PM

I think the post started with speculation about where THE LINDA who owns three bars might open her next, number four.

My post - gossipy tidbits among a circle of people I know that is is to be - a gay bar on 12th. And I do not work at the of gossip certitude.

Posted by ed dippy | March 13, 2007 7:58 PM

22 doors is for sale? not sure if there's a connection . . .

Posted by ear down | March 14, 2007 1:23 AM

Bethany, Erich Ginder makes an awesome hoof lamp, FYI.

I love that Viceroy lamp, too.

Posted by Betsey | March 14, 2007 7:39 AM

I used to live on 15th Ave East and Horizon Books seems to always have a 50% off sale on everything. And it's a great book store to boot! So get in there and BUY BUY BUY!!!

But 15th Ave needs something just not sure of what it needs though to pull it out of it's strange funk.

Posted by Andrew | March 14, 2007 7:48 AM

15th Street needs:
A 4 plex movie theatre
A great, cozy Euro/bistro (no, 22 Doors and Liberty do NOT count)
A liquor store, cause i'm too lazy to walk down to 12th....
A bitchin' art gallery/bar

Posted by michael strangeways | March 14, 2007 10:21 AM

I thought of King's as more faux-upper midwestern lodge aesthetic. I wonder if the 15th Avenue plan is related to the impending condoification of Pine?

Posted by josh | March 18, 2007 12:13 AM

That Cypress space has turned over a ton. Let's count the places that have been there since I moved into the hood a mere 3.5 years ago:

* Maguire's (Irish Pub)
* Frou frou fish taco place (name of which escapes me)
* Kozak's Polish BBQ
* Cypress
* ???

Rainbow and Horizon look like they're on their last legs. There may also be ground floor retail in the new condos going on up 15th and John (where Kidd Valley used to be).

For perspective, I should also point out that when I first moved in, the house behind mine was a shooting gallery (aka, smack dealer's pad) and I routinely found needles and used condoms in our parking area.

Posted by Matski | March 26, 2007 2:37 PM

i was at cypress last night where owner jed smithson informed me it would be their last day being open and that linda has indeed purchased the joint. to be named SMITH'S, it will be 1920's vibe dinner club.

Posted by happy neighbor | March 27, 2007 1:38 PM

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