News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Entries from September 2014

Norm’s seating update benefits patrons and pooches

September 30th, 2014 by master

With the debut of football season this summer’s updates at Norm’s are even more apparent. The popular dog-friendly establishment removed several traditional booths and replaced them with a more open seating plan with a booth-style bench on one side and chairs on the other.

From the Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse Facebook

The overall affect makes the area feel lighter, makes TV screens more accessible, and has curious canines visiting all around. Norm’s kept the signature look of their red booths with a similar material on the bench however not all visitors see the pop of red like we do:

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For those who are Norm’s veterans what do you think of the new seating arrangement?

Find out more about Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse online here or Facebook

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CAN’t stop this: Fremont Brewing’s expansions

September 25th, 2014 by master

When the sun comes out, and often even when it doesn’t, it is no surprise to find Fremont Brewing‘s Urban Beer Garden packed to the brim. The local brewery, located on N 34th Street between Albion Place N and Woodland Park Ave N, has been brewing and growing in the neighborhood for the past five years.

The Urban Beer Garden first set up shop in the loading area of the brewery facing Woodland Park Ave. There was a long communal table built up on kegs, several round booths that also incorporated keg furniture, and a rocking horse for the little ones. The tap system came directly from the brewery behind it and the whole thing got packed away during the week to resume normal business.

In October 2012, the Urban Beer Garden (UBG) found a more permanent home in the opposite corner of the building along N 34th Street and Albion Place, where it remains today. This addition allowed the UBG to offer Fremont’s beers 7 days a week, a cold case with pre-filled growlers, six packs of cans, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

From Fremont Brewing’s website

As word got out the new layout couldn’t contain the thirsty and devoted patrons, this past summer Fremont Brewing increased the outdoor seating available by taking over a section of the adjacent parking lot. As the barrels rolled in and new benches were built Fremont Brewing’s neighbor Bikram Yoga also made a big move to a new location farther west on N 34th Street.

With the yoga studio’s departure Fremont Brewing is now the sole tenant in the building. With cooler weather imminent construction has been focused on expanding the interior of the UBG as well as creating additional workspaces for employees.

The newest part of the Urban Beer Garden is connected to the main entrance through a rolling garage door that replace the adjacent wall and with a separate entrance to the garden. The new space mirrors the current UBG that customers know and love. Warm wood, bold Fremont colors, and a 20 taps stand at the ready.

In addition to more seating and restrooms the new space includes an indoor fire pit that is sure to be popular this winter. At the east end of the building there are now several offices, a kitchen, and locker room for employees.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Fremont Brewing has also announced it will be moving the majority of it’s production to a new space in Frellard at 47th Ave NW and 9th Ave NW. The change will take the brewery from an 8,000 square foot facility to an 80,000 square foot facility.

The building is currently home to McCallum Envelope & Printing. Fremont Brewing will begin renovations on the building in May 2015 to create a new brewhouse, as well as new canning and bottling lines. The original brewing location will be maintained with a lab as an experimental brewery.

As with all of Fremont Brewing’s expansions thus far the renovations will take sustainability into consideration including energy and water conservation. The new production facility will also increase Fremont Brewing’s team, 35-40 full time employees are expected to be hired in 2015.

Matt Lincecum, Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing explains the company’s choice in choosing the location of the new production facility in a recent press release:

“We chose Ballard because of its strong manufacturing base and besides, the new brewery is only one block outside of Fremont. Even though it’s very expensive, we’re committed to remaining in the City and we simply refuse to accept that blue-collar manufacturing jobs can’t coexist in the new Seattle.”

To top it off Fremont Brewing fans had the opportunity to share where they take their Fremont beer with the popular Fremont Brewing CANpaign. Check out all the winners from the on Fremont Brewing’s Instagram or Facebook.

Join in the festivities, tonight! 
Tonight is the Bonfire Ale Release Party from 5-9pm, introducing Fremont’s winter favorite. Five Bonfire Ale infusions will be on tap:
  1. Campfire Coffee
  2. Peach Cobbler
  3. Mexican Hot Chocolate
  4. S’mores
  5. Vanilla Chai

Guests will also have the opportunity to discuss Bonfire Ale with a Fremont brewer at 7pm.

Cheers Fremont!


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ZapVerr rolls out the red carpet

September 22nd, 2014 by master

ZapVerr Thai Restaurant and Lounge rolled out the red carpet last month after an extensive remodel of the former Tawon Thai. The new space combines modern decor with playful lighting and a unique Thai menu from “E-Sann”, the northeastern part of Thailand.

Dramatic rings add to ZapVerr’s ambiance and hone in on the bar ZapVerr’s logo facing Fremont Ave The remodeled and modernized facade of Fremont’s newest Thai restaurant

Entrees range from $10-18 and include some familiar and other regional dishes diners may have not yet experienced. There is also a variety of Thai soup options available. The bar is not to be missed either with an extensive cocktail menu available.

What’s in a name? According to the restaurant’s website, Zap is Thai for “delicious” while Verr means “over the top.” The combination can be translated as “overly delicious.”

You can check out ZapVerr at their website or Facebook.

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M&S Deli expands with fresh Middle Eastern offerings

September 20th, 2014 by master

M&S Deli and Grocery located on the corner of N 36th Street and N Francis Avenue expanded into the adjoining space this spring to increase their deli offerings.

M&S Deli expanded to the storefront just west of the corner store this spring.

The new space advertises “Gyros for $5.49” with shawarma, falafel, hummus and other popular Middle Eastern fare on the menu. Find out more about the M&S Deli on their Facebook page.

M&S Deli joins the ranks of Sinbad’s Express, Cafe Turko, and Sunday Market vendor Falafel Salam in providing Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food to the Fremont area.

Where is your favorite gyro in Fremont?
Let us know on Facebook or Twitter

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It’s PARK(ing) Day!

September 19th, 2014 by master

On the third Friday in September Seattleites are invited to turn ordinary parking spaces into miniature parks for anyone to enjoy. This year over 50 pop-up parks will appear! Parks will be open from 9:00am until 3:00pm and can be sponsored by individuals, businesses, or organizations.

In addition to creating unique, out of the ordinary spaces, the Seattle Department of Transportation explains that “the event raises awareness about important issues like creating a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.”

Fremont’s own pop-up park is the Literacy Source Book + Tea Park which will be located at 711 N 35th Street between Fremont Ave and Troll Ave. The organizers invite you to “Come relax and read in our parklet filled with pillows and chairs. Read and enjoy a cup of tea.”

 Make it to the Literacy Source Book + Tea Park tomorrow? Share your photos with us on Facebook or to
Other PARK(ing) Day parks nearby:

  • The Molly Moon’s Parklet (a permanent parklet still under construction) on N 45th Street between Woodlawn Ave N and Densmore Ave N.
  • The Peddler Brewing Park on NW Leary Way between 15th Ave NW and 17th Ave NW will offer “cornhole and video testimonial recording for those who have crashed on the Missing Link.” Peddler’s Facebook also promises coloring for kids and adults!
  • A-1 Piano hosts a park on Greenwood Ave N between N 70th and N 71st Streets where visitors can play on outdoor pianos!

See what other PARK(ing) Day parks there are throughout Seattle here.

Want to make a park in the future? SDOT has the how to here.

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Fremont Oktoberfest is here!

September 19th, 2014 by master

The 18th annual Fremont Oktoberfest benefitting the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. The beer-centric event opens at 5pm this evening, tickets are available here. The festival will take place between Phinney Ave N and 1st Ave NW along N 35th Street and N Canal Street. The Sunday Market will take place as normal on N 34th Street.

The most notable change this year is that Friday and Saturday remain 21 and over but Sunday is now Family Friendly! Children and dogs are welcome for free with a paying adult.

For the full festival rundown visit this page with a very useful infographic.

Festivities include but are not limited to…

The Tasting Garden:

Image from Fremont Oktoberfest’s Facebook

The Buxom Beer Garden with liter steins and boots for the photo op

The Oktoberfest 5k Run on Sunday at 10am. Not into running? There is also the Street Scramble scavenger hunt at 10:30am.

There will also be live music, an indoor sports bar, food and of course, the Miss Buxom contest.

Again, this event benefits the Fremont Chamber of Commerce who’s mission is to “strengthen the business climate and improves the quality of life in the Fremont area.” This includes supporting local schools, art groups, community events, and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.”

Not planning on participating in the festivities?

Expect increased traffic and crowds in Fremont all weekend. 

Festival hours are as follows:

  • Friday, September 19 — 5:00pm-12:00midnight* (21+ Only)
  • Saturday, September 20 — 11:00am-12:00midnight* (21+ Only)
  • Sunday, September 21 — 11:00am-6:00pm** (Guests under 21 admitted for free when accompanied by paying adult)

Attendees are encouraged by the organizers to cab, Uber, or have a designated driver.

Welcome to the “Center of the Brewniverse!”

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Art, Dancing, and Cider!

September 5th, 2014 by master

Don’t let the summer adventures slow down! Fremont has even more fun festivities for you in September including these highlights from this weekend:

Fremont First Friday

Pick up a brochure from one of the venues and map your route. Canvas! Paint and Sip studio is the most recent addition to the venue roster. Also be sure to swing by Osprey Letterpress which is tucked away on canal street. The venue provides even more interesting things to look at in addition to the art.

Live Music at Nectar

Nectar pulls out all the stops with dance music blending afro beats and latin music on Friday, to funk on Saturday, and partnering with Dusty Strings for Uke Heaven on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $10 to $25 day of the show and you can bet the garage door will be open for a weekend as nice as this!


Schilling Cider House Grand Opening

It’s here! The Schilling Cider House will have it’s grand opening this Saturday September 6th from 11am-11pm. The new cider-centric bar will have 32 rotating taps with exclusively cider. A wide selection of bottled and canned ciders are also available. Find out more about the Grand Opening festivities here.

The new Cider House is located on N 34th Street just across from Blue Moon Burgers. Don’t let the scaffolding deter you! Schilling Cider House and Old School Frozen Custard are both open while the exterior of the building gets a facelift.

The Schilling Cider team put in extensive hours revamping the space and tailoring it to celebrate the already passionate cider fans and convert plenty more. It’s Washington Cider Week to boot! You can expect even more cider events in Fremont over the next 10 days.

You can read more about the Schilling Cider story in our previous post “Schilling Cider set to open cider bar in Fremont.”

The cold cases are stocked and the taps are ready to go!



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Fremont Bridge Closure this Weekend

September 4th, 2014 by master

SDOT’s current painting project will close the Fremont Bridge completely this Saturday and Sunday from midnight until 7am. Pedestrians and bicycles will have an opportunity to cross at 1:20am and 2:20am. Cars will have a signed detour.

This is an August 26th update from SDOT:

Crews have been busy working inside the “heel” of the bridge on the north side of the ship canal – the area under the bridge that pivots down when the part you see goes up.  They’ve been hauling out road grit and pigeon guano, pressure washing and scraping paint, and – yes – priming and painting this area for a month now.

Crews have also strung cables below the northern bascule, from the base of the bridge toward the center or “toe” of the bridge.   These cables will support a containment system which protects the Ship Canal from anything might fall during the work: rust, scraped paint, tools, paint drips, etc.

Watch out for that pigeon guano!

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