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Brad’s Swingside Cafe Goes Out Swinging

February 19th, 2015 by master

UPDATED 2/21/15

Readers brought to our attention the misstatement that Brad’s Swingside Cafe closed earlier in February. We misinterpreted a schedule of events and apologize to readers and the Swingside Cafe for this mistake. As of this update the Swingside Cafe is still open and accepting reservations. We are still awaiting confirmation of a closure date but Seattle Weekly reports: “Closing events, and concerts through March 1 (or thereabouts).”

We have updated the original post to correct our error. Thank you. – Cara, Editor.

Brad’s Swingside Cafe will be closing this year after 25 years. The restaurant’s location will be replaced with apartments or condos following the sale of the property by owner Brad Inserra. The Cafe’s grand finale includes ongoing jazz events and highly prized dinner reservations. As a Fremont favorite, the Cafe’s imminent closure and unique career was featured in several Seattle news sources shown below.

Brad's Swingside Cafe was located on Fremont Ave N and N 42nd Street.

Brad’s Swingside Cafe was located on Fremont Ave N and N 42nd Street.

Arrivederci, Baby: A Fond Eulogy for Brad’s Swingside Cafe
by Roger Downey, Seattle Weekly

“Brad’s Swingside bids farewell with jazz blowout”
By Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times

“Brad’s Swingside Cafe to Shutter After Almost 25 Years”
By Sara Billups, Seattle Eater

“Saying A Slow So Long to Swingside” 
by Kirby Lindsay, Fremocentrist.com

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Fremont Avenue Tree Trimming and Road Repaving Rescheduled For August 22-26

August 19th, 2011 by master

Yesterday came and went and the schedule road repaving on Fremont Ave didn’t happen. That’s because the entire operation has been moved back.

Just got the following update from SDOT that the work, which includes tree trimming and re-pavement of Fremont Avenue N, from N 38th to N 41st streets, will take place the week of August 22-26:

A private contractor will be trimming trees for SDOT on Fremont Ave N, from N 38th to N 41st streets, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 22. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to use the southbound lane and a parking lane. Bicycles will merge with vehicular traffic through the construction zone and all sidewalks will remain open. To assist with traffic flow, a uniformed police officer (UPO) will be stationed at the intersection of N 39th St and Fremont Ave N.
Following the tree trimming, SDOT crews will be grinding and repaving the travel lanes of Fremont Ave N from N 38th to N 41st streets. This work will occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, through Friday, August 26. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to use the parking lanes. Bicycles will merge with vehicular traffic and all sidewalks will remain open. There will be a UPO at the intersection of N 39th St & Fremont Ave N.

SDOT is also passing out flyers door-to-door letting folks know that no parking signs will be placed along Fremont Ave., so don’t forget to leave your car elsewhere during those days.

For more information, visit http://www.cityofseattle.net/transportation

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Final 34th Street Paving This Week

August 8th, 2011 by master

Stay strong, N. 34th Street commuters. Your not-that-long, regional nightmare is almost over.

The final asphalt paving on N 34th street was completed this week, less than a month after the project began.  The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) began in early July to repave N 34th Street from Fremont Avenue N to Stone Way N.

Work remaining includes installation of new lane markings and a new green bike box, in addition to a significant amount of sidewalk work. The project is scheduled to reach substantial completion in approximately two weeks.

For more information about the project, visit the project web site at:  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_n34th.htm.

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Nighttime Asphalt Removal In Fremont July 11-12

July 7th, 2011 by master

Next week, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be doing some nighttime paving on N 34th St from Fremont Ave N to Stone Way N.

On the evenings of Monday, July 11th and Tuesday, July 12th, the existing top layer of asphalt will be removed with a pavement grinding machine.

On the first night, work will be on the north half; on the second night, work will be on the south half. Crews will begin work at 6:00 p.m. each day and work until 6:00 a.m. the following morning. Expect only one lane of traffic in each direction during work hours as well as parking restrictions and periodic interruptions.

More detailed schedule information will be provided as construction proceeds. To follow the progress of this project, please visit the project web site at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_n34th.htm

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Aurora Bridge Seismic Retrofit Will Affect Troll-Area Parking

May 23rd, 2011 by master

Update: Work will begin May 31st, so plan accordingly.

The Fremont Troll isn’t too keen of the Aurora Bridge falling apart over his head one of these days. So WSDOT contractors will be doing some work on the bridge over the next couple months to make sure that doesn’t happen.

As early as June 11, WSDOT workers will begin an 18-month long project to make the Aurora Bridge better withstand earthquakes. Once that work officially starts, construction crews will reduce or eliminate parking on Troll Avenue between 36th and 34th streets to get at the underside of the bridge.

Parking will be affected between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents will be able to park in the area after that time, though their cars will need to moved by 8 a.m. the following morning.

The work in the Fremont area will last about six months. At that point, the crews will move to the Queen Anne side of the bridge.

For more information on the project and the reason it’s being done, visit the WSDOT site.

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Power Outage Expected In Area Close To 34th Street Construction

May 10th, 2011 by master

As mentioned the other day, Thursday May 19th at 11am, Seattle City Light will install equipment that will allow us to begin pulling electrical cable into place. as part of the extension of underground power lines between Troll Ave N and Stone Way N on N 34th St.

One thing we didn’t mention is that power in that area will be interrupted for approximately four hours. The planned outage affecting your business/residence is required to safely reconnect the newly installed cables to the rest of the system.

To help you prepare for this outage, here are some things you should know:

  • Customers relying on an electric life-support system should have back-up power and know how to operate it.
  • Food should be safe in most cases if refrigerators and freezers remain shut while the power is out. When in doubt, please throw it out. Businesses should also leave doors closed in refrigerated areas it will help to maintain temperatures longer.
  • Know which entrance and exit door to use in a secured building.

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34th Street Construction – May Update

May 6th, 2011 by master

Seattle City Light has an update for us on the construction that’s taking place on 34th Street.

Seattle City Light needs to install equipment onto two poles near the intersection of Stone Way and N. 34th Street. The equipment will allow us to pull electrical cable for the underground extension. The planned start date is this Friday, May 6th. Cable pulling should be completed by approximately May 20th.

Seattle Department of Transportation plans to return to this area in July to do a permanent paving.

The project area extends between N. 34th Street and N. 35th Street on Woodland Park Ave. N. and between Stone Way N. and Troll Ave. N. (under the Aurora Bridge) on N. 34th Street.

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Dexter Avenue Paving Will Cause Delays Monday & Tuesday

April 21st, 2011 by master

Heads up from the Seattle Department of Transportation as they continue work on Dexter Avenue.

They plan to lay new asphalt on Dexter Avenue North between Fremont Avenue North and McGraw Street on Monday, April 25th and Tuesday, April 26th, assuming the weather is favorable.

Traffic will be limited to one travel lane in each direction from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. On-street parking will be restricted. Drivers should expect additional traffic congestion and delays and are advised to consider using alternate routes. Uniformed police officers will be present to keep traffic moving at the intersection of Westlake Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N. Bicyclists will merge and share the lanes with vehicles on Dexter or they may use the sidewalks or alternate routes.

Think ahead on your morning and afternoon commute.

This phase of the work is scheduled to be completed by early May and the entire project will be completed in September.

For more detailed information, please visit the project web site.

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Asphalt Removal On Dexter Ave. Has Begun

April 12th, 2011 by master

SDOT let us know in February about the upcoming changes to Dexter Avenue intended to help ease congestion caused by car, bus and bicyclist overlaps as well as improve the pavement condition by repaving the street.

That work began Monday as SDOT’s contractor began grinding and removing the existing asphalt pavement on Dexter Avenue North between Fremont Avenue N and McGraw Street.

During the work, one travel lane in each direction will be open on Dexter. There will be parking and loading restrictions near the work zone as well as periodic cross-street and driveway interruptions.

Paving will commence in April. Drivers and bicyclists are urged to seek out alternative routes when possible. For more information on this project, visit the SDOT web site.

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34th Street Construction March Update

March 7th, 2011 by master

Seattle City Light has an update for us on the construction that’s taking place on 34th Street.

Removed failed street pavement sections just west of intersection of Stone Way and N. 34th Street. Concrete underlay to be placed on Monday. Anticipate some roller vibration on Friday and Monday. Sidewalk and curb restoration at Fremont Dock Building, expect some vibration. Mid-March is the projected last piece of work on the civil construction phase. Afterwards comes inspection and development of punch list. End of contract is April 1st. City Light will return at future point in time to do the electrical phase. It is much less impactful with a lone City Light vehicle pulling cable at manholes.

The project area extends between N. 34th Street and N. 35th Street on Woodland Park Ave. N. and between Stone Way N. and Troll Ave. N. (under the Aurora Bridge) on N. 34th Street. Advance notification will be given to those customers involved for any planned power outages. As usual, plan your commute wisely, especially during peak hours.

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