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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closures and Public Services

January 19th, 2015 by master

Banks, libraries, and government offices will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The national holiday was first observed in 1986, the same year that the King County Council elected to rename the county in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. the change was not made official by the state until 2005. The original namesake was William Rufus King, Vice-Presidents of the United States at the time the Washington Territory was established.


Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual birthday is January 15th, the Civil Rights leader would have been 86 this year. Celebrated on the third Monday each January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service for many organizations and volunteers. Here are some of the closures and events that you can expect today:

Metro Transit buses on reduced schedules Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Metro will operate itsReduced Weekday and “When no UW” schedules on Monday, Jan. 19. Some routes will not operate while other routes will operate fewer trips than on a regular weekday. Riders are encouraged to review details in either printed timetables or online schedules.

Most Metro and King County offices will be closed Monday, including Metro’s Customer Information, Lost and Found and Pass Sales offices. Also on Monday, some transit service will be rerouted or delayed during the Martin Luther King Jr. events in the downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Central areas.

 Highlighted routes indicate an impact on Fremont.

Routes that do not operate: 5EX, 15EX,17EX, 21EX, 29, 56, 114, 192, 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 601 Group Health, 930

Routes that operate a “Reduced Weekday” (RW) schedule:(Designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables with an “H”) 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24, 26EX, 27, 28EX, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 50, 60, 64, 70, 76, 77, 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 167, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 212, 214, 218, 219, 232, 242, 244, 249, 252, 255, 268, 269, 303, 311, 312, 342, 907, 931

When Metro operates a “When No University of Washington” (No UW) schedule, designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables for routes: 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 331, 372, 373

 Fremont routes that are NOT affected: 5, 26, 28, 82.

Visit Metro Online for complete information about Metro and regional transportation services. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about bus service that is affected by events or construction.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

Information provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation

Normal Solid Waste Collections for MLK Holiday

Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

The South Transfer Station in the South Park area will be open on Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Information provided by Seattle Waste Management

Seattle Public Libraries closed Monday January 19th

 All branches of the Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday January 19th. Branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday January 20th.

And if you want to eat for a good cause check this event out:

Family Works Food Bank Fundraiser

5p, Pecado Bueno (4307 Fremont Ave N)

$15 all-you-can-eat-Taco-bar!! Help raise money for the hungry with music by Tangletown String Band

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The Paseo-pocalypse Is Upon Us

December 20th, 2011 by master

Foretold in prophecy, there will come a time when Fremont will not run free with marinade-basted Cubed pork loin and generous portions of jasmine rice & black beans. We are told that a day will come when we can’t just walk up to Paseo and order as much food as we have cash in our pocket.

The end is nigh. Well, at least until February.

If you want your fix, get to it. In the meantime, the intrepid folks over at Pecado Bueno have put up fliers on the light poles around Paseo to offer up an alternative to weeping openly over lost spicy meals.

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Fear The Diablo Sauce But Not The Food At Pecado Bueno

December 5th, 2011 by master

“I wouldn’t.”

When asked if he would dab some Diablo Sauce on his tacos, Pecado Bueno (4307 Fremont Ave) owner James Schmidt passes on the opportunity.

That doesn’t mean you have to. Just know you’ll need to fill out a waiver, courtesy of the “law firm” Diablo, Sloth, Lucifer & Venal just to try it.

As a fan of hot sauce, I decided to put my soul on the line and taste this spicy beast described as “the sauce for the guy who says he can eat any hot sauce.” Made from extracted red chili pepper oils, the blood red liquid is dispensed via eye dropper to ensure safety. I put a drop on my finger, lick and start praying to God (and The Devil, just in case).

It’s hot. No doubt about that. My tongue was coated in a stingy heat for the next five minutes. But in a good way. For spice lovers, it’s the best kind of heat. Your palate remains intact and it’s still possible to taste the grilled chicken or chipotle BBQ tiger prawns or roasted butternut squash inside your taco or burrito.

Like me, you’ll probably live to tell the tale of the Diablo Sauce to others. And the tale of Pecado Bueno is one worth telling.

Local Mexican food aficionados might know Schmidt as one of the founders of Taco Del Mar. The chain, which was recently sold to Franchise Brands, LLC., grew into one of the biggest quick-serve Mexican restaurants in the Northwest.

In a way, Pecado Bueno is what Schmidt originally envisioned for Taco Del Mar when he opened the first restaurant in 1992. The menu, which features black beans and vegetarian “green” rice with most dishes, includes “a lot of the same items that I started Taco Del Mar with.”

Citing customer tastes and preferences at the time, the Taco Del Mar menu changed to meet expectations of eaters who only knew Mexican food as Taco Bell, Del Taco and the like. These days, customer interest in natural, fresh and organic ingredients allows him to get back to his roots.

“Maybe it’s not authentic, but it’s good.”

Pecado Bueno focuses on keeping the portions smaller, using high-quality ingredients (sustainable seafood, hormone-free meat and organic products when possible) and making food that’s somewhere between soulful and sinful. Hence the name, which roughly translates to “sin good” or “sin well.”

Pecado Bueno features burritos, taquitos, enchiladas and salads but Schmidt recommends the soft tacos for first-timers. “They’re small, you can mix them up and try different ones.” Mainstay taco fillers like chicken, carnitas, carne asade, cod and BBQ shrimp are available. For vegetarians & vegans, there’s also a roasted butternut squash option.

Huevos Rancheros is served all-day. “It’s my favorite meal,” says Schmidt.

The signature drink is the 100% agave tequila Margarita, which is available for $3 and made fresh at the bar. Soft drinks, beer, wine and well drinks are also available.

Speaking of the bar, there is one, along with two TVs for game-watchers. Pecado Bueno straddles the line between fast-service restaurant and neighborhood hangout. “I want people to feel comfortable enough to hang out all evening but also be able to have a meal in 20 minutes if they want.”

Schmidt has removed the parking lot that used to fill the space between the restaurant and Fremont Avenue. Once the weather turns nice, it will become a patio expanding the seating to 150, some of whom will be able to enjoy the firepit that’s been added.

Schmidt says he has plans in the future for a build-your-own-burrito buffet, possibly in the spring. In the meantime, Pecado Bueno serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays between 9am and 2pm. The regular menu is served daily 11am to 11pm.

The Diablo Sauce is available all the time. The only question is…can you handle it?

Pecado Bueno is on the web at www.pecadobueno,com as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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Pecado Bueno Wants You To ‘Sin Well’

September 26th, 2011 by master

It was just weeks ago that Italian restaurant Rialto moved out of its long-time spot at 4307 Fremont Ave N. And almost as soon as they were out, work began for the new tenant.

That would be Pecado Bueno, which plans on opening sometime very soon (Fall 2011). According to their placeholder website, they’re not just here to serve food. They’re here to redefine the entire battle of Good vs. Evil (kinda)…

Sin, was it worth it? Can food be worth the wrath of god, Eve felt so, and haven’t we all tasted something that just might be worth a little wrath of god?

Organic, local, free range, no hormones & sustainably harvested products into the best tacos, burritos, enchilada etc. The best tasting items with the right ingredients cooked simply and correctly. Not to mention a Tequila bar…

Want to get a sneak peak (or sneak taste, as it were) of what Pecano Bueno is all about? The restaurant is hosting The Fremont Abbey Arts Center for a pre-grand opening party and benefit:

Our new neighbors across the street, Pecado Bueno, are throwing us a pre-grand opening dinner party full of delicious organic & natural Mexican food, drinks, and you! Apparently even beer and margaritas are included and the food is sustainable and hormone free. Bring your friends and your appetite.

RSVP here if you’re interested in attending. The event is 6-9pm, suggested donations are $10-15 and all proceeds go to help Fremont Abbey.

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