White Center restaurateurs hit by auto theft: Crawfish House truck stolen

August 26th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, restaurants, White Center news No Comments »

Thanks to everybody who flagged us to this post from the Crawfish House‘s page on Facebook:

Last night at 11:45 pm…someone came into the back alley of Crawfish House and stole our truck. It’s a 2005 TOYOTA TUNDRA ACCESS CAB SR5. The license plate is B90959S. It’s a dark blue but a little lighter than navy blue truck. It’s our only transportation for the restaurant.

If you see it – call 911. While it’s a King County Sheriff’s Office case, anywhere it turns up, including north of the city line, they should have a record of the theft and be able to arrange to recover it.

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White Center restaurants: Meander’s Kitchen update

August 16th, 2015 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on White Center restaurants: Meander’s Kitchen update

ORIGINAL SUNDAY REPORT: Another update on Meander’s Kitchen, the White Center restaurant that’s had its ups and downs lately: Founder Miranda Krone contacted us to say she is back in town to try to right the ship, and will be in the kitchen today (Sunday, August 16th), with the restaurant scheduled to be open 9 am-3 pm. She says she is still trying to sort out the financial situation, and is “working to put together the details of what’s happened in my absence. Very regrettably, I’ve had to file a report with the sheriff’s department. I hope that their investigation will clear a few things up.” Overall, she says, “I’ll do what I do. I’ll cook until I get it covered. I certainly understand those who are squeamish about coming ’round under the circumstances. For those who’ve remembered kindnesses or at least held judgment while I wasn’t available to participate in the discussion, I thank you.”

MONDAY UPDATE: According to the Meander’s Kitchen page on Facebook, Krone is training new staff and will next open the restaurant Saturday-Sunday, August 22-23.

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White Center restaurants: New management for Meander’s Kitchen says it’s NOT closing

August 2nd, 2015 Tracy Posted in Food, restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on White Center restaurants: New management for Meander’s Kitchen says it’s NOT closing

(Also published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

By Tracy Record
White Center Now editor

Popular White Center diner Meander’s Kitchen closed early today, about two hours short of its usual 3 pm closing.

That wouldn’t be noteworthy, except for the circumstances: A management change, made with King County Sheriff’s Office deputies standing by, following 12-plus hours of unofficial claims, attributed to employees, that today would be Meander’s last day of operations.

First word of this came with postings in various spots on Facebook late Saturday night/early Sunday morning – including the “posts by others” section of our business FB page for West Seattle Blog – saying that Sunday would be the restaurant’s last day open and urging customers to come show support. We also received a text message to that effect, saying the staff was opening the restaurant in hopes of making enough money to cover payroll and vendors. By morning, this sign was up at the restaurant (several people texted us the image):

Patrons told us employees were also telling them personally that it was closing. Contacted via Facebook, restaurant founder Miranda Krone – working out of town as a maritime chef – told us that was definitely not true, and that a new general manager/partner, Afton Larsen, who had been part of Meander’s operations in its early West Seattle days, would arrive at the restaurant later in the day to sort things out.

Larsen also contacted us directly to say she would be at the restaurant “this afternoon to talk with staff in person and keep our doors open.” And a post on the restaurant’s official FB page echoed, “We are NOT closing”:

We had planned to check in by mid-afternoon – and then came a text from a patron about the arrival of deputies, around 1:15 pm, with diners being told that service was ended for the day (regular daily closing time has been 3 pm). That accelerated our plan to go check on the situation. Co-publisher Patrick Sand was told on arrival that the deputies were there to ensure an orderly transition, but that there was no trouble and no one had been arrested.

Some employees say their paychecks had bounced, but so far, no one has reported filing a complaint with state Labor and Industries. Larsen (photo below) told us she was just starting to go through the books so didn’t know the status of the restaurant’s accounting yet.

She said some of the current staff has agreed to stay on; she said she hopes Meander’s will be open tomorrow, usual hours, but if circumstances make that infeasible, they would expect to reopen by midweek, potentially with limited service until things are straightened out.

Meander’s first opened in West Seattle in January 2011 in the tiny ex-Jade West Café. Its popularity led Krone to seek a new, larger space, and Meander’s moved to its first White Center space in fall 2012. The former Papa’s Pub turned out to be a bit too big, she said, moving the restaurant to its current space at 9809 16th SW (which had previously been a short-lived chicken restaurant) in late summer 2013.

6:57 PM: Larsen says via e-mail that Meander’s will be open tomorrow (Monday), 10-3, with a limited menu and “skeleton crew.”

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Spoke & Food bicycle-to-dinner benefit next Tuesday, with one White Center stop

July 22nd, 2015 Tracy Posted in How to Help, restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on Spoke & Food bicycle-to-dinner benefit next Tuesday, with one White Center stop

Next Tuesday night (July 28th), ride to dinner at Proletariat Pizza in downtown White Center 5-9 pm and 20 percent of your tab will go to Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. It’s the annual Spoke & Food bicycle-to-dinner benefit, and Proletariat Pizza is the lone White Center stop this year. If you’re a bit further north, or thinking of riding out of the neighborhood, The Westy Sports and Spirits in West Seattle is participating too. (Note that The Westy is 21+, while Proletariat is all-ages.)

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White Center biznote: Equipment woes at Zippy’s

November 25th, 2014 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on White Center biznote: Equipment woes at Zippy’s

Zippy’s Giant Burgers in White Center had to close early Monday, according to its Facebook page, after a key part in its hood broke – and it’s still scrambling for a replacement. So they’re not sure when they’ll reopen. We’ll keep an eye out for an update.

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Happy 5th anniversary, Proletariat Pizza!

September 19th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Businesses, restaurants, White Center news 3 Comments »

While out covering the United Way Day of Caring this morning, we stopped by Caffé Delia for coffee, and learned big news from their neighbors at Proletariat PizzaMike and Stefanie Albaeck told us they have just marked five years of serving “the pizza that made White Center famous.” In August 2009, we showed a photo of the sign going up outside their restaurant on 16th SW in the heart of the main WC business district; a few weeks later, they were open and have been drawing crowds ever since. By the way, see those artistically decorated pizza peels behind Stefanie and Mike? We’re told they are up for silent auction for a few more weeks, with proceeds going to the White Center Food Bank. Go in and make a bid! And congratulate the Albaecks, while you’re there.

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Greenbridge Café now open on ground floor of Nia Apartments

April 28th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on Greenbridge Café now open on ground floor of Nia Apartments

On the ground floor of the Nia Apartments at 99th and 8th, a brand-new restaurant opened today: Greenbridge Café. Its owner, Chef Blanca Rodriguez, e-mailed to share the news. It’s been taking shape for months (thanks to tipster Gill for first spotting it) and is now open for breakfast and lunch – with the latter focusing on fresh-made sandwiches, salads, and soups) – 8 am-4 pm weekdays. See the menu here. Chef Rodriguez also owns Pimientra Bistro and Bar in Federal Way.

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Dining Out for Life on April 24: Six White Center/West Seattle restaurants on the list

April 12th, 2014 Tracy Posted in How to Help, restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on Dining Out for Life on April 24: Six White Center/West Seattle restaurants on the list

Less than two weeks until this year’s local Dining Out for Life benefit, to raise money for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, on Thursday, April 24th. Six White Center/West Seattle restaurants are on the participants list so far, all listed as donating 30 percent of their proceeds during the dayparts noted below:

Buddha Ruksadinner
Duosdinner
Locol Barley & Vinedinner, late night
Mac’s Triangle Publunch, dinner, late night
Proletariat Pizzadinner
Talarico’s Pizzeriadinner, late night

The full area-wide participant list is here (sortable by cuisine, neighborhood[s], daypart).

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White Center restaurants: Proletariat Pizza now open for lunch!

October 29th, 2013 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news 1 Comment »

If you haven’t heard – Proletariat Pizza in downtown White Center has expanded its hours and is open for lunch, Mondays-Fridays. The space is open now that Caffé Delia has temporarily closed to prepare its new space next door (at which time CD in turn will be able to stay open later than during its Proletariat time-share days). Proletariat co-proprietor Mike Albaeck tells us, “In addition to our normal menu, we are now offering slices and a few sandwiches that will most likely be rotating. We are open at 11 am right through to the normal dinner hours.”

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White Center restaurant news: Meander’s Kitchen moving

August 28th, 2013 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on White Center restaurant news: Meander’s Kitchen moving

Ten months after moving to White Center from West Seattle, popular Meander’s Kitchen has announced it’s downsizing – leaving the ex-Papa’s Pub space and heading south to 9809 16th SW. Proprietor Miranda Krone made the announcement overnight via Facebook, saying Meander’s will be “closed for the next couple of days” and expects to open the new location this Friday.

7:29 AM: Just went over to check the new address; it’s the now-former home of San Fernando Roasted Chicken.

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White Center restaurants: Proletariat Pizza expands into space next door

April 24th, 2013 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news 3 Comments »

White Center’s wildly popular Proletariat Pizza is expanding – into the former tattoo-shop space next door. That means more room for sit-down dining, including a long space that could accommodate bigger groups, like youth-sports team parties. And there’s a quiet space off to the side intended as an adults-only area. The work isn’t done yet, note proprietors Stefanie and Mike Albaeck, so what you see in our photo is not the final look, nor the final table/chairs setup – it was just this past Monday that they knocked out a few walls to connect the spaces. But they’re expecting the expanded space to be at least partly usable, with temporary tables, tomorrow (Thursday) night when Proletariat takes part in Dining Out for Life, so stop by and take a peek. Proletariat’s been open 3 1/2 years now, at 9622 16th SW; in the mornings and early afternoons, the space is home to Caffé Delia.

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Seen in White Center: TT’s Soul Kitchen opens tomorrow; Tree Lighting reminder for Saturday

November 26th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Food, Holidays, restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on Seen in White Center: TT’s Soul Kitchen opens tomorrow; Tree Lighting reminder for Saturday

From a morning stroll on 16th:

The new restaurant TT’s Soul Kitchen, at the site of the former Pho Lynna (southeast corner of 16th/Roxbury), plans its grand opening tomorrow (Tuesday, November 27th), according to handwritten signs put up on both sides of its corner location. We’re checking on hours.

And right across Roxbury, the banner’s up for this Saturday night’s tree lighting:

Veterans’ Triangle Park, right in front of Mac’s Triangle Pub, is the place to be at 5 pm this Saturday (December 1st).

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White Center food: Inside Meander’s, as her preview weekends begin

October 27th, 2012 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news 2 Comments »

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story first appeared on our partner site WSB – today, Meander’s sneak peeks in downtown WC begin)
Story and photos by Keri DeTore
Reporting for White Center Now/West Seattle Blog

About Meander’s in White Center (opening this weekend and next Friday-Saturday-Sunday for sneak previews):

First things first: the ventilation is AMAZING. See for yourself:

(Miranda even turned on the vent so I could feel the rush of air into the hood.)

With her forthcoming opening in the former Papa’s Pub in White Center (here’s our original report from 6 weeks ago), owner and chef Miranda Krone continues the evolution of what has become a favorite diner in West Seattle: Meander’s — with breakfast served all the time except weekend nights, when it turns into a gourmet bistro.

With evolution comes change, and the first change you’ll notice if you’ve been to her WS café is all the space in WC:
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Update: Meander’s Kitchen ‘sneak peek’ this weekend in WC

October 23rd, 2012 Tracy Posted in Food, restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on Update: Meander’s Kitchen ‘sneak peek’ this weekend in WC

The West Seattle sensation who’s taking over the former Papa’s Pub space in White Center, Miranda Krone, says her WC edition of Meander’s Kitchen will have sneak-preview breakfast service this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. According to her Facebook announcement, she plans to open at 8 am Friday and Saturday, 9 am Sunday, staying open till 1 pm each day if the food lasts that long – as late as 3 pm if they can. Cash only, please!

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Happy third anniversary to Proletariat Pizza!

September 18th, 2012 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news 1 Comment »

It’s been exactly three years since Mike and Stefanie Albaeck opened the doors to Proletariat Pizza (9622 16th SW). And what a time it’s been! They’re not only busy, they’ve received regional raves for their pizza. And as is traditional for so many community-minded businesses in WC, though it’s their anniversary, they’re giving the gifts: Tonight they are donating almost a third of the take to the White Center Food Bank; Proletariat is open till 9 pm. (For a look back to their first night, here’s our 9/18/09 report on partner site White Center Now.)

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White Center restaurants: San Fernando Roasted Chicken coming here

March 4th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Food, restaurants, White Center news 2 Comments »

Story and photo by Deanie Schwarz
Reporting for White Center Now

Peruvian food seems to be gaining popularity nationally the last few years, and new fans are growing in numbers here in the Seattle area lately. It made a brief stand in White Center – but several years ago, the El Chalan restaurant (16th and 110) closed, and Peruvian food hadn’t been seen here since.

But back east and around the country, Peruvian roasted chicken and other traditional dishes became very popular, and sit-down fine-dining Peruvian establishments became reliable and established. Now, Peruvian street food seems to have finally made its way back to the Seattle metro area with some help, in no small part, from Walter Diaz of San Fernando Roasted Chicken (photo).

San Fernando Roasted Chicken is affordable Peruvian street food, cooked homestyle, says Diaz, and along with a number of other South American delights, it will soon be served up in downtown White Center, at 9809 16th Ave SW.

White Center Now talked with Walter Diaz a few days ago about his plans to open the third San Fernando Roasted Chicken store in the area. As he worked a busy lunch crowd in his second restaurant on Rainier Avenue just south of the Dearborn/I-90 interchange (the first is in Lynnwood), he said he is waiting for the installation and permitting of a hood for his stove and hopes to be opening in White Center sometime next month, give or take a few weeks.

The menu for the existing two San Fernando shops – entrees, appetizers, side dishes, and of course, chicken – can be seen here.

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Golden anniversary for Taco Time NW, founded in White Center

February 16th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Food, restaurants, White Center news 4 Comments »

Taco Time Northwest has announced its 50th-anniversary celebration this month – and in case you somehow didn’t know this, this branch of the restaurant chain’s first location was right here in White Center, same site where it operates now. It’s still owned by the Tonkin family, and planning on new programs/initiatives in honor of the half-century milestone. From the news release:

In 2012 and moving forward, Taco Time NW will continue to increase the number of products sourced from northwest suppliers and will purchase local ingredients whenever possible, including tortillas baked fresh daily from La Mexicana, a local family-owned company that Taco Time has worked with for almost 40 years. Taco Time NW’s beef is sourced from local family-owned Petschl’s Quality Meats, which delivers fresh, northwest beef to the restaurants. Taco Time NW’s famous Mexi-Fries will be made in Washington from Washington state potatoes and northwest-based Darigold provides Taco Time NW’s 60-day aged Cheddar cheese.

…Additionally, Taco Time NW is introducing new green initiatives, including investing in many compostable packaging options. At over half of its restaurants where hauling compost to a commercial compost facility is possible, Taco Time has designed a program that allows all compostable items to be disposed of in one bin, eliminating the need for guests to separate out the compostables. When possible, the compostables will be transported to local composting company Cedar Grove.

Taco Time NW will also celebrate its 50th anniversary with the introduction of a traveling taco truck, which will visit 50 community events and block parties between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Besides White Center, Taco Time Northwest operates 72 other restaurants “from Lynden to Longview,” points out the announcement.

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Hey, White Center restaurateurs! ECOSS is looking for you

November 12th, 2011 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on Hey, White Center restaurateurs! ECOSS is looking for you

Just out of the WCN inbox:

Want to engage your restaurant staff on going green? ECOSS can help! We’re looking for 25 family-owned restaurants in SeaTac, Tukwila and White Center to compete in a 30 day going green challenge. You’ll receive a getting-started package and a road map on four different areas of focus. Work with your staff to conserve resources and cut costs. If you are interested in participating in this free program, contact Stephanie@ecoss.org (or) 1.206.767.0432 with your name, restaurant name, phone number, and address before November 25th.

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Update: Uncle Mike’s Superlicious BBQ is open again

August 9th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Food, restaurants, White Center news 1 Comment »

Posted moments ago on their Facebook pageUncle Mike’s BBQ in downtown White Center is open again, fire damage repaired, inspection passed, ready for lunch!

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Uncle Mike’s BBQ may reopen as soon as Tuesday

August 7th, 2011 Tracy Posted in restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on Uncle Mike’s BBQ may reopen as soon as Tuesday

As first reported here July 30th, Uncle Mike’s Superlicious BBQ in downtown White Center had to temporarily close while repairing damage from a kitchen fire. But according to the Uncle Mike’s Facebook page, they may reopen as soon as lunchtime this Tuesday, if fire inspectors give them the thumbs-up.

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