Community & Business Development Update – February 2013

Yep.  It’s still happening in Pioneer Square.Build-out at the Stadium Lodge

First, a few updates:

  • The flurry of activity continues at The Lodge (the old Tiki Bob’s Cantina.)  The transformation is jaw-dropping.  Heavy timber construction, beautiful old-growth fir slabs, hand-crafted doors and tables, and a 40-foot bar top in front of 70 tap handles hosting local craft beers.  Shawn, Kelli, and the team say “the beers will pour in March.”
  • David and Rudy are doing “a little remodeling” and will open the doors at Tinello late this month or early March.  They’re pleased about the response from neighbors and past customers already familiar with their food.  Their website is also under construction, so you can best track news and progress at
  • Cherry Street Coffee plans to start construction on their new space in the Florentine building on 1st Avenue South in the next couple of weeks. The opening is scheduled for May 1. Owner, Ali Ghambari, said they are eager to “bring a little love” to that part of the neighborhood.
  • Bar Sajor is oh-so-close and the build-out at Rain Shadow Meats is moving along.
  • Il Corvo and Gaba Sushi hit the ground running and are pleasing regulars and newcomers with fabulous fresh food.
  • Car in bar at McCoy'sAnd McCoy’s Firehouse, a neighborhood institution, wants to be sure that everyone knows they’re open after that crazy attempted “drive-through” incident earlier in January.

Have you heard?

  • Café Nordo will gallop into Pioneer Square’s popular event space at The Kitchen by Delicatus in May with a modern day Spaghetti Western, SMOKED. Opening night will be the first Thursday in May. The fourth installment of Nordo’s Cocktail Series will feature Café Nordo alumnus as well as craft cocktails and Western inspired fare. “SMOKED will be the most intimate Café Nordo evening since The Modern American Chicken with barely one thousand seats available for the run,” said founders Erin Brindley and Terry Podgorski.  To be the first to hear about their ticket release, sign up for the mailing list at
  • Seattle Weekly is one of our newest neighbors.  They moved into the Mottman Building this week near Salumi’s.  Welcome!
  • E. Smith Mercantile will open its doors at 208 1st Ave S in the Grand Central Building in April.  The owners plan to offer “home goods, high quality basic apparel, gifts and antiques.”  They hope to add a very small, craft cocktail bar in the back a bit later.  How cool is that?
  • A 23-story Embassy Suites Hotel is going up at Stadium Place. Read the scoop at PSBJ or Curbed Seattle.
  • And did you hear that the Skillet Street Food Truck is pulling up to the loading dock at 505 1st Avenue South on Tuesdays, 11:30-2:00?

Things are happening because of the work and heart of so many.  The enthusiasm and support of the people who live, work, and create in Pioneer Square makes all the difference.  You’re the reason that so many want to be part of the new Pioneer Square story.  Let’s keep up the momentum.  Who else should we be talking to about bringing or growing their business in Pioneer Square?


Karen True

Community & Business Development Specialist

Alliance for Pioneer Square