September 2018

Pioneer Square News + Updates

Business Updates

On the street, we hear tour guides shout stories about the grit and perseverance of those here during times of boom and bust, fire, earthquakes, raising of the streets, and more. Perhaps they will someday talk about 2018, the year of construction and disruption. It’s been brutal. This summer we said goodbye to businesses and friends as we welcomed new businesses and made new friends. Ours is a complex neighborhood. It always has been and will be long into the future. And it’s a place we love fiercely.

Here’s a summary of summer openings, closings, and works in progress:

Goodbye: Hello:
E Smith Mercantile Andro – Everyone’s Barbershop
Easy Joe’s Callus (reopened with Uptown Espresso and pop-ups)
Fireworks Gallery Cherry To Go Market (in the original Cherry Street Coffee location)
Foxycuts Curated Vintage
Nightjar Domino’s Pizza
Pioneer Market & Grill Evergreens
Radici (Happy Retirement Rudy!) Fresh Tangerine storefront
Sovereign MadeHere
Starbucks (2nd & Cherry) Simply Seattle
We’d also like to give a heartfelt congratulations to Cafe Paloma as they celebrate their 20th anniversary in Pioneer Square. Sedat, you’re the best!
In the Works:
Bad Bishop
Café Nordo (expansion to basement for even more experiences)
Dollop Coffee
Donare Mediterranean Eatery
Lady Yum
Leicht Kitchen
MOD Pizza
People’s Burger
Pho Fuchsia (closed for remodel)
The 101

Don’t Miss Out!

Final Hit the Streets Happy Hour – Thursday, September 13th

Enjoy happy hour food, drink, and shopping specials every second Thursday all summer, in Pioneer Square. Click on the link below to learn about all the participating businesses and the great deals they’ll be offering.

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September First Thursday + FREE Parking

September 6th, 5-10pm 

Every First Thursday of the month, Pioneer Square welcomes you to join us in the venerated tradition of Art Walk with exceptional artists, innovative works, and creative kinship. During Art Walk, parking is free from 5 to 10pm! Make sure to grab your voucher from a participating gallery or studio to park for free at one of three neighborhood garages.

Parking Info

Seattle City Light needs your feedback!

This August, Seattle City Light is piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in the downtown Seattle area. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. City Light is inviting customers to provide their feedback on the pilot LED fixtures.

The utility is testing LED fixtures in Pioneer Square on 2nd Avenue South between South Washington and South Jackson streets.

Customers can provide their feedback on the pilot fixtures by visiting our online survey at Survey responses will now be accepted until Friday, September 7.

For more information, customers can contact Carol Anderson, Project Manager at (206) 733-9961 or

Survey deadline 9/7

More Light Rail is Coming!

September 11th, 5:30-8pm 

The 2030’s will be here before you know it. Participate now to identify a preferred alignment and station location near the existing International District Station. As part of Sound Transit 3 (ST3), Pioneer Square and the CID will see another station and transit tunnel open along the border between our neighborhoods in the 2030’s. Planning is happening now, so participate while you can.

Union Station Ruth Fisher Board Room
401 S Jackson St

Event Info

Parks & Gateways: Jackson Hub Meetup

September 19th, 4-6pm 

Stop by Union Station Plaza and check out design proposals for improving the area around Jackson Hub. We want your feedback! Our consultants, Framework, have come up with some great ways to make this transit hub more useable for all. Drop in on September 19th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm to share your thoughts on proposals and help us narrow down ideas.

Union Station Plaza (4th Ave S & S Jackson St)

Event Info

Neighborhood Construction Updates

Center City Connector Streetcar

On March 30, Mayor Durkan directed the City of Seattle to halt the ongoing projects related to the Center City Connector streetcar, except for work on seismically vulnerable water mains in Pioneer Square.

The initial summary of findings was released on August 31 with further information on capital and operating costs.

Learn more here

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Update on progress

Work continues on WSDOT’s SR 99 Connections Project preparing for the opening of the new SR 99 tunnel. Crews continue utility, drainage and pavement work on East Frontage Road and Royal Brougham Way South. An upcoming focus of work will be the intersection of First Avenue South and Railroad Way South, where a new road (South Dearborn Street) will be built to connect First Avenue South to new SR 99 on- and off-ramps. Construction notifications about the project are regularly posted on the AWV Program’s Construction Notices and Detours page.

If you have any questions about this work please email the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program at A lot of work is happening on Seattle’s waterfront in preparation for viaduct removal. Over the next couple of months, private utility companies will complete relocation in the area. Waterfront visitors and travelers should expect work in various locations between South King and Pike streets, primarily in small areas and for relatively short durations. This work may involve lane or parking restrictions. For more information on construction along the waterfront, visit

Construction Roundup

Top Highlights:
Lisa Dixon Howard is helping Pioneer Square businesses cope with change (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Seahawks step up the food game: Sandwiches from Salumi and pho are coming to CenturyLink Field (Seattle Times)

Arts & Culture News:
Ballard artist Dara Solliday captures city’s ever-changing landscape (Westside Seattle)
Elisheba Johnson Helms a New Pioneer Square Space (City Arts)

Restaurant & Retail News:
Seattle makers get a cool new shop with MadeHere (Seattle Times)
Best of Seattle 2018: Food & Drink – Best Chef Erin Brindley, Café Nordo (Seattle Weekly)

Center City Connector Streetcar:
Future of Seattle streetcar remains in limbo (King 5 News)
The Unfinished Promise of the Center City Connector (The Urbanist)

Other News:
Third Avenue expands bus-and bike-only hours starting now (Curbed)
Free tourist buses now ply Seattle’s hectic waterfront (Seattle Times)
Free shuttle service in place along Seattle Waterfront (King 5 News)
Courthouse Park gets makeover to improve safety (Kiro 7 News)

Find It! Fix It!

Have you seen an issue in the neighborhood, but didn’t know how to report it to get it taken care of? “Find It, Fix It” is a smartphone app offering mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City of Seattle. Reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with your smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit. Help us keep our neighborhood clean and well maintained. Be on the lookout to report graffiti, potholes, street lights out, abandoned cars and other issues through the Find it, Fix it app, online, or by calling 206-684-7587. If graffiti shows up on your property, make a police report by calling 206-625-5011.