Community & Business Development Update – September 2013

Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co.-038Brendan McGill, Food and Wine’s “People’s 2013 Best New Chef” and owner of Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island, is hard at work to open the doors to his new beer hall on 1st Ave S this fall.  Brendan said, “We’re calling it Altstadt, which means ‘old town.’ The idea is like the Hofbräuhaus outside of Munich– a hall where you can drink beer and eat brats. For us, Pioneer Square is old town Seattle.”  There’s paper on the windows now, but keep your eyes on this space next to Milepost 31.

The Klondike Mercantile in the Klondike Gold Rush Museum is history.  (Sorry.  Just couldn’t resist saying that.)  Welcome Seattle’s National Park Store!  The changes mean that you’ll now be able to pick up maps, books, and more for travels to many of the northwest parks that so many of us feel a connection to.  Even beyond to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.  We love our national parks.

In addition to Altstadt, London Plane, La Bodega, and Ebbets Field Flannels are busy making preparations to open doors to their new digs, too.  Stay tuned for details!

We’re still drawing attention:

  • Seattle Met Magazine’s “Fall Style” edition, coming out in October, will feature models wearing beautiful clothes at sites throughout Pioneer Square.
  • A new national Hyundai ad was shot on Occidental Square in front of Frederick Holmes & Company Gallery.
  • KUOW 94.9 FM will broadcast a live remote from Pioneer Square on Friday the 6th for their new program, The Record.  The program runs 12:00-2:00 PM.

Rain Shadow Meats, McCoy’s Firehouse, Salumi Artisan Cured Meats, and Grand Central Bakery products – as well as products from a few Chinatown/International District restaurants – will be for sale at CenturyLink Field this season!  Watch for them at a few of the concession stands, as well as in a new Neighborhood Concession Stand that will be open for business soon.

On September 24, you’re invited to join the Alley Corridor Project design team for a Nightseeing Talk & Walk in Pioneer Square. The walk is a chance to look at issues and share ideas for improvement.  Leni Schwendinger, a New York lighting designer, will participate in the community workshop.  (Click here for an article about one her recent workshops in New York.)   Contact Liz Stenning at or call (206) 397-8638 for details.

The first new residents of The Nolo who moved in over Labor Day weekend.  Welcome to the ‘hood!


Karen True

Community & Business Development Specialist

Alliance for Pioneer Square