* This is a comment thread (list) from an article from a Seattle newspaper, about disappearing venues around the city.

1. Beeliner Diner in Wallingford

They had a sign that said: eat it and beat it! That plus the wait staff yelled at kitchen help each order in diner “code.” I asked one of the waiters why he worked there, and he replied: “It’s therapy!”

2. The Western in Downtown

A couple ran the diner, from someplace in the midwest. Felt like a trucker’s diner, someplace out on the hightway…

Posted by: Bob Lilly at July 12, 2005 01:12 PM

Four places:
Ruby Café-the smallest indoor espresso café

I’d ever been to(four seats, low roof, solid repeat clientele). I’m in the middle of writing a play about it as the experiences and individuals encountered there were so vivid, unique and SEATTLE-esque.

Twin Teepees-I used to race in there, at a friend’s advice, about 7pm after the regulars, generally seniors, had finished dinner, and would get the best prices on the last of the steaks and specials. When that was torn down I cried.

The Dog House-What can I say everyone doesn’t already know? With food service in Seattle lacking so much in my eyes in comparison to other places I’d been, it was so reassuring to have a seasoned middle-aged or senior waitress efficiently, quickly and amusingly curtly serve me. I could swear they’d all been there since the War Dept had prohibited service men from visiting there in the 1940s.

The Emerald City Music Hall-One of my very best friends, my dear Aunt Hannah, came very close to chaining herself to the fence prior to its razing.

Posted by: Justin Baird at July 12, 2005 01:14 PM

Jake O’Shaunessy’s

I work at Seattle Center and Jake’s had a wonderful bar where you could get great pub food and a drink after work.It was homey and kinda elegant at the same time. There’s nothing in Lower Queen Anne that’s made up for its disappearance.

Posted by: Nancy jJulian at July 12, 2005 01:21 PM

The Still Life Cafe in Fremont. I miss the benches, the open faced sandwiches, the coffee, and that funky fremont feeling. sigh.

Posted by: Eliza Lagerquist at July 12, 2005 01:24 PM

A few years ago, I moved into the “Tangletown” neighborhood partly because of the M&R grocery and the Honeybear bakery. Firs the M&R went, and then the Honeybear. I’ve moved out of the neighborhood, and haven’t missed those new places one bit… but I feel very nostalgic about the days when I could walk over to the grocery, the bakery, and then around the lake. That was living.

Oh, and I miss the Western Diner, too. As a former New Englander, it seemed like the only “real” diner I’ve encountered on this coast.

Posted by: courtney at July 12, 2005 01:45 PM

I’ll second the Music Hall Theatre – but for the days when my mom usheretted there in the 50’s, and when Katharine Hepburn played there in “Matter of Gravity”, in its 70’s live theatre incarnation. Throw in the Orpheum, and the demolished theatres on 5th Ave (the Blue Mouse and the Music Box) – as a kid, I loved all the neon from those marquees.

Posted by: Brad at July 12, 2005 01:53 PM

Not a diner, but a much missed business – The Glamorama in Fremont. I miss the photo booth, upside-down wedding cake, and of course Charlotte, who would always pop a special treat into my bag, like a hot-dog charm necklace or trick flower ring. Since the Glamorama left, Fremont has never been the same.

Also not a diner, and only recently gone, the Cloud Room at the Camlin. I only recently missed it, as it was a favorite place to go out on balmy summer evenings.

Posted by: Shannon at July 12, 2005 02:00 PM

Charlie’s at Shilshole. It was a smokey, smelly dive but we loved it. After a long day of sailing there was nothing like heading over to Charlies to grub on one of their juicy, delicious burgers and watch the sun set over the Olympics. We still haven’t found a better burger in Seattle.

Anthony’s is supposed to be the new restaurant after Shilshole’s big remodel. Somehow I doubt it will have quite the character — or be visited by the same characters — as our old hangout Charlie’s which we miss dearly.

Posted by: Sara at July 12, 2005 02:26 PM

Twin Teepees is the one I miss too! Having lived and worked in Greenlake through college, the place was a constant for good grub and a couple of stiff drinks. Mostly, I miss driving by the silly-looking building every day.

Posted by: Lauren at July 12, 2005 02:33 PM

1) The Still Life in Fremont – what replaced it is just Generic Trendy Yuppie Cafe #23

2) The Honey Bear – this STILL hurts – great food, great location, good music

3)Patti’s Egg Nest on 45th

4) the name is sadly forgotten, but the diner on Fremont that turned into *yet another* Thai place just north of Dusty Strings and Costas Opa

5) recently noticed that both Stella’s (in the U-district at Metro Cinema

6) and Paul’s Place have closed. Sigh. Both good neighborhood places.

And I too miss Glamorama – along with Ruby Montana’s

Posted by: Nick at July 12, 2005 02:40 PM

The Orpheum(?)(where the Westin is now). That’s where I saw my first Seattle Symphony concerts as a child. I still remember the chandeliers! The only place close to it now is the Fifth Avenue Theater.

Posted by: Dawn at July 12, 2005 03:09 PM

I miss the …Post Intelligencer!. Yes even if it has the Seattle typical far left wacky point of view I will miss it anyway. It’s front page, it’s post what? name and great web site.

Posted by: mike at July 12, 2005 03:47 PM

The Alki Market: both before the remodel, and after the remodel. A human sized, friendly, neighborhood grocery. I wish now that the owners had just left it alone (doubtless they do too). Great greens, a real meat department. Old fashioned groceries easy to find. A great loss for West Seattle.

Posted by: dan at July 12, 2005 04:19 PM

I miss the Last Exit on Brooklyn. It was the best thing about my UW college experience and was a real, authentic coffeehouse.

Posted by: Stephanie at July 12, 2005 04:29 PM

1. The Backstage in Ballard

I have tons of great memories from all of the shows I’ve seen there over the years. Nothing in Seattle has replaced this great venue.

2. The Honey Bear bakery at Greenlake

It used to be my home away from home.

Posted by: lee at July 12, 2005 05:19 PM

I miss the original Red Robin… The burgers were so much better then, not to mention the atmosphere!

Also, the Century Tavern and Hasty Tasty.

Posted by: David Fox at July 12, 2005 05:20 PM

The Backstage in Ballard. Dingy alley entrance, small club, black walls, quality acts. Youssou N’Dour, Daniel Lanois, Robert Fripp, Kanda Bongo Man. I wince every time I pass the “health club” that replaced it. Ugh.

Posted by: Bill at July 12, 2005 05:33 PM

2nd Ave Pizza. This was the best pizza in Seattle, but only those who bothered to venture there knew it. It’s very sad that it’s gone. The never-ending construction on the block obscured it for so long that it must have killed business.

Posted by: Max at July 12, 2005 06:00 PM

The Backstage! They consistently booked the music
that I really wanted to hear and dance to.
The Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Kate and
Anna McGarrigle, David Lindley – I’m forgetting a
dozen others. The venue was JUST the right size.

and on an unrelated note, I miss Spot Bagels,
especially their banana walnut ones. Probably
not really a “proper” bagel, but they were my
breakfast mainstay for years.

Posted by: Lauralee at July 12, 2005 06:43 PM

There are so many things that I miss.

1. The original Vouge. It was dingy dark and had terrible bartenders but it was great.

2. Up the street from the Vouge, the Frontier Room, before it was turned into a B-que joint it was the best dive bar in downtown.

3. The Doghouse.

4. The Rock Candy – I saw too many incredible shows in that dank, musty, yet intimate space.

5. The Twin Tepee’s

6. The Music Box

7. The Last Exit on Brooklyn.

Posted by: DannyBoy at July 12, 2005 06:56 PM

I miss Chubby and Tubby. What a great place for everything from garden hoses to shoes. We would go at least once per week.

Posted by: John at July 12, 2005 09:10 PM

I miss Dave’s Bathhouse. It was a great place to go and hand out with guys. Didn’t matter if they were married, straight or gay, you could always link up with someone. Soon the old Zodiac “Club Z” on Pike or Pine (can’t remember) will be gone too, and there will be no bath houses to hang out with other men.

What a shame!

Posted by: Bill at July 12, 2005 09:16 PM

Well, maybe it’s not a business…but I miss Almost Live!

Posted by: Rodney Rutherford at July 12, 2005 09:17 PM

That Fremont place mentioned above was called “Barlee’s.”

The Dog House.
The Twin Teepees.

Absolutely, the Western, and allow me to throw Ruby Montana’s in there for good measure.

On Broadway, Andy’s Diner and Ernie Steele’s.

The Velvet Elvis.
The OK Hotel, both food and shows.
The Shoe building.

U-Village Lanes, and the giant mural of Mount Rainer said to be rolled up in someone’s enormous storage space.

The weird little museum in the Dearborn Goodwill.

The pre-remodel Olde Curiosity Shoppe, when the gimcracks and wizened oddities were sold in open bins. Trader Vic’s.

Posted by: mike at July 12, 2005 09:22 PM

The 318 Tavern by the Fremont bridge. The best “drip down your arm” burgers and real french fries. And of course, who could forget Marsha?

Posted by: Bob at July 12, 2005 09:22 PM

oh, and the old original location of the Last Exit on Brooklyn in the U.

Posted by: mike at July 12, 2005 09:23 PM

1. Jake O’Shaunessy’s – Great place to go after a Sonics game at the Coliseum. No reservations policy made you belly up to the bar for 1 to 2 hours. Also, great alder-smoked salmon.

2. Last Exit on Brooklyn – Tasty tuna fish sandwiches at reasonable prices.

3. Original Red Robin – Reasonably priced place for a UW student to hang in the seventies.

4. The Doghouse – The first time that I went there the waitress, who looked like my grandma, told me that the bartender said that I needed a bourbon and water (how did he know?). She gave me the drink which was much more bourbon than water. A great place to get Sonic tickets.

Posted by: Rick at July 12, 2005 09:25 PM

Ditto on the Honey Bear Bakery. What a shame it is no more.

Ditto again on the BeeLiner Diner. Some of the best grub ever.

Biggest ditto on losing the Cloud Room. So sad…

Add to the list:
1. Grady’s Pub and Eatery. A perfectly good college dive bar transformed into a yuppy Hellhole, a glorified Chuckee-Cheese. Jilly weeps.

2. What has happened in Fremont … a crime against humanity.

Posted by: carter at July 12, 2005 09:30 PM

Where is it all going?!?! I’d like to go there too! In no specific order,

Sorry Charlie’s, Charlie’s at Shilshole (just found out it’s gone reading this list), Village Lanes (the old time bowling guy), Kingdome, 211 Billiards, Frontier Room, Cloud Room (my friends partied with Spinal Tap there) Rockcandy, the Far Side, Fremont, the Backstage, and I can’t remember if Ileen’s and the Rendezvous are gone or still there, but if they are I miss them!

Someone is very happy with all these quality venues in a parallel universe somewhere!

Posted by: Willycakes at July 12, 2005 09:32 PM

I miss Doc Freeman’s, Lake Union, not an eatery but a true Seattle icon. It was a marine store bar non. Crusty employees, super busy, built over a wood dock. It embodied the flavor of NW boating geared towards sailors, power boaters and fishermen.

Posted by: lee at July 12, 2005 09:35 PM

The RKCNDY & the Sit N’ Spin.

Both spaces will always hold a special place in my heart.

Posted by: Ves at July 12, 2005 09:37 PM

Moe, The OK Hotel, RCKCNDY, Sit & Spin, The Colorbox, Rocket Pizza, Abruzzi’s Pizza, Orpheum Records,AJ’s Deli on Madison (they had great potato salad), Testa Rosa, Peaches Records, Dag’s, Entros, Exotic Imports (Record store), The Backstage, and Under The Rail. I miss the Twin Tee-Pees as a place to drive by, but the food was just so-so. I also miss the Dog House. The food was OK, but I’ll always remember hanging out with the Smithereens in 1990 at 2 a.m.talking about things to see in Europe.

Posted by: Larry Davenport at July 12, 2005 09:40 PM

It’s still there, but I miss the name – Marbletop just had such a better name than Mix Ice Cream Bar.

Oh, and Patty’s Eggnest on 45th still seems to be there. Just about had a heart attack when I saw someone mention that one, but it’s even listed on their website.

Posted by: Heather at July 12, 2005 09:42 PM

I miss Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour. Had great sundays of all sizes and a fun place as well.

Posted by: John at July 12, 2005 09:45 PM

The Doghouse. Best post-clubbing menu in town. Can’t decide between the eggs and the burger? Get the burger with the fried egg!

Posted by: kery at July 12, 2005 09:46 PM

I miss JP Patches, The Squire Shop, and Arnold’s (on the Ave)

Posted by: JLD at July 12, 2005 09:50 PM

I know it’s not Seattle but I miss the “blue eye shadow girls” from Lynnwood. Have you been up there lately? It’s the new Bellevue Square!

Posted by: Youthful Baby Boomer at July 12, 2005 09:50 PM

The Coliseum Theater at 5th and Pike – Yeah, the floors were dirty and people liked to yell at the screen during a movie, but it was still a great old theater.

The UA 150 Theater on 6th Avenue – In 1977, the UA 150 was THE place to see a new film called “Star Wars,” and see it I did—about 15 times! The theater had a 70mm screen for the “Star Wars” run and the seats were very comfortable. I still remember the classical music being played over the speakers in the theater before the movie would start.

The King Theater on 6th Avenue (right across from the UA 150/70). It’s now ‘church’ for some religious group, but back in the 70s I went there to see “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” More often than not, there wasn’t much of a paying audience, so it’s eventual closing was no surprise.

The Food Circus at the Seattle Center House – Sure it’s still open and you can get fast food there, but I miss some of the funky shops that were there in the 70s. There was one place in particular that I really miss. It was a museum of sorts located on the lower level, where you could go and see old amusement games from the 30, 40s and 50s along with all sorts of pop culture oddities (like a vibrating chair and fun house mirrors). I wish I could remember the name of that place!

Posted by: Jon H at July 12, 2005 09:51 PM

Believe it or not- The Kingdome! I grew up there because my daddy was a Seattle Police Officer so I was at all the Sounder games (one of the youngest season ticlket holders) plus at the Mariner games more often than not. I remember walking the almost empty staudium looking for dropped change while daddy was finishing up his duty before heading to the security office to go home. There was nothing like the feeling of shouting from the middle of the field to hear the echoes off the cement dome or flying paper airplanes from the 300 level. I cried when they imploded it.

Posted by: lissybear at July 12, 2005 09:52 PM

The Bubble-ator

Posted by: Sentimental Fool at July 12, 2005 09:55 PM

The Food Giant sign..I hate that Wallingford sign and I miss Fremont since it became a Yuppie hellhole

Posted by: francis at July 12, 2005 09:55 PM

I miss the Surrogate Hostess:(

Posted by: Stacey at July 12, 2005 09:58 PM

I miss the old bulge on the I-90 floating bridge. NOT!!

Posted by: Sardonic at July 12, 2005 10:00 PM

The 57 Chevy at Zestos in Ballard

Posted by: Mike Simpson at July 12, 2005 10:04 PM

The 57 Chevy at Zestos in Ballard

Posted by: Mike Simpson at July 12, 2005 10:04 PM

wow, where to begin… As a 4th gen seattleite I’ve got plenty that I remember of the Emmett Watson’s “Lesser Seattle”

Let’s start with Dag’s… the only burger joint with its own credit card!

Greenlake Jake’s, torn down to accomodate yet another slate/glass covered strip mall

Old Belltown; The Vogue and the Frontier Room… cheap drink, cheap food, great scene. Back when the Seattle scene was new and fresh and we owned it exclusively.

The Ditto, Maddogs, Gorilla Gardens, Squid Row…

The Fiddler’s Inn before it was remodeled and turned into a yuppie hellhole

I-5 before 1983… I can remember my mom taking me from Northgate to Southcenter at 4pm on a weekday to go school shopping, heh.

Beer at Seafair. ’nuff said.

Fireworks at every grocery store…

Coming soon; the Alaskan Way Viaduct, one of the best views in the city!

Jeeze, where am I going with this you may ask? In the words of the Jack Nicholson, “This town needs and enema!”

Posted by: Lono at July 12, 2005 10:07 PM

Oh yeah, let me add the Astor Park… I wasn’t of age when it was up, but I always wanted to got see The Allies, the Cowboys and especially The Heats there!

Posted by: Lono at July 12, 2005 10:11 PM

I miss the sounds and smells of the old “working waterfront” on Elliot Bay. It now is sterile,stainless steel and boring. Long gone are the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop with their old tyme candies and the quirky, small restaraunts to serve workers and tourists alike.

Posted by: Mark at July 12, 2005 10:12 PM

1. Most of the above, and

2. The Turbulent Turtle at Shilshole…6-inch high burger meals, like the Cheddar Burger

Posted by: Al Bundy at July 12, 2005 10:23 PM

Miss? Reasonably priced housing and a lack of sniffy software millionaries.

Posted by: Roger at July 12, 2005 10:23 PM

I know this is really going to date me, but I really miss the Owl Cafe in Ballard.

For a brief hazy period, many years ago, this place was just the coolest joint I ever walked into. It was every thing that I thought was cool about Ballard. You could be just a normal person and go in there just about any weekend and just rock your ass off.

It’s gone, and so are my 20s, and somedays I still miss them both.

Posted by: Omar Croatus at July 12, 2005 10:25 PM

For restaurants, I miss the one in the old Vance Hotel…Exceptional food, at affordable prices.

For sights:

I miss the Space Needle (Pre-100 foot restaurant);

the old nighttime shows at the International Fountain;

the Pacific Science Center in the late 60’s and early 70’s because the crowds were so small you could spend all day there, and still not see or do everything;

and speaking of the science center, the old “Probability” Machine.” I could watch it in fascination for hours;

finally, I miss riding on, and seeing, the Princess Marguerite glide up and down Puget Sound, accompanied by fire boats as it left the dock.

Posted by: Scott W at July 12, 2005 10:38 PM

The Last Exit on Brooklyn (in it’s original location on Brooklyn Ave)

Ileen’s on Broadway

Ravenna PCC

Shorey’s books

“Green” City Council people

The Doghouse

The old building where Mars cafe was on Western


Cat’s Eye Cafe in W. Seattle, before the right wingers took it over

Georgetown tavern

Parking meters that don’t reqiure a second trip to the car

Gay 90’s Restaurant

Operation Homestead

Black Cat Cafe

Aka Books

Life before the phoney dot-com boom/bust

Posted by: noose papier at July 12, 2005 10:39 PM

Jules Maes

Twin Teepees

Andre’s Pizza in Ballard


Posted by: Harold & Maude at July 12, 2005 10:39 PM

good lord, what a crushing blow this list is. i’d long been disturbed by a seeming tendency to do away with my favorite places of character in favor of chain stores, condo towers, or just normal things.
but i’ve been in nevada the past two years and this cloud room revelation hit me like ton of bricks. what happened? should i yell or just injure myself. i been looking to move back but tom wolf was right. you can’t go home again.

Posted by: cory at July 12, 2005 10:40 PM

I miss Wally’s Ice Cream shop on 45th in Wallingford.

Posted by: Just Me at July 12, 2005 10:41 PM

er. i meant thomas wolfe. sorry.

is the five point still there or should i just cancel my hometown visit next week?

Posted by: cory at July 12, 2005 10:44 PM

Nothing but children over over there in Seattle…

Kingens at Bellevue Way and NE 8th in Bellevue.

The original Pizza Haven on Main Street — now a PetPros.

The Milk Barn.

What was the name of that store near Bellsquare that sold nothing but bicycles and model airplane kits? Uncle Something or other.

Every day I grow more amazed that the Pancake Corral is still there.

Posted by: Prov at July 12, 2005 10:45 PM

I miss the OK Hotel the most. I spent 7 of my college years there (well, only 5-6 nights a week on average). No one else knows how to make a Gilbertini…

Posted by: Aaron at July 12, 2005 10:46 PM

I miss the old Seattle Center Coliseum even though it’s evolved into Key Arena. I also miss Sicks Stadium and the Seattle Pilots. I’ll never forget my first MLB game watching the Piots and Tigers.

Posted by: rob allen at July 12, 2005 10:53 PM

Herfy’s – always made my folks stop for a kid meal on the way home from Seattle Center.

Posted by: Lainie at July 12, 2005 10:57 PM

Hate to say it… but I miss Video Vission and Suntanning.

Spent many years renting videos and tanning and even worked there for a year.

I also miss being able to drive on NW 85th street between 32nd and I-5 in under 10 minutes.

Posted by: toby at July 12, 2005 11:00 PM

Ditto on Charlie’s on Shilshole. I remember frequently going there for breakfast with my family when I was a kid.

Chubby & Tubby was great, I only went there a couple times, but they had good stuff for cheep.

Rainier Beer; however by an act of the Almightly Himself, Rainier appears to be making a comeback. However, I still miss the Brewery and the giant R. I am too young to remember beer at Seafair, however I can imagine how great it would be to be hanging out with 100,000 of your closest freinds, watchig Hydros in the sun and drininkg Rainier on tap!

I miss being able to go to U-Village and not have to deal with a zillion shmuk yuppies taking up all the parking spots. And I really miss the old Doughnut Shop that was next to the Lamonts.

I am also to young to remember Memorial Stadium selling out for Metro League HS football, but I miss it nonetheless.

Posted by: Paul Symington at July 12, 2005 11:00 PM

Harold & Maude – the Jules Maes is back open i hear.

Posted by: Paul Symington at July 12, 2005 11:04 PM

Fredrick and Nelson and The Bon Marche

Eating a meal and watching the boats go by at Hiram’s at the Locks

Posted by: Patrick at July 12, 2005 11:05 PM

Anyone remember the Raison D’Etre on Virginia between 1st and 2nd? They baked these softball-sized brioche that were to die for when they were fresh in the morning. And, at a time when they and the Allegro and Last Exit in the U district were the only reliable espresso shops in Seattle (Starbucks only sold beans then), they were a treasure.

Also miss: OK Hotel, 700 Club, Sit ‘N Spin; toll booths on 520 (they should have to PAY to come here); Forward Thrust; Emmett Watson and KBO; the Food Giant; the Luau (maybe); my abs; the Monorail; I would have said “Dan Evans” until he supported Bush and Rossi last November;

On the plus side, Zoka’s is a welcome replacement for the Honey Bear, with professional baristas and pastries that aren’t soggy and/or salty and a space that’s just as amiable. The Tangletown Pub in the former Honey Bear space deserves a look. I agree about M&R PRoduce, a terrible loss.

Posted by: Phil at July 12, 2005 11:07 PM

I miss Rainier Beer being brewed in Seattle. I know they still sell it and it wasn’t too hard to take when it was brewed in Olympia, but now that it’s brewed in Irwindale, CA it’s just not the same. I don’t know what I’ll do if they ever stop brewing it.

Posted by: Greg R at July 12, 2005 11:07 PM

The Offramp, I saw the very first show there, Mother Love Bone and Soundgarden. It’s been called many things since, but they will never live up to, nor duplicate or replace The Offramp. I guess you could say that I was an original Offramp Tramp.

Posted by: Izzy at July 12, 2005 11:09 PM

Nobody has mentioned the Kalakala. For good reason. Blow it up, Tacoma!

Posted by: Waygone at July 12, 2005 11:10 PM

Hollyhock Bakery.

The Music Hall.

Pride in elected officials.

Shorey’s Books.

Foreign Intrigue.

Unique neighborhoods.

La Louisiana.




The NW Annual.

Posted by: Just a lowly citizen at July 12, 2005 11:15 PM

also… Creamland on 84th and Greenwood Ave

Posted by: toby at July 12, 2005 11:18 PM

I miss the little pool table in the back of Nite Lite..
also 4.50 matinee movies,subway stamp cards,the bear at 6th and pike,pre skate-proof westlake center,bars on the hill pre fashion show,good shoe selection at Ross..
Was there ever a Wendy’s downtown?there should be..their dollar menu rules.

Posted by: jeff at July 12, 2005 11:19 PM

Rossellini’s 410, 610, and The Other Place

Arnold’s on Broadway


The Princess Marguerite

Ray McMackin, Bruce King, and Wayne Cody

The Iron Horse restaurant, down by the Dome

The Space Needle being the tallest building in town

Pre-1990 Bumbershoot and Bite

The Doghouse

and…Wunda Wunda and Brakeman Bill

Posted by: Gaz at July 12, 2005 11:22 PM

Ditto the comments on Chubby and Tubby’s. Nowhere else in town could you arrive at the checkout counter with a pair of purple Converse sneakers for yourself, size 2 soccer shoes for your daughter, a Barbie thermos, some really vile candy and a six pack of zucchini starts for the garden.

The “Raison d’etre” on Virginia just east of 1st Avenue. Walking in the door of that cafe in the 70’s instantly made you ten degrees hipper than you were a moment before.

Gravity Bar. I keep hoping it will rise up somewhere, it has managed to make moves across town in its past, but the new QFC on Broadway may have cemented its fate forever. Oh, torture. Why is it that no one else can come close to their version of Lemon Tahini dressing over a lovely salad of greens, brown rice, buttery ripe slices of avocado and bright red tomatoes? Not to mention their outrageous fresh fruit concoctions and zinged out waitstaff? Emphasis on the wait, if you please. That was bad service as an entertaining art form, not as an annoyance!

Fisheries Supply on Alaskan Way and the North Sails loft in Ballard: I am not quite sure how sailboats function in Puget Sound without these places…

Mahtzoh Mama’s on 15th. It wasn’t an east coast deli, but it had a lot of chutzpah and the chopped liver wasn’t half bad either.

Jon Hahn’s neighborhood columns in the P.I. – He made us all think we were more charming and eccentric than we have been since he retired his column.

Funny, no one has mentioned Frederick & Nelson’s. I don’t miss them either.

Posted by: Jane in Seward Park at July 12, 2005 11:27 PM

Horluck’s Ice Cream parlor. Double chocolate sodas were the best. And the Sara Bernhardt (?) double banana split (6 scoops of ice cream and toppings).

King Cafe. Best shui mei in town. Hopefully they will return.

ditto Surrogate Hostess. Great soup & bread. And you could go hang out there for a long time.

ditto Almost Live (although it’s nice to see Joel McHale has gotten a good gig)

ditto Shorey’s

ditto Frederick & Nelson’s. I miss the Divinity Half-dips at the candy counter.

ditto Raison d’Etre’s brioche. Gosh those were good!

Posted by: Rebecca at July 12, 2005 11:28 PM

Almost Live! I spent my childhood staying up late with my dad to watch it…. he Tivo’s it now for us to watch. They taught my young impressionable mind all I needed to know about our area.

Olympia beer being brewed in Olympia. How is it the water if it’s brewed in Texas?

Fredrick & Nelson’s. Nothing compares.

The Bon Marche. Call it Macy’s all you want, but it’s still the Bon to me.

Posted by: Jessica at July 12, 2005 11:28 PM

I miss the Pike Place Market – now it’s all pseudo-hippy crap. The “farmers” don’t grow their own produce, but buy it from a supplier in Portland. The grocery stores on the second level are gone replaced by junk made in China. The cool antique/2nd hand stores are gone. Pike Place Market is now just a tourist trap along with the Sanitary Market.

I miss Ye Olde Curiosity Shop since it moved north of the ferry terminal.

I miss Ivar Haglund’s smiling face and his corny songs. He was a Seattle treasure.

I miss Archie McPhee on Stone Ave N. The new Ballard store just isn’t the same.

I miss watching baseball games at Sick’s Stadium – Thanks Lowes Hardware – not!

Posted by: Las Vegas Mikey at July 12, 2005 11:29 PM

How could I forget the 211? Even after the move from 3rd & Union, it was still great.

My dad taught me how to play pool at the old location (even though I guess I was underage at the time).

Posted by: Rebecca at July 12, 2005 11:30 PM

1. The 318 Tavern

2. The original Dubliner and their old menu.

3. Orpheum Records


5. Herfy’s (I realize there are a couple places left with the name, but I miss the chain)

6. Woodland Park Inn

7. Twin TeePees

8. Pre-gentrified Belltown

9. The Cloud Room

10. Jake O’Shaugnessy’s

11. Ileen’s (or even when it was still called Ernie Steele’s)

12. Schnitzelbank

Posted by: Krass at July 12, 2005 11:31 PM

Open mic night and warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream at The Last Exit.

Spending my laundry money on Pac-Man games at Arnolds and wearing the same shirt for a week.

That really nice lady at the Arctic Circle in West Seattle who used to give me the “biggest hamburger we make” when I was six years old.

Trying to weasel a deal on Nikon lenses with grizzled old Ed at The Camera Show on Aurora as well his 7.5% off for CASH another 7.5% off for no return.

Those cheap door prize-like tickets that the Washington State Ferry used to sell and the wink of the ticket taker who knew you were a half-fare but let you on the boat for free anyway.

Posted by: Third Floor Lander Rocks! at July 12, 2005 11:36 PM

KZAM 1540 AM….Rock of the 80’s with Steven Rabow

Greenlake Bowl for the best burgers in town….well, maybe the 318 Tavern if Belle was working that day

Glazed applesauce donuts at Frederick & Nelson’s…and the milk chocolate penoche half dips

Speaking of F&N, when’s the last time you enjoyed a Frango milkshake?…like in the ambience of the Paul Bunyon Room.

One last F&N memory: Remember when there was both a ladies’ restaurant and a men’s grill?

Farrell’s….wow….nothing like a Pike’s Peak or going to a party where someone else was paying for the Mount Rainier

Those big M&M cookies at Arnold’s on the Ave

Fish & chips from Gary & Al at The Fish Bowl on Aurora near 145th

Huskyburger from the HUB dining room before they went to all outside vendors (blah)

Posted by: Hugh at July 12, 2005 11:57 PM

-The old Bartells (was across from what is now Westlake Mall). Had a funky basement where the bargains were, was damn and smelled funny, and a Krusty Pup hot dog restaurant on top.

-The OLD Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe

-Used record stores that made the U-District a Mecca for teenage kids with a few bucks in their pockets to spend on (gasp!) LP’s

-The Cinerama before Paul Allen screwed it up

-The Flight to Mars ride at the Center before Paul Allen screwed it up

-the sky-ride at the Center

-the lunar landing module and the scales with what you’d weigh on different planets in building 5 at the Science Center

-The “blob” on Queen Anne

-The Woodland Park Zoo when it was free

-The mural stage on the green at the Woodland Park Zoo when it was free

-Fireworks at Greenlake where I could watch from my Grandparents’ back porch in Greenwood

-The JC Penney on 2nd Avenue near the market where a kid could still get a free cookie at the candy counter downstairs before grabbing a bus to the south end

-being able to climb up in the water tower at Volunteer Park for one of the best, least-known views of Seattle

-the Azteca near Shilshole – now sits rotting and empty. One of the last places to get an inexpensive, fun meal while watching the sunset and the boats go by

-the old fish ladder at the locks – basically a series of concrete cisterns interlocked with one another. If you wanted to see fish – you walked along a slimy mud trail and looked down into them

-the Sunny Jim peanut butter factory sign along I-5


Posted by: Jeff Welch at July 13, 2005 12:06 AM

“Harold & Maude – the Jules Maes is back open i hear.

Posted by: Paul Symington at July 12, 2005 11:04 PM”

Paul S. – new trendy place under old name. No ham & eggs and Rainier for breakfast like the genuine place with Jay cooking and his mom pouring 🙁 I was there while a movie “Highway” (aka Leonard Cohen’s Afterworld) was being shot. Haven’t seen the movie yet but hopeful Jules wasn’t edited out.

Posted by: Harold & Maude at July 13, 2005 12:08 AM

The original Koby’s Fish & Chips in Leschi on the shores of Lake Washington. As kids, my father would take us there on as a special treat on a summery sunday’s drive. We’d sit at the bar counter with our little feet dangling on the high stools while we joyfully watched “Pinkie” (Koby always had pink blush cheeks)drop breaded fish into the fryer and crank on the shinny Hamilton Beach blender for fresh scooped ice cream chocolate shakes. Afterwards we’d walk the docks and look at many bright colored sail boats with our dad.

Peter S.

Posted by: peter at July 13, 2005 03:49 AM

The United Artists 150 movie theater in Belltown. That red velvet curtain was gorgeous. I wish some Microsoft billionaire had bought and restored it.

Posted by: John at July 13, 2005 08:42 AM

Anyone remember The Joker (late-night dive, diner/bar reliably soaking up the dregs of humanity in the wee hours)?

The real Belltown (Free Mars Cafe..)

There was a great little greasy Chinese restaurant on Broadway (late 80’s) with a dark dark lounge where any group of 17 year olds playing hooky could get served cocktails (wish I could remember the name of that place)

The old Rendezvous..

Espresso Roma on Broadway (back when even many Seattleites still though it was called “expresso”)

Cafe Counterintelligence (I think there was only enough seating for about 6 people in that place – a tiny hole in the wall at the Market)

I was away from Seattle from 1993 – 2002, and the city I left behind sure wasn’t there when I got back (driving down Western, I remember being genuinely disoriented, thinking “Where the hell is Belltown? Where am I?”)

And most recently, Sorry Charlie’s..

Posted by: amy at July 13, 2005 09:04 AM

Broadway. I work on Broadway and Pine and it just sucks these days. More winos and tweakers than you can chase with a stick I mean shake a stick at. How about the Broadway Market and the cinema in it? And of course the B’way cart peddlers. Just one big ugly Kroger now. Of course I miss Andy’s Diner (not even Kelly Moore Paints could match that special shade of nicotine) and its endless toast conveyor belt and the crusty shrunken waitresses who fed it at each schlep past on the way to the pick-up window. Oh – and while I’m supposed to be at work I may as well mention how much I miss AEI Music.

Lower Queen Anne. Seems like it got lapped up in the dread Bell Town tide. No more Sorry Charlies and Howard Bulson leading cocktailers through yet another rendition of stuff only KIXI-AM has the cahunas to play on the air (God Bless KIXI!)… and of course THE BLOB BUILDING – Man, was that ever beautiful inside! I got attacked by a belly dancer at dinner one night in its final incarnation as a fabulous Greek restaurant. I spit on the grave of the jerk who tore it down. Ptooey!

One more: Chubby & Tubby. Just try buying only a fingerful of axel greese at Lowe’s and see what kind of look you get from the clerk!

Posted by: Andrew at July 13, 2005 09:13 AM

The pizza place in Woodinville whose name escapes me that would actually deliver and made “pizza lasagna”. They were voted Eastside’s best pizza for years.

And although it’s not a “business”, I miss Sunshine and Moonbeam – the large metal cow structures in a field on Woodinville-Redmond road in Woodinville. They brought a smile to my face every time I drove by them.


Posted by: Pam Syverson at July 13, 2005 09:21 AM

The Legend Room, downstairs at the Bon in Northgate. Lunch w/Nana Edith, ALWAYS a turkey sadwich & a piece of candy from the candy counter on the way out.

Sears double dipped peanuts

Henry’s Off Broadway, a Prom must in the 70’s

Daddy’s Tavern

The Brass Connection

Morning Madness at Arnold’s on Broadway

The Ritz Cafe on 15th

Posted by: Doug at July 13, 2005 09:25 AM

Northwest Coffee on 45th. Before Starbucks took over the universe and Laurelhurst Yuppy-ness had usurped U-Village this was the best TRULY QUIET place to study (or chat quietly) and drink good Seattle espresso near UW. Comfy couches and miss-matched furniture, I wish I could replicate the atmosphere!

Posted by: Nancy Peterson at July 13, 2005 09:29 AM

For the single types in Seattle – remember the Wednesday/Thursday Club?

Posted by: Larry at July 13, 2005 09:34 AM

The Wallingford Food Giant. Not just the sign, but the whole store. Kroger/QFC isn’t the same.

The deli in the ground floor of the Times Square Building.

KING-TV when it was doing real local news instead of chasing car crashes and fires

The Brasserie Pittsbourg

Posted by: john at July 13, 2005 09:38 AM

Abruzzi Pizza House located on Pike St.
Excellant Pizza and a waiter who was abit rough
with customer service to a point it was fun to watch. Really miss it and think about it when I past by where it used to be,…..now we have that
LAME Nike Town store instead,……..OH BOY!

Posted by: Steve Emerson at July 13, 2005 09:39 AM

Abruzzi’s Pizza and the Gay 90’s. Used to pound cheap stiff drinks after work at the Gay 90’s and then grab a slice or two to go. It was heaven.

Reading this list makes me realize how much Seattle has changed in the past 15-20 years. So much character lost.


Posted by: Brian at July 13, 2005 09:51 AM

Dag’s Hamburgers on Aurora. 19 cent burgers and 11 cents for fries.
John Franco’s Hidden Harbor Restaurant on Lake Union.
The 538 bells of the Space Needle carillon playing over it’s 44 loud speakers. Today people would call it noise pollution.
The Seattle Rainiers.
The “real” original location of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in the Coleman Dock building.
The S & M Market on Queen Anne Hill (which, by the way, stood for Sam & Morris, the original owners).
The old popcorn cart at the entrance to the Government Locks.
Bob Hale’s Hobby Shop – located where the Westlake Mall is now. Come to think of it, Bob Hale himself – “Seattle’s Cartooning Weather Man.”
4th of July fireworks at Green Lake – the Aqua Follies.

Posted by: Don M at July 13, 2005 09:59 AM

I miss Charlie’s at Shilshole, too.

Also, Brad Radke’s Rewind show on National Public Radio. He’s still around on the radio, but that show was Seattle-based and just filled me with Seattle pride.

I miss Lou Pinella’s Mariners, too.

Posted by: Maura at July 13, 2005 10:02 AM

Chung Mee on 45th

Golden Tides disco and pickup scene in the early 80’s

Posted by: Phil at July 13, 2005 10:10 AM

As far as eateries go:
The OK Hotel
The Doghouse
The Twin Teepees
The Original Herfey’s

As far as landmarks go:
The Rainier “R”
The Twin Teepees
Ye ‘OLD’ Curiosity Shop
I would go back to the BLOB on Queen Anne and give away the EMP anyday!
All of Old Fremont

Posted by: Duane at July 13, 2005 10:11 AM

I don’t just miss Rainier Beer, I miss the old brewery. One because of the free tour and gift shop (I’ll never forget my Rainier Beer waterski). What a cool place to go for a couple of free cold ones before a Mariner game at the Dome. Two because it was the first landmark that screamed “Seattle” when I drove up from Tacoma to work every morning. The rest of America will never remember Mickey Rooney like we will!

Posted by: Dave at July 13, 2005 10:13 AM

I can’t believe nobody has mentioned Pizza & Pipes. That place was the best.

Also, Electric Palace at Northgate (and all of the other video game arcades of my youth).

The Northgate movie theater and the UA-150. Todays 12-screen places are so lame. I miss the days when everybody was there to watch the same movie.

The Frontier Room. Thankfully, Belltown still has some great places. Please don’t ever let the Nite Light go away.

Reading this list makes me sad for what this town has become.

Posted by: Craig R Jones at July 13, 2005 10:16 AM

I miss the Wendy’s on 4th too, heck, why is there hardly any fast food restaurants down here? I have to work here mon-fri and there are just not enough food options that people like me like (like KFC, Taco Time, Arby’s, etc) Why does Sodo get a Krispy Kreme while we are inundated with Starbucks coffee????? Aaargggh, I don’t drink coffee, but I do like doughnuts, it’s sad. The layout of the downtown area leaves a lot to be desired.


Posted by: Mariam at July 13, 2005 10:27 AM

Bellevue’s Valu-Mart in the early 60’s, before retail got “big-boxed”
Cool Hand Lukes in Madrona
Hong-Kong Cafe on Maynard (still there, like a ghost, unchanged since the day it closed years ago…)
The Sunset Drive-In Theater (now site of the desolate, ugly “community” of Factoria) with its magical kiddie-land amusement park down in front of the screen…. and the original Bel-Square with IT’S kiddie land out behind the old JC Penny’s store, not far from the A&P Market, Newberry’s and Petram’s 5&Dime.

Guess I’m dating myself…. still refer to 520 as “the new bridge”

Posted by: jim at July 13, 2005 10:31 AM

Lorraine’s Hole-n-One donut shop on the Ave–best donuts ever, endless mugs of good coffee.

Cause Celebre Cafe on Capitol Hill–great homemade ice cream, horrid service (I know, I worked there).

Posted by: Robert at July 13, 2005 10:34 AM

Kelly’s Big K BarBCue on 24th. Absolutely perfect prime rib, often carved by Kelly himself, and if you were at the right point in line (every third or fourth person), Kelly plopped a rib on your plate. And you could take your plate to the the tavern next door and enjoy a beer with your meal.
Matzon Mamma’s. I really miss the chicken soup with matzoh balls.
Farrell’s ice cream parlor. It’s been imitated, but not successfully.
Sunny Jim Old Fashioned peanut butter.

Posted by: Cliff at July 13, 2005 10:48 AM

Warren Harding Monument at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Bob Summerize record store at 12th & Jackson.

The Trianon Ballroom on 3rd.

Posted by: Gary Bloomquist at July 13, 2005 10:51 AM

This list is about as depressing as it gets. Hearing those names of the past really brings back a flood of memories. What was the name of the tavern on 15th that the Hopvine took over? Nothing like a $5.00 pitcher of Rainer.

We had the best venues in the 80’s for shows..
The Metropolis
The Gorilla Gardens
The UCT Hall
The Graven Image
The Spiders Nest
Monroes Dance Palace
The Meatlockers

mostly I miss how small the city was, knowing everyone, and wharehouse parties in SODO. Oh well.

Posted by: ryan at July 13, 2005 10:52 AM

I miss Ben Paris downstairs emporium, all of first avenue, ditto 3rd, 4th , 5th avenues, and the old “Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest” which meant Jefferson, James, Cherry, Columbia, Marion, Madison. Union University and Pike and Pine. They are all mostly gone now. Where are the Seattle Rainiers, Leo Lassen, and Fred Hutchinson? Not The Hutch as narrated by Jean Enerson On King 5. Truth of the matter is that downtown Seattle is gone forever, Which is either good or bad, depending upon yourself.

Posted by: jerry a. ferrell at July 13, 2005 10:54 AM

The Endless Loaf Langendorf bread sign on Aurora.
The Washerwoman sign just past the Tropicana.
The 318
The Inside Passage and Tall Timber Stringband
The Paul Bunyon Room and the secret passages between F&N and the Medical Dental Building.
The annual Trade Fair down at Pier 99. My sister and I saved our money to buy one costumed doll each year
Crazy Donkey and Tailspin Tommy
The old Uwajimaya’s
The women’s restroom at the old REI -looked like the sunporch on a TB sanitorium
The horse meat market across from the Sanitary Market simply as a device to balance the cute factor now dominant at the Market
The Ocean House. Small, cheap, good scallops and a view of Elliot Bay if the trains weren’t blocking.
The Maritime Wing at the Museum of History and Industry
The Coffee Shop at the Wharf
Hydroplane races. It’s not a race if there isn’t time to break down, restart, and still be in the running.

Posted by: Jane at July 13, 2005 11:09 AM

I miss the Spanish Castle out in Midway. It was THE place to go for good dancing, meeting people, just enjoying life.

It also served as a great place for the Fire Dept’s to raise funds.
Lots of great memories of a time when life was a lot happier than it is now.

Posted by: Jackie Juntti at July 13, 2005 11:16 AM

The Little Cheerful Cafe, which used to be in the University Inn on Roosevelt. I was a law student without much money then; owners Don & Sandy Chichester and Voula afforded me breakfast and lunch on a “pay me when you can” basis every day. I don’t know how it would have gone for me without their kindness and generosity. Don once even gave me his tickets to a Monday night Seahawks game against the Raiders. Thanks Don, Sandy and Voula, wherever you are.

Posted by: Freeman at July 13, 2005 11:17 AM

#1) The Cloud Room – how could we grant the time-share permits without guaranteeing this landmark piano bar remained open?

#2) Sorry Charlies – what is his name, Harold?, who has played in Seattle piano bars forever. And the singers, actors and actresses who would sneak over during intermisssion or stop by after the show to have a quick one and belt out a tune.

#3) The Price is Right – tucked in an alley way between 4th and 5th Avenues, I believe, down near Cherry St, it had great outdoor seating.

#4) and this is a very sad loss, The old triangular Bartell’s bordered by 4th and Pine and Westlake. It had a Frankfurter hot dog place upstairs with fresh squeezed lemonade. And we tore this architecturally significant structure down to accommodate a water fountain you can walk through?

Posted by: Steve U. at July 13, 2005 11:29 AM

I miss almost everything that used to be on Capital Hill. Cafe Minnie’s at about 2 am, waiting for huge orders of home fries and eggs as well as the Pink Zone. There aren’t any more kitchy stores to get that gay pride gear. Not to mention normal sized QFC’s or even the Broadway Market. It’s too depressing to go there now…

And breakfast with Santa Claus and Frederick and Nelson’s.

Posted by: Amanda at July 13, 2005 11:30 AM

I miss the Admiral Benbow in West Seattle. Sitting under the tail end of a pirate ship in the back bar, the rippling water reflected on the walls… that was amazing.

Why is this building still sitting vacant? Looks like some work has been done and there is painting on the exterior that indicates it’s becoming a BBQ joint… but no other signs of life for many months. I wish Guppy’s would re-open in this space!

Posted by: Keith at July 13, 2005 11:31 AM

Outrageous Taco in the U District. Absolutely the best burritos ever – a meal in themselves.

Jack O’Shaunessey’s – lost many a brain cell, and loved listening to the Irish tenor who would burst out in song whenever he felt like it.

Benson’s Pharmacy on 19th Ave E – where George and Evelyn always knew which family you “belonged to”.

Woolworth’s and Woolworth’s lunch counter. Talk about cheap eats and feeling so grown up to be out shopping and eating!

Sears corndogs. The only place I ever ate them – there was just something about the batter that made them so good.

Posted by: Terry at July 13, 2005 11:33 AM

Hungry U. pizza on Roosevelt. That was my first (of many) date with my wife. The restrooms were papered with old petitions to lower the voting age to 18. What a radical idea!

Posted by: Kevin Johnson at July 13, 2005 11:36 AM

Hey, I’m a real old-timer. I miss the Ball N Rack pool hall in Wallingford, and also the Great Green Society. Great Green was a pizza place in the U District, and later with a 2nd location in Fremont, back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. And the Churn, an ice cream parlor that was on the AVe in the U District – it had pool tables in the back room.

Posted by: Rose at July 13, 2005 11:44 AM

The rusty palm tree sculpture on the west side before Hwy 520.

Posted by: david at July 13, 2005 11:47 AM

The rusty palm tree sculpture on the west side before Hwy 520.

Posted by: david at July 13, 2005 11:47 AM

Agreed about Charlie’s, the Legend Room, and Twin Teepees. Almost Live is also greatly missed, it’s too bad there isn’t a way to buy the episodes through King 5.

A few things that haven’t been mentioned are King Dogs, a rockin colliseum, the old Ram at U village, and Ernst hardware stores.

Also we are lucky to still have such places like; Spuds, Dicks, Ivars, and Husky Stadium.

Posted by: Mark S at July 13, 2005 12:00 PM

In addition to so MANY of my favorites mentioned above, I miss terribly that fine French Restaurant that was on lower Queen Anne, called LeTastevin. Oh my, talk about WONDERFUL!

It used to be located in a smallish cozy place on Queen Anne Avenue, and then relocated to a much larger, and lovely building on First West and down a block or so from Mercer.

Posted by: Barb at July 13, 2005 12:00 PM

I miss the Sit-n-Spin. When I first arrived in Seattle I lived right across the street. My friends and I would sit for hours smoking, drinking their really bad coffee with loads of cream and sugar, and play checkers or candyland. I’d often drag my laundry across the street, even though it cost more, just to sit there and hang out.

I also really miss the United Artists Theatre that was on 6th and Blanchard. That was, by far, the best theatre in town, way better than the Cinerama. That huge domed theatre was impressive. I worked there for a little over a year and it was the most fun job I’ve ever had. I heard once it was the first multi-screen theater in the city. Too bad somebody couldn’t have saved that place from the bulldozers.

I miss the RockCandy. Saw my first live show in Seattle at that place. Small, hot and LOUD, just how I like it.

I miss 99.9FM KISW back when it was a killer rock radio station and still had Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio in the mornings. What happened to “Seattle’s Best Rock?” Oh yea, Entercom…

Posted by: Judd at July 13, 2005 12:01 PM

I miss the Twin Tipis. I loved it as a little girl and even more as a senior.

Posted by: H.Stegelvik at July 13, 2005 12:02 PM

Pizza Pete in Ballard
Spudnuts – glazed donuts at Northgate
Playland Amusement Park and the 3rd of July fireworks
Clark’s Restaurants — Red Carpet, downtown and Round the Clock in the U District
Aurora Drive-In Theatre (now Sam’s Club)
Jolly Troll smorgasborg in Greenwood (before it was Pizza & Pipes)
Arden’s ice cream counter at 4th & Pike
McDougall’s, Rhodes and Penney’s department stores in downtown
Metropolitan Transit System from outside the city to the Grayhound depot
Aurora Speedway for auto races

Posted by: Pat at July 13, 2005 12:02 PM

I miss Johnson’s Hi-Dive on Lake Surprise (near Milton). The 50 foot diving tower was the greatest thing I had ever seen as a kid! The slide was fantastic too. Too bad the developers and the high insurance cost killed it!

Posted by: Tom at July 13, 2005 12:05 PM

The Fremont Tavern, site of my most memorable underage beer swilling and pool playing.
The Backstage in Ballard for great music and sweaty dancing.
Jake’s for a great Irish Coffee and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.

Posted by: ttom at July 13, 2005 12:05 PM

The Fremont Tavern, site of my most memorable underage beer swilling and pool playing.
The Backstage in Ballard for great music and sweaty dancing.
Jake’s for a great Irish Coffee and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.

Posted by: ttom at July 13, 2005 12:05 PM

I miss the Doghouse — great for late-night “studying” nursing a plate of French fries. Herfy’s is long gone, too. The Western diner was a guilty pleasure for work lunches for years, and I think someone already mentioned Andy’s and Ernie Steele’s on Broadway, two great beehive dives. Also DeCaro’s on Broadway; when I was a kid, a waitress named Shirley with a long ponytail would always bring me Shirley Temples. I thought they were named for her. Pizza Pete’s on Broadway, a great, working-class pizza and pasta joint, fell victim to trendy Capitol Hill gentrification in the ’80’s, like just about everything else. Pizza and Pipes had the Wurlitzer going on over in Greenwood and served $5 pizzas, just right for a high-schooler’s budget. Where StarSucks is now on Olive & Summit, there used to be a smoky old restaurant called the Pied Piper — my first meal out with my parents, as an infant. Great breadsticks! (not much else I could chew at that age!) Classy Henry’s off Broadway was a couple of blocks from there, too. I miss Espresso Roma, a cheap-but-good coffee joint in both the U-Dist and on Broadway. Plus the old Torrefazione, and the Dilettante Ephemere Sauce mochas at Seattle’s Best, before StarSucks made both chains just another piece of their Borg machinery.

Posted by: GCK at July 13, 2005 12:15 PM

I miss 80’s era Green Lake Jakes. Also Farells and Herfys.

Posted by: Jen at July 13, 2005 12:19 PM

I miss Bobo and Fifi and the Zoo-Key song…also, the Owl in Ballard, dirt trails around Greenlake, the Last Exit on Brooklyn, drag races at Golden Gardens before the marina, and Hasty Tasty’s on the Ave–where you could get a HUGE platter of hashbrowns with cheese for under a dollar. I miss the 1968 Great Piano Drop!!! I miss the Helix, too…and seeing the likes of Tom Robbins, Tim Leary and Alan Ginsburg just walking around or speaking (outside and for free). I miss seeing Led Zepplin at Greenlake!

Posted by: Mary W. (used to be M…used to be C.) at July 13, 2005 12:23 PM

I miss the Opium Dens and Chinese gambling in Pioneer Square.

Posted by: Jay at July 13, 2005 12:23 PM

Also, gone are Juanita Beach and Shady Beach private parks on the north end of Lake Washington with their ballroom, etc. (Juanita is now a county park and Shady is condominiums)
Les Teagles Restaurant on Aurora
Stimpson Medical Building (on 4th) and the White Henry Stuart Building (on 5th)
I remember, but can’t say I miss, toll booths on the Lacey V. Murrow Bridge (I-90 to you new comers)
Driving all the way from Seattle to Marysville on SR 99 (no freeway)
Roller skating rinks on Aurora and at Redondo Beach
Wunda Wunda,
King 5 Clubhouse & Stan Boreson and, very early on, Postman Bill (no, not Brakeman Bill), he had a little piano and I won a pair of cowboy boots from the also gone, Junior Bootery.

Posted by: Pat at July 13, 2005 12:25 PM

Cow pastures in Issaquah, with glider planes. Going up Snoqualmie through North Bend. Being able to ride a bike without being killed by the intense traffic.
Plain old blue collar people in Seattle.

Posted by: andrea at July 13, 2005 12:27 PM

And Abruzzi’s.
211 on Union.
And many other places mentioned above…
And when Monorail Espresso was underneath the old monorail terminal downtown.
Almost lost the Pinoeer Square Pergola…
You know what? There are some places still around we’re going to miss one day too soon. These include
– the Monorail (some day they’ll raze it and it’ll be gone before we know it).
– Bakeman’s restaurant at 1st & Cherry
– the unpaved cobblestones at the Market
– being able to tour Underground Seattle
– Viet Wah
– waterfront trolley
– Ride to Mars
– a decent studio apartment on Cap Hill for $300/month

Posted by: Jim at July 13, 2005 12:28 PM

And Abruzzi’s.
211 on Union.
And many other places mentioned above…
And when Monorail Espresso was underneath the old monorail terminal downtown.
Almost lost the Pinoeer Square Pergola…
You know what? There are some places still around we’re going to miss one day too soon. These include
– the Monorail (some day they’ll raze it and it’ll be gone before we know it).
– Bakeman’s restaurant at 1st & Cherry
– the unpaved cobblestones at the Market
– being able to tour Underground Seattle
– Viet Wah
– waterfront trolley
– Ride to Mars
– a decent studio apartment on Cap Hill for $300/month (oops, too late)

Posted by: Jim at July 13, 2005 12:29 PM

Zoo Tavern on Eastlake, when the patrons !
were nice people.

Posted by: Bob Danks at July 13, 2005 12:32 PM

Catching poliwogs in the basement of what is now the Bon Marche as they were building Northgate (now I’ve really dated myself).
Olympic Kennel on the corner of NE 103rd and 1st NE where they bred collies.

Posted by: Pat at July 13, 2005 12:33 PM

Gads! The Beeliner Diner brings back good memories!
Also, Trident Imports on the waterfront. For anyone who thinks Pier One is an “import store”, you simply have no idea!

Posted by: Nancy at July 13, 2005 12:53 PM

Mahtzoh Mama’s on 15th: I adored the mahtzoh ball soup there, is there another place to get it in central or north Seattle?

original Last Exit

Chubby & Tubby’s


and especially …

Hasty Tasty (Rasty Nasty) on University Way! Wonderful 3 a.m. place.

Posted by: nevermind at July 13, 2005 01:02 PM

Pre-Offramp, aka Eastlake East (or Yeastlake Yeast, if you prefer)
Timberline (pre 1990’s)
Silver Slipper (near the blood bank on Prefontaine…yummm)
Chubby & Tubby (gave away Christmas trees after 5 PM on December 24th, 1978)
Morning Maddness at Sonja’s
skinny dipping in the Arboretum (summer of ’78)

Posted by: SAM at July 13, 2005 01:09 PM

Bob Hale’s Hobby Shop in Westlake (“Fidelity Lane”)

Piccolo’s (sp?), a great pizza joint in the U-dist.

Wally’s Hamburgers – on the site where the current QA Dick’s stands. (not that I don’t like Dick’s!) No better burger around after a night of watching the Totems and the Buckeroos battle it out.

The Green Lake hydroplane races, before a bunch of NIMBY’s masquerading as GREENIES got ’em kicked out!

Posted by: Dick at July 13, 2005 01:10 PM

The Backdoor Lounge in Pioneer Square, the original layout before they remodelled.

Ken Griffey Jr and Randy Johnson.

The old Cascade neighborhood…

Posted by: joe at July 13, 2005 01:13 PM

Rosellini’s 410! The best White Russian’s in town, and great after-work appetizers!

Posted by: JC at July 13, 2005 01:13 PM

Hmmmmm … Spanish Castle … Ben Parris downtown (although I was too young to shoot pool there) …. pre-tourist Pike Place Market (which we note visitors and out-of-town TV types now have taken to calling “Pike’s Market) .. The Italian Gardens Restaurant (downtown)… Rainier’s baseball .. Rainier Brewery …. Hawaii Kai and Miss Thriftway squaring off at Seafair .. the beautiful Orpheum Theatre ….. and the Hat ‘n Boots (I know, it’s still there but my memories are of the SERVICE station :-)) …..

Posted by: Jazzsegue at July 13, 2005 01:16 PM

Gils Drive-In in West Seattle where I had my first drive-in burger for 19 cents!
The Polynesian Restaurant for prom night dinners (very exotic!)
JP Patches and his ICU2 TV
Wanda Wanda
Kress Dime Store in West Seattle with the “fountain” for milk shakes
Meredith’s Dime Store with the penny candy bins in the basement – we would stand there forever trying to decide how to spend our dime, and the clerks were always so patient! That wouldn’t happen today.
Christmas tree shopping at Chubby & Tubby
The merry-go-round in White Center – anybody else remember that?

Posted by: vicki at July 13, 2005 01:19 PM

Has anyone else heard the Pink Elephant is shutting down? Now that will be a travesty… First the Rainier “R” came down, then the Tee-pees… if the Elephant comes down too, I’m moving!

Ditto on Almost Live. True, it was only moderately funny, but it was a picture of Seattle, and it’s always fun to laugh at ourselves.

The original Enchanted Village – before Six Flags took over and ruined it. Does anyone remember the squirrel ride? That was my fav

I also miss actual housing – not these in-city condo things that are springing up on every block. Is there something wrong with me? I’m sorry I would like a yard for my kids to play in…

and ditto too on Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor – I spent almost every birthday there!

Posted by: Lisa at July 13, 2005 01:21 PM

Oh, how I miss the Boat Street Cafe, Fandango, Speakeasy Cafe, Guppy’s and City People’s on Broadway.

And I know I’m going to miss Hines Public Market Cafe, the Wonder Bread sign and Torrefazionne Cafes.


Posted by: Digby at July 13, 2005 01:22 PM

Someone already alluded to it, but Jones’ Fantastic Museum in the basement of the Food Circus (now Center House) — a great old-fashioned dime museum full of weird stuff, strange machinery, etc. I miss this place more than you can imagine!

Posted by: litlnemo at July 13, 2005 01:30 PM

I miss the Mirror Tavern, which was around First and Pike; the Adult Entertainment Center, which was a sleazy business on the second floor near Second and Pike (it had Dig-Dug, an underrated video game); the Gay Nineties Tavern, which was further up on Pike; and the Apple Theater (I own a piece of red brick from when it was torn down.
I also miss the Regrade Dispatch.

Posted by: Ed at July 13, 2005 01:32 PM

Most of these things are meaningless to me, since I live in Vancouver, BC — but Almost Live was a key part of my entertainment life in the early ’90s.

Anyone miss Frederick and Nelson?

I used to know a lot more about Seattle when the majority of our TV stations came from you across the border (KOMO, KING, KIRO, KCTS, and KVOS in Bellingham) in the ’70s. Since Canada woke up and created a bunch of our own cable networks, we don’t watch your news anymore. So maybe what I miss about Seattle is the simplicity of the old TV network days.

Posted by: Derek at July 13, 2005 01:35 PM

The Paul Bunyon Room in the basement of Frederick and Nelson’s.

Posted by: K at July 13, 2005 01:49 PM

I miss:

The Cloud Room – I only went there a few times, but it was still one of my favorite places. My friend Mike once got a double bourbon so big he married it. (Yes, the marriage ended at the bottom of the glass, but that’s not uncommon) Just thinking about this is upsetting.

Dags – Alas, for the loss of the Bag-o-Dags!

Rainier Beer – I don’t drink it, but I miss the brewing smell that you’d always get going past the brewery. And the green ‘T’ just doesn’t live up to the script ‘R’.

The old ‘W’ logo for U-Dub, and the old purple and gold that went with it. And while I’m at it, the old blue and silver for the Seahawks. Was it worth abandoning history just for a few extra bucks from merchandizing?

Posted by: Wolf at July 13, 2005 02:14 PM

Superhighway underground rave club in Pioneer Square….the way the security guards would make you put your shirt back on even when the place was 100 degrees. Dark, trippy, and the best damn dj’s!!!

Posted by: matthew at July 13, 2005 02:17 PM

I mostly miss J.P. Patches, Gertrude; Stan Boreson and Nomo. Great mornings to wake up to and what afternoon memories. Especially finding out where my birthday gift was hidden at home — thanks JP!!

Posted by: Sandi at July 13, 2005 02:24 PM

1 – Another vote for the UA 150 for a serious movie-going experience back when a flick stayed in the house longer than 6 days.
2 – Ditto for the unyupped Red Robin in the days of their Steak Tartare Burger.
3 – The Aquarius Tavern on Aurora and the Pipeline Tavern on Eastlake; consistently great bands in both places.
4 – Piccolo’s @ 52nd & Roosevelt; best pizza in the Milky Way.
5 – The Organ Center in downtown Seattle, with its huge, dark basement crammed full of old Hammonds and Leslie speakers. For that matter, all the old music stores with their fabulous piles of used gear.
6 – The Unicorn on the Ave for a tasty English Mixed Grill.
7 – The Husky Hollow @ UW; great little dimly-lit cave on the 15th sublevel of the Student Center.
7 – $6 concerts at the Arena and the Coliseum (Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, etc.)
8 – And far too much more stuff to include here, all permeated with that unique Seattle ambiance, which, as already indicated by others, is unfortunately becoming credit-carded, strip-malled and gentrified into oblivion.

Posted by: Richard L at July 13, 2005 02:46 PM

When I read the prior posts I think of all the warm and fuzzy memories I have of growing up in Seattle

Things I miss:

-the Black Cat Cafe near the U-District

-Honeybear Bakery! especially the miss matched coffee cups and common table

-watching “Almost Live” and laughing at the local humor

-watching Northwest rock local music videos during the grunge explosion

-Chubby and Tubby’s

-Old Uwajimaya

-Old Fremont with all the wacky shops, chill coffee hangouts, and prices that artist’s can afford

-Seeing shows at RCKNDY

-the man who used to stand on the Ave. playing guitar and singing jazz/blues

-The old kid valley or better yet…the iron horse for hamburgers


Ah the memories…sniff

Posted by: Melissa at July 13, 2005 02:46 PM

Farrell’s and Shakey’s, sure

the lounge at the Legend Room at the Northgate Bon

Darn Good Pizza (on Roosevelt), especially their garlic bread

The Mirabeau and The Overdraft
(top and bottom of the old Seafirst HQ building)

of course, many great musical memories at disAstor Park, Gorilla Gardens, the Backstage…

I liked the Valhalla the way it was — still have a beer token lying around somewhere

Posted by: Ron at July 13, 2005 03:04 PM

I miss Capitol Hill:
playing pinball at Hi-Score Arcade
record shopping at Fallout
greasy diner food at Andy’s Diner
vintage clothes at Vintage Voola
renting movies at Video Vertigo
Puss Puss Cafe
Foxes Lounge

Posted by: Helen at July 13, 2005 03:23 PM

I miss Sears on 1st and Lander, with the candy counter (Sea foam and swedish fish), corn dogs and the cafeteria on the 4th floor. Best ever tuna sandwiches and soup. And running the wrong way on the escalators.

Posted by: llo at July 13, 2005 03:49 PM

The A&W’s on 160th and Aurora Ave N and there was one in Lake City (Thank God Dick’s is still around!)…Parkers- not the casino…Before it became Bartells, there was a Rexall Drug store with soda fountain in Lake City…the Lake City and Northgate theaters…the Kenmore Drive-In and the Aurora Drive-In …Bothell/Duvall/Monroe/Kent/Carnation before all the yuppie sprawl when there were lots of great farms and patures…The Princess Marguerite…Northgate when you had to walk outside between the stores…I loved driving by the Rainier Brewery on my way to work in the morning, loved the malt smell…So many things and places.

Posted by: Michele at July 13, 2005 03:49 PM

I’ll miss the Pergola in Pioneer Square if they remove it. Someone should create a group to protect it as part of the heritage of Pioneer Square.

Posted by: Daranee Oakley at July 13, 2005 03:57 PM

Living Letterpress Museum in Belltown; Toaster Musuem in the Shoe Building; Bozotronics; Barlee’s in Fremont; Still Life in Fremont; Beauty and the Bookstore in the U District; Last Exit (original location in U District; Simpatico’s in Wallingford; Backstage at Ballard (they were diorganized, and either the staff called in sick or the fridge was broken, but what great shows I saw there!); Tower Books, the Blob World Books on lower Queen Anne; Rocket Pizza on Capitol Hill. The shows on community access channel (only the boring ones remain).I am happy that the Ladybug guy is still on 15th.

Posted by: Relic at July 13, 2005 04:04 PM

Definitely Farrel’s Ice Cream! Also, Pizza & Pipes. Both were great places to spend childhood birthdays. Nothing else like them in town.

Posted by: Kris at July 13, 2005 04:09 PM


I can’t say I miss fast food places downtown (nor am I at all surprised they are gone – rents are way too high outside the food courts), but I sure do miss video arcades, like the joint on 4th where the “W” Hotel is now. Good memories there.

The old Metro brown/yellow/white/gray buses, and the old driver’s uniforms.

The cafe at Frederick’s, where my friend was a dishwasher and hooked us up 🙂 I still have my charge card.

A couple people already mentioned Barlee’s in Fremont – great place to recover from the previous night’s drinking.

And the Benbow in West Seattle! How could anyone who was ever in there forget the ship!! I think my great-uncle used to hang out there. That was a real shame.

Philly’s Best cheeseteaks on 23rd – reopened under new management, but the old surly service is gone.

The Kingdome. No doubt. The noise, especially in ’95.

And yeah, the Backstage. Beautiful South, the only time I ever saw them, on one of their only North American tours. Dudley Manlove on New Year’s Eve. God but I miss that place. And the old Moe. And all the other great old joints that have gone away.


Posted by: Jake at July 13, 2005 04:10 PM

The greasy little Chinese restaurant on Broadway was the Jade Pagoda. It’s still there but has steadily declined over the years (along with Broadway). I miss it too!

Pizza Pete’s on Broadway. Great salads and cheap pizza.

The Sears corndogs were called Krustypups. Made with Krusteaz batter. They sell them at the fair now but they just aren’t the same.


The UA70/150, Star Wars! Need I say more?
The King Theater
The Town Theater – Watched The Gauntlet from the first row. Neck cramp!
The Coliseum Theater (Now Banana Republic)
The Seventh Avenue Theater (also known as the Music Hall)
The Lewis and Clark Theater Great place before they chopped it up and it went waaay down hill.
The Southcenter Theater – Huge screen, lots of leg room.

Drive In theaters
The El Rancho – $3.50 a car load. See how many people you can stuff in the trunk!
The Duwamish
The Midway
The Aurora
The Sno King

Buy a pizza or a bucket of chicken and some pop and you were all set. My spouse and I smooched in every one of them!

The Bubbleaetor. It went to Mary Bridge Children’s hospital for a while. It was later sold to someone who turned it in to a greenhouse…

Posted by: squisheye at July 13, 2005 04:21 PM

Magazine city and the DT KFC. I would go every payday,get some magazines than have dinner at the Colonels. Also miss the Horn Room. A nasty looking dive but great breakfasts on Saturday, especially when “grandma” cooked.
Wasn’t a business, but does anyone remember the old building on 4th between Yesler and Washington?? Might have been the “Roberts” building. Cool design

Posted by: shawn at July 13, 2005 04:38 PM

A & P; child care at Northgate, next to Spudnuts.

Also, lines of housewives waiting to get free gift for grand openings at Northgate, things like a pair of nylon stockings.

Ham salad sandwiches at Woolworth’s, Kress or Newberry’s lunch counters.

Butler Brothers department store.

Posted by: Pat at July 13, 2005 04:56 PM

I loused up my post of this a.m. Jul. 13. I left out Spring and Seneca in the jesus christ made seattle under protest part of the post. And forgive me for chastising Jean,as I imagine everyone refers to the Hutchinson Cancer center as “The Hutch.” I just remember Hutchinson as a 19 year old player for the old Rainiers. It seems like he played with Emmett Watson some, who I also miss. Also Royal brougham,and I guess one could write a book if one were to keep going with this.

Posted by: jerry a. ferrell at July 13, 2005 06:13 PM

The doorman at Frederick and Nelson’s
Frango Mint Ice Cream
The Bowling Alley on Queen Anne Hill
The OLD Chinese Room at the top of the Smith Tower
I Magnin’s department Store
Philipi’s Bookstore
The doughnut shop at First and Pike
The waitress at the lunch counter at Kress’s downtown store. She had the biggest beehive hairdo in existence.

Posted by: Sue at July 13, 2005 08:31 PM

How could I have forgotten and left these off my list?!

Well, I’ll continue from my previous list:

13. Pizza & Pipes

14. The Underground in the U-District

15. A&W on Aurora

16. The Old Ravenna Tavern before they remodeled it with pull-tabs and those annoying fluorescent lights around the bar.

Posted by: Krass at July 14, 2005 01:03 AM

After reading this, I want to FOAD! Soooo many great places and memories gone into the Hellhole that Seattle has become. I lived there from 1980-1999 and fondly remember:

REX, before it became the Vogue – dancing like mad to the ENEMY – the Greatest Seattle Band That Never made It! Rock On George Gleason & Co!

The Last Exit on Brooklyn for it’s awesome peanut-butter sandwiches – enough to sustain a starving student. THANK GOD I’M a Husky, not a damned Coug!!

Jake O’Shaunessey’s in Queene Anne, for Robert-what’s his name, a great Irish tenor, spiked Murphy’s, alder-planked salmon, and a cool, grown-up atmosphere, plus draft Guinness and hands-down, the most sh_t faced I’ve ever been on my birthday, # 21…, on Glenlivet…

All of Broadway, once upon a time.

Back before B.C. bud was way too trendy to afford…

Beach fires at Shilshole before the beach nazis took over – I nailed my girlfriend there before we got hitched.

The CLOUD ROOM – a great way to say, I love You and I’m somewhat sophisticated…

The UA 150 for movies.

The ORIGINAL STARBUCKS, in the Pike Street Market, before it became the Evil Empire and the McDonald’s of coffee!

Model Airplane contests at the Kingdome – 12-year olds would routinely beat Boeing engineers…

Beth’s for the Largest Omelettes In the Known Universe.

The simple fact that you could be downtown and see people you’d seen before, somewhere, but didn’t know, but it was cool, like ‘Hey’, I know you…

Chubby & Tubbys for cheap X-mas trees, sneakers, and whatever else you needed.

Greenlake Jake’s and all the other great breakfast spots for helping me with my hangovers.

OMGAWD, I could go on and on. To all you newcomers, sorry folks, you missed the boat, you’re all a bunch of wankers, Seattle Now Officially Sucks, it’s Not Your Fault, but You We’re Simply Born to late. There is Nothing, i repeat Nothing Left, that is really Cool and Free.

Peace Out, Y’all…

Posted by: Bill Wildprett at July 14, 2005 01:21 AM

At Jake’s, his name was/is Robert Julian! despite the huge alcohol intake, I DO still have brain cells, all the Irish classics, especially ‘Danny Boy’. God Bless You Bob, and thanks for being the consummate artist you were/are!

Posted by: Bill Wildprett at July 14, 2005 01:40 AM

Wow,I just went down memory lane reading all this.The only place I didn’t see mentioned was the Triplexxx drive in on 15th ave.I was very young but I remeber it,the Zoo when it was free,fredrick&nelson’s,twin tepee,Mom & I ate alot there,I was about 8 or 10 last time I was there.The old pike street farmers market.Seems like there was the Liberty theater on pike too.My memory is not as good as it once was,plus I’ve been gone so many years.

Posted by: Lynne Culipher at July 14, 2005 01:53 AM

Man, what a trip down memory lane gang! I was born here in the early sixties, grew up in West Seattle for a while, then moved A LOT, then came back. It was still home, but not so much anymore.

Hope it’s not too corny, but I miss Seattle. Old Seattle. Musty, grungy, backwater, non-hip, blue collar, provencial Seattle when our claim to fame was Jimi Hendrix, Here Comes the Brides, and that song “The Bluest Skies You’ve Ever Seen Are In Seattle”.

-The easy going mellow that turned into progressive angst & anger and funky chic in Belletown. The po-dunk attractions that we lived for including:

-JP Patches and Gertrude (proud Patches Pal!)

Seafair; where half-drunk pirates invaded the shores with no thought of harrasment lawsuits and radio even made special announcements!
-When the Torchlight parade drew pretty much EVERYONE.
-When the hydro races were the biggest game in town for the year. Basically when the entire city revolvd around Seafair!

-Yep, the Dog house, Twin Teepees and that great greasy spoon down on Airport Way, Red Rooster? Help someone! They introduced me to the chilli omelette

-The Raineer brewery. Yes a craft beer fan, but still, Raineer was hometown!

-Laugh if you will, but I miss the Kingdome! I remember how proud we all were of it when built. It was the largest unsupported structure of it’s kind in the world. When the Supes and & Seahawks thru the the end of the Knox era were running wild, that dome rocked like no other venue, anywhere, at any time! Heck, the No Fun League made rules banning excessive noise because of us! Plus, I saw some great concerts there, highlighted by Zepplin. Okay, the sound wasn’t great, but it was still fun! The Dome was utillitarian, functional, practical and tough, like us!

Thanks for the great memories everyone!

Posted by: Adam at July 14, 2005 02:10 AM

Ooh! Sorry, but I forgot about Eddie Cotton’s! Home of the Eddie Cotton hotlink burger! My best bud and I still make them! 10-4 on Andy’s Diner too…Mmmm, Andy’s Special and the pork chop sandwiches!

Posted by: Adam at July 14, 2005 02:14 AM

Also remembered the old donut factory on 15th.ave.accross from pier 91.There was a bar accross the street.The Barnum & Bailey circus,when it was a real circus.I was raised on Queen Anne Hill,& every nite at 8 pm Taps would be blown at pier 99,they put me to sleep more times than one.I haven’t lived there since 1953,many things have changed.I read the Seattle paper every day on my computer,well,both of them.
I was in Spain from ’62 to ’65 & have been in Texas ever since,but I still miss being in Seattle.

Posted by: Lynne Culipher at July 14, 2005 02:34 AM

Growing up in West Seattle and then moving to Bellevue when I was 10…..many places run across my mind.

In West Seattle–Zesto’s Hamburgers(where the little McDonalds is now across from West Seattle High), Cobb’s Market, N&N Variety, and various other little places at Admiral Way & California Avenue. Fond childhood memories. Not to mention the old Mobil Station where a new Bank of America is going up. The Kress and JC Penny Stores at the Junction. And Clair Smith’s “West Seattle Realty.” How about the old Clipper Gas station on California Avenue—not to mention the Chevron and the old IGA Store that was there on the corner of Charlestown Street and California Avenue.

In Bellevue–Belle Lanes(where I learned to bowl–now Barnes & Noble), and the John Danz Theatre right next door. The Dick’s Drive-Inn in Bellevue, The Old House of Values(my mom worked there), KFKF-Radio in Bellevue Square–my dad Jack Hemingway worked there when it was a shopping center. The Jolly Boy Drive-Inn, the old Arctic Circle in Lake Hills, and not that I shopped there alot–the old Wigwam Store in Sunset Village at Eastgate. And how about the old Bellevue Airport, and the old A&P Stores–including Bellevue Square. Mayfair Markets, And Village Greens par-3 golf course. And one other place I really miss is Maxie’s Broiler on 108th and N.E. 6th–they made the best French Dip sandwiches—bar none! And I almost forget Bellevue Jr. High where I did 7th, 8th & 9th grade. It was where the beautiful downtown Bellevue Park is now

Just some of my fond memories of things no longer here!

Posted by: J.J. Hemingway at July 14, 2005 02:52 AM

Almost forgot….another Seattle burger institution—–Dag’s. Dag’s rocked!!!

Posted by: J.J. Hemingway at July 14, 2005 02:57 AM

How about the movie theatres? Thanks to Paul Allen, we still have the Cinerama, but how about the UA150 were my father took the day off work in 1981 to wait in a line that went around the block three times! for tickets to see Empire?
Or (for us Eastsiders) how about the John Danz theatre? Who has seen a movie in a theatre that big since? In the days before THX, they had the loudest sound system in the business. I’ll never forget seeing the ever-forgettable “Brainstorm” there with the music so loud that the seat shook every scene change.
The days of the boring, sterile, 150 seat multiplex are upon us, and it’s not good.

Posted by: JonnyB at July 14, 2005 03:07 AM

i miss fires at alki
catching nice sized trout at greenlake
and going into the city for a full, fun day and not spending any money

Posted by: jim at July 14, 2005 03:52 AM

I’ve been a frequent traveler to Seattle since about 1991 or ’92. I used to come on business, but now have very good friends in the area and visit a couple times a year. And while I can’t point to a specific landmark or restaurant that has disappeared, I can say that, as an outsider looking in about every 6-9 months, Seattle has lost some of the soul that made me fall in love with the city nearly 15 years ago. All of the out-of-towners who’ve moved in — and the trendy, gentrified and homogenized amenities that cater to this new population — have significantly eroded the local personality. I live in the midwest, where it is pretty boring but familiar. Seattle used to have a familiar feeling, but each time I visit, it is becoming more and more “corporate.” The people on the street aren’t as friendly — they’re all from someplace else and have an air about them that’s hard to define other than saying its phoney. I know you can’t put the cat back in the box — and I still really like the city — but Seattle has lost some of its soul. There are, however, a couple of enduring Seattle institutions to celebrate: Kidd Valley restaurants — great milk shakes! And the giant, revolving Elephant Car Wash sign downtown. Oh, and I did think of a disappeared icon: the “toe truck.”

Posted by: Barry at July 14, 2005 04:55 AM

Burgers 5 for $1.00

Posted by: Lynne Culipher at July 14, 2005 04:56 AM

Jesus, all of mine have been tape-looped, but thank God someone besides me misses Farrell’s and Gorilla Gardens! (And of course, the Last Exit, the old Rendevous, A&W, Herfy’s and too many more to name.) But here’s the saddest thing: living in Korea now for three years, the real tragedy is that I miss one thing above all about Seattle:

Having a Seattle to miss.

The last traces of Seattle were vanishing when I left … every time I come back to visit, what’s there is a place I don’t know and can’t believe I grew up in. If a nuke hit Seattle tomorrow, I’d mourn the few family and friends I have left there, and cheer the destruction of everything else.

Except Dick’s. And maybe Kettel’s in Georgetown, a favorite spot for beer and breakfast after the Amazon overnight shift. Port Orchard, my home for two years after the rent rockets drove me out of Ballard for good. And RIP, Seattle’s two best bands ever – the Fastbacks and the Young Fresh Fellows. God bless.

Posted by: Derek Denton at July 14, 2005 05:25 AM

I have moved from Seattle and I realize a lot of what I miss is long gone….God, the yupification of the town is enough to make you gag….i see from these listings that even some of the yup joints have folded for example the Beeliner and half the overpriced “bistros ” in belltown….I hope Targy’s is still going….I guess I miss Ernie Steele’s the most—great bar, people and jukebox…Seattle was the greatest place to live 25 years ago….Now?? Please…It’s full of people trying to convince themselves that $1200 studio apts, mind boggling traffic and pretentiousness is the perfect way to live….They know it’s not but hey , it’s Seattle–this is perfect..Yeah, right..Delusional

Posted by: mark at July 14, 2005 06:35 AM

I bet people miss that it just isn’t white anymore…boring bad fashion and smelly…don’t forget the vague waspy attitude…Seattle’s now improved – needs to be more diversity..like I said still pasty and white…

Posted by: JB at July 14, 2005 06:55 AM

– Fredrick and Nelson and all things related to it, but especially Breakfast with Santa and Frango Shakes.

– Piston Boats, and not having to wait until the blue angels are finished to move into the south turn

– The Iron Horse

– Almost Live, come on the “lame list,” speed walking, High Fivin’ White Guys, and ringing in the new year with some strange Bill Nye invention, what could be better? Where have you gone Billy Kuan?

Posted by: Kevin at July 14, 2005 07:13 AM

Something like two thirds of all eating places close within their first year, so it’s not surprising favourites keep going away – though I think sometimes we only notice the places we like closing.

Anyway, my list has to include:

Longshoremans Daughter
Seattle Catch
Au Bouchon

All had good food and staff, and added something unique to their location.

Posted by: Paul at July 14, 2005 07:18 AM

How about that really cool bar named TUGS on first avenue. This is where I met divine, the huge drag queen in seattle while filming Trouble inMind. What a place to let loose.

Posted by: Mark at July 14, 2005 07:29 AM

I also miss the old Jones’ Fantastic Museum, originally on Hwy 99 in Lynnwood, later moved to the Seattle Center, then to a warehouse somewhere in Seattle and then sold to someone in Oregon. Would love to find some of that old stuff, pictures of “circus freaks”, all the toys…!

Miss the Smorgasbords at King Oscars on Aurora, Russian Samovar on Capital Hill, and Franco’s Hidden Harbor. And how about Beggar’s Banquet in the U-District (“Nearby, but far from Herfy’s”) with Julie, Verlie and that hot waitress named Pam!

I miss Brewster’s Health Food store on Olive Way, where the Westlake Mall is now. They had a lunch counter where you could have carrot juice and a sandwich, maybe even see Henry Fonda or Robert Cummings or Primo Kim stop in for some juice!

I miss the record booths at Frederick and Nelsons, you could play any album in the store, and smoke cigarettes if you didn’t get caught. Oh yes, I do miss being able to smoke a cigarette while shopping at the grocery store (OK, not really).

I miss Demitrios coffee house on Capitol Hill for coffee and sweets after a play at The Empty Space or a movie. Demitrio would give guests tours around his shop/home loaded with antiques and year-round Christmas. I think he got busted for traffiking stolen furs.

I miss KRAB radio with their eclectic programming, especially late at night!!!

I miss the lunch and coffee counter at the old triangular Bartell’s downtown, and the Woolworth’s lunch counter, too. Also, the Bang Mi Smoke shop at Woolworth’s.

Also miss Boondock’s Sundeckers and Greenthumb’s on Broadway, Seattle’s first fern restaurant, with their hugh menu. And there was that hippie joint Mother Morgan’s Gumbo Factory and Live-in Restaurant Honey on 15th, Capital Hill. And the Hogsbreath Restaurant and Bar on the Ave.

Also miss the SkyRide at the Seattle Center, where you could smoke a joint while riding across the way.

Posted by: Rob Potter at July 14, 2005 07:31 AM

I miss a Seattle that was not full of jerks.

…sad, very sad.

Posted by: John Daugherty at July 14, 2005 07:33 AM

I don’t live in Seattle but I have been there almost every summer of my life. I miss the old Ivar’s on the waterfront. All of the stuff on the walls, paintings, etc. After the remodel – it was never the same, even the food wasn’t as good!

Posted by: Karen at July 14, 2005 07:36 AM

I miss Jake O’Shaunessy’s – Spent May 18, 1980 (the day St. Helen’s blew) with my parents and family celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary! I’ll never understand why Mick closed up shop there!!

Also miss Lion O’Rielly & BJ Monkeyshines on Broadway! GREAT Party place while in college at Seattle U

The lemon cakes at Fredrick & Nelsons!

The Sundance Tavern on Pike street!

Oh… the memories are killing me!!

Posted by: Mike at July 14, 2005 07:39 AM

After reading so many posts, I’m suprized that no one has mentioned the old “blob” that was at the bottom of the Counterbalance in Lower Queen Anne. I never actually went in there as I was really young when it was built, but I used to think it was the coolest building I’d ever seen. Now, I think, it too is a condo.

Also, to people that miss Herfy’s…there still is one in Georgetown on Michigan Ave S. I don’t know if it’s the exact same Herfy’s…but it might be…go check it out.

Growing up in Seattle…I also miss JP Patches (though he’s still around from time to time), the Kingdome (I always knew I was home when I saw the Kingdome after coming through the I-90 tunnel), The Twin Teepees (again, I never actually went in there..but the building was SO cool)…and finally…

the Aurora Family diner. It was such a dive that I think most people were afraid to eat there…but the food was so good, so cheap, and the Korean lady that owned it rocked!

Posted by: Brandon at July 14, 2005 07:40 AM

The view from the Space Needle in the 60’s. Look south and the regrade was a regrade. Belltown was flat. Directly below, Totem Pontiac. No Fisher Plaza, just the KOMO building with a Chevron station next door. And across the street was “Tex’s Tavern” with bold white letters on the roof where they had “deaf night” on Thursdays for the hearing impaired. I nearly went deaf in there.

And don’t forget Hales Hobby Shop in Westlake Mall next to the monorail, and the Rocket Surplus store at 1st & Battery.

Posted by: Brooks Burford at July 14, 2005 07:44 AM

To everyone missing Farrell’s — there is one here in San Diego which appears to have been lost in a time warp, because it’s EXACTLY the same. The burgers even have this weird “Farrell’s” flavor which I didn’t remember but recognized instantly. I’ll pack a Tin Roof in dry ice and send it to you in exchange for a Dicks Deluxe and a chocolate shake.

Posted by: Carol at July 14, 2005 07:50 AM

The Aqua Follies at Greenlake!

Posted by: Dave at July 14, 2005 08:01 AM

I can’t believe no one has mentioned Playland Amusement Park. It used to be where K-Mart is now on Aurora & 130th. And I’m with Ruth – The old Ball n’Rack. There was a Dairy Queen too where the pizza place is now on 45th. Last but not least, I miss when Bellevue was nothing but fields and snotty eastsiders were not even a gleam in Kemper Freeman’s eyes.

Posted by: Katherine at July 14, 2005 08:02 AM

Simple. Ballard High School

Posted by: bmvaughn at July 14, 2005 08:06 AM

DAG’S. Who can forget the Grand Dag and Dagilac?

Backdoor Ultra Lounge. Much better than Mr. Lucky which the ownership bought after closing The Backdoor.

Pietro’s Pizza. Best toppings in town. I still long for their pizza. Uggh.

Posted by: Sam at July 14, 2005 08:11 AM

I grew up in Seattle and moved away 15 years ago, so I just miss living there and feeling like I belong.

As far as places I miss: The Tasty Home Bakery on 65th, Ravenna School when it was a school, going to Pioneer Square and visiting art galleries that are now apartments, Nordstrom in the University District when across from the bookstore, not when it was in the Pier One spot (great shoes and clothes always!), the skyway and collosium at the Seattle Center, $5 bleacher seats for the Mariners in the Kingdome, Kingdome breezes (there was a breeze all the time in there), the hot dog place that was above Bartells in Downtown — there was also one in the University District, the lunchroom at Fredrick and Nelsons upstairs at Christmas and in the basement all other times.

Posted by: Shannon at July 14, 2005 08:13 AM

Remember the Tiki Hut on Elliot Way? Used to be an A&W Rootbeer before that. I worked at the Tiki Hut in ’60s as a dishwasher. When I turned 21 Bill, the owner said, “For your birthday you can go help Mac in the bar.” I looked 14 and the customers asked me for ID but I never went back to the kitchen. Mac soon left but not before he tought me how to make everything from a shot and a beer to a Mai Tai. Not long after that I graduated from the Burnley School of Art (Pine and Braodway)and never tended bar again.

Posted by: Beach Boy at July 14, 2005 08:20 AM

Native Seattlite here and the thing I miss most is the retail core downtown prior to the Westlake Center. Ben Paris especially & Fredericks as well. Triangle Bartells and the Owl Drug Company, but I think Sees candy was still there (and that’scomforting) Of coure there are all the old movie palaces t.o also lament. The Colonial, Blue Mouse and Music Box namely. And as I got older and before Belltown was way hip, there was Tugs. Oh yeah and going way back, KOL radio was the hit in the early seventies. I kind of miss AM radio before all the blah, blah.

Posted by: Jamie at July 14, 2005 08:23 AM

First of all, I can’t begin to say how GREAT it is that all these people who have posted here have recollections like these. I’m a born and bred Seattlelite (webbed feet and all) and figured (quite some time ago) that animals like me were getting pretty rare around here. I can see I may have to re-think that.

What is kind of troubling is that if there seem to be so many of us, WHY HAVE WE JUST LET THIS HAPPEN? I know, I know…you can’t stop progress, and of course if there’s one place that bows down to the almighty dollar, it’s Seattle, We sold our souls that once we took a lot of pride in as being one-of-a-kind, that the Pacific Northwesterner had a style all his/her own. As Emmett Watson would have put it (He once personally made me a KBO agent…Keep the Bastards Out)…”The bastards have overrun us, and now we are them!”…


1) The Pipeline Tavern / Bogies
2) The Brick Pit Bar-B-Q (Ballard)
3) The original Gob Shoppe (On N.W. 85th)
4) Golden Gardens in the 70’s (Man, did we light ’em up!)
5) The Ab Lib Tavern (Kent)
6) Seattle International Raceways
7) Hydroplanes when they were THUNDERBOATS (Pay N Pak, Atlas Van Lines, Squire Shop, Bud)
8) KJR / KOL
9) Kenmore Drive In
10) Pioneer Square Tavern (The ol’ PST)

But really, what I miss the most is what Seattle used to be in general. A place where people weren’t always sticking their noses in everybody else’s business. A place where we didn’t expect our sports teams to do very well, and when they did it was actually a big deal. I miss the unpretentiousness of what Seattle used to be, when character and honesty actually meant something.

Posted by: Jon A. at July 14, 2005 08:23 AM

The 5-O tavern, 15th Ave, Capital Hill. The most twisted, fun bar in all the world.

Posted by: sj at July 14, 2005 08:27 AM

Reading this list makes me realize how many places I miss. I miss a Chinese restaurant called the Golden Sea on Aurora. Frederick and Nelson’s dining room and then the coffee shop. Just plain miss the store. Tasty Home Bakery on 65th…the best cinnamon rolls. Any of the Clark’s restaurants that were downtown and around town in the 60’s and 70’s.

And the old Nordstrom’s downtown and in the U district.

Posted by: Jennifer at July 14, 2005 08:28 AM

The original Last Exit, where I spent a great deal of time, but not much money.

The Spot Bagel Bakery in the Wallingford School.

Posted by: Jim at July 14, 2005 08:29 AM

Between them, Hol-n-One Donuts on University Way NE at NE 43d and the bakery in the Frederick & Nelson Arcade made the best donuts I ever tasted.

The Hog’s Breath was a restaurant and music venue in the basement of the Ave Arcade that had some pretty good bands, including The Visible Targets at the peak of their powers.

Bloch’s used to make great sandwiches, especially prime rib sandwiches. Their Capitol Hill location was a great place to hang out. They expanded to Lower Queen Anne. Then they were gone.

Lofurno’s amazed me by surviving for years at its location on Elliott Way — restaurants seemed to come and go there every six months until Lofurno’s came along. They lasted for years — then they too were gone.

Posted by: Pete Cicero at July 14, 2005 08:33 AM

“The Price Is Right” for its cheap drinks and pound and a half baked potato with 28 different styles of fillings.

“Trader Vic’s” in the Westin Hotel for its exotic cuisine and drinks.

Posted by: Glenn M at July 14, 2005 08:36 AM

I miss Taco Mama’s in downtown Kirkland. When I was a student a Lake Washington High School, working at the old Safeway store, I’d go to Taco Mama’s for lunch. It had no back door, no restroom and seating for about six people. Very tiny, like a real taqueria. But in those days Ben Franklin and JC Penny were Kirland’s downtown anchors. I doubt anybody who lives in Kirkland now has event shopped at such low end stores.

Posted by: Mick at July 14, 2005 08:39 AM

DAGS… I miss those cheeseburgers. Moved here from Spokane (had just gotten a job at Standard Oil), new in town, pockets as clean as the inside of a ping-pong ball.
DAGS helped me survive those first two weeks till my first paycheck. Kept going back tho, even with pockets full, I loved those burgers.
Pizza Pete on Broadway. Spaghetti Tuesday, and the best pizza sauce ever. Progress?

Posted by: Del at July 14, 2005 08:40 AM

Pain in the Grass concerts at Seattle Center, KCMU “Brain Pain” with Jeff Gilbert, The Rocket, OK Hotel (pre-remodel), The Store Room on Eastlake, Hungry-U pizza, American Music (before Guitar Center stole their thunder)

Posted by: Butch at July 14, 2005 08:45 AM

Kelly’s Prime Rib in the U-district. They had the BEST prime rib dips sandwiches ever. Bunch of us used to drive from Boeing’s on marginal at lunch just for the treat. Used to jockey for position in line because the lucky one got the rib. Baked potatoes there weren’t bad either. Miss you.

Posted by: Val at July 14, 2005 08:46 AM

The Sit n’ Spin. I liked the quirkyness of being able to do your laundry, have a meal and a drink, play Life or Monopoly, and than head to the back to see a local band, all in one place. I met my wife there during a Fighting Machinists show. Since than, the band broke up, the Sit n’ Spin closed, but my wife and I are celebrating our 4th anniversary.

Posted by: Tim McConnell at July 14, 2005 08:51 AM

Eagles Auditorium (now the Convention Center)almost every Friday night during the late 1960’s had a light show and the hottest bands – Cream, Steve Miller, Iron Butterfly, Taj Mahal, Chambers Brothers, Deep Purple. On Saturday nights, I think they had boxing.

Parker’s Ballroom on Aurora on Friday nights had dances for teenagers (Paul Revere and the Raiders, Kingsmen) and Saturday nights opened up the bar and had dances for the old fogies

Warshall’s Sporting Goods on First Avenue

Lake City Bowl

Liberty Malt Store in the Pike Place Market for beer and winemaking supplies

Kress and Woolworth’s both at Third and Pike. You could buy everything from aquarium fish and supplies to clothes to cleaning supplies to fabrics and yarns

Aqua Follies at Green Lake

Take the elevator door to the 211 Pool Hall

The York Lunch

Posted by: nancy at July 14, 2005 08:51 AM

I miss Woerne’s European Cafe on University Way near Scmitz Hall. It’s still there (I think) but the owner isn’t Woerne anymore, who used to have wonderful coffee at any hour, great schnitzel and other european food, and delicious pastries.

I also miss the old Spaghetti Factory near the Pier. It had that great trolley, that I got to eat in twice, once as a kid and once with my boyfriend (now husband) and we were served by one of his highschool acquaitances (from Richland, WA of all places).

Posted by: Christine at July 14, 2005 08:52 AM

One word…

Posted by: Iso at July 14, 2005 08:56 AM

Wow so many were mentioned although some seemed to new to be missed but I guess it all depends on your perspective.
I miss the noise llevels at the King Dome
I will miss the Monorail when it goes and I definitely miss the Doghouse. Somewhere I have a menu sheet from their last day (my Birthday)
And I also miss Pietro’s pizza they made a great taco pizza and the Raiinier R sign. The $3.00 KISW rising star shows and the view of Rainier before the smog (oh sorry we don’t use that word in Seattle) muted it’s majestic beauty

Posted by: Mark at July 14, 2005 09:07 AM

I miss the good old Bon Marche.

Posted by: Jill at July 14, 2005 09:07 AM

Frederick & Nelson and Bon Marche for the shopping experience.

Twin Teepees–never been in there but the building always caught my eye on Hwy 99.

Rainier “R”–I remember going their for a school field trip back in the early 80s and I thought it was so cool that they gave us these netted haircaps!

The pink toe trucks–I miss ’em!

Kingdome–the Safeco and Qwest fields don’t do it for me.

Woolworth’s–the best place to buy anything you needed for cheap!

The old Aurora Village Shopping Mall that had Ernst, Payless drug store, Lucky’s grocery, Frederick & Nelson, Jay Jacobs, Woolworth’s–even though it was the smallest mall, it had character.

The “Almost Live” show–please come back!! I miss the whole crew!

I miss the old Seattle…so sad.

Posted by: H at July 14, 2005 09:10 AM

I miss the Seattle Star. Used to deliver it every
afternoon for several years.

Posted by: Dave at July 14, 2005 09:10 AM

I miss my Grandparents.

Posted by: Greg at July 14, 2005 09:10 AM

Ruff’s drive in on 15th ave in Ballard, Best flame grilled burgers in the area. I think there is a Denny’s (YUK). In it’s place.

Posted by: KH at July 14, 2005 09:12 AM

These thoughts nearly bring a tear, seriuosly.

1.The Cloud Room (nuff said)

2.The South China on Beacon Hill, i miss the neighborhood meeting place and info!

3. Sorry Charlies at Shilshoe

4. KISW Seattles Best ROCK!

5. Ballard.

6.The Libary at The Bon Marche’ (thats a big martini?)

7. harry’s lower queen anne

8. longacres and Andy’s Diner

9. The Blue Moon (2nd and denny)

hmmm, how did we get here?

Posted by: Bart at July 14, 2005 09:17 AM

I miss the Tradewinds, a tacky, tropical bar where people threw pineapple from their piña coladas at each other, while a piano player played fifties music among artifical palm trees.

Posted by: Tim at July 14, 2005 09:20 AM

The old REI on Capitol Hill

Hamburger Mary’s when it was on Olive Way

City People’s on 15th

Torrey’s Eggs Cetera on Broadway

Giorgina’s Pizza on 15th

211 Club

The 5-O (Thanks for reminding me!)

Boat Street Cafe

Surrogate Hostess

Keeg’s on Broadway

Fred Meyer on Broadway

Outdoor mini-golf at thr Fun Forest

The Balcony on Pike

Posted by: jen at July 14, 2005 09:24 AM


Posted by: G MAN at July 14, 2005 09:25 AM

1. Blaze’s Broiler

2. Farrells (remember the jingle:”Farrells’s is fabulous fun for everyone!”)

3. The Dog House

4. Frederick & Nelson

5. The Little Pebble

I hope Seattle doesn’t turn into a wasteland of TGI Friday’s and AppleBees. If Dick’s Drive in ever closes I’m moving!

Posted by: cs-Born in Seattle at July 14, 2005 09:28 AM

Von’s (also Rippe’s)

Posted by: David at July 14, 2005 09:35 AM

Pizza and Pipes
Pizza Pete
The Last Exit
Ernie Steele’s
Andy’s Diner
The Frontier Room (the dive bar, not the laem upscale BBQ joint they have now)
Almost Live! (except for Ross Shafer)
Frederick and Nelson
The Bon Marche
Woolworth’s on 3rd and Pike

Posted by: eponymous coward at July 14, 2005 09:36 AM

For the guy who couldn’t remember the Chinese place on Broadway, it was Jimmy Woo’s Jade Pagoda. Dark, smoky, and brilliant.

I miss…

the movie theater where Rite Aid is now on Broadway & John.
Matzoh Mammas.
Orpheum Records.
City People’s on 15th E.
Sorry Charlie’s.

Posted by: paul at July 14, 2005 09:36 AM

All of the above – most of all I miss the Seattle that we used to be. Someone called us a “Yuppie Hellhole” – Where have all of the families gone (they can’t afford to live here) Where are Grandma & Grandpa (they can’t afford to live here)! I thought I was the only native left in town, I can see by this that I am wrong. How did we get here – by ignoring what was going on. Can we go back – probably not. We who have lived here for many years are fortunate to have done so!

Posted by: molly at July 14, 2005 09:37 AM

The “old” Sonya’s 6AM Happy Hour!

Posted by: Butch at July 14, 2005 09:39 AM

The Neptune Theater on 45th, when it was still a repertory theater and showed Rocky Horror every Friday at midnight.

Posted by: Arthur at July 14, 2005 09:40 AM

1.The Hong Kong restraunt in Chinatown with the big sign, the best Dim Sum around.

2.I remember the first Seafair with my Father, off of Empire Way exit…a bunch of 70’s looking dudes with real mustaches, drinking “R” beer,… wondering why the cigarette the guy next to us was smoking was so short…ha.

3.Old Seattle flavor.

Posted by: alex p at July 14, 2005 09:45 AM

I also miss the characters/street performers who are no longer with us:
The blind man with his dog who played accordian outside the F&N
The short bald accordian player whose picture was (is?) in the window at Petosa’s.
The old harmonica player outside MacDonald’s
The man in white shoes wit his mother who always showed up at funerals for the good food
The steel drum player outside Nordstroms
The guy in jumpsuit who used to drag around the big garbage container with end-of-days words written on it

Posted by: Rob Potter at July 14, 2005 09:45 AM

Wow, lots to remember, but here are some highlights from growing up on Queen Anne:

– food: Casa Lupita, Herfy’s, Prego at the top of the Madison (special treat @ Xmas), Iron Horse, Farrell’s, Pizza & Pipes, Spaghetti Factory

– fun: old Center rides (Matterhorn, Ride to Mars, SkyRide, tots’ rollercoaster), Seafair with beer and you could go out to the middle of the lake in a raft, Bubbleator, Kingdome, JP Patches, Almost Live, Gasworks when you could climb EVERYTHING and come home with a distinct smell of toxic contaminants, Rainier beer ads, watching for my parents on TV at Seahawks home games

– shopping: Jafco!, Frederick & Nelson @ Xmas because they had the best Santa, Warshall’s, Chubby & Tubby

– pre-yuppy Queen Anne – Salladay’s, 21st century market (for candy after school)

I don’t think the true spirit of Seattle will ever come back…

Posted by: Edie at July 14, 2005 09:49 AM

I miss the original Last Exit on Brooklynn. I met many friends and my wife there. I loved that you could spend an entire day in the Exit and the world would come to your corner.

Still miss Irv prowling around, packed Monday music nights, smell of clove cigs, and the $1 ice cream sundaes. Remember, no photos please.

Posted by: Shahin at July 14, 2005 09:51 AM

I think Woerne’s European Cafe is gone — they had the best drip coffee and whole wheat spinach croissants! Someone mentioned the guy on the Ave who would play/sing blues, right outside of Windfall (which is gone as well). I think he committed suicide; I used to stop and say hi and chat a bit with him almost everyday.

Others not mentioned:
–Fallout Records & the old Cellophane Sq
–that old mini-mart/grocery store at the lower end of Roosevelt (I think) in the U-District, run by a really old guy
–B&O (in the basement) downtown, near Pioneer Sq.
–Kalinka’s (not sure if that’s the name), a Russian place in Belltown with these great big ball-like piroshkies, yummmm…

Posted by: Lo at July 14, 2005 09:53 AM

1. KJR-B am — Spokane
2. 6 piston powered hydroplanes all at once
3. Snow packed “Husky Stadium” Apple Cup (Cougars
win and go to the Rose Bowl) sigh

Posted by: Derz at July 14, 2005 09:53 AM

Having lived here all of my life I can tell you that Seattle in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s was an unbelievable place to grow up. Summer living by Green Lake in the sixties… Hydro races, fireworks right on the lake going off the rope swing on Duck Island. My brother Pat was concidered wierd because he roller-skated around that lake waaaay before it became fashionable. THE WORLD’S FAIR! Northgate without a roof. Christmas shopping at Newberry’s with my meager funds attained by delivering the Outlook {thanx Trudy Weckworth.} What seemed like a huge assortment of 45’s at both the Sears store on 65th and Roosevelt and the HI-FI record store across the street from Hal’s Cafe. Later becoming a ride operator at Woodland Park Zoo {rides don’t get much cheezier} Chasing down the kids who would try to jump on the back of the train. Smoking cigarettes under the train bridge with my hoodlum friends. My sister Cindy worked in the concession stands and gave me and my friends free stuff. Getting freaked out by the pictures on the wall of Jones Brothers Museum. Scaling the width of the Boy Scout Memorial at the Zoo. Sheesh I remember when ther wasn’t a freeway except for Aurora Ave. When I was a soph at QAHS my dad and I would take the bus from the top of Queen Anne and go to the old ILWU union hall below Post street by the Market We would trade and chat with the guys at Crystal Meats. My dad would resell shopping bags of used books to Shorey’s. I would play pinball while he did his thing in his drinking dives such as the Unique, Place Pigalle before it was fashionable, and of course Joe’s on Western Ave. When not playing pinball he would send me with a five dollar bill as a babysitter to Mannings on 2nd or the Do-nut shop on 1st and Pike.
In my late teens there was pot and pinball at the American Dream in the U-district, Red’s Cafe in Fremont, Ben Paris downtown, and Hasty Tasty in the U-district, as well as the Eastlake Zoo.
My bar hopping days would start at the Gibson House and the Frontier room for real drinks then make the circut of Wrex{before the Vogue} Tugs, Baby-O’s, Astor-park, the Gorilla Gardens and the Backstage. Nina Hagen, the Plasmatics and 999 at the Showbox. In fact didn’t the Showbox use to be a place called “the Happening” a discoteque before Disco? I remember Linda’s trio at the Drift On Inn {Jeez, anybody could score in that place} In disco days it was Vancouvers, {remember the racist no-hats rule?] golden Tides, Boren Street disco… too many to recall.
In Radio there was KJR radio-go-go then the more sophisticated KOL-FM and later K-jet, KRAB, and K-ZAM.
Sorry this is so long but there is so much that has changed in this town, I could go on and on…

Posted by: Robert Wenzl at July 14, 2005 09:54 AM

I miss “The Unicorn and Costermonger”. It was the best English pub in Seattle. Angus served up a fine Welsh Warmer to go with the pasties, peas, and chips.

Posted by: Scott at July 14, 2005 09:55 AM

So many things – buildings, walks, eateries — many already mentioned. Besides all of those, I miss the Nielson Brothers Bakery in Ballard. They made a yummy chocolate triangle with almond filling and a wicked raspberry mazzarine. I hope they replace with the Alaskan Way viaduct with an equally high highway. Not only is the view great, but it was one of the best routes if you lived in Ballard or West Seattle.

Posted by: Jackie at July 14, 2005 09:55 AM

FREDRICK & NELSON’S, espically around Xmas and those Frango milkshakes and burgers downstairs in the arcade diner! Loved the parqued black and white floor as a kid…

TRIDENT IMPORTS (Pier 66 or 67?) Kinda smelled funny in there though…moth balls…

JOE BANANA’S PIZZA (West Seattle, known for their thin crust NY-style pizza’s, (was) thee best in town

VAN’S a greasy spoon in the W. Seattle junction area, loved their soups and sandwiches…great prices, great service.

THE IRON HORSE where your meals were delivered to your table via a model railway
(2nd & Jackson area)

DAGS BURGERS! Loved the “bag-a-Dags”…

PIZZA PETE, my Dad’s first job as a kid…he talks about that place often, saw it mentioned a couple postings back


O’FARRELLS Ice Cream parlor out in Southcenter mall

Posted by: Greene at July 14, 2005 09:56 AM

I miss J. P. Patches, Hat and Boots, and Kresses downtown where you could get a BLT and a Coke for .99.

Posted by: Michelle Curtin at July 14, 2005 09:57 AM

Chubby and Tubby’s always had a dollar forty nine Christmas tree when we were broke.

I miss Frederick and Nelson, as a young girl, I would float dreamily up and down its escalators, looking in amazement at what rich people buy. Also, its Christmas window displays.

I miss my quiet walks as an innocent teenager, alone on first avenue, when there was not a soul there, and nothing open, on sunny summer mornings.

Posted by: Rosemary at July 14, 2005 09:58 AM

My first job out of college, Kent State (the one in Ohio) was at Generra Sportswear in the early 90’s. What do I miss…
Seattle – what a great place
Generra Sportswear – when it as an icon brand
Walking up and down Queen Anne hill to work
All the Subarus – everywhere you look, better than all the Accords everywhere else
The only place I ever lived where my politics where in the majority!

Posted by: Todd Huston at July 14, 2005 10:01 AM

Ravenna grade school, Schumacher’s Bakery and Ms. Bardahl, RHS, Herfy’s, Greenlake Jake’s, Jake O’Shaunessy’s and the bar next door- Harrry’s(Tom’s electric ice tea!) , The real U. Village, The PI, The Red Door, The Seattle Pilots, but mostly the Rainier brewery and the “R”.

Posted by: Elf at July 14, 2005 10:04 AM

Does anyone remember Playland on Aurora?

Posted by: molly at July 14, 2005 10:04 AM

I miss Emmett Watson’s Lesser Seattle. All the great places, stores and restaurant that made Seattle “Seattle” are gone. I miss the regional differences and am tired of all the Big Box stores that have taken over America.

I miss Lion O’Reilly’s and B.J. Monkeyshines on Broadway – I celebrated my 21st Birthday there getting drunk on Grasshoppers.

Posted by: Martha at July 14, 2005 10:06 AM

Art’s Family Food Center (Crown Hill on Holman Road)

Woolworths at Northgate

Kress’s on Market ST/Ballard

Anyone remember Fuji’s Five and Dime? They were on 45th but in the old day they were in Greenwood.

Annette’s Gallery… used to be on 143rd and Greenwood but once again in the old day, 85th and Greenwood.

The original Gob Shoppe

The old Fred Meyer pre- 1990’s remodel when you had to pay for purcases BEFORE you went to their alothing section or downstairs (pre-one stop shopping)… and their TOO bright white with blue and green border tiles

Another one for Farrell on 130th and Aurora

The Cinema Grill- great concept, just too damned expensive

Chinook and Steven’s Pass before they widened parts and removed all the trees that hugged the sides of the road

Wood play grounds at the elementary schools (Loyal Heights for instance)

and last but not least, low property taxes!!!!!

Posted by: Toby at July 14, 2005 10:08 AM

Lots of places for dining in the Burien area:
The Shaft Tavern
Shakey’s Pizza Parlor
Beef and Brew
Pizza and Pipes
Black Angus
Mr. Ed’s
Thankfully, there are a few good places still left.

Also miss the Golden Tides and Stuart’s at Shilshoe.

Posted by: Wayne at July 14, 2005 10:15 AM

I, too, miss Frederick & Nelson’s — nobody puts on a Christmas display like theirs…. My grandmother used to take me to lunch downstairs when we were out shopping — used to make me feel so grown up!

Also, the Unicorn on the Ave — you had to be stonecold sober to negotiate the stairs to the toilet, but the beer selection was beyond compare and I SOOOO miss the apple-berry pie with custard and tipsy hedgehog. MMMMM. Angus, oh, Angus — curmudgeon beyond compare.

Also the Russian Samovar. Best cheap food around.

Posted by: Laura C at July 14, 2005 10:23 AM

Heavens! After reading all the postings, I wonder if I am going to be happy revisiting Seattle where I once lived. I am now a double amputee, and am planning my first trip to Seattle this summer after a many year absence. After having been a Husky season ticket holder for many years, we went to Seattle frequently. Now, after reading all your fine posts, I am having second thoughts about coming up from Centralia (my actual home-town) since it appears from what I read that I will be in an alien place that I have never seen before. But I’m going to do it anyway. Even if I just go up, circle around a bit, and leave without getting out of the car. Wish me luck !!

Posted by: jerry a. ferrell at July 14, 2005 10:31 AM

How about …


G.O. Guy

The Lynn-Twin Theater in Lynnwood

Prairie Market (mark it yourself and save! – remember the grease pencils?)

Going to the Laser light show at the Science Center and spacing out to Pink Floyd …

The list goes on. But I am grateful for the cool things that are still around, like Dick’s and Quincy’s.

Posted by: Chris Porter at July 14, 2005 10:32 AM

The Owl Tavern in Ballard ~ I cried the first time I heard Issac Scott sing the blues there. I had been so blue myself about moving to Seattle, but that tipped the scale.

The “old” Larry’s in Pioneer Square ~ still there, only now it’s hip hop instead of the best blues bar in town.

Parkers ~ huge stage and dance floor ~ heard Gregg Allman there.

Still Life Cafe in Fremont ~ the casual ambience, people watching and hanging out with a book.

Posted by: Marilyn L. at July 14, 2005 10:47 AM

Who could ever pass up a bargain in the “old” basement” of Frederick & Nelson ? Or Frango Shake in the Paul Bunyon Cafe ? Better yet, the wonderful dining room on the 9th floor, with waitresses in aprons and caps ?

Gay Bars:

Shelly’s Leg
The Mocambo in Pionner Square
S.U.C. (Seattle Uniform Company)…Country dancing before it’s time
Mr. Larry’s–On Pike, where the convention center is now

Posted by: Dan at July 14, 2005 10:48 AM

I used to lead kids around on the ponies,at the pony ring at the Zoo in the late 40’s,’til maybe 1952.Ice skating at the old Coluseum,Also at the old rink in Ballard,I practically lived there.
Loved cheeseburgers at Mr.Maughne’s pharmacy on Queen Anne Ave.Last time I was by there it had turned into a lawyer’s office.That was back in 1958 I think.I was back in Seattle in 1998,It wasn’t the same place,you have to pay to go in the Zoo,It’s all grown up with trees at the entrance now.Nothing looked the same.

Posted by: Lynne Culipher at July 14, 2005 10:52 AM

I miss the Triple X Drive In’s! Great burgers and of coarse, the Root Beer. Ahhh, the good old days.

Posted by: Tom at July 14, 2005 10:56 AM

I miss Seattle! The Seattle I grew up in and have loved. I still love this city, but it’s lost so much of its soul. Specifically, among a vast list I could most likely never end…I miss:
Frederick and Nelson’s, The Bon Marche, The Hong Kong, Broadway and the Broadway Market, Jake O’Shaugnessy’s, The Seattle Music Hall and all the great theater palaces, City People’s on 15th Ave E. The Twin TeePees, and Emmett Whatson (sp?).
God, the list goes on, and I find myself tearing up. This, is Progess?

Posted by: Stan at July 14, 2005 10:56 AM

Here’s one thing that you’re GONNA miss if you don’t show up 5 O’Clock this coming Sunday evening at the Lifelong AIDS Alliance converence room: GAY PRIDE ON BROADWAY. Yes, the self-appointed “committee” (a camel is a horse designed by a committee) is treatening to put a knife through the heart of Capitol Hill by moving the Pride march and rally to freaking 4th Avenue and the Seattle Center. All this lamenting (myself included) about where’d-it-go and jeez-how-I-miss… Please show up Sunday and keep The Big Pink Mess from being a tragic lost classic on next year’s list.

Posted by: Andrew at July 14, 2005 10:59 AM

I miss the old Woodland Park and the fun rides at Playland. Most of all I miss the PRICES of things back then!!

Posted by: Jan Flagg at July 14, 2005 11:01 AM

Shakey’s Pizza near the Old Spagetti Factory. We used to drive down from Queen Anne Hill (when John Hay Elementary was still a public school in the old buildings), eat pizza, then go to Baskin Robins.

Posted by: Rob Marshall at July 14, 2005 11:06 AM

A place that I really miss (even though it wasn’t around that long) is Coffee Asylum. It was on the Ave in the U-District back in the early or mid 90’s. The atmosphere was awesome, and all the espresso drinks were served in huge bowl cups. I always went there when I was depressed. Or I would go there when I was happy and become depressed when the girl I had a crush on walked in with some 6’5″ moppy-haired freak on her arm.

Posted by: Gunderpump at July 14, 2005 11:14 AM

Ruby Montana’s, Ruby was a gracious hostess with a biting sense of humor and a kind word to all. Her eclectic shop of fun for everyone toys, furniture and salt and pepper shakers was worth the trip downtown on its own.

Posted by: Missy at July 14, 2005 11:15 AM

It is good to read memories of Old Seattle. One time as a kid I went to see Captain Puget and got to sit in the Crow’s Nest. Strong disappointment that it was a TV studio and not a ship. After that I had to consider that J.P. Patches’ ICU2 TV just perhaps didn’t see me in the front room on rainy afternoons. How about Ketchikan, the Animal Man?

Miss having a stromboli sandwich at Pizza Pete’s on a Friday after a football game. Anybody still have a glass from those boxes of Duz detergent purchased at a Tradewell Store?

When I come south (from Ketchikan) we drive around Seattle for a day and see what is still standing. Good sport, even with the price of gas.

Posted by: Mark at July 14, 2005 11:19 AM

Frederick and Nelson – home of the Paul Bunyan room, the signiture door man, best place to see Santa in Town, originators of the hand activated Christmas window

Dags – Dick’s only true rival

Hat and Boots – a must South-bound stop on the way to family vacations in Oregon

Bobo and Fifi – especially Bobo – the current gorilla habitat is outstanding, its too be the zoo’s original primate stars couldn’t be around to enjoy it

Sicks Stadium

Queen Anne High School – the historic building is still there but….

Chubby and Tubby – where regular folks got their Christmas trees

Ranier Beer Brewery

The Bon Marche – the name Macy’s seems like an intrusion

Rhode Department Store – had so many unique features – too young to have experienced the company’s heyday when it rivaled F & N as the place to shop, but stil remember their unique merchandising windows

Ivar’s Captains Table

Herfy’s – sorry Big Mac, you just don’t match up with the Double Herfy Burger

Westlake Bartells and their old fashioned Soda Fountain

The Bubblelator

Seattle Totems

The Original Sounders

The Woodland Park mini railroad

Posted by: Keith Y at July 14, 2005 11:27 AM

I miss Seattle period. Living in Alaska now, but hope to back down there again someday soon. Pike street I always found interesting, Ivans Chower House is awesome, used to get off the ferry boat and head straight for it. And all the motorcycle shops!

Posted by: Mark at July 14, 2005 11:37 AM

What about Fredrick and Nelson, now that was a great department store.

Posted by: Marshall Bilderback at July 14, 2005 11:39 AM

Scandies in Ballard!!!

Posted by: Dave S at July 14, 2005 11:40 AM

I grew up in Meridian District near Green Lake (not the phony Tangletown name that current developers have slapped on it). This was in the 1930s and 40s when this was a blue collar neighborhood and there were many more kids around than dogs.

I remember the Mountain Creamery on 45th near Wallingford for good hamburgers and milk shakes.

The original Spud Fish and Chips about a block from the current one on Greenlake Way, when a single order of fish and chips was 15 cents and a double order of fish was 20 cents.

The Rathskellar downtown near Maison Blancs and the downtown Woolworth lunch counter.

The beautiful Orpheum theatre and catching the bus back home from the bus stop across the street on the small triangular block at Westlake and Stewart when there were bathrooms located below the street level and a barbershop where I used to get a haircut from an old fellow who said he used to fish the stream that flowed down Westlake Ave. when he was a kid.

I miss listening to Buck Ritchie when he used to play good Western music from the studio at top of Camlin Hotel. And bring back someone like Leo Lassen to broadcast Mariner baseball so you know what is happening when you can’t watch it.

I miss the fountain fish pool in the basement area of Ben Paris downtown with all the big trout swimming around.

Posted by: Jim Holcomb at July 14, 2005 11:52 AM

I totally forgot: the old Rexall Drugs on the corner of Broadway and Republican (?) run by John Ott and his family. One of the very last soda fountain/lunch counter drugstores in the country, finally driven out by some irritating, fancy-schmancy yuppie lighting store that lasted for like, oh, five minutes. Sad. Every Friday after kindergarten at Lowell Elementary, my mom would walk me over to the Rexall and we’d sit and talk to Anita, the counter lady, while she fixed me bean soup and a chocolate soda.

Posted by: GCK at July 14, 2005 11:52 AM

I miss Ridge Rink in Greenwood where you could roller skate and then buy a soft serve chocolate ice cream for 10 cents.

Going to the Woodlawn Park Zoo for free and then go ride on the rides for 10 cents. The Rock-O-Planes were really scary!

Greenwood bowling alley had about 10 lanes and it was always a hopping place.

The Seafair Grand Parade that was as big as the Torchlight Parade but it was during the day. You then could go to the Torchlight Parade that was at night.

Woolworths and Newberrys Dime Stores downtown.

Lincoln High School – My Alma-mater.

How about the Blue Mouse theatre where I saw Mary Poppins and you had to dress up to go see a movie.

So many things now gone but never forgotten!

Posted by: Connie at July 14, 2005 11:55 AM

So many places gone, ah nostalgia!
I’ll limit my list to the U district:

Blue Beards, unique clothes. Need a Jimi Hendrix jacket?(and one could always score a 4-finger bag of weed in front for $20).
The European Bakery and fresh coffee.
The Century Tav ( “the stench”) ’till 2a.m. Then cross the ave to Hasty Tasty for a greezy burger and fries. Is the Knarr tav still up the street?

Floyd the Flower Man…on his bike.”FLOWERS!”

Herfys,Outrageous Taco, Hevenly Pizza.
The District Night Club (Dee Dee Daniels and Dynamite on stage).
On 45th… The Iron Bull, Rat’s Nest(peanut shells on the floor please), Andy’s. The Sherwood lounge for Average White Band covers.

Eastlake…north to south. Original Red Robin tav, the Whare House ( hydroplane on roof, boat seating inside. Big Horn on stage). The Pipeline.

And most of all, I miss Husky football, back when they had a winning season.

Posted by: craig at July 14, 2005 11:59 AM

I miss so many things since I first moved here in 1973! The Bubble-ator in the Seattle Center food court- made me feel like a kid; Frederick & Nelson Dept. store (particularly their lower level food court shops); The Princess Marguerite ferry to Victoria, that was so fun!!; Jake’s at the Old “Hanson Baking Co.” on lower Queen Anne; Both the “Joker” restaurant on Westlake and the Deluxe II in the U. District for excellent omelets! the Dog House; The Cloud Room; and most of all — One-of-a-Kind Skipper’s Galley restaurant in W. Seattle, where the menu was a 3-ring binder, and all entrees came with 12 -15 appetizers and side dishes + everyone got Flaming Baked Alaska! Outrageous and fun;

Posted by: sherrin at July 14, 2005 12:01 PM

Let’s see. It’s quite a list

The old Rainbow Tavern in the U District. The same location as the current bar by the name but it was more of a beer hippie joint.

Morningtown Pizza

Dr. Feelgood’s Headshop

Greenlake Jake’s

The Outrageous Taco

Bogie’s on Eastlake

The Embers in West Seattle

The Lynnwood Tavern. If you couldn’t get laid here you had a problem.

The old REI on Capitol Hill

Beer at Seafair

Emmett Watson when he was with the P-I

Tower Records

Peaches Records

Charlies at Shilsho

The Name of the Game in North City. Great pool hall and tavern.

First Ave before it was yuppified

And finally affordable housing. I live in Everett these days.

Posted by: Mark S at July 14, 2005 12:01 PM

Wow! Where to start! I was born and raised here and there re so many fond memories I have:
1.) Frderick & Nelson’s at Christmastime (Great-Grandma used to take me there…Now they are both dearly departed).
2.) Spinnaker’s Bay Club at Shilshole & Pier 70…Both great places to party when we were newly 21!
3.) Lion O’Reilly & BJ Monkeyshines on Broadway: Fun Atmosphere.
4.) The Great American Food & Beverage Company…Long before the subdued ecclecticness of Red Robin or Billy McKales, this place was the best place to go!
5.) Virginia V Steamship service to Vashon Island…Many stories I have heard from my Gramps who grew up on Vashon about this wonderful ship….Maybe I’ll sail on her someday!
6.) Bite of Seattle @ Greenlake & Hempfest at Gasworks park….Always great people watching and food to be had there!
7.) Of Course, Farrell’s…WHo didn’t have a birthday there as a kid?
8.) Two of the greatest restaurants…The Velvet Turtle(On East Lk. Union) & The Mirabou (Top of the Seafirst building)…Awesome food, very elegant, and super service and atmosphere!
9.) Longacres….Emerald Downs is great too but Longacres was the ORIGINAL!
10.) Art’s Food Center on Holman Way & the original Tower Records on Mercer, and Sand Point Navy Base (used to go shopping there with Grammie!)
11.) THe Backstage/Vaersgo’s in Ballard…Saw some great shows in that dinky little place!
12.) No Traffic and the awesome view of Mount Rainier from I-5 (pre-Convention center days).
13.) Rainier R (the smell of the malt from the freeway), Sunny Jim Peanut Butter Sign, Van de Kamps original bakery by North Lake Union.
14.) Trident Imports, The Gob Shoppe (on 85th), the original Ray’s Boathouse & Little Coney’s at Shilshole & who could forget Sharky’s & Charlie’s too?
15.)LAst but definitely not least…JP Patches, Gertrude and Gorf the friendly purple (in the basement)…I loved them and am one of the priveleged to have made an appearance on that show with my entire class (Ms. Jill’s Preschool on Capitol Jill) dressed as angels…Luckily Mom got a picture so I’ll always have the memories of the good ole’ days! Thanks JP!
All of this is long gone and has taken a bit of the Seattle ambience with it but all in all the Northwest is still the “place to be”. Hopefully we will recreate some of these awesome places that have given this wonderful city much of it’s hidden charm.

Posted by: Shannon J at July 14, 2005 12:05 PM

Just when I thought I was remembering something cool that folks had forgotten, poof, there it was. I do think I have one, though:

**EAGLES HIPPODROME (7th & Union?)
In High School we would go see what were to become pretty large new wave bands for cheap.

**Almost Live – Best show EVER!!!!!! I still TIVO it!
**Woodland Park Inn – Best coffee nudges on earth!
**Parking at Goofy’s
**FREE Bumbershoot
**Acapulco’s on Shilshole
**Ballard Eagles (not so long ago)
**Windjammer (dancing and great Electric Watermelons)
**Free parking in neighborhoods
**Ivar, his Keep Clam and his great spirit!
**UNcorporate local Red Hook
**The Rocket mag
**”Seattle’s Best ROCK” (what was wrong with the slogan that established several generations?)
**The old Central in Pioneer Square with all the cool t-shirts on the walls.
**The old Vogue – batcaver nite
**Bubblator – where is it these days anyway?
**Ability to buy a house and start a family without having to think you need to rob a bank to do so.
**Pizza Pete’s after school.
**The original recipe of clam chowder at Totem House.
**Prairie Market – I thought writing prices on things in grease pencil was the coolest thing.
**Peaches – Still have my 45’s crate
**Ability to park on Ballard Avenue.
**Ice Arena kind of across from the Salmon Bay Cafe.
**F & N Paul Bunyon room tuna sandwiches and the cool ladies room with the grown up & child toilets in the same big stall.
**Nordy, the ugly blob that use to represent Nordstrom. He was cool as a kid.
**Smith Bros general store on 24th NW – kids could walk there and buy penny candy.
**Charlies – the UNpretentious Shilshole drinking establishment
**Harry’s & Jakes on Lower QA. What happened to the parrots when Harry’s closed?
**Doghouse, Sorry Charlies, Squid Row, RCKCNDY, Off Ramp, Backstage, Off Ramp, old Gobb Shoppe local… etc….

*And may I just say that, even though I’m grown up now, underage kids have nothing to do and nowhere to go. I miss this for kids today and my kids in the future. I was lucky that there were things for us to do. We also had the ability to walk & ride bikes around town without the fear kids & parents have today! SAD!!!

Posted by: Steph at July 14, 2005 12:09 PM

I REALLLY miss SONYAS when it was located at 7th and Pine. It was the best bar in town and now is a parking lot. Yes, it was a GAY bar, but it also accepted the straights but I met more people there(wink) and had more fun. You could have the rich and the poor, the whacky and the “normal” all being treated the same. It was just kooky and delicious! It was simply divine.
Brian Maloney, Out ‘n’ Proud

Posted by: Brian Maloney at July 14, 2005 12:09 PM

Wow, a Bobo and Fifi reference! I almost went into a fugue state reading that, thanks. Also I miss the head shops on the lower level of the Pike Place Market back when it was still slightly seedy. That and the Sunset Drive-in. Great list here.

Posted by: Dave at July 14, 2005 12:10 PM

Speakeasy Cafe. The coolest retro place in town. Coffee, Thomas Kemper root beer, reasonable eats, cheap and free terminals to check your email. The back room had some memorable events, including a Jack Straw benefit featuring avante-garde jazz, vocal improv and Ruze Dalmatinka. I miss it more than any of our other dearly beloved vanished meeting places.

Posted by: Brandy Williams at July 14, 2005 12:13 PM

Man, I’m feeling sad now.
Abruzzi’s! McSorley’s (man, that bread, that cheese, that iced tea)! Ernie Steel, the old Jules Mae’s and the naked painting of the owner above the bar, the Georgetown Tavern, The Blob, The Green Cat Cafe, The Ok Hotel, RckCandy, Hash after the Bash, Andy’s on Broadway, The Rajin Cajun, -you can’t climb the poor man’s space needle anymore? I miss the awesome kitch of the pre-remodel space needle, the Cloud Room, Coffee Carts – I think there’s maybe 1 left downtown that hasn’t been driven out by Tullybucks? Orpheum, and so many of the things everyone else has mentioned….

The general yuppification of Seattle is a bummer, by at least we’re still liberal….

Posted by: Christine at July 14, 2005 12:14 PM

I miss M&R, no grocery store in town can hold a candle, always had what I needed;

ditto Last Exit on Brooklyn, spent many a night there drinking pots of tea and listening to the best open mic during college…fond memories;

Twin Teepee, old Belltown, the Honeybear, Brie & Bordeaux (when it was still a cheese and wine shop, they had the best vegetarian sandwiches)

The Cloud Room, the view, the piano bar, seemed so egalitarian, and now it’s another stupid members only place;

RCKNDY, Mural Amphitheatre Pain in the Grass shows, Ballard and Fremont before they were discovered, the old Broadway Market, affordable apartments off of Broadway, real co-ops, Food Giant..

I miss the city for it’s inhabitants, as opposed to developed to lure in tourist dollars.

Posted by: ella at July 14, 2005 12:16 PM

What about BOB’S PLACE in Kenmore (it’s now Teo’s Mia Roma)….where they served the most fabulously delicious fried chicken….we went there every weekend…my parents would take us after they played golf, we’d go with the other family they golfed with. You could take your OWN bottle of alcohol and they would provide the ‘set up’ – glasses, ice and mixed. There was a great playground. It was the best!! And the Lemon Meringue Pie – to die for!!


And DAG’S….

And F & N….and Santa Breakfasts

And JP Patches, Wunda Wunda, Breakman Bill

And the Bubbleator

And Aqua Follies on Greenlake – what fun!

Posted by: Sue at July 14, 2005 12:17 PM

I miss the old sleazy 1st Ave, and Ace Novelty.

Posted by: Matt at July 14, 2005 12:19 PM

fallout records
last exit ON brooklyn
hi score arcade
gibson’s (gibson house)
cloud room
ruby montanas
food giant
frontier room
rainer beer sign on I-5 (grrr to tully’s!)
chubby and tubby
original dubliner
the underground
lake union pub
yes, beer at seafair

I’m sure others have said this, but support what’s left of your favoriate establishments
! Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Posted by: rma at July 14, 2005 12:22 PM

I miss the old KING 5 show “How Come?” and that outdoorsy show that KOMO had on the weekends, Brakeman Bill’s sidekick Crazy Donkey, the bbq beef sandwich at Farrell’s, the “checkerboard” ice cream made by Darigold, and the 1982 Seahawks.

Posted by: Larry Davenport at July 14, 2005 12:31 PM

Chicago dogs at the Wee Piper on Fifth Ave., Mad Spartan’s (half orange soda, half root beer) at the A & W on Aurora, Gil’s (Dag’s precursor) on Rainier Ave., Seattle Sporting Goods, Bobby Balcena and Joe Taylor of the Seattle Rainiers, Dick Curtis and Lan Roberts, The Wailers and The Sonics, The old Attic and Red Onion taverns, Wildroot Charlie and Breathless, the flagship Chubby and Tubby on Rainier Ave., Being the only jogger around Green Lake on a summer’s evening (1965), The Sammiamish Slough Race, Grayson and Brown Hardware in Columbia City, and not laughing with Arlen and Maisie, but laughing AT them.

Posted by: bill at July 14, 2005 12:45 PM

Mercer Island:
Art’s Food Center
Robby’s Shoes
Mayfair Department Store
Island Plaza Inn / Cook House
Floating Bridge Inn (The FBI)
The White House
Mercer Island Lumber
The DQ
The PX/Mayfair market
Rudy’s Danish Bakery / Mama Ruebens
The little white buildings where the i-90 toll booth was.
The Bowling Alley
The tower in East Seattle
Mercer Fair
The Samoa

Uncle Harolds Bike Shop
The monkeys at Nordstrom Shoes
The Crabapple (the big tree and wishing well are still there)
The Bel-Vue theatre
Every drive-in theatre.
The Bellevue Ice Plaza
Crossroads Ice Skating rink
Bellevue Way McDonalds
Sir Loin Inn

Posted by: rverginia at July 14, 2005 12:46 PM

MORNINGTOWN in the U district. Anyone remember that commune run, experiment in socialistic busines practices? They had the world’s best hot sandwiches on fresh baked buns. I guess the atmosphere was a little too left-wing communist for the 90’s. I heard Morningtown collapsed around the time the Berlin Wall was torn down. Anyone have the recipe for their tasty wheat bread? I’d pay more than a few rubles for it!

Posted by: Mark at July 14, 2005 12:53 PM

I miss the old Pizza & Pipes in Greenwood!!!! I used to love dancing with Mortimer & Melody Mouse while bubbles floated down from the bubble machine on the ceiling, requesting that the organist play “Music Box Dancer”, watching the old black & white silent films (the pie fight was my favorite!), watching the colorful marionettes dance, eating pizza that my mom said “tasted like cardboard”, and getting a colorful balloon out of the COOL balloon machine!

I also miss the old hat & boots gas station down by Boeing field, the twin teepees restaurant, the old Food Giant store in Wallingford, Chubby and Tubby’s, and (dare I say it?) the KINGDOME! I also miss the OLD Greenlake Jakes – before the lady crashed through the front of the restaurant in her car and RUINED the hot chocolate machine – I was heartbroken!

Posted by: Janell at July 14, 2005 12:58 PM

How can you still not miss KOL 1300 radio and KJR-Channel 95, the best rock stations of their time.
Then later KOL FM with Leilani McCoy, probably the sexiest female D-Jay ever to hit the airways.

Let’s not forget Grandma’s cookies, and the giant red sign at the north end of Lake Union. The cookies were almost as good as Sunny Jim peanut and apple butter with the giant sign in the south end of Sunny Jim himself.

Posted by: David at July 14, 2005 12:59 PM

Miss the Omlete House near Woodland Park, which turned into the Woodland Park Cafe.

Fredrick & Nelson as a department store with class where you really could make a whole day of it. From the hair salon to the dining, pictures with Santa, the floors and floors of everything and don’t forget Frangos when they were just mint.

The guy who played the tuba or something outside the will call box office at the Kingdome.

Posted by: Kim at July 14, 2005 01:01 PM

The Unicorn Pub in the University District, and Angus the owner.

Posted by: Rob at July 14, 2005 01:03 PM

Haven’t lived in my home town for a long time, but I still miss The Dog House. As a long-time resident at the Grosvenor House, the only one under 70 I think, the proximity made me a regular. Miss the “What’ll ya have, hon” ambiance. I was there for the closing hoopla, which was on my birthday, and left with Dog House menu (stained), now framed and hanging on my office wall. I miss the shack that was Spuds Fish & Chips on Alki. I miss Captain Puget and his daily dose of the Three Stooges. I miss pre-I-5 Seattle.

Posted by: Doug at July 14, 2005 01:04 PM

The Unicorn on the Ave. The best.

Posted by: Rob at July 14, 2005 01:05 PM

I had no idea the Iron Horse was gone– we used to go there before Mariners games…

The Bon Marche– Macy’s can take its “corporate branding strategy” and shove it… My mother had her original card from when she was first married– until Macy’s took over, that is.

Ernst and Jafco.

Somebody mentioned Huskyburgers– there was no bigger treat when I was little than to go to the Hub for lunch before the Husky games…. When I went back as a grad student, they were just about to start “remodeling” the HUB… I never want to see it again.

And here’s to the stuff that’s left, particuarly Husky Stadium and Pike Place Market, even yuppified. If I hear one more Midwesterner call it Pike’s Place or Pike’s Market, there will be serious bodily harm done….

And is that really cool hardware store in the U-District still there? Jammed to the rafters with everything that could conceivably called “hardware”. It was still there four years ago….

Posted by: Miss Bets at July 14, 2005 01:05 PM

Native here as well, and while I agree with a lot of the missed places, some of the folks decrying the ‘ruining’ of Seattle have some serious rose-colored hindsight.

Yes, it was fun being a bit of a backwater with charm. Sure, it was less pretentious. But do you remember how frightening downtown could be? How bad the food was at restaurants like the Twin Teepees (and I live about 3 blocks from the site now)? People are actually sad about the KINGDOME?! News flash – there isn’t a decent free zoo left in the country – and Woodland Park is still fantastic. Belltown was as full of junkies 20 years ago as it is with yuppies now – I’ll take the yuppies, thanks.

We’ve still got Spud Fish & Chips. I’ve seen people lament the passing of Beth’s at Greenlake – it’s still there folks. Maybe the issue is more one of our aging than the cities’ progress, hm?

C’mon folks – there isn’t a city in the world that doesn’t lose some treasures. We’ve added a number along the way, don’t forget – Safeco Field, Flying Fish, Louisa’s on Eastlake, Roanoke Tavern(s) in Eastlake AND Mercer Island, etc.

Progress doesn’t come without some painful losses. If you want a city frozen in time, visit Detroit or Pittsburgh sometime.

Posted by: Erik at July 14, 2005 01:13 PM

The Last Exit was my home for 35 years, counting the Eigerwand before it — It was a primary source of coffeehouse culture, from the jar of chess pieces to the time-warp in the atmosphere — Jack

Posted by: Jack at July 14, 2005 01:14 PM

Wow! I miss alot.. Even tho it did not last long, the “B. Freshman’s” in Wallingford Center was an awesome store;
**loved KZAM-FM radio station;
**Did anyone mention LONGACRES?? it had such mystique and class– a warren of rooms and added on spaces, my husband and I went about 12 times per summer, racing is just not the same at Emerald Downs– we knew a few of the owners, and so many of the horses and jockeys;
**The original Koby’s fish and chips in Leschi; **all the drive in theaters;
**GO Guys, the old Frederick & Nelson, Owl drugs
**a great French restaurant in the old Westlake mall on the 2nd floor looking at the Monorail (great crepes, salad and french onion soup!!)
** Shorey’s BOoks! What a great way to spend 3 or 4 hours perusing their fabulous collections!
** The Cloud Room! Romantic…. sigh
** The old Bumbershoot “rainbow” logo Tshirts
they had for several years
**Franco’s Hidden Harbor
** Mother’s Cookies and Food Giant neon signs
(and Bardahl oil)
** when the 3 TV towers on Queen Anne hill used to be lit top to bottom with red, white and blue lights at Xmas time
** “Happy Tuna” sold at a food co-op on 12th Ave on Capitol Hill
** The crabby old waitresses & good cheap food at the old Cafe at Fisherman’s Terminal
** The Conga Room on Broadway, old fashioned sassy waitresses, strong drinks
** Lucy’s (??) Mexican Cafe- downstairs somewhere downtown near 3rd and Pine, good cheap lunch at the counter
** Getting “Blazed at the Broiler” – Blaze’s broiler in Ballard
** The wonderful Creosote odor and wood floors of the original REI on Capitol Hill
** “Morty the Meatball” who used to be in the Seafair parades (from Golden Grain Pasta???)
Ahhhhhhh…. I miss so much!

Posted by: Lindsay Girl at July 14, 2005 01:15 PM

I miss Zopf’s drugstore/soda fountain at 45th and Sandpoint Way. Their homemade rootbeer floats and chocolate malts have not been duplicated since the mid 70s. I also miss the southernmost overpass over Aurora Avenue at Woodland Park that carried the message “Buddy Holly Lives” for what seemed an eternity.

Posted by: Rick Lewis at July 14, 2005 01:18 PM

I grew up here and the places I miss are:

Bob’s Big Boy on 145th and Aurora
Sambo’s (even though it has a racist name) – Aurora
the old Cyclops Cafe – the new one is too upscale
Flakey Jakes – one on Westminster Way and another in the U-Village
The Last Exit on Brooklyn
Arnolds, Hi Score,
Luna, Fallout Records, Retrospect Records, Peaches (Beehive later), shows at the King Cat theatre,
Shop & Save thrift store in Ballard, Moe’s
U-Bowl, Tower Books, the old Vogue, the Underground.

Where did all the good places go?

Posted by: Jen at July 14, 2005 01:32 PM

Elsie’s Truck Stop across The Sound in Silverdale. Damn what a burger!

Posted by: Tom at July 14, 2005 01:39 PM

Slo Mo, Miss Thriftway.. all the greats and you could get your picture taken with them.

Fredrick & Nelson’s. The Paul Bunyon Room for lunch (loved the counter!) and then slipping through the men’s dept to the Medical Dental Bldg. Wow, talk about your different smells, what a transition.

Endless summer days swimming in Lake Wash. And sleeping outside on the grass with only the bats to worry about.

JP Patches, Gertrude, Brakeman Bill and the Sea Fair Pirates

The Worlds Fair – Bubbleator was it!

The drive in movies.. sigh

Butcher Shops that gave kids a free hot dog to chomp on.

Getting a free gift when you bought gas!

The waterfront the way it used to be, boats, fish smells, curio shops, Ivars, the Princess Margarite. And the same for Pioneer Square and the Market

And I too miss seeing the big red “R” when going by the old Ranier building.

When going to the top of the Smith Tower was the top of the world

Anyone else remember Meat Lockers?

or when SEA-TAC was way out of town?

I am currently working on a series of books about just this subject and would love to use some of your vingettes and/or historical pictures you may have from 1930 through 1980.

If would like to participate send your Seattle memories, historic pictures (tiff or jpg) and permission for use to oldseattle@mac.com and I will be happy to include your name in the credits as a contributor.

Glad to know there’s some of us left around the old neighboorhoods.
Maria Ryan

Posted by: Maria Ryan at July 14, 2005 01:45 PM

Just Before The Fall:
– mid-1980s during the high-rise downtown office building boom: nighttime ninja forays into construction sites and climbing climbing climbing 30-40-50 flights of construction stairs through steel skeletons to look out over the city and moonlit Elliot Bay from a wall-less platform, hanging on to whatever available to avoid a news-making plummet: 1420 Fifth, 1201 Third, etc. etc.

– sneaking into the DT bus tunnel when it was just a rough-sided gash carved through the earth, rock walls and eerie utility light illumination, getting chased by a panting, hoarse security guy, rats the size of sea lions, a true picture on modern underground Seattle…

– sneaking to the roof of the Roosevelt Hotel with a date and a jug of Carlo Rossi; clad in black and hanging from the giant neon R while peeing into the alley below, trying not to scream with the sheer daring joyfulness of it all.

– buildering up the Josephinum to watch Ivar’s fireworks from the best spot around…

at least, this is the scuttlebutt…

And hey, whatever became of that older woman that used to sit on the sidewalk on 4th Ave in front of Brooks Brothers EVERY DAY, surrounded by her goods in dark plastic garbage bags, she wore one around her as a poncho in the rain, and if you got too close she’d spit at you, but sometimes smile too amidst her rambling monologue…

Remember when the cops first got bicycles and the lucky few looked like children at a birthday party pedaling around? Hee hee!

Posted by: Gone at July 14, 2005 01:46 PM

I miss the old team rivalries between the swim teams of East Greenlake headed by Tom Evans and the West Greenlake headed by Tom Sedgwick (the West was superior). I miss the annual Greenlake Mile swim (I believe sponsored by the PI). I miss the Aqua Follies in the Aqua Theater (and the Easter Sunrise Services held there also).

I miss the intersection of E 110th St and 10th Ave N (now Roosevelt Way NE and NE Northgate Way) which was the location of the Northgate Freeze (aka Margie’s) owned and operated by Margie and Larry Coe who made the original best hamburger in Seattle.

I miss the greenhouses south of Northgate where the big parking lot/Park & Ride Lot are, south of Northgate, and the small creek that wandered thru this property draining the bogs created by the native Springs there (I believe they were called Licton Springs).

I miss Ernst Hardware and Malmos who were among anchor stores in the “Worlds Largest Shopping Center” when it was first built. Also there were Bon Marche, Woolworths and Newberry’s both 5 & 10 cent stores, among others. The center was not enclosed and you ran between stores in the rain. It was called Northgate.

I miss the Football Jamborees at the high school stadium by the World’s Fair grounds (now Seattle Center) where all eight Seattle Highschool teams played one quarter against each other. The eight were Garfield, Franklin, Cleveland, West Seattle, Queen Anne, Ballard, Lincoln,and Roosevelt.

And I miss the quiet that was forever banished when I-5 was built.

Pizza & Pipes, Playland, and the Paladium Bowl at 125th & Aurora, and the Skating rink in Greenwood are also missed.

Posted by: John at July 14, 2005 01:55 PM

REAL hydroplane racing in the 50’s and early 60’s. Lou Fagel and the Slo Mo V, Lee Shoenith drivng the hated Gale V from Detroit, Mira Slovak (the “Flying Chech”) in the Miss Wahoo, Russ Schley (the “Plumber”) in Shanty I, Jack Regas in the Hawaii Kai and later Bill Muncey in the wonderful Miss Thriftway. Deck-to-deck racing at 105 mph, with the roar of the Rolls Merlin and the Allsion engines, was so much better then turbine-powered “whiney” boats going around in a single-file glamor parade at 150 mph.

Nielson’s Danish Bakery in downtown (3rd Avenue I think), where the “potato” was an eclair filed with glorious custard – the best dessert this side of heaven.

Sheriff Tex on King TV, playing his “hootenanny”, with his big-old floppy eared dog by his side (can’t remember the name of the dof).

Watching the Seattle Rainiers in $3.00 box seats in cozy Sick’s Seattle Stadium on Rainier Avenue on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Posted by: Wayne at July 14, 2005 01:59 PM

Reading this list again has brought even more memories…

A recent loss: Northwest Bookfest. Please come back!

The Deli on 5th(?) had those huge sandwiches with the creamcheese/pickle/herb spread that was so tasty.

The Prairie Market was where we stocked up. As kids, we always fought over who would get to push that huge flatbead cart.

Spot Bagels were the best. 🙁

REI before they turned corporate and moved from 11th. I can’t believe they have the nerve to keep “Cooperative” in their name.

Riding the monorail when they would go 50mph down the straight! Just because they had that little problem with the brakes, they have to spoil the fun for everyone.

The old Opera House. When the show got boring, it was so much fun to run up and down the ramps.

High diving boards on the rafts at the beach. No excitement there anymore.

Metro buses that had windows you could open and get a breeze on your face. And stick your elbow out, even.

Bill Radke’s Rewind, and Almost Live (again).

Posted by: Rebecca at July 14, 2005 02:04 PM

This is so much fun – here’s a couple I missed earlier.
**KZAM had cool, ironic djs, and a fricking news and public affairs department! Tom Corddry (Rob’s cousin, I believe) was part of it. I never saw Leilani McCoy, but the imagination ran wild!
**The guy at the Market who did the Man-Eating Plant Puppet Show. Our kid couldn’t get enough of him, and neither could we.

Posted by: Phil at July 14, 2005 02:24 PM

The funky firetrap married student housing at UW (now the urban horticultural center)

The Paradise ice caves

Cyclops in the old jello mold building

Cool Hand Luke’s in Madrona

The deathly “I-90” reversible lanes

The Red White & Blue Cafe

The 611 Tavern

The Post Office Market

Speed Racer on TV


Fishing from the Edgewater Hotel rooms


Sandy Bradley’s Potluck at MOHAI

The lobster tank at the old University Village QFC

Posted by: Marc at July 14, 2005 02:30 PM

I remember green river sodas at a place on 32nd NW and NW 68th on Sunset Hill in Ballard. Does anyone remember the name of the cafe (now a stupid lawn mower joint with ugly, unkept storefront)? How about Otterson’s Drug Store with the soda fountain (now a video store!)? There was a bakery, a barber shop, a beauty salon, a butcher shop, a tiny grocery store and more. We could all walk to these places 50 years ago–now, we have to drive to cookie-cutter malls and copycat grocery chains. Ugh.

Posted by: Barbara at July 14, 2005 02:35 PM

I miss the days of…

22-cent sales on Washington’s Birthday, at Lowman & Hanford, before it became J.K. Gill.

Hamburgers from Green Lake Bowl when Bob Fogelman ran the place. Absolutely the best I ever tasted. Saleh Joudeh, of the former Saleh al Lago, cooked at Green Lake.

Dick’s, Dag’s and Herfy’s are and were fun, but Fogelman’s burgers were fantastic.

Jolly Roger on Lake City Way, with its “stories” of underground escape tunnels dating back to prohibition.

For Mary (memory on this may be off a bit or two):
“All the animals in the zoo
are jumping up and down for you.

Asking you to be sure to plan
to visit the zoo as soon as you can.

Story books that really talk
you turn on with a key
Tell fascinating things about
the animals you see.

Story books and zoo keys
together will guide you through
The world of new excitemen
awaiting you at the zoo.”

(Can also recite the lyrics of the Northern Pacific Vista Dome North Coast Limited and Washington Builders TV commercials, but will have the good taste not to.)

Back when all of the TV stations would cut away from regular programming to show “time trials” of hydroplanes on Lake Washington.

Hearing J.P. Patches announce my birthday…when I was 30.

French dip and fries at Adolfo’s on Airport Way.

KVI, when its reason for being was fun, not politics.

Almost Live!, once John K. and writers figured out he wasn’t Ross Shafer, so changes were in order. All hail “The Ballard Driving Academy”!

Bowling centers throughout Seattle. Greenwood Bowl had eight lanes, and Lake City had two centers for a short time.

Movies at the Northgate Theatre.

Posted by: Seattle Native at July 14, 2005 02:36 PM

The comments about cinnamon rolls reminded me of Cinnamon Roll Fair in Pioneer Square (and up by Frederick and Nelson). THE BEST. We were in Maui (Kihei) a couple of years ago and there it is. Too hot to eat hot sticky buns, but I had to go in and shoot the breeze for old times’ sake.
My family celebrated and convened at Franco’s for cheddar cheeze and crab sandwiches. Wills discussed, cremains scattered, marriages announced, arguments settled. If we liked you, really liked you, we took you there.
Best Doghouse memory: convincing my friend Mark Murphy that his idea to pick a fist fight with Slade Gorton (sitting at the next booth) was a really baaaaad idea.
I figure if people miss the soulless Kingdome, there will be lots of new things people will only love when they are gone.

Posted by: stephanie at July 14, 2005 02:41 PM

does anyone remember a buffet in Greenwood called “The Hungry Troll” ??? Wierd robotic trolls posed in various fantasy settings??? I still have bad dreams about them…but strangely miss them.

Posted by: phil at July 14, 2005 02:42 PM

When I moved here in ’87 there was a great radio station that played a really eclectic mix, not too harsh, not easy listening, definitly not top 40’s (whatever happened to that concept?). They played Christine Lavin, Lyle Lovett. I can’t remember the call letters but I really miss radio that was interesting and still fun to listen to.

Posted by: Nancy at July 14, 2005 02:42 PM

Wow. This list is so fabulous and yet makes me want to kill myself a little bit!

Three generations of my family wept like babies at the demise of the Doghouse; I too still have my menu. And I likewise still haven’t gotten over the loss of Chubby & Tubby.

I can remember my sister as a toddler, throwing a massive tantrum in the Paul Bunyan Room at Fredrick’s. And I miss the Frango *sundaes* in the tea room, topped with a hot-fudgey, minty, melted-Frango goo. Man!

I yelped in recognition at everyone’s posts eulogizing Jafco, Herfy’s, Pizza Haven (“it’s pizza HEAVEN!”), KJET, the Iron Horse, and the old Food Giant sign; what’s really missing is the hundreds of little white dazzle bulbs below it, flashing chaotically. That, and several letters were always burnt out, so that it read some variant of ” OOD G ANT”.

Ah, Ernst, where I bought my first particle-board snap-together bookshelves.

A few I didn’t see mentioned: the Green Onion, a cafe in the old Westlake triangle downtown with tiny two-person window booths and cheap cheeseburgers. The Koffee Korral on the Ave, also good cheap burgers…it’s now an Indian place, I believe. And the record (yes, vinyl) department in the basement of the Northgate Bon. I think it was called “Sound Sensations!” or something in that vein, and it had listening stations; we were allowed to wait there for our mom to finish shopping. There were maybe five turntables in a booth, with small square windows in which they’d put up the album cover of the record currently playing. You could put on a set of (big, heavy, buglike) earphones outside the booth and listen in. I vividly remember gazing at the jacket photo of the Village People and thinking how every day for them must be like Halloween. Heh.

Posted by: Kim at July 14, 2005 02:46 PM

Mostly I miss the Seattle Scene before grunge took over the world. All of the little hole-in-the-wall clubs that came and went. Graven Image. Ground Zero Galleries. The Offramp. Anybody else remember trying not to get busted while making purchases at Magnuson or if that didn’t work driving down to Mathews beach. Back when Magnuson had gravel roads and all the hot rods would gather there. I think the last cool thing to happen at Magnuson was Drop in the Park. Scrambling for the free tickets at Seattle Center was just as much fun as the actual event. I left town shortly after that, and when I got back 3 years later, everything had changed. I miss Goldies on 45th before they got a liquor license and got rid of all the video games. I miss partying with the Goldies waitresses (especially Cate) after hours. Bogeys (for foosball) and the Rusty Pelican (for Tank Tops) on Eastlake. Mostly I miss the people. I know where most of them went though. They grew up and couldn’t afford housing in Seattle, so they moved north. I live up in Lynnwood/Everett now and I can’t believe how many of the old crowd that I still see. The 80s in Seattle was a special time that I feel privileged to have been a part of.

Posted by: Craig at July 14, 2005 02:49 PM

Trident Imports on the waterfront, The Kingdome, The Weathered Wall, the original Moes sunday night Funk. The Offramp, The velvet Elvis theater. The Elegance of Fredrick & Nelson’s store before Nordstroms gutted it and ruined the place. The old Seattle Center Rides.

Posted by: andie at July 14, 2005 02:52 PM

I miss playin pool at the 211 in Belltown. The pool gods must have been angry because the building was gutted by fire after the Speakeasy moved them out.

Posted by: Vito at July 14, 2005 02:57 PM

Wow! Ditto on so many things above. Here’re a few more I miss from my childhood that I don’t think I’ve seen mentioned:

The Lucky grocery store on 85th and 3rd. And Art’s. We did all our shopping at those two stores ’cause my dad worked for Associated Grocers.

The Royal Fork buffet, on Aurora I think? As I recall, it wasn’t the best food, but you could have as much as you wanted of anything – even dessert!

Broadview Elementary school. I swerved across three lanes of traffic (and scared my husband half to death) when I saw it reduced to a pile of bricks. The murals inside the building! especially the mountains with their names, right under the window where you could see the mountains themselves.

And Broadview Grocery. A little hole-in-the-wall store where you could pick up whatever mom needed to finish making dinner.

The “thunderboats” when they really did thunder. Annual tradition to get the whole family together for a bbq and to watch the races.

Maybe it’s just ’cause I was a kid, but it seems like that was a simpler -and safer- time. I remember sleeping out in the backyard as a kid – and we lived a block off Greenwood. I’ve moved out of the city so my kids would have a place safe to do that.

Posted by: Jen at July 14, 2005 03:00 PM

Polynesian Restaurant on the waterfront….asked to go there on my 10th birthday and received a gas-operated model of a P-38 fighter (still have it)

The pencils at F&N that your mother used to sign her charge slip

Crowe & West on KISW (“Wally, I don’ feel so goooood….”)

Vito’s pot roast and mostaciolli on Thursdays

Pizza Haven all-you-can-eat (and stuff in your pockets) Wednesdays

Big Time Wrestling at the Arena (Playboy Buddy Rose, Dutch Savage, Jimmy “SuperFly” Snuka, et al)

Worrying about having your lungs irreparably scarred by “PARAQUAT” (courtesy of Mexican crop sprayers)

KISW $.99 Rising Star concerts at the Paramount

The Coast Guard station at the end of “A” Dock, Shilshole Marina

Posted by: JP at July 14, 2005 03:02 PM

To those who miss Shakey’s: it’s still around in, of all places, Japan and the Philippines! When I walked into one and put my hand on the stained glass and brick, it triggered memories of my youth… that is, until I saw the weird Asian-style pizzas, such as a squid pizza topped with mayo.

I also miss beating people in video-game tournaments at Arnold’s, Space Port/Game Space, and the other Ave arcades. 🙂 Internet gaming just isn’t the same. I’m glad Sureshot Cafe has brought video games back to the Ave, even if there are only a few (Joust 2, Tetris, a hacked Ms. Pac-Man, Arkanoid).

Posted by: Carl at July 14, 2005 03:03 PM

Oh, so many memories of places and people now gone from the Seattle scene:

1. KBBX-FM, where I worked weekends in the late 1960’s;

2. KING-AM radio, where Buzz Lawrence, Dick Guthrie and Bill O’Mara held forth every weeknight evening;

3. Rhodes Department Store, where the organ played for noontime Tea – and the escalators were made of WOOD;

4. MacDougal-Southwick, on the SE corner of 2nd and Pike;

5. Spudland – before it moved to Northgate – when it was on Pike Street across from J.C. Penney’s store;

6. Ballard Bowl, owned by Gil Dell – one of the very last houses where the pins were manually set by kids in their teens – including me;

7. The record store on Fifth Avenue (downtown) which later moved to a pair of igloo-shaped buildings just north of Denny Way;

8. The Santa at Frederick & Nelson, where kids had a chance to hold forth with Santa, get their pictures taken, and a 78 rpm record cut of their visit with Santa;

9. Watching both Stan Sayers’ Slo-Mo IV and Slo-Mo V doing their glorious bit on Lake Washington, winning Gold Cups and returning the race to Lake Washington before the greedy guys sold the Gold Cup to the highest bidder.

10. Watching Tom Dargan, floor manager at KING-TV coming on the set, kibbitzing with “Queen Bea” Donovan on her daily cooking show, and grabbing samples for the camera crew;

11. “Sheriff Tex” and his daily kids’ show on KING-TV;

12. Climbing the 108 steps up the water tower in Volunteer Park;

13. “Frosty” Fowler’s daily question, where the first correct answer earned the provider with a record album – I still have every one of those that I won on his morning show – he kept running the question later and later in the morning, hoping I was out the door and on the way to Ballard High School – Frosty finally banned me
from the daily quiz when I won two daily quizzes in a row;

14. the strolling musicians at Frederick & Nelson during the Christmas season, including the renowned Jazz violinist, Joe Venuti;

15. The curved window display at Best’s (5th and Pine);

16. The Route 30 bus driver, Mr. Carlson, who
had a line of patter for every bus stop, especially the Zoo; Mr. Carlson gave away a piece of hard candy to each child who rode his bus;

17. and finally, the Blue Flame, visible atop the Washington Natural Gas Company building on Mercer Street – where I worked for more than 30 years.

Memories, ah, memories…

Posted by: Duane Vincent at July 14, 2005 03:05 PM

Whoops–make that NW65th Street! What a great little neighborhood area. Everyone knew everyone else. Very nostalgic for those long-gone feelings.

Posted by: Barbara at July 14, 2005 03:05 PM

Five-O and Ernie Steeles on Capitol Hill.
The Off-Ramp.
OK Hotel.
(Original) Frontier Room.
Dog House.

Posted by: Brian at July 14, 2005 03:06 PM

Frederick & Nelson-it was Christmas in Seattle, the bakery as the last stop after a day of shopping and the day after Thanksgiving for a turkey sandwich & a Frango Mint milkshake

Mancas Drive-Inns in the late 1940s and early 1950s on old Highway 99 between Seattle & Tacoma-a reward of a great hamburger & milkshake for the long drive from Olympia to Seattle

Posted by: Neil at July 14, 2005 03:06 PM

Lion O’Reilly’s and B & J Monkeyshines

Posted by: b2d2 at July 14, 2005 03:06 PM

All of the 24-hour restaurants (except Denny’s) that have disappeared from downtown Seattle thanks to certain powers that be. But especially The DogHouse (where all roads led) and Steve’s Broiler (the best fish & chips outside of Ivar’s). Speaking of Ivar’s, I miss the Captain’s Table (where I kissed my guy for the first time). And, oh boy, did I spend a lot of time at the Exit (Last Exit on Broadway) back in my 20’s. The Broadway Safeway!!! Dairy Queen (where have they all gone?). Frango Mint Sundaes at Frederick & Nelson. Bellevue Square in the ’70’s when you still had to go outside to get from store to store. The old carousel at Seattle Center…it had lions and tigers and bears (oh my!!!) Well I don’t know about the tigers and bears, but I definitely remember lions. Double features. Bingo halls. There are none left in Seattle, you have to go for miles now. I could go on and on, but I guess that’s enough for now.

Posted by: Lauri Holmes at July 14, 2005 03:10 PM

I forgot to mention that The Exit was the place where I played my first games of Backgammon and Cribbage and where I had my first latte. Oh boy!

Posted by: Lauri Holmes at July 14, 2005 03:14 PM

I miss the Athens Cafe and the Greek Village where one could listen to and dance to authentic Greek music. The Athens Cafe had old style authentic belly dancers, too. The real McCoy. It took us out of this world. And of course Place Pigalle tha old dingy place in the back of the Pike Place Market. It was very campy. And I already miss the huge brass Teddy Bear which used to sit just across the street from the Sheraton Hotel.

Posted by: P. Diane at July 14, 2005 03:14 PM

Hey where is/are the hat and boots at? I miss it.

Posted by: Rob at July 14, 2005 03:22 PM

Great stuff gang! I’ll take the “scary old downtown” to the scary new downtown with the PC nazis just waiting for a chance to tell the uncorrect how horrible they are! But I will agree that it smells 100% better now, esp. Belltown!

The Thunder Boats, absolutely! I was lucky enough to be attached to one of the local teams back in the Thunder days when it was a mom & pop sport where the lower budget outfits got outrageous cheers from the crowd and the pits just for making the starters gun! Squire Shop, Atlas, the beer boats, alisons, merlins and griffins, you could tell the difference by the sound each made! But even standing in the pits, on top of the motorhome, you HAD to listen to Pat O’Day call the race!

Concerts West (based out of Seattle, booked all over the west!) John Bauer. The Allies, Mondo Vida, The Poseys, Annie Rose & The Thrillers, Duffy Bishop and the Rhythm Dogs… And of course Heart when the Wilson sisters were the only women tearing up the hard rock world in teh seventies! One thing to remain very proud of is our music scene. It’s always been much more about originals than cover bands. This has been borne out by tons of my friends from back east.

On the Eastside, Kirkland when it was rurual/bluecollar and easy to afford a place near the water. Yes Taco Mama’s! And Lake Hills battle of the Bands every Sat. Also cruising Colby Ave. in Everett or Golden Gardens and checking out the babes & hot cars, drinking, fighting, and fussing!

Still a great city as far with an embarrasment of natural beauty and world class views. But unlike places like New Orleans or Chi-Town, we really have lost our identity. Oh well, looks like we all appreciated it while it was here though!

Keep on writing everybody, you’re all pushing buttons to the way-back machine! Thank you all! Oh, and what was the name of the greasy spoon on Airport a few blocks north of say, Squire Shop & Salvation Army etc.? Anyone??

Posted by: Adam at July 14, 2005 03:24 PM

Erik, I agree about nostalgia through rose-colored glasses. Koffee Korral on the Ave! Meanest waitstaff in town, scarier than the Doghouse!

Lots of wonderful things, but everything changes and nothing stays the same. Good and bad about older eras *and* today. And today will be someone’s good old days …

Posted by: nevermind at July 14, 2005 03:27 PM

Now that my sister has alerted me to this list, I too must procrastinate on the whole work thing, and comment on the Seattle joints that I miss terribly. Agreed on The Dog House – when it closed, I still wasn’t ‘legal’ thus I never had the privilege of hearing Dick Dickerson play in the lounge while downing a Sidecar and a Tuna sandwich. Our mother is still trying to concoct that Tuna mixture…”Was it the mayonnaise, or the relish? Wait, maybe they used Miracle Whip?” So far, the only thing that comes close according to her is a BP gas station tuna san. The mere thought of that makes me shudder…I was also fond of the Dog House cheeseburgers. If I recall correctly, they actually used real hamburger relish – reddish green in color, and oh how it complimented the beef, cheese, and the glistening shine of the perfectly circular plain bun.

I miss the Twin TeePees too…although the last time I dined there, my shrimp dinner came with a long strand of hair swirled into the side of tartar sauce.

Beeliner was grub, too. I lived for the Blue Plate Specials. Macaroni and Cheese, or the All Day Breakfast. Finish either of those off with their Apple Crisp, Coconut Cake, or better…butterscotch pudding. Not long ago, I ran into one of the owners of the Beeliner when he was scouting space in West Seattle, and begged him to bring back the Butterscotch Pudding. I’ve been to Endolyne Joe’s now, a number of times…still not on the menu.

From childhood, I dearly miss Jerry Choy’s Cantonesia…which is now Duke’s at Greenlake. Mr. Choy himself adored me and my sister as little girls, and we adored the Shirley Temple’s and Grilled Cheese sandwiches (as we weren’t yet fond of Chinese cuisine). I miss the Perkin’s Cake-n-Steak on Aurora Ave., now a Les Schwab tire center. I don’t think the food was particularly good there, but they had a small wishing well filled with trinkets that kids could dig around in after dining, picking something good and plastic to take home with them. Then of course there was Farrell’s…need I say more than SUGAR?

The A&W on 45th, Art’s Food Center on 15th in Crown Hill, the list could go on and on. What I realize in thinking about all of these places is that I miss the sense of what I remember as my ‘family’ more than anything. Sure, there are a few of us still around, but we’re older now and living our lives out in alternate areas. Dinners together are hard to come by.

Posted by: Amy at July 14, 2005 03:30 PM

The original Dukes on Lwr Queen Anne – great food, good drinks and great decor.
Romper Room – as naff as it was it was fun place to go party. Oh and the DJ’s didnt train wreck too often.
The original Hectors in Kirkland – the new and improved just snuffed the life out of it.
Finally Dutch Neds in Pioneer Sq that was the best Blue Cheese burger in town!

Posted by: Niall at July 14, 2005 03:31 PM

The roller rink I went to i think was on Greenwood,Marty was the older woman who played the organ as we skated.What great times.

Posted by: Lynne Culipher at July 14, 2005 03:32 PM

What a bunch of boo-hooers! There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia, but to trash the Seattle of today by calling it a “yuppie hellhole” is ridiculous! I’ve lived in the Seattle area my entire life — and while at 30 I never knew the old old Seattle — I can say it has always been and still is a great place to live. To all you crybabies out there wishing it was still 1978: Grow up, change happens whether you like it or not. You can always move to Yakima if you miss “quaint”!

Posted by: John F at July 14, 2005 03:34 PM

Peaches Records and Tapes
Pizza and Pipes
The neon “R” on top of the brewery
The Sunny Jim sign
The Twin T P’s

Posted by: Donna at July 14, 2005 03:39 PM

Someone mentioned Spot bagels, and this story only makes sense to folks with some historical context:

I was riding STP in 1994 and was in the lunch line at the rest stop in Yelm. All the rest stops were manned by local volunteers who, I believe, earned a little money for churches and other organizations. Anyway, the Seattle hipster ahead of me picked up a bagel and asked the little serving lady, “Are these Spot bagels?” She held one up, squinted, and said, “No, hon, I think them are raisins!”

Posted by: Phil at July 14, 2005 03:40 PM

House of Rice in the U Dist where you could get spices from around the globe!

The old waterfront with Trident and Pirates Plunder

Frederick and Nelsons’ bargain basement

Woolworths and Newberry’s — any dime store!

Nikko’s sushi on Rainier Avenue S.

Posted by: Pat Asper at July 14, 2005 03:43 PM

Ha! The “original Duke’s on lower QA” was a neat little place called the Baobab before that, and we were sure it was going to hell when Duke bought it.

Posted by: Phil at July 14, 2005 03:44 PM

Bob Cramm(name? sp?) the weatherman with the cartoon forcast. I loved him!

Posted by: SAG at July 14, 2005 03:44 PM

The person who wrote “Scoochies” made me laugh out loud!! Remember when the Belltown Pub – or whatever it is this week – was a dance club that did disco nights & screened disco movies on the north wall? Sure… you remember… it was a short stumble from Casa-U-Betcha!

And the CYCLOPS was much cooler as a cafe decorated with a plethora of jello moulds.

Noting a more recent demise, after short-lived virtual life: what I wouldn’t give for the return of Home Grocer and Kozmo.com!

Posted by: Amy at July 14, 2005 03:46 PM

Items from the past that were great:

**Great Green Society Pizza on capitol hill
**all you could eat at Pizza Haven in the U district, wed night for $3.90
**the original El Gaucho
**Seattle University before it became the “young right winger republican” hang out that it is now…
**zoo tavern (soon to be gone)
**my lake union apartment with $145 a month rent
**nobi’s camera store on 1st and bell
**wrights (denny and 99) where the shell station is now… great breakfasts
**the swervy curves in the mercer island bridge
**JP and Gertrude telling Adult jokes on live TV
**Captain Puget
**The Lakeside Cafe (bar where you could tie up your boat and drink) on Lake Union
**Gasworks park before the urbanization project
***Kathy the waitress with the best legs ever at the Fredrick and Nelson Restaurant downtown
**Diana, the waitress with the 2nd best legs ever at the Cloud room on top of the Camlin
**Wayne Cody
**cops without machine guns unlike the current ones who think they are still in the Army
**a place to park on the street anywhere in town

Posted by: mike penney at July 14, 2005 03:46 PM

1) The giant Westlake Mall Santa Claus. He used to stand guard near the old monorail station.

2) Frederick & Nelson, of course. And not just a Christmas time.

3) I would say JP Patches, but he’s still around! You might have to pay or look, but he’s still making appearances!

4) John Hinterberger

5) The old World’s Fair fixtures that used to adorn some scrap yard well down south of Seattle on I-5

Posted by: Joel Niemeyer at July 14, 2005 03:48 PM

A&W Restaurant on Aurora Ave N in Shoreline

Posted by: Debbie at July 14, 2005 03:52 PM

My Nana

Posted by: derz at July 14, 2005 03:58 PM

Pizza and Pipes, Greenwood.

Kids being able to walk in their own neighborhood after dark.

Posted by: Dolemite at July 14, 2005 04:01 PM

Royal Fork restaurants.

Hickory Hut in Magnolia.

Pepsi Jr. Mariners.

Wheal Leisure in Magnolia.

Ivory’s video game palace on 4th avenue downtown.

For all of those who miss Herfy’s, there is a genuine Herfy’s in Auburn, even including the pickle bar.

Posted by: Walter Sobchak at July 14, 2005 04:08 PM

The Coliseum movie theatre downtown.

Food Factory – Amazing Pizza

Henry’s on the Ave. – Best French Dip Sandwich

John Danz Theatre

Old Bellevue Square

The trees

Posted by: Mike at July 14, 2005 04:15 PM

The Duchess Tavern before its late 80s remodel. My initials — along with those of god knows how many others — were carved on the long table in back. Learned how to really play pinball there.

Posted by: CJ at July 14, 2005 04:15 PM

Imperial Mix up at Cool Hand Luke’s in Madrona.

Posted by: Leslie Komori at July 14, 2005 04:19 PM

Things I miss:

Silver Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Georgetown Lanes
Jay Jacobs
Frederick and Nelson’s
Mikado Restaurant
The Coliseum Theater(now the Banana Republic)
The Bubbleator
The Gravity Bar
It’s not a place, but: The commercials from Rainier Beer, Ivar’s, Jack Roberts

Has anyone mentioned the Monastery yet? I was too young after all. 🙂

Posted by: Leroy Chin at July 14, 2005 04:21 PM

re: A&Ws, there were a couple more in the north end. One on Holman Road (I worked there!) and one on 45th in Wallingford. I think it bordered the Lincoln High School grounds. Or else was very very close.

Posted by: nevermind at July 14, 2005 04:26 PM

Trader Vics- My family had Christmas Eve dinner there every year.

My Uncle Cecil’s Barber Shop on Ballard Ave.

The 1970’s Seattle Totems- Still my favorite sports team ever!

Dogs being legal on the city beaches. I grew up near Richmond Beach, a great place to take your dog at one time.

Posted by: Grant at July 14, 2005 04:27 PM

KISW circa 1979 with Crow and Hovanes, Langen and West, Dr. Rock and Electric Lunch, and Saturday night they would play whole albums (which is how I got my first copies of Led Zeppelin1 & 2 and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. (and I curse the day I accidently through out my Jon Bauer Concert Guide).

Posted by: Larry Davenport at July 14, 2005 04:28 PM

so many things have been mentioned already, so I’ll just add a couple that I didn’t see:
– world pizza (on 2nd). potato pizza. And the best anniversary parties.
– Bushell’s auction house (also on 2nd. I think my parents bought half of their furniture there).
– mini golf @ Seattle Center (with the elephant holding the martini glass. First the glass disappeared, then the whole thing.)
– “hash after the bash” at the Off-ramp (health-laws be damned)
– Fallout (sorry, but it can’t be mentioned enough)
– the Velvet Elvis.
– University Village
– free Mariners tickets with good grades in school
– terrible local sports teams (oh, sorry)

good riddance to: the lines at Moe’s… oversold shows at the rckcndy… etc

soon to be missed: MOHAI at Montlake (or at least the periscope)

Posted by: Geoff at July 14, 2005 04:31 PM

only been here since ’98, but i miss
the cloud room
ernst’s before lowe’s bought ’em
ileen’s on broadway
the theatres at broadway market
etc. etc.

i hate the big boxes and the chains too, but that’s not just seattle, it’s america.

and in spite of change and outrageous rents, this is still one of the most beautiful & civilized big cities to live in in this country

if you think seattle sucks try florida or arizona or so cal…

Posted by: randy at July 14, 2005 04:36 PM

Back in the 70’s I remember:

Aya’s Japanese Restaurant
Block’s (sandwich cafe up on Capital Hill)
Trader Vic’s
Pizza Haven
Fred Meyer (on Braodway)
Great American Food (down by Westlake)
Tabard Inn (Seattle Univ)
Braodway Field
Sundance Tavern

Oh those were the days!!!

Posted by: Hawaiian Pineapple at July 14, 2005 04:50 PM

The Doghouse, with it’s crusty old waitresses and organist. The first time I went in there was in high school during the 80’s and I noticed what I thought were these really cool abstract brown paintings on the wall – until I got closer and realized they were actually black and white photos of Seattle covered with a thin film of brown from years of cigarette smoke!

Sorry Charlie’s may be gone, but I’m really happy that Howard Bolsom is still banging away on the keys some nights. He’s one of the last things that’s left from old Seattle, and I’ll miss it when he’s not playing there anymore.

Posted by: Leo at July 14, 2005 04:51 PM

* Dim sum at King Cafe.
* Double features of vintage classics at the pre-corporate Neptune Theater.
* the ‘Symptomatic Nerve Gas’ guy that used to stand in front of the 5th Ave federal courthouse.
* cool ‘open book’ carpeting installed in the ’50s-era main public library (pre-Cool House).
* the dark and scary Chicago-style 3rd & James Public Safety Building, kitty corner from Spin’s Friendly Tavern.
* Jim Rose slipping out of his straitjacket for a teensy cheering crowd at the Ali Baba.
* that incredibly stinky and cramped used bookstore in the basement of some guy’s house off the Ave.
* Time Travelers comic book shop at 2nd & Pike.
*Espresso and a smile from the cutest gal ever at Nordstrom’s on the Ave…

Posted by: jim at July 14, 2005 04:52 PM

The top ten things I miss in the Seattle area(in no particular order):

1. Dags! The one on 4th Ave S. and the one in Renton!

2. Free access to the Seafair hydroplane races (and the beer).

3. Shoreys Book Store.

4. Sicks Stadium in Rainier Avenue!

5. Aqua Park concerts on Green Lake.

6. The Hat & Boots on East Marginal Way.

7. The Top Hat in Burien.

8. Chubby & Tubby on Rainier.

9. The Jones Building on 3rd & Union. Mom worked there.

10. The Seattle Center Coluseum (yeah I know its the “Key Arena” now, but you can tell a long-time resident when they know what you’re talking about when you say ‘the coluseum’ & ‘the arena’

Posted by: Faramir at July 14, 2005 04:58 PM

I am filled with nostalgia, just reading the wonderful things that made Seattle my favorite city in the whole world.
I especially loved the:
Chuckwagon Drive-In (out at 50th & Aurora-near Woodland Park) We used to drive out there for lunch several times a week (the BBQ ribs were killer!)
Manning’s Cafe (on Broadway)had the best soup and a killer “Cheese sandwich on Date Nut Bread.” I’d give anything for the recipe for that multi-cheese filling and the date nut bread.
Brainard’s Restaurant and Bar (on Second Avenue) where we often stopped for a before-going-home cocktail because in was in the bank where I worked, The National Bank of Commerce.\
Last, but not least, I miss seeing the old “Boots & Hat” down by Boeing Field. Jamieson, from the P.I. wrote about it once but I’ve never seen an update is to where it is.

Thanks for letting me share. Al Warman

Even if all these things we have listed are gone, I still think Seattle is my #1 favorite city.

Posted by: J. A. “Al” Warman at July 14, 2005 05:02 PM

Beyond the Edge Cafe, next to Edge of the Circle Bookstore, on Capitol Hill. Great vegan chili, home-brewed chai, plenty of reading material, comfy chairs, “interesting” artwork, educational activities after hours and friendly staff.

I miss them.

Posted by: Jeannette at July 14, 2005 05:04 PM

St. Vincent DePaul on Lake Union great place for serendipity to happen and a fun place to relax and people watch!

Keeg’s Interiors on Olive Way and Broadway. DelTeet’s Furniture on Broadway.

Another favorite that still exists, fortunately, is the Lovelace Building near the old Cornish School.

Posted by: John R.F. at July 14, 2005 05:13 PM

A few more honerable mentions:

G.O.Guy Drug Store & Lunch counter on 3rd & Union.

The triangle-shaped drug store & lunch counter in Westlake.

KOL-FM 94.1 in the 60’s.

KZAM-FM 92.5 in the years 74-75.

KISW-FM 99.9 in the 70’s

KJET-AM 1590 in the 80’s (first punk rock I heard)

Seattle Totems Hockey in the 60’s

Rainier Brewery

Herfy’s in Renton

Sunny Jim in Georgetown

I could go on and on…..

Posted by: Faramir at July 14, 2005 05:14 PM

Another couple places and another Random Famous Person-On-the-Street:
* when Twice Sold Tales was just a wooden cart in Broadway Market. And when Broadway Market was just a Fred Meyer. And WHERE were you when you heard that Fred Meyer died?
* And does anybody call Nordstrom ‘Nordy’s’ anymore?
* I remember the ‘nothing’ that used to be where the Market pig is now. The pig still seems like a recent addition to me…
* Remember the view of the water from 8th and Pike, before that godawful ugly convention center arch was puked upon the landscape?
* And where’s that huge muscle guy with the broadsword strapped to his back that looked mean but was actually quite pleasant; people called him ‘Conan’ and he used to march up and down Broadway.

Posted by: jim at July 14, 2005 05:17 PM

Pizaa and Pipes……used to love when they’d play a song and turn on hte bubble machine.

Posted by: David at July 14, 2005 05:36 PM

The Embassy Theatre on third ave.

Apple Cinema on Boren.

Cops handing out Sonics cards.

Magnolia Hi – Fi, in Magnolia before the Nazis took it over.

Pregnant women smoking.

Pregnant women drinking Jim Beam.

When drinking and driving wasn’t against the law.

Monica Hart

Cable Teevee not costing a hundred bucks a month.

America, before Hitler took it over.

Posted by: Bohdan Shink at July 14, 2005 05:38 PM

wow what a list.
Cloud Room of course. F&N’s. Herfys.

University Heights when it was still a school.

THE ROMPER ROOM, best 80s music in town, now it yupped up like everything else. Francos Hidden Harbor.

A vibrant Broadway and University “Ave” — only place I’ve seen a McDonalds close! For that matter a Nordstroms on the Ave.

Fremont and Wallingford before it got too expensive to live there.

An I-5 you could drive on.

Zestos with the cool car on top.

Free boat launches.

Salmon in Elliott Bay and Lake Washington.

Posted by: dan at July 14, 2005 05:49 PM

YES! YES! YES! When I was “younger” I watched the “Ineffectual Middle Management Suck-Ups” on Almost Live and now I am one!!!

On the Ave, House of Rice also sold “Unfortunate Fortune Cookies” by the pound; as starving students we lived on ’em as affordable treats. Those, and the broken cones you could then buy from Baskin Robbins!

Ahhh, Crowe and West…remember Bebes Les Strange? And, I miss Bob Rivers, too.

I also miss the Price Is Right – gawd, the price WAS right and the drinks were potent. A friend and I drank there one night with a bunch of SeaFair clowns – before PC times – and it was probably one of the best nights of my life that ended in getting asked to leave somewhere!

Is there anyone who turned 21 in the 70’s who didn’t go to Trader Vic’s and think 1) “Gotta have a Mai Tai,” and 2) “This is what being a grown up is all about” ?

I remember many a night (after PiR and TV’s) going to sober up at the Joker. WHEW! Thank goodness there was smoking allowed and no hurry to leave.

Sears double-dipped peanuts are fondly remembered, along with Woolworth’s counter ANYTHING, including fountain Cokes in paper cones that sat in metal holders…remember those?

I miss Shakey’s and House of Pies (worth hitching to Mercer Island for “all the way” from the U District!) and GILLY’s SUBS! Nothing today even touches how fabulous those were. My mouth is watering as I type.

The Ridgemont Theater in Greenwood showed 99cent movies, and we could eat really well at Art’s Food Center for less than $10 for 2 of us. A night out for $12! And, if we were really feeling spendy, we went across the street to A & W for a float for dessert. Those were the days…

I loved all those multi-named restaurants: Boondocks, BJ Monkeyshines, Great American, etc. Man, we thought we had hit the big time when we started being able to afford something besides the Wed. night Pizza Haven buffets!

But, truly – what I miss most isn’t tangible … I miss when “rush hour” on I-5 was 7-8 AM and 4-5 or 5:30 PM, and it meant you had to move to the “fast” lane to get through “town.” Now, THAT might be worth going back in time for!

Posted by: Jean at July 14, 2005 06:03 PM

My first glory hole on Capitol Hill, behind the Elite.


Posted by: John F. at July 14, 2005 06:06 PM

The chicken salad from the restaurant at Frederick and Nelson. Actually, I miss all of Frederick and Nelson.

Posted by: Jeff at July 14, 2005 06:08 PM

Prarie Market in Bellevue

Mandarin Chinese Restaurant

The Fourmost Movie which had “Love’s Theme” by Barry White as it’s theme song.

Nightmare Theatre

Posted by: Sam at July 14, 2005 06:37 PM

I miss the old red door, the new one is alright, but the old one was kind funkier and part of fremont before the total onslaught of office park row.

Posted by: Sarah at July 14, 2005 06:40 PM

I miss Seattle. Or, at least, the Seattle I moved remember before moving to Tokyo.

Orpheum Records: Debuted our CD there and spent hours buying CDs.

Ok Hotel and Rock Candy: Played both but the OK will always be a place I most remember for playing and for hearing great bands.

The Old Vogue on 1st Ave.: The first club I visited in Seattle. What a role it played in my life. First met the love of my life there and many dear friends. Played shows there and danced more than I can remember.

The Frontier Room: I don’t remember her name, but a barkeep there in the 90’s made drinks that could stop you dead in your tracks. She made the most generous pours.

Surrogate Hostess: Great Sunday morning brunch. Their wine tasting parties introduced me more to red wines and started a passion for wine with my friends and I.

Fred Meyer’s on Broadway. I visited last September and was so shocked to see it gone. How do Capitol Hill residents survive without it?

There are so many others. But to the remaining wonderful places: Siam’s on Broadway, Charlies on Broadway, Deluxe and the Egyptian. I hope you are all there when I visit again. The last signs of a city I still deeply love and memories of a rougher less polished Seattle that will always feel like home.



Posted by: KW at July 14, 2005 06:50 PM

Bombshelter video.


Tons of legitimate prostitutes along 1st avenue downtown.

Jai Karate at Woolworths

The Coke sign on Bartells along 4th and Westlake downtown.

Fat chicks before stretch pants and shoulder tattoos

The Sky riders at the Seattle Center.

The Flag Pavilion

Seattle Breakers

Cab drivers that spoke english

Posted by: John Holmes at July 14, 2005 06:56 PM

I know Bumbershoot is still around but I miss the old Bumbershoots from the 70’s and 80’s when One Reel seemed intent on producing a new Woodstock every year (and often succeeded in doing so). A true music and arts fair of world class proportions, Bumbershoot did Seattle proud. I remember in 1979 when the Dynamic Logs played on the SIDEWALK for god’s sake, and had everyone boogie-ing to “Dibble Street.” Then walking over to the Bumbrella Stage to listen to Richie Havens talk and sing. Then rushing over to the Blues stage to catch the last few songs by John Lee Hooker, then over to the Jazz stage to hear Ralph Towner and Oregon, etc., etc., for 3 days straight… amazing.

I miss sharing Sunday morning breakfast at the original Julia’s on Eastlake with my roommates, back when we could rent a 3-BR house in Walingford for $500 a month.

And going to hear Reilly and Maloney every Saturday night when they were “in residence” in the lounge at the Four Seasons hotel.

I miss being able to ride my Schwinn 10-speed from Phinney Ridge all the way to Discovery Park without having to worry about getting run over.

Like many others, I miss KZAM-FM and the musical education I received there. Someone was asking about that other FM station in the 80’s that was so eclectic – wasn’t it KEZX?

Going to the Saturday night kirtans at the SYDA meditation center in Roosevelt and everyone chanting Hare Krishna at the top of their lungs, swaying back and forth with eyes clamped shut while the drums pounded. And then chanting 2 more rounds!

And how about the old Dawn Horse Bookstore in Roosevelt, thank goodness the Sunlight Cafe is still there.

It just doesn’t seem right without The Backstage (oh… the shows we saw there), and that venue with the big dance floor on Aurora Ave. N. that the Aquarius Tavern morphed into. Heck, I even miss the Detour Tavern in Renton where Randy Hansen often performed his Jimi Hendrix tribute.

The original REI on Capitol Hill with the old creaky wooden floors, and camping out in front of the store prior to the big sales. For that matter I miss the REI in Federal Way which isn’t there any more either.

I’m glad to see PCC has survived, but at what cost? From what I’ve read in the P.I., I’m glad I don’t work there. I remember when PCC was in Ravenna and they had a little bitty store near Green Lake.

Finally, two Seattle landmarks… Trident Imports where in 1978 I discovered real Chinese jasmine tea, and Yukon Jacks in the Food Circus at the Center House. Oh and most recently, the demise of Tower Records Bellevue store – a gigantic store of world class proportions – I truly hate to see it go.

Posted by: Greg at July 14, 2005 06:56 PM

Bombshelter video.


Tons of legitimate prostitutes along 1st avenue downtown.

Jai Karate at Woolworths

The Coke sign on Bartells along 4th and Westlake downtown.

Fat chicks before stretch pants and shoulder tattoos

The Sky riders at the Seattle Center.

The Flag Pavilion

Seattle Breakers

Cab drivers that spoke english

Posted by: John Holmes at July 14, 2005 06:57 PM

Bombshelter video.


Tons of legitimate prostitutes along 1st avenue downtown.

Jai Karate at Woolworths

The Coke sign on Bartells along 4th and Westlake downtown.

Fat chicks before stretch pants and shoulder tattoos

The Sky riders at the Seattle Center.

The Flag Pavilion

Seattle Breakers

Cab drivers that spoke english

Posted by: John Holmes at July 14, 2005 06:57 PM

-Bellevue’s JOHN DANZ theatre, along with the BOWLING ALLEY to it’s left…

-Drive-In Theatres

-The Bell Square CLOCK that stood out front of the former square from the 50’s-70’s…

-Shakey’s/Godfather’s PIZZA outlets -(et al)…

Posted by: Kemper Freeman Jr at July 14, 2005 07:02 PM

I definitely miss:

— Peller’s Open Pit Barbeque on Roosevelt (best Q in town before or since)

— The Spanish Castle at Midway and the Target Ballroom in Burien (Merrilee and the Turnabouts…oh, yeah!)

— Lou’s drive-in in Burien

— the ID bookstore in the U District

Posted by: Ron at July 14, 2005 07:04 PM

Full Service Gas

The Shakeys Pizza Man behind the glass, he usually looked like he was in the Manson Family. And the silent movies were the bomb.

Watching Ghostbusters at the The Town theatre.

Getting Billy Joel Juice Newton tickets at Fidelity Square.

Posted by: Shaddrach Messhach at July 14, 2005 07:16 PM

For those of you that mentioned Herfy’s: remember their Wacky Burger Box? Those were always good for a corny kid joke and always had fun toy surprises. And, it pre-dated the McDonald’s kid’s meal-in-a-box by at least a couple of years.

The Hefty: way better than the Big Mac.

Gosh, I’m getting all tearful…and hungry.

(I still have an official Herfy’s shirt from when I worked there. It’s in good shape. I should pass it on to MOHAI or something.)

Posted by: Davem753 at July 14, 2005 08:09 PM

No one’s mentioned the old Wigwam stores. They had a catchy radio jingle. Morrie’s (or Maury’s) Old Fashioned Department Store on Greenwood. I was never there, but they also had a catchy radio ad. And speaking to radio ads, what’s happened to Magnolia HiFi’s (or whatever their new name is) presidential impersonator ads. They were just great! The Bon Marche made the best blueberry muffins in the world. F & N’s Santa Claus and Easter Bunny breakfasts with Marnie Nixon and Stan Boreson. Tradewell stores (weren’t Prairie Markets an offshoot?). The Porterhouse Inn in Kenmore was another of the old roadhouses on Bothell Way that disappeared. Keener’s Meats in Bothell….

Posted by: Nancy at July 14, 2005 08:16 PM

I miss Burke’s cafe in Ballard. Is there anywhere else this side of New Orleans to get such good whole crawfish?

I also miss the Still Life in Fremont and the Music Hall. I saw REM there in 1984. What a beautiful venue that was!

Posted by: Julia at July 14, 2005 08:33 PM

What trip down memory lane. Here are few more that I miss:
Growing up in Seattle and bragging that the Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
Going to Shakey’s Pizza Parlor and sitting on the wooden benches drinking pitchers of Rainier and listening to the pipe organ.
Watching the Slo Mo’s come under the floating bridge to kick some Detroit tail because this event helped define summer in the 50’s.
Trips to Playland on Aurora because it brings back memories of weekend visits at my grandmothers.
The $.19 hamburgers and $.12 fries at Lou’s Drive-Ins in Burien and White Center because everyone knew everyone else and you could always find someone to drag race you on 1st Avenue South.
Going to Harney’s Grocery on Saturday morning with a wagon full of bottles to get the deposit to spend at his 5 and 10 cent store next door on cheap Japanese imported toys.
Going to watch the Seattle Rainiers at Sick’s Stadium at night with your brother with no fear of being kidnapped or molested.
Knowing that each Wednesday at noon the air raid sirens would blow, but not knowing how dangerous our world really was.
Saturday evening dates at XXX listening to the Bickerson’ on radio. Where did all those XXX’s go?
The Christmas lights at Fredrick & Nelson’s, a family tradition.
Going to the Aqua Theatre on Green Lake to watch pro wrestling.
Definitely a simpler and more beautiful time.

Posted by: John at July 14, 2005 08:35 PM

Aargh. Reading the posts made me very sadly realize just how many favorite and wonderful places / institutions have disappeared in a relatively short time.

Posted by: Robert at July 14, 2005 08:38 PM

I remember Nordstrom at Aurora Village when it was just a shoe store and Mr. Nordstrom measured your feet.

Posted by: Michele at July 14, 2005 08:40 PM

Oh yeah – Frederick & Nelsons. We went there every Christmas when I was a kid to sit on Santa’s lap and go to dinner. I always thought when the Bon took over Frangos they should be called Bongos. Of course, now the Bon is Macy’s isn’t it?

I also miss Nordstrom’s outdoor espresso bar on 5th Ave downtown. We used to hang out there after school in high school a lot and it’s creepy to see all the store fronts right up to the sidewalk on that block the way they are now. The Frontier Room has also become a completely different place.

What was that little punk rock store on Roosevelt across from the high school back in the 80’s? I remember when that was the only weird, funky, punk store to be found in town (and it didn’t even start on Broadway) But I can’t remember the name for the life of me.

Posted by: Julia at July 14, 2005 08:42 PM

The other big FM station that I know of was KLAY, I believe out of Tacoma. Is that the one?Their last song before they signed off for good was “The End” by the doors. Loved that station! KEZX was good too, introduced me to a whole new genre. KYYX and KJET both rocked my world turning me from 70’s rocker to New Waver! KING AM as a top ROCK station! Of course KJR with JJ Jackson, Lock “Jock”, and Sunshine Sherry in that wild van. In fact, I later used that van, psychedellic paint job, side pipes & all to do deliveries for Squire Shop. Ahhhh the Squire Girls! What a place to work while young! Right in the heart of the action by Pioneer Square and the Dome! 😉

The Langen (Sp?) & West Network!!! Leave it to Beaver redux…whew…boy was it! To this day, the funniest dudes I’ve heard on air. In fact, having met him, John Langen was HILLARIOUS.

Robert E. Lee Hardwick attempting to jetski to Alaska!

How about the Rising Star shows? Sammy Hagar just post Montrose. Pat Benetar. The Itallian named guy from Canada…d’oh! Aldo Nova!

Do they still have shows at the Hub Ballroom at UW? They had some doozies! Los Lobos (when they almost beat the crap out of a security dude for body slamming some chick from the stage!) Thomas Dolby &…crap…the did “I’ll Stop The World & Melt With You”? What a show, they had to hose down the audience it was so hot and the dancing was so wild!

Keep ’em rollin’!

Posted by: Adam at July 14, 2005 09:12 PM

Been here since ’95, and this list brings back memories..

The old Frontier Room with the Drink Nazi – she poured the stiffest drinks in town
The Sit n’ Spin – hours of procrastination in college
The Cloud Room
The Back Door
Minnie’s on Broadway
The old Red Door
The King Dome
The “R”
The Chieftains before they became the Redhawks
Chang’s on Broadway

Posted by: t at July 14, 2005 09:58 PM

I remember all the dancing fun, and I go way back, such as Spanish Castle, Parkers, Trianon, Shadow lake, Lake Wilderness, Brown Derby Tavern, Georges in South Park, White Shutters, Drift On Inn. I also Rollerskated at Rolladium in U Village, before U village was there. Also Renton Rollerland. I could go on and on. Thanks.

Posted by: Barbara Lewis at July 14, 2005 10:51 PM

Northgate – the duck pond around the totem pole, the singing Christmas tree, the rides!
Gov-Mart Bazaar, where your groceries would come to your car in totes along a track outside the store.
White Front store – what tackiness!
The Tic-Toc drive in.
Elephant rides at the zoo.
Channel 11’s Saturday night bingo games.
The old guy who would drive his steam engine around our north Seattle neighborhood every summer. We’d hear him coming blocks away and all come running out to see.
“Oiling” residential streets – P.U.!
The Crest theater – 50-cent movies!
James Crosby store at Northgate – wow!
Ridlow’s pet shop on Greenwood, and Creamland.
Seattle Junior Programs.
The Lake City Carnival.
Olson’s egg ranch.
Milk Barn.
KRAB radio – they read stories during the dinner hour – where I first heard “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, and “James and the Giant Peach”.
KIXI had Dave Ballard read poetry every night.
Bush Garden restaurant.

Posted by: Bonnie at July 15, 2005 12:39 AM

I miss people who know how to pronounce the local place names….like Des Moines, Puyallup, Yakima….and who don’t call Puget Sound “The Puget Sound”, don’t call our freeways “Interstates”, and don’t call the roads “surface streets”.

Posted by: Mike at July 15, 2005 03:56 AM

KJET (call letters now in Aberdeen)
KYYX (cruisin’ to the radio)
Puget Sound Cycling Club (riding with Phil Anderson at Christmas time around Lake Washington, look him up in Tour de France history)
$1.90 round trip ferry boat rides (dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory followed by a two hour cruise, what a date when you’re a poor college student)
Goldie’s on 45th
REI on Capital Hill
The Allies, The Visible Targets
Husky Hardhats with the old “W”
St. Vincent De Paul on Lake Union
Leschi circa 1984 and earlier
Ernst/Malmo homeshows at the Coliseum (all those free bags of potting soil)
Sears in Ravenna

Posted by: Steve at July 15, 2005 08:55 AM

My dad spent Sunday afternoons teaching my mom to drive at the deserted Northgate south parking lot while us kids were in the backseat of our 1950 Chevy. I miss Pat O’Day, Stan Boreson, JP Patches, my sister was a member of Bob Corcoran’s Starlet Circle….nobody has mentioned that yet! I miss the Canton Garden Restaurant that was razed in favor of the Sheraton Hotel. I miss Dag’s & Gils 19 cent burgers, I miss “The Farm” restaurant that was on old Hwy 99 between Seattle & Tacoma where you got all you can eat chicken, mashed potatoes and the fixins. I miss the 88 cent stores, Playland Amusement Park where they had certain days you could get in and ride with no more than bottle caps for money! I seriously miss “The Ridge Rink” roller skating establishment on 85th & Linden avenues. My mom used to drive us to remote Pine Lake from Seattle to spend the day swimming, I probably wouldn’t recognize Pine Lake now if I saw it! Someone used to work at the Woodland Park Pony Ring ride, I used to ride those ponies! I miss Norms Resort on Cottage Lake, now it’s privately owned by some RV conglomerate that sells memberships. My mom used to frequent The Blueline” restaurant on lower Queen Anne. Hasty Tasty’s used to have a drive in located between 155th & 160th and Aurora (Hwy 99 back then), great burgers! Seattle’s evolving and todays kids will see all of what now makes up Seattle shrink and disappear as well, it’s all about money these days!

Posted by: Steve C at July 15, 2005 09:26 AM

The Backstage – particularly the little seating areas to either side of the stage. A lot of performers were pleasantly startled to hear applause and cheers coming from over there, and from that vantage point you felt like you were practically onstage watching.

The bike shop in Bellevue was Uncle Harold’s. I also miss Bell Book & Candle, and the original Gulliver’s Hamburgers which was just north of 8th at Bellevue Way. Belle Lanes! At least B&N has delayed the inevitable destruction of this interesting building for a while.

The Swallows Nest (outdoor store). And the Kingdome (where you could _afford_ to watch the Mariners lose, even on a budget!)

Posted by: Chris at July 15, 2005 09:33 AM

Victor Rosellini. None better.

Posted by: Doug at July 15, 2005 09:45 AM

Fifth Avenue Records in downtown. Imagine a record store where the staff really know about music and can make solid recommendations about the different recordings of classical works.

The old REI on 12th Avenue.

Eddie Bauer, when it used to be an outfitter and not a variation on Spiegels.

Arnold’s arcades in the U District and on Broadway. For a dollar, you could get a hot dog, a doughnut and a soda – perfect for the high school kid.

The Unicorn restaurant on the Ave, and their Costermonger pastie cart at Westlake

KRAB radio

Posted by: Sean Varney at July 15, 2005 10:12 AM

The schools! QA High School comes to mind, as does Briarcliff, where I attended Kindergarten.

Let’s all join hand–and save our neighborhood schools that remain. They are better than sending children to “mega-schools.”

(Surely we have enough sports stadiums now.)

Posted by: Geoff T. at July 15, 2005 10:20 AM

1. Sicks’ Seattle Stadium. Safeco Field beats the Dome yet is corporate. I saw the Pilots play the Yankees at Sicks’ on my 13th birthday and man were my eyes wide the whole game.

2. Almost Live. Green River Dance, Eastside Story, Kester’s monologues and The John Report, Bill Nye, etc. Still a classic; better than SNL.

Posted by: Mark at July 15, 2005 10:46 AM

I miss a lot of the places that people have mentioned above. I also miss the old University Village when it was easy to get a parking place and when people were friendly. The woolworths, lorraine’s bookshop and the donut shop inside near Lamonts were great places to visit, even the old QFC there. I also miss Fredrick & Nelson’s upstairs for lunch during Christmas and the wonderful people who would serve us so nicely. Their Christmas windows were wonderful too!

I miss Casa Lupita on Queen Anne – they had great food. And Gilly’s subs in the U District were delicious. I miss the Sonics when it was Downtown Freddie Brown, Gus Williams, Loni & Jack — and earlier when Slick Watts played. The city really came together when they played. Ernst was lots of fun as my dad and I would “dink” around as well as visit Miller Pollard when it was in the U District – they had such fun little games for kids. Delteets and Keegs were fun to visit on Capital Hill too.

Posted by: Shannon at July 15, 2005 11:02 AM

Last Exit on Brooklyn for their huge PB&J sandwiches and apple pie ala mode and great comraderie.
Herfy’s Hefty Burger
a great pizza place whose name I can’t recall but was there circa 1968 on the west side of the Ave between 45th and 42nd. Best pizza I’ve ever had.
I live in MInnesota now but when I’m visiting, I still drive by the old Last Exit site hoping that it will somehow reappear.
There was also a ‘grinder’ restaurant on Roosevelt that was terrific.
The drug store on 40th and Wallingford and the 10 cent store next door (across from the Wallingford Gardens.)

Posted by: Colin at July 15, 2005 11:19 AM

The TradeWinds at 1st and Wall was the best night club in town back in the 80’s. Waterfalls, tiki huts, huge aquariums, flaming Mai Tai’s, everyone got ‘leied’ when they arrived by an elderly French woman named Fifi. Some great bands played there, too.

Posted by: Randy C at July 15, 2005 12:19 PM

The Ships Resturant under the Magnolia bridge on Elliott Ave. Some of the best seafood and company in town.

Posted by: Larry at July 15, 2005 12:42 PM

All the great local bands of the 80’s! Like Seafood Mama, Annie Rose & the Thrillers, Pink Flamingos and my favorite, Dos Pesos. They had the best looking guys in that band!!

Posted by: Jan Johnson at July 15, 2005 01:41 PM

Damn, how could I forget the KINGDOME (RIP) and “R” on the Rainier Brewery (& the smell of the hops a brewin’)!! Forshame!! 🙂

Posted by: Greene at July 15, 2005 01:49 PM

Fifty years ago there was a family bakery
on Wallingford just south of 40th, where we got
the best maple bars ever.

Kress downtown had wooden floors.

Forty years ago, I used to walk over to the Last
Exit, under the I-5 bridge construction. Chess,
sandwich, hot chocolate, unbeatable.

I live in California now, but it isn’t as good as
it used to be either.

Posted by: alan at July 15, 2005 02:09 PM

I remember two large, elegant department stores in downtown Seattle, I. Magnin and Frederick & Nelson. Both were too expensive for me. Now that I could afford them they are gone. Just my luck!

Posted by: Judy at July 15, 2005 02:41 PM

I miss swimming lessons at Jack Riley’s “Aqua Barn Ranch” off SR-169 in the 1970s.

I miss Boeing in Renton when there were tails of jets stretching along the runway as far as the eye could see.

I miss towing homemade plywood mini “hydros” behind my bike in the summer. (I miss Bill Muncie — RIP).

Posted by: WT at July 15, 2005 03:55 PM

All that stuff is gone? Ok I haven’t lived in the city since 1980, but I do get back to visit on a regular basis, and with each visit another icon seems to bite the dust.

Things lost..
Herfys on Northgate Way, it was THE hang out for Ingraham High students in the late 60’s. Best fast food burgers in town.

Zip’s Drive in on 85th and Aurora – As a kid I remember them having the best fish and chips. Oh the smell and the greasy white paper they were wrapped in.

St Vinnies on Lake Union — my father refered to it as I. Magnins by the Sea. A wonderful place to kill some time browsing for treasure. there was something about the rickey old pier that it was on too that added to it’s attraction.

The Ridge Rink on 85th and Fremont. Many a young hearts were won or broken skating thst floor.

The Poncho Theatre, the best place to take kids to the theatre. Small and intimate it gave many a Seattle vchild their first taste of live theatre. Ok, I worked there in the mid 70’s and I still work in theatre, but I have met several people now theatre professionals who caught the theatre bug while laying on the carpeted rows in the front of the theatre.

It is comforting to return to Seattle though and see the places that sre still there. I am back in August for a short visit, I am going to make a list while I am there.

Posted by: Mark at July 15, 2005 04:09 PM

I have reread this list a couple of times and it brings back such great memories of old haunts and dives

The old Fremont Tavern. The last time I was in town I noticed it had turned into a fern bar. In the early 70’s I lived on 36th just west of Aurora (pre troll days), and the Fremont was our dive of choice. The place always smelled of beer, cigarettes and urine. As I recall Tuesday night was peanut night, and they had a barrel of peanut in the shell, which every one ate and threw shells on the floor. I remember a great jukebox, and on more than one occasion I recall the spoon man (Arden?) dancing on the bar shirtless playing along to what ever tune was on the box.

Speaking of dives, there was also Pigalle Tavern at the Pike place Market in the location where the Place Pigalle restaurant is/was. A nasty whole wall, it had a certain ‘go have a beer with you local junkie feel to it. But perched on the back side of the market it had the best damn view of any dive in town. If you dared to use them, I recall having to ‘skate’ into the restroom floors were always so wet.

Posted by: Mark at July 15, 2005 04:47 PM

Good God, but I have tears in my eyes. I think I now miss more than I now enjoy, like….

When you could cruise through Seward Park on a Sunday – or any other day

Piston-Powered Hydroplanes and Gold Cup races

Boeing Family Picnics at Lake Sammamish

World Championship Boat Racing on Green Lake. Thanks Seattle Drag & Ski Boat Club

Queen Anne High School

Edison Technical School

Westlake Chevrolet

All the Community Festivals that built up around Seafair

The Kalakala

Ivar Haglund

The Orpheum, Coliseum, Blue Mouse, Liberty and Paramount theaters. And, let we forget; the Embassy (3 movies for a dime) and Colonial Theaters.

The Spanish Castle in Midway (Des Moines)

Parker’s on Aurora

The Dynamics (Werewolf, Fog Cutter…)

Tiny Tony and the Statics (Merille Rush, Dick Gerber, Randy Bennett….)

The Crescent Ballroom in Tacoma

The Duwamish Drive-in

The El Rancho Drive in between Renton and Kent

Rollerland in Renton

Uncle Misletoe

Reindeer in the window at Frederick & Nelson’s

The Bon Marche Hobby Shop

The Green Onion in (now) Westlake Center

S.L. Savidge Dodge/Plymouth

Grand Prix Motors (at Leschi and on 12th and Madison)

The Grand Prix Tavern on Rainier Ave (Dan Gurney for Prez)

The Original Cinerama Theater

Contemporary Classics Sports Cars on Pike

Yale Street, before the freeway made it disappear

Summit School

The Del Rio Tavern in South Seattle

Birdland on Madison

The Black and Tan

The International Cafe

Les Teagle’s on Aurora

Frank Kenney Toyota

L.E. Belcourt Studebaker on 12th

Dag’s on Aurora


Sea-Tac and Aurora Speedways

The Observation Deck at the Airport

Sicks’ Seattle Stadium (saw Elvis play there in 1957)

The Angle Lake Plunge

Bow Lake (now where the Sea-Tac Towers and Airport 13 Coins sits)

Sports Car Emporium in the U-District

University Porsche + Audi

Jack’s Payless on Empire Way (aka Junky Jack’s)

The Haunted House on Monster Road, near Renton

Pat O’Day’s “Party Line” teen-age night club in Pioneer Square

Alan Green Chevrolet in Burien

The Target Ballroom, also in Burien

The annual Auto Shows at The Armory (now food circus at Seattle Center)

The Passion Pit on Magnolia Bluff (or is it still there?)

Drag Racing through the tunnel on 188th in Sea-Tac

Tad Davies’ Chevrolet/Mercedes on Pike (now Phil Smart’s)

Sheriff Tex and his “Hootenany”

Captain Puget

British Motor Cars @ 7th and Denny

The Blew Eagle Tavern in West Seattle

Boeing Plant 1 (The Red Barn and, later, the Turbine Divsion)

The Annual “Custom Car, Hot Boat and Speed Show”

Jerry “The King” Ruth

Muffler City (builder of MC Drag Boats)

Exhaust Specialties on Rainier Ave

Linc’s Honda Motorcycles

The XXX in Renton – and Rollerland

The Steakout in Eastgate

The Embers’ Tavern on Alki

Mr. “B’s” on 200th and Hwy 99

The Miss Burien Hydroplane, with Jack Brow at the helm

Flying Starts under the Floating Bridge by the Slo-Mo-Shum Hydros

Kim’s Broiler on Lake Union

Kurtzer Seaplanes on Lake Union

The old Medical-Dental Building next to Fredrick & Nelson’s.

Nordstrom’s when it was a shoe store near “Best’s”

Posted by: Phil in Plateaupia at July 15, 2005 05:23 PM

I watched them tear down the Music Hall from work & never got over it. (I appreciated the Clise family’s problem when one of them presented their side on the op-ed page.)

Also miss the Music Box & Blue Mouse Theaters, and The Dog House. Also Longacres.

I took my small granddaughter to both The Dog House and Woolworth’s lunch counter & told her these were historical Seattle places & she should always remember that she had been there.

Posted by: Annette at July 15, 2005 08:29 PM

Ah. . .The Penthouse down in Pioneer Square in the 60’s, early 70’s. Jazz greats–The Modern Jazz Quartet, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis (Jim Wilke was there the night I saw Miles and he said, “Yeah, the Miles Davis Doll. You wind him up and he turns his back on you”). Those were the days of the “wind up dolls and they. . .” Now, the cover charge at any jazz venue costs more than parking, tickets and drinks did in those wonderful pure jazz freak days.

Posted by: Barbara at July 15, 2005 08:35 PM

Phil in Plateaupia: Werewolf and Fog Cutter were by the Frantics, not the Dynamics. 🙂 (I know; my uncle was in the band!)

Posted by: litlnemo at July 15, 2005 10:33 PM

Everybody’s Records

Posted by: Sam at July 15, 2005 11:37 PM

KRAB radio.

Posted by: Kathleen at July 16, 2005 12:04 AM

Fauntleroy Elementary…I can’t imagine what that realestate is worth with that great view of the Sound! Beautiful old school! I hit about 5 schools by 5th grade, but THIS was MY school! It had the best principal EVER when I was there in the 60’s. Mr. McOlive (SP?), who routinely gave kids piggy back rides or walked down the halls talking to them and making them laugh. I was one of them. Very rare dude. Thanks Mr. McOlive!

Posted by: Adam at July 16, 2005 04:48 AM

Fauntleroy Elementary…I can’t imagine what that realestate is worth with that great view of the Sound! Beautiful old school! I hit about 5 schools by 5th grade, but THIS was MY school! It had the best principal EVER when I was there in the 60’s. Mr. Macaulif (SP?), who routinely gave kids piggy back rides or walked down the halls talking to them and making them laugh. I was one of them. Very rare dude. Thanks Mr. Mac!

Posted by: Adam at July 16, 2005 04:50 AM

When KJR played disco.

The smell of urine at the Public Market.

Jim Zorn was a Golden God.

When the Amtrak station was full of regular people, not crazy homeless, poor drug addicts.

When white trash wasn’t chic.

Posted by: Bea Aurthur at July 16, 2005 08:20 AM

Gay Al in Magnolia!

Posted by: Doug Murphy at July 16, 2005 08:28 AM

Bill Apple at KRSC.Clarence Hislop used to give me ice skating lessons at the old Ballard Ice rink.

Posted by: Lynne Culipher at July 16, 2005 11:14 AM

Thanks litlnemo, for the correction. you are absolutely right. My error. Guess I can’t remember everything perfectly.

Which group did Nancy Claire (sp?) sing with?

Posted by: Phil in Plateaupia at July 16, 2005 01:48 PM

It was a sad, sad Saturday night when I returned home from college and found out that Almost Live no longer is.

Posted by: RB in CA at July 16, 2005 03:25 PM

I grew up in Tacoma in the 60’s and 70’s and lived in Seattle during the 80’s. I remember my brother and I going to see “Rassling” at the old Tacoma Armory, featuring the likes of Lumberjack Luke and Irish Paddy Ryan (the armory is still there, but “Rassling” has been replaced by GOK). I remember walking to Hanks’s in Madison Park for the best burger in Seattle. I remember being able to walk from my Capitol Hill apartment two blocks in any direction for great pizza from a shop that wasn’t part of a chain. I remember buying vinyl from Peaches, to play on the system I bought at Pacific Stereo. I remember going to the little laundromat on 55th near Meridian, then sitting at the window in Leny’s Tavern across the street where I could keep an eye on my wash with a cold one. I remember Seahawks playoff games on the big screen at O’Banion’s on Roosevelt. I remmber going to the Market with a pocket full of change for the street musicians. I remember small dime and hardware stores, the corner grocery that would always take your bottles, and not locking the door at night.

Posted by: tony from tacoma at July 16, 2005 06:47 PM

I remember losing my nuts in Volunteer Park every Saturday Night during the summer of ’83.

The good ol days

Posted by: Sergio Mendes at July 16, 2005 08:04 PM

I remember losing my nuts in Volunteer Park every Saturday Night during the summer of ’83.

The good ol days

Posted by: Sergio Mendes at July 16, 2005 08:05 PM

The old Hat and Boots are slated for reappearance in a new park in Georgetown. They could really use your help:


To the person who asked about that great old hardware store in the U District, yes, it’s very much still there – I was just in there last week. Hasn’t changed a bit.

And thank you to the guy who name-checked Ivory’s – I spent a lot of good times (and a lot of lunch money!) there in the late ’80s.

A lot of you people sound like you haven’t seen a live show in twenty years! There are literally *hundreds* of bands all over town tearing things up every night of the week, and although I have fond memories of clubs that are no more, you can catch a lot of great tunes in this town if you just make the effort to get off the couch.

There are also tons of local places that are keeping the local flavor…from coffee shops like Stellina’s in the CD, to Karma Coffee up by the Locks and Motore downtown by the Greyhound Station…to the music shops on Pike and Pine on Cap Hill…to the Central Cinema and Columbia City Cinema folks, keeping neighborhood movie houses alive and kicking for the 21st century…to more restaurants than you can shake a stick at.

What someone said a long way up this thread still holds true, though – if you find a place you love, that says something Seattle to you, bring your friends! Businesses only survive when the people who talk about how cool they are bother to spend $$ there as well – that’s how the system works, folks.

Posted by: Juan at July 16, 2005 10:59 PM

And to everyone whining about dogs on the beach, from Saturday’s PI:

Matthews Beach Park and Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park on Lake Washington have been closed to swimmers because of high levels of a bacteria from animal feces. Public health officials will continue testing the waters daily, but they must test at normal levels for five days before the beaches can be reopened. For more information, go to dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/waterres/swimbeach/default.aspx.

Posted by: Juan at July 16, 2005 11:20 PM

Tower Records on Mercer
The Bubblator at the Seattle Center
Old Man Brackett’s Haunted Barn in Bothell
Herfy’s drive in on Northgate Way with the sky slide.
DJ’s Sound City
The Little Pebble (Pre-Charlie’s at Shilshole)
The Aurora Drive In
Sambo’s on Aurora
Wright’s restaurant on Denny
Laser Zeppelin
The old Coleseum
Keg parties at Magnusen Park
Ditto – Farrells, Green Lake Jake’s and Rainier Brewery!

Posted by: Lisa at July 17, 2005 12:36 AM

Chicks with dicks up on Broadway was always a pleasant suprise.

Posted by: Lance Manion at July 17, 2005 01:19 AM

I miss downtown Seattle. From Elliott Bay to the hills, from Dearborn to Denny. I mean downtown Seattle before 1985. 1980. I miss it alot. I miss the human scale of downtown back then. I miss the wide diversity of the people that lived and worked in downtown 25 years ago. I miss the kinds of people that used to head downtown for a night out back then. I miss all this and I still live here.

I have to admit that it gives me pause, probably in some sort of pathetic way, that there are other people that miss the old Frontier Room. Back in the early and mid 80s that was the downtown scene. My novel Sick Burn Cut does a poor job of trying to capture the Frontier Room. And there is a scene in that awful movie starring Divine that has a scene where you can see the old Frontier Room.

You know, someone, needs to set up a web site, or a specific Flickr.com page, where people can post scans of photos of Dissappeared Seattle.

cheers, Deran

Posted by: Deran Ludd at July 17, 2005 03:12 AM

I’m a native Seattlite, but having moved to Bellevue in the mid-50’s, most of my memories are of the eastside. When we did venture to Seattle to shop or visit my aunt on Queen Anne, it was an adventure. I remember the early yellow-colored (gas?) lamps on the floating bridge and driving under the vets hospital (pre-freeway days.) My favorite restaurant was the Bush Garden and any place where we could get a Shirley Temple with a paper parasol in it. Christmas window shopping at F&N was the best and we got shoes at Nordrom’s before it became Nordstrom-Best, and then just Nordstrom. Does anyone remember the elephant rides at Woodland Park?
In Bellevue, I learned to swim at Enetai Beach (primitive back then–just a rickety old dock.) Later we joined the Triangle Swim Club where Jean Enersen was a lifeguard. I remember her in a red bathing suit with zinc oxide on her nose!
Before there was the first Gulliver’s there was Scandia Freeze on Bellevue Way (then 104th.) It was close to Kingen’s drive-in and just as good for hamburgers. Also on 104th was a Van-something’s (?) ice cream parlor where you could get licorice ice cream. The Barb and the Village Inn were favorite long-time restaurants and several times a month we picked up chicken pizza from the Pizza Haven (first pizza I ever had–can’t imagine getting plain chicken pizza now, but it was delicious at the time.) One classic (remodeled and still there) was Toy’s, a little hole-in-the-wall on Main Street. We liked to pick up our take-out order with my dad just to hear the owner say, “leave top open–let steam go out top, otherwise no good!” I really miss the old Bellevue Square (I try not to go in there now) and the Crabapple Restaurant. I attended several birthday parties at the Crabapple (can you imagine taking a crowd of four-year-olds to a restaurant with white tableclothes? It was done.) They had a cool children’s menu and a treasure box near the entrance where you could pick out a little toy on your way out–only if you behaved! The pre-John Danz movie theatre was next to the Crabapple as I remember. Speaking of the John Danz–if you were under 12 you could go see second run films on Saturday afternoons for under a dollar and sometimes free in the 60’s. Sometimes they were double features. Nothing like that now.
Bellevue back then was still rural, with farms interspersed with new (one-story) buildings. As a preschooler I went to Bellevue Country Day School held in an old farmhouse across NE 8th from what is now Nordstrom. We lived less than a mile away where roads were gravel and oiled every year–fun to walk on with bare feet! Nobody locked their doors or cars, and walking around town, even at night was considered perfectly safe.
As a teenager there was Vasa Park (Battle of the Bands) out on Lake Sammamish. We also used to sneak out to Lake Hills to hear Marilee Rush and other locals. Later, there was the Warehouse Tavern (Bel-Red Road or thereabouts) which didn’t check ID! In Seattle, I have fond memories of the Eagles Auditorium. I remember hearing the Doors among other bands at the Gold Creek festival in 1969.
Those were a few of my favorite things. It was an age pre-McMansions, gridlock, glass highrises, and kids who rarely leave inside to play.

Posted by: Melissa at July 17, 2005 03:44 PM

I remember many, perhaps most of the sites mentioned by others, such as Twin Tepees, Chubby and Tubby, and Still Life. As I read I began to wonder what existing landmarks we will miss most if they disappear sometime in the future? I almost miss the reservoir on 11th between Pine and Denny, but I think that the new park will be a wonderful addition to the city. We would miss the Mariners, Sonics, and Seahawks if they moved away–could happen. I miss Group Health hospital, even though it still stands but no longer is a working hospital. Do we know what buildings, people, attitudes, and values make the city as it is? And which we would miss if they were gone?

Posted by: Margaret Lemberg at July 17, 2005 04:23 PM

The Seattle Center Food court and the shops that use to dot both floors and the entertainment along with the nice decorated Christmas themes they used to do. NOW it’s BLAH and not fun anymore.

Posted by: ch at July 18, 2005 07:09 AM

Ah yes, the Penthouse, had many great times there!! Jazz has changed as well. How about Jazz Alley when it was a hole in the wall in the U. district? Or Petes Poop Deck? Anyone remember the peanut shells on the floor??

Posted by: molly at July 18, 2005 10:01 AM

…as the memories flood back….I miss…
1.listening to Robert E.Lee Hardwick on KVI
..later,rock on KJR..later still…KRAB….
2.Piston-driven Hydros..Seafair/Gold Cups..Miss Thriftway..Miss Bardahl….Miss Burien…Miss Madison…Notre Dame…Miss Bud(corporate Bernie Little,we thought/knew)…O Boy Oberto..Bill Muncey…Ron Musson…Rex Manchester..Billy Schumacher…Dean Chenoweth…hearing the roar of the boats riding the ferry,seeing the rooster-tails from the bridge the week prior to the race..
…When I went to a Unlimited Hydro Race in the Midwest in the early 80’s,a friend who had heard me talk about hydro racing stated “a dangerous sport that has a driver named Death(Tom D’Eath)makes me take pause”…hmmm
3.Pike Place/1st Ave/Waterfront before/during the filming of “Cinderella Liberty” was,through my rose-colored glasses of the past,better…
4.Seeing/Conversing w/Ivar Haglund at Ivars..
5.Trident Imports/Underground Seattle/Pioneer Square….real places,real people
6.Smith Tower to the South..Space Needle to the North….from the perspective of riding on the ferry..
7.J.P.Patches/Gertrude/Joe Towey
8.P.J.Scratches/Ketchican/Miss Smith Del.Serv.
9.Captain Puget/Wunda Wunda
10.Joe Esser(of Bellevue)..I miss him!
a.Safeco Sign
b.Rainier Beer “R”sign(later the ads)
c.Sunny Jim Sign
d.Boots and Hat
e.Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
f.Sky Riders/Seattle Center
g.F&N and Bon Marche
j.St.Vincent de Paul
k.Sandy Hill,Bruce King,Bob Cram,Harry Wappler
l.Cheap(relatively)Ferry Rides for Fun/Dates
m.K-2 skis made on Vashon Island
n.Dag’s…19 cent Hamburger/24 cent CheeseBurger
p.Artic Circle
r.Jolly Troll
s.Pizza Pete
u.Sick’s Stadium
w.Reading Royal Brougham
x.WigWam/QFC/Kimmel’s(on Vashon)
y.a blond girl in Ivanhoe Park(early 60’s)
z.Mrs.Archer from Sherwood Forest Elem.
aa.Ray Oyler and the Fan Club
bb.Milton Katims of the Symphony
cc.meeting Joshua Green on his 100th B-day
dd.Mrs.Nan Dierks(& her cello)/Vashon Elem.
ee.Mr.John Watkins/Vashon Elem.
ff.Mr.Mike Kirk/Vashon Sch.
………et al…..

…What I really miss….nevermind…it is all
still here….in my mind…..Thanks,Seattle/King County
for the memories….

Posted by: S Quinn at July 18, 2005 10:44 AM

Doctor’s Hospital (born there)
The Bubble-ator
Rainier Deers
Tiffany’s Skating Rink
Century 21 Shopping Center
Seafair when everything was FREE!
Sunny Jim
Christmas shopping at Fredrick & Nelson
The “Old” REI store with creaky floors
The Seafair Pirates kidnapped women off the street
KJR and Pat O’Day
Being safe walking just about anywhere at any age
Wig Wam Stores
Eagles Auditorium
Seeing Billy Graham in the new King Dome for free
Chameleons at the Puyallup Fair
all QFC’s were tiny little food marts
Billboard “Will the last person leaving Seattle,
please turn off the lights?” (not really a fond memory, but a memory none the less)
El Rancho Drive In, 99 cents for a carload
Double Features at The Lewis and Clark Theater
Herfy Burgers
XXX Root Beer
I see you too TV set
Ben Franklin Store
Woolworths, eating at the counter!! So very cool!
The Aquarius Tavern

OK, I must stop. A lot of things have disappeared, but I still LOVE SEATTLE. It is
my birthplace and if I am lucky I will live here until I leave this life.

Posted by: Laney at July 18, 2005 01:58 PM

The Rosebud Cafe, The Brass Connection, and The Eagle.

I miss the Rosebud Cafe when it was a cafe, not some hoity toity hangout restaurant. Mostly I was there when you could sit and sip coffee and write or talk for hours while sitting on mismatched couches. Then we’d go across the street and hang out, drink, dance at the Brass Connection. Sometimes we’d go down the street to the Eagle, when they only had beer.

Posted by: dave at July 18, 2005 03:43 PM

oh yeah…also the Broadway Cinema.

Posted by: dave at July 18, 2005 03:48 PM

I spent seven very happy years in Seattle (89-96) and left when it started to become too expensive in the years leading up to the dot-com explosion. I’ve only been back once since for a short visit. I had to stop reading the posts because it saddened me so. No Honey Bear? No Still Life? No Cloud Room? No Western Cafe? Gawd. Next thing you know, someone will say that there’s no more Bimbo’s Bitchin Burrito Kitchen!

I had often fantasized about moving back to Seattle, but now I realize that it’s not the same place. It may still have coffee and the Pike Place Market, but that ain’t enough.


Posted by: Former First Hill Guy at July 18, 2005 07:48 PM

The Rainier Beers that used to run around through the Seafair Parade. The same thing goes for the Ivar Clams. I miss the old version of the Seafair Parade, where the parade people threw candy, toys and Oberto pepperoni sticks to the kids along the route. A good parade really should be messy loud and obnoxious.

I miss people saying Pike Place Market instead of Pike’s Market.

As a grade schooler, watching teenagers cruise at Golden Gardens and Alki. Even more fun if the police broke them up. I also remember watching the police confront Hell’s Angels and local bikers at the Hood Canal bridge. For that matter, whatever happened to motorcycle gangs?

I miss the “Cinderella Liberty” era of First Avenue. Dancers in the windows, porn theaters, and yet kids were still safe to walk around downtown Seattle.

Posted by: Sue at July 18, 2005 11:29 PM

There are two landmarks that nobody else seems to remember, at least based on a few Yahoo searches. One of them was the big blue letter “N” at Northgate, on top of the hospital or the theater. It was taken down around the early 1970s. Another one was the Harding Memorial at the Woodland Park Zoo. It was a big grayish-green monument with a stage on top and a slide at each end. I used to play on it all the time, and met JP Patches and Gertrude there once. It was dumped into a hole and covered in about 1976 when they built the African Savanna. Another favorite of mine was the old Ballard Ice Arena. The building is still there at the corner of Shilshole and Dock, apparently divided in half and in use as warehouse space.

Posted by: Craig at July 19, 2005 12:09 AM

I miss Jesse Bernstein. I also miss a lot of the eccentric old haunts like the original Cyclops and before that, the Free Mars Cafe. This was back when Belltown was nearly abandoned with just a handful of artists living there. At that time,
the rent at the Jello Mold building was only around $200 a month and came with a breathtaking view. This was located on Western Avenue which was across from the Skyway Luggage building and its sign would blink red and blue neon on the walls at night.

If anyone is interested, I saved a lot of memories, photographs, fliers, etc. and put it all on a huge section of my website called Belltown Gothic, http://www.madametalbot.com/29belltown.htm – it documents the underbelly of Old Seattle and Old Belltown specifically from the 1980s up until I left Seattle around 1995.

Posted by: Miz Madame at July 19, 2005 01:59 AM

As a shift worker I really miss the good friendly dive bars to go get a beer at after swingshift, the old Rendezvous, Fremont Tavern, 318 Tavern (so-so burgers, but home made fries to die for!), The Joker, Jules Maes (now a black walled clone to the other “trendy” bars in Georgetown) & that REALLY funky one just south of the scooter shop in Georgetown (now a vacant lot), BS’ing with Uncle Ray while listening to Blues at the Owl, 7 nights a week where you could actually find a free legal parking spot (unlike the HWY 99). The Crazy Norwegian up on Greenwood. Greek food at The Blob & watching my daughter’s eyes grow wide as her fish & chips were delivered by train at the Iron Horse.

Posted by: Dan K. at July 19, 2005 02:51 AM

Now that I’ve had a chance to read some great posts—still just a few pieces missing………such as:
•”Zoo Keys” at Woodland Park Zoo–a little plastic elephant shaped key you could insert into a little metal box and hear information about the animals and exhibit you were seeing.

•The Old West Seattle YMCA–where I learned to swim as a kid—-it’s where Huling Bros is now—across from their original showroom.

•The Albertson’s in downtown Bellevue(now World Market)

•The intersection of 104th (now bellevue way) & N.E. 8th….the N.E. corner featured a Mobil station and Scandia Freeze(ice cream place),
N.W. corner hasn’t changed too much, the S.E. corner had the Carnival Drive Inn and a People’s Bank. The S.W. corner had a Texaco Station and dry cleaners that were part of Bellevue Square.

•Old Bellevue Bowl on 116th(auto row now it’s a power company building I do believe. It was a 16-lane house(co-owned with Belle Lanes and Sun Villa at the time by Sterling Recreation Organization(SRO), eventually closing and the building was bought by Puget Power.

•Old Bellevue Library in the former church on the corner of Main and 108th—it’s still there but is a Chiropractor’s office and has been for many years.

•Auto Dealers long gone–in Bellevue–B.C. Hawk Chrysler-Plymouth, Metke Ford(108th & N.E. 8th), Bellevue Rambler(104th and Main)where Jack in the Box is now. Bellevue Honda Motorcycles(104th & Main), and the 76 station right across the street. Moore Motors(VW), and how about Gene Fiedler Chevrolet in West Seattle.

•Restaurants gone–the I-Hop(104th & Main in Bellevue)–it’s gone thru various incarnations. The McDonalds on 104th now a Fatburgers. The Old KFC–next to Firestone–where Arby’s is now located. And Arby’s was across the street from McDonalds. And of course Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. Anybody remember “Chicken Delight” and their little fleet of VW Bugs that would deliver chicken dinners right t your house??? Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor–why did that ever close down??? Smitty’s Pancake House 116th & N.E. 8th the N.E. Corner.

•Thompson’s Drugs in Bellevue.

•Frederick & Nelson(incredible thin maple pancakes—nummy!!!!) The Bon–now Macy’s, J.J. Newberry, Petram’s 10 Cent Store, Kiddie Land(All old Bellevue Square).

•Seattle First National Bank—aka Seafirst, now Bank of America.

•Brakeman Bill & Crazy Donkey in the afternoon on Channel 11–back when it was known as KTNT-TV. Always showed great Popeye cartoons!! J.P. & Gertrude, Stan Boreson, Captain Puget. Bob Corcoran on channel 13(pre-Fox days)–when it was KTVW and pretty much a dog of a station. Ron Cox was their booth announcer giving station ID’s, eventually he went to KIRO-TV-7. Armchair Theatre on KING-5—-just the name for them showing movies. Sandy Hill on KIRO-TV-7, Al Cummings and “Dialing For Dollars” on KTNT-TV-11 at noon. Jack LaLane every morning on KOMO-TV-4. Teeny the Clown on Channel 4. Bob Hale the Cartooning Weatherman on KING-TV-5.

•The Overlake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue, still there but now a city of Bellevue type farmers market/park.

•So nice to see Chase’s Pancake Corral still around—great service and wonderful food!!!

•The old Gibson-Soots Men’s Clothing Store and the Chevron Station right there at Bellevue Square on 104th(Bellevue Way) pretty much across from Safeway/Bartell Drugs.

•How about the Sunset Drive-Inn where Factoria Square is now??? Great free rides for the kids–when I went there as a kid–most kewl!!!!

Posted by: J.J. Hemingway at July 19, 2005 04:39 AM

Things I miss:

Block’s Army Navy Surplus on 2nd and Pine, the best surplus store in town, you could get everything there.

The old Bartells by the monorail. We’ve replaced that with the Westlake Mall. Ooooooohh, a mall, how exciting.

The Little Cheerful Cafe on Roosevelt. Great big breakfasts with perfectly done hash browns. A great place to kill a weekend morning.

Greenlake Jake’s.

University Village, before it became a yuppie hellhole.

Arnold’s on Broadway

Arnold’s in the U district

The Last Exit on Brooklyn

The Kingdome – tell me again how we’re better off to have blown a billion dollars on two new stadiums.

Pike Street before they ruined it with the WSTCC expansion.

KISW and KZOK when they were still locally owned and operated. I spent many hours arguing with friends over which was the better station.

Peaches records on 45th and Peaches record crates.

The Seattle Center before Paul Allen ruined it with the EMC.

Posted by: Jamie Jamison at July 19, 2005 12:45 PM

Craig, I remember the Harding Memorial, and I too met JP Patches and Gertrude there! I wonder if we were there at the same time?

I really miss the zoo rides, especially the little train. I know that they later said “rides don’t belong in a zoo,” but come on. They were fun, and the train was a blast! They should bring back the little train, at least.

As some one mentioned above, the Zoo Keys were cool, but you had to buy a zoo membership to get one. (Back then zoo admission was free, so the membership got you extra perks.) We couldn’t afford one, so I always looked enviously at the kids with Zoo Keys. Then I spent a summer in CA and won a Zoo Key for the San Francisco Zoo from the newspaper. I came back to Seattle and tried it in the zoo here — and it didn’t work in the Seattle Zoo Key thingies. I was 7 years old and really bummed. 🙂

A response to Phil from further back — I can’t recall Nancy Claire’s band; this is all my mom’s generation, you see. 🙂 I have heard lots of stories, but the bands themselves were before my time. I have heard of Nancy Claire, though. My mom and dad were in a band called the Fathoms, my uncle was in the Frantics, etc., so I sort of grew up hearing about the old Seattle scene. The bands from my time were bands like the Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, Squirrels, later the Posies, Love Battery, Nirvana, etc.

Posted by: litlnemo at July 19, 2005 12:59 PM

I remember being at the Space Needle observation deck bathroom, and standing next to then mayor Charles Royer in the stand up urinal. Man, was that guy hung. Thank God they didn’t have splash guards.

Posted by: Ted Fleming at July 19, 2005 08:16 PM

Thanks Ted.

Posted by: Charles Royer at July 19, 2005 08:17 PM

I moved here in ’87 and always used to hear people talking about how much they missed about Seattle – but to me it seemed great. Now I’m the one who is getting sad when I read all of the comments above about so many great places that are no more.

I few of my own – most of which have been mentioned before ~

* A.F.L.N. – The best coffeehouse ever on top of the Hill. Several different rooms, and each table had a vintage toaster for you to toast your bread. I remember sitting in their one afternoon to watch one of my first Seattle snowfalls – it was bliss.

* Black Cat Cafe – Those loveable anarchists tried so darn hard to make good vegan food, and sometimes it came out lumpy and not so tasty, but the place always felt just right.

* Green Cat Cafe

* World Pizza – The best late night snack ever, with some of the nicest people and great music playing every time.

* Yoo Hoo in Fremont

* (The Original) Septieme – when it was just a sliver of a place in Belltown, before it expanded and certainly before it moved to the Hill and became something else entirely.

* Cause Celebre

* Fallout

* Western Cafe – Cowboys and hash browns and milk shakes – doesn’t get much better.

* Velvet Elvis

* Pike St. Cinema – Dennis was a one of a kind guy with a one of a kind theater. Seattle hasn’t been the same for me since it closed. I rarely missed a show there. Even when my partner and I were the only ones in the theater, he would show us the films – and one year for Christmas he gave us a tape of some of the old 78’s he had on his jukebox.

* O.K. Hotel

* Cafe Counter Intelligence

* AKA Books

* The Blob – I’ll take the Blob over EMP anyday.

* And they aren’t places, but I also miss Almost Live and now miss Carissa’s Wierd. Bookmarks for mini-eras I guess.

What I miss most – it isn’t gone completely, but it is certainly diminished – is that “nice” thing that Seattle always gets accussed of – how places were hip or cool or whatever because they weren’t hip or cool or trendy, and the people in them were authentically friendly, nice people instead of trendy hipsters. Maybe I’m just getting old, but…I really miss that.

Posted by: ikahana at July 19, 2005 09:32 PM

Quotes Juan: “What someone said a long way up this thread still holds true, though – if you find a place you love, that says something Seattle to you, bring your friends! Businesses only survive when the people who talk about how cool they are bother to spend $$ there as well – that’s how the system works, folks.”

Yep, and thats why I make regular trips over to the Wallingford, Lake City, or Broadway for two cheeseburgers and a chocolate shake at Dick’s Drive-in!

Posted by: Faramir at July 19, 2005 10:09 PM

Being an out-of-towner (Bellingham originally), I miss the Seattle of the 60’s that I remember: Frederick and Nelson, the unchanged Seattle Center, an un-yuppified Public Market where real people shopped and worked, and a city that prided itself in its’ working class origins. Lesser Seattle Lives!!!

Posted by: Brendan at July 20, 2005 12:58 AM

couple more:

The Candy Cottage
Olympic Swim Pool
Bud’s Meatmarket
The helicopter on the roof of Thompson Drug
The Hindquarter
Mad Anthony’s
The Barb
Brooks McKnight Chev (my uncle owned it)
Ticket window at Bell, Book, & Candle
Marvel Morgan bowling alley (human pin setter)
House of Values
Skandia Dipped Cones
Free Saturday movies at the John Danz (Sci-fi)
10 cent Dilly Bars
The water fountain for dogs at Fredericks
The playroom at Bel-lanes
The playroom at Fredericks
The Magnolia room at Fredericks with the Green River drink machine and the magnolia carpeting.
F&N Pot Pies in the brown ceramic bowls.
Frango Milkshakes

Posted by: rverginia at July 20, 2005 09:01 AM

I am so pleased that someone else remembered the Little Cheerful Cafe on Roosevelt Avenue. The breakfasts were sure to cause heart disease, but were the best (and largest) in town. Onion hashbrowns and omlets the size of your head. I miss the place terribly.

Posted by: Bill at July 20, 2005 09:34 AM


Posted by: Ward Cleaver at July 20, 2005 06:39 PM

The Elite on Broadway, had the best Clam Chowder in town. Steaming hot, filled with chunks and chunks of the good stuff, yet tangy. I could always eat two (bowls). Then go for a walk, to “burn it off”.

Does anybody ever remember going through Volunteer Park? What a place, that is a page all in it self.

Remember Godfathers Pizza, I can’t count how many times I couldn’t make it home after the lunch buffet. Thank God for plastic underwear.

Posted by: Bill at July 20, 2005 06:51 PM

Little Cheerful Cafe

Priced out by rising rents and now in Bellingham, WAY too far to go for breakfast, although we stop there whenever we’re up that way.

Posted by: Steve Z at July 21, 2005 08:24 AM

grilled cheese sandwiches & frango milkshakes at federick & nelson on rainy day.
the bustle of fidelity lane to buy the latest concert tickets
macheezmo mouse on queen anne
when chocolate from Boems’ was a treat and an adventure to drive “out” there.
Seattle Center Coliseum & Tower Records (Mercer St.)
Ernie Steele’s & Aj’s Deli near Seattle U
Seattle U campus before the quad installation
Bellevue Square before the upgrade in the late “80’s”.
“Zoo Keys”
Wig Wam Stores
when the touring rockbands stayed at the edgewater

Posted by: fb at July 21, 2005 10:44 AM

Gawd! Doesn’t anybody crave the Terikayi Steak at Steve’s Broiler???? And Creamland in Greenwood with the silly little pictures and the sillier crazy guy who used to do them and thought he was King Creamland? And what about Seattle Pet Center in Greenwood where you could buy 1 foot of tubing for your fishtank instead of a pre-packaged industrial supply or get a 12 cent goldfish for your kid??? And being able to walk into the BIRD ROOM and have parrots woosh by your head? RCKNDY was THE place to go to after a long week of work. AND, the crazy bathroom, sitting room, reading room, lay on a couch and sleep room at Frederick’s and Nelson.

Posted by: Maggie Hill at July 21, 2005 11:32 AM

Honey Bear Bakery (Wallingford) – when I lived in the neighborhood and my daughter would come to visit for the summer, many of our days together started with a couple of their killer cinnamon rolls.

Backstage (Ballard) – I recorded dozens of concerts there for radio broadcasts in the late ’80s, emceed a few more, and even played a song with someone on stage.

Tokyo Ramen (briefly on the Ave) – their spicy miso broth was unbelievably good.

Posted by: Gregg P at July 21, 2005 11:54 AM

All the things that made Seattle funky & unique 10+ years ago. Everything now is so homogenized & geared towards people with money. What happened to thrift stores? What happened to the Seattle that used to feel like a small, big city? I used to see the same people, whether I personally knew them or not, just out and about. That doesn’t happen anymore.

The Vogue (ladies night on Thurs!!)
OK Hotel
Ballard…before it became so “trendy”
Chubby & Tubby’s
The King Theater
Tower Records on Mercer
The old REI on Capitol Hill
FREE bumpershoot
The Broadway Market with all its unique vendors.
The Gravity Bar
Fremont parade not massively crowded
City People’s in Fremont
The Still Life in Fremont
Taking a hike & not having to pay for a trail head pass!!!!
A cheap studio apt anywhere!!
Honey Bear bakery
Almost Live
The Camlin
The Twin Teepes
Northern Exposure
**Free KISW Friday summer night concerts from 6-8pm at The Seattle Center

Posted by: Jo at July 21, 2005 01:14 PM

Zoo Keys!
We couldn’t afford one either, and always hoped I’d find one on the ground…never did. I remember part of the zoo jingle “all the animals in the zoo are jumping up and down for you”!

Chubby and Tubby for Christmas trees and everything else.

Everything in Fremont(where I was born and raised)…I remember outdoor rock concerts, the spoon man, Armen Stepanian (recycling guru), being able to walk around Fremont (or anywhere else for that matter) as a kid with no worries. I also remember there being a lot less places to get alcohol in Fremont…but they certainly had far more character.

Thank our lucky stars we still have:
Dick’s, Northlake Tavern Pizza, Rays Boathouse deck, Louie’s, Salmon Bay Cafe, Ivars, etc, and that there are still people who love these types of places and support them.


Posted by: Eric Linden at July 21, 2005 02:21 PM

Boy, places I miss as much as anyone include the Doghouse, Twin Teepees, the Ditto, OK Hotel, the original Fenix, as much as anyone, but the things people miss just remind me how much better we have it now?

* Astor Park, The Cowboys, The Allies – Remember when these were supposed to be the best bands in Seattle? Those were some sad days.
* The Kingdome. Come on now.
* Mad Dogs? You’re sentimental about Mad Dogs? That takes some serious creative license.

Finally, if the people who miss the old Vogue actually went to the current one, they’d notice it’s the ambiance is not much different and the people — patrons and staff both — are 95% the same (just 20 years older, of course).

Posted by: Peter A. at July 21, 2005 05:25 PM

Anyone remember the Pamir House (tea and folk music) in the U-District back in the early sixties?

Didn’t think so.

Posted by: Phil in Plateaupia at July 21, 2005 08:40 PM

Vic’s G & R Grocery on Roosevelt, across the street from Morning Town Pizza. The old guy’s name was Vitto and there were always two or three policemen sitting around the backroom, just hanging out and watching TV.

Posted by: Bill at July 22, 2005 08:00 AM

–Frango Mint milkshakes at Frederick and Nelson.
— Stan Boreson and his accordion and his Uncle Torvald.
— Lan Roberts on KJR, and his wild imagination. Was it Lan who did the “Mr. Science” parodies? (“Mister Science, it’s meee, Jimmie…”).
— The original Red Robin tavern. Interesting graffiti, an interesting crowd, and I recall a leather-apron-clad bartender getting impatient with the patrons’ reluctance to go home at quitting time. “Okay, everybody,” he finally yelled, “Get the f…” out of here!”
— The popcorn at the old Duchess tavern north of the UW.
— Hasty Tasty near the UW.
— Tom Stockley, journalist, wine writer, fine gentleman and human being.
— The Owl tavern, if that was the place I saw Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee two consecutive nights, and in a small setting. Those shows transported me to blues heaven. Can I get a witness?
— The Rainier Brewery tour. Don’t miss the beer so much, though it was better than Olympia, more flavor, more hops, but that was damn good beer cheese they served after the tour. And Rainier Ale, sometimes referred to as The Green Death, was a classic. Or is; I don’t know, as I haven’t lived in Seattle for 30 years.
— The Athenian Cafe. Wait, that still exists. And the microbrews served in Seattle today are much better than Rainier and Olympia, though considerably more expensive. And Wild Ginger is wonderful. So I’m not ready to give up on modern Seattle.
But I’ll be moving back to the Pacific Northwest next year, trying to “go home again,” though I doubt I’ll be able to afford to live in Seattle.

Posted by: Mike at July 22, 2005 09:07 AM

I miss the 7th Avenue Theatre.
When Jack McGovern gutted it and turned it into the Music Hall, that was sad. When the city failed to save it as an historic site, that was a capital crime. Built in the 20’s as “The Mayflower” (hence the nautical themes such as the ships prow boxes in the theatre and in the lobby, the ship lanterns all around and the 3 large ship lantern chandeliers in the lobby)it was one of the first combined movie/live performance theatres in the country. Working for Sterling Recreation Organization (I miss them too) paid my way through college and working at the 7th gave me a chance to meet some big stars, including Katharine Hepburn (who thanked me for spelling her name right on the marquee and her co-star in “A Matter of Gravity” a young soap star by the name of Christopher Reeve, and Keenan Wynn, who, while appearing at the old Cirque Dinner Theatre (miss that too)would come in to see the matinee performance of “the Longest Yard” with Burt Reynolds which was written by his son Tracy Keenan Wynn.Before the redo of the Paramount and the 5th Ave the 7th was the place for touring shows if they couldn’t get the Opera House.

Posted by: Mike H at July 22, 2005 09:43 AM

Totally miss the Kingdome. A boring game could completely ROCK just because of the facility. A half full dome would sound packed. I miss leaving there with my ears ringing and doing the Wave isn’t the same in the new stadiums. The NFL actually put in “noise rules” for stadiums just because players complained about the Kingdome. The best home field advantage in sports.

Also miss Pizza-n-Pipes. Great place to go after a soccer game.

The old Aurora Village. Only place in the North end where you could go get KarmelKorn. Probably one of the better Fredrick and Nelson stores around as well.

And I miss Pat Cashman on the radio. Hope he gets a gig sometime down the road.

Posted by: Fabian at July 22, 2005 09:49 AM

All of the above, especially the Cloud Room, and don’t forget KRAB, the best radio station ever.

Posted by: bruce at July 22, 2005 11:46 AM

The Cloud Room at the old Camlin Hotel

The old R.E.I. building on Capital Hill

Frederick & Nelson, especially their bakery

Posted by: johnny breeze at July 22, 2005 11:51 AM

yes, i remember the pamir house.

does anyone else remember the starlet circle at the bon marche or elizabeth leonard’s charm school? “the barrel” in rainier valley? the summer amusement park on rainier avenue south of franklin high school (1950s)? halvorsen’s dime store in columbia city?

Posted by: teresa at July 22, 2005 01:54 PM

Fros-T-Dogs! J.P. advertised these on his show – an ice cream thing covered in chocolate with crunchy bits on the outside, enclosed in a paper sleeve. Yummy!
The old IGA on Pinehurst – there were always gallon jugs of “jungle juice” on the bottom shelf and they were leaky and sticky – icky. Pinehurst Drug Store – great toy selection.
Ostrum’s mushroom factory.

Posted by: Bonnie at July 22, 2005 09:22 PM

I remember going to the Pink Floyd concert in 72 in the Coliseum, and 4 people OD’ed.

Or the Mamma’s and Pappa’s concert in 67 at the Kingdome, when Mama Cass flashed the crowd. For a tubbo, she was hot.

Posted by: John Hubbard at July 22, 2005 09:49 PM

I am suprised nobody has mentioned this, but I used to get plowed at the Ivars Captain Table on Elliott. Ivar would take home a different bus boy every Saturday night.

Best Rusty Nails in town. Issac the bartender really knew how to pour em.

Pat, I saw you there a few times. Amazing what penicillin can do.

Posted by: Bea Aurthur’s Anus at July 23, 2005 09:45 PM

Flight to Mars, Seattle Center. Period.

Posted by: Jim Zorn at July 24, 2005 04:41 PM

Sounds like a fun place. I remember when the Ice Cream Man used to drive around the neighborhood on a hot summer day, selling ice cream treats, out of that little white three wheeler coach.

Hell, that was when the Ice Cream Man didn’t wear a turban.

Posted by: Moe Green at July 25, 2005 07:30 PM

Anyone remember Kebo’s (Keith and Bob’s) Big Boy restaurant at 145th and Aurora Ave. N. I got my first full-time summer job
there when I was 15 back in 1973 . . .

Did anyone end up with that beautiful, flowing, red and white
neon Coke-A-Cola sign that graced the top of the old Bartel’s
at 4th and Westlake, or was it just thrown away when it finally
came down? . . . boy I’d love to see it lit up just one more time!

Posted by: Jerry H at July 26, 2005 08:30 PM

I miss…

The Beach Broiler Restaurant on Alki with its hearth of precious stones.

The Sani-Fair in Federal Way, the only “inside” amusement park that I remember…

The Lovely “Fireside Girls” & Stu Martin’s Late Date at the Movies.

The Freak Show/Carnival/Museum of Oddities in the basement of the Food Circus, right across from the paint spinners.

Ice Cream Sundaes in stainless steel cups at the counter at Frederick & Nelson’s.


Jay Jacobs.


Shakeys Pizza.

The Golden Tides on Shilshole

Bands like Burgundy Express, Clear Logic, Cheyanne. Light shows by the Retina Circus.

Gross Greg and the Bean Berry Delights.

The Whiz Kids.

Dances at Lake Hills.

The Aqua Barn.

Stan Boreson, Slo-Mo & No-Mo & King TV’s Club House.

That plane that was permantely “crashed” and displayed on the roof of that truck-stop restaurant under the West Seattle bridge.


The Rex-All Drugstore counter on Broadway.

The store on the corner of 19th Ave. E. & Aloha on Capitol Hill.

The Angle Lake Flea Market in an old quonset hut on 99.

The El Rancho & Duwamish Drive-ins.

The little plastic elephant “keys” you got at the zoo to twist a knob before every exhibit and the little talking box. That was then there were children’s rides and a little kids train at the Zoo.

Bobo & FiFi.

Wunda Wunda.

Posted by: Marlow at July 27, 2005 12:30 PM

There are so many things I miss about “old seattle”. What ever happened to downtown? It’s been mallified like the rest of America. I miss the old movie theaters downtown: Coliseum, UA 150, The King. The monorail station before Westlake Center. Pike Place before the tourist onslaught. Fred Meyer’s on Broadway, and now the Broadway Market although I’ll never forget the former. Ernie Steele’s…Ileen’s…the Frontier Room and an awful but STRONG “lizard piss”- vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, midori, and a splash of coke. Bumbershoot and Folklife before the crowds ruined them. Does anyone remember the Defender’s?…such a great local reggae band, Seattle was lucky to have them. At least Clinton Fearon is still around. Oh and of course Chubby and Tubby, converse and christmas trees that looked like a branch from a larger tree…cheap though. Most recently I was horrified to see that Yoshinobo closed down on Jackson in the International District. Best sushi and atmosphere in town. Seeing all these postings made me really mourn the loss of how it used to be, such a laid back and warm city…

Posted by: seattlekind at July 28, 2005 12:01 PM

I miss the Hungry-U pizza on Roosevelt Ave

Posted by: Leo at July 28, 2005 12:19 PM

Being able to use public toilet seats.

Posted by: Larry Milbourne at July 30, 2005 08:26 PM

I can’t even begin to add to this list. It’s all there. I’m a 3rd generation Seattlite (lots of family and the 4th generation still live in South Park), but after a short stint in eastern WA (don’t do it!) I ended up in Bellingham.

I miss grocery bags of home popped popcorn in the wood-sided LTD station wagon and the Duamish drive in. We brought sleeping bags and our parents let us lay on top of the cars. We played on the playground stuff till it got dark enough and the cartoons started. When my dad was a kid, he & his friends would go up in poverty hill and watch porn movies with no sound at the drive in.

I really miss Trident Imports. It was magic, when stuff from China seemed rare and exotic. I still have a little Buddha and a porcelain horse from there.

Abruzzi’s Pizza. I remember going downtown on the bus with my cousin and little brother to see Star Wars and we’d get slices to eat in line. The grease would run all the way to our elbows, so we knew it was the best pizza ever. Waiting for the bus home on 1st & Pike, looking in the tattoo place windows and picking out tattoos. And we called it the Public Market. Not Pike’s. When I was little, my mom would take me downtown on the bus and we’d go to Tenzeng Momo. My mom talks about the 24 hour donut shop on 1st & Pike where the runaways, pimps & dealers would hang out.

I remember Turnabout records in the West Seattle junction. The owner Dave let us rent a VCR back when they were a new thing with no deposit, just becasue he knew us and we lived in the studio apartments over what was then a drug store but is now Easystreet records. One time we were in his store and he was on the phone telling someone about his first…well certain kind of sexual experience. He was also a Seafair pirate, and at the West Seattle parade, I was guaranteed to be drug off the sidewalk, usually by my ankle, for some pirate madness.

And I miss the real old Seafair pirates. The scary ones that scraped those big sheet metal swords along the ground so they made sparks. My mom says when I was a baby at the Torchlight parade, the pirates tried to nab me and I howled.

I miss Mayor Nice, Norm Rice. I can’t recall much about his politics or civic record, but I do remember he was nice and would chat when you bumped into him downtown. I miss Time Travellers.

I even miss High Point, the projects I spent 15 years living next to. I met so many interesting people. Immigrants to gangsters. I would take a different bus home from work just so I could walk from Delridge to 34th through High Point and smell all the yummy dinners cooking. Curry, beans & rice, garlic…

There isn’t much any old-timers have missed that I could add. I spent from 1966 to 2003 in a 5 mile radius. I thought I would die if I left my home. When it was time to leave eastern WA, I briefly pondered coming back to Seattle, but it was already spoiled. I sold my house in 2003 for nearly 4 times what I paid. As soon as I signed the papers, I could never afford to live there again. My old neighborhood is torn apart by more and more strip mall type places and paper condos, squeezing 4 households onto a lot meant for one. And the smog!!!! I used to head over the West Seattle bridge every morning and drool over beautiful Mt. Rainier, but towards the end, the smog obscured it more often than not.

LOL I miss the old West Seattle bridges. That was the standard excuse for getting home late – the bridge was up.

Bellingham is a cute place. A lot of the feel of old Seattle, but much smaller. Like Seattle’s downtown and a few neighborhoods tacked on. Lots of college kids for bars, bands and funky shops. A HUGE buy local movement, with businesses and shoppers taking pride in supporting local production. A sweet farmer’s market, not year round, but if you really want food grown close by, this is it. And if you want a lovely volcano to view, Baker is just 25 miles away, no smog. I could go on, but B’ham is also managing growth which means housing is sky high, and jobs are not plentiful. But I have to say it’s everything I loved about Seattle, and I’ll never go back.

Posted by: J Bailey at July 31, 2005 02:48 PM

Remember the old lights above Ivar’s, the one’s you could see at almost eye-level from the viaduct? They were neon, revolving sculptures of sea creatures. My favorite was the octopus, just twirling around, made of pink neon, floating in the sky over Elliot Bay.

Speaking of which, what was the name of that old Tiki Restaurant built on a pier right near there? It had a peaked roof and was tres chic in the 1960’s……

Posted by: Marlow at August 3, 2005 02:09 PM

I remember the Embassy Theatre.


Posted by: Chuck Mangione at August 4, 2005 08:07 PM

I remember most of what has already been posted.

Marlow, the Tiki restaurant was The Polynesian.

Posted by: mike in west seattle at August 5, 2005 07:35 PM

This is an incredible thread – I can’t believe all the memories it brought back for me. I got tears in my eyes reading about BoBo and FiFi. I remember going to their birthday parties.

Somebody mentioned the SeaFair pirates, the sparks from their swords and how they kidnapped women – I had forgotten all of that.

Somebody also mentioned that JP Patches and Gertrude made adult jokes on their show. I was a kid on the show a few times. The first time I was St. Patrick on his day. I was dressed in a green robe a beard and a tall bishop’s mitre., I was carrying a staff. The premise was that I woas to come to the club house and chase all of the snakes out – just as St. Patrick had done in Ireland. Anyway, the comedy was that one ‘big snake’ had not been driven off and it was to emerge from the front of the robe. gertrude made a joke about ‘kid that’s one big snake you got there” and “you are gonna be real popular” and on and on like that. Of course i didn’t get any of it – it all went on TV. My parents were horrified but let me go back for two more shows where they did similar dirty jokes about snakes.

I was also invited on Stan Boreson with NoMo but I can’t remember what I did.

I grew up in Mountlake Terrace and we used to drive down to Seattle to see my Grandmother who lived right next to the Seattle Center. We watched the Needle going up. When we would drive out to their place we’d go down past the TeePees and Greenlake over the Aurora Bridge – where I would be terrified to look over and think of all the people who had thrown themselves off. Then we would come over the top of \Queen air and down the Hill with all the lumps in it. As a 5 year old I also found that hill scary.

In 1963 – I think – I remember the opening of a Hard Day’s Night at the Northgate Theater and how they had to interrupt every showing to tell people to stop screaming.

I remember the Beatles concert in the Coliseum and how they stayed at the Edgewater Inn. There was a guy who bought the carpet from their room and sold pieces o fit.

When they were building I-5 I remember how they dug up Canyon Park in Mountlake Terrace to build it and how we played in the construction site.

Don’t I remember the Doors at Parkers Ballroom and meeting Jim Morrison???? Where they there?

Anyway – I left Seattle (still my home) in 1975 and this thread really meant a lot to me.

Posted by: Bob at August 9, 2005 12:55 PM

Two old market favorites. Pasqualina and Baby Gramps.

Posted by: Sue at August 9, 2005 09:18 PM

I miss Seattle!

Posted by: Beaver Bell at August 10, 2005 12:27 PM

Rosellinis 410 qnd 610
Italos when it was still in his house
El Gato Loco on Pike
Empire Way Bowl
Zestos on Rainier
Hillman City theatre
all of those tiny Italian restraunts in Rainier
Valley in the 50’s and 60’s
the Manilla Cafe (70’s)
the Do Drop Inn on Rainier
Charles Poodle Palace

Posted by: judy castello at August 10, 2005 09:10 PM

I miss Robert O Smith; and the old KOL(FM).

Bimbo’s Italian Resturant in Tacoma, they had the best meat sauce; a real dive but great food.

Speaking of Tacoma, the Top of the Ocean Reaturant.

Being able to drive through downtown Seattle without needing a tranquilizer.

The Backstage..

I do believe Bob was right, I recall the Doors toured small venue’s before “Light My Fire” pushed them to the top of the charts.

Posted by: Bill E at August 14, 2005 03:03 PM

Commodores at the Kingdome in 77.

27 minute version of Machine Gun, I think is when I concieved my child. On the three hundred level.

Posted by: Kool Moe Dee at August 14, 2005 07:16 PM

I have lived in Seattle area all of my 49 years.

I miss White Center of the 1960’s. Roller skating on Saturday nights, then hanging out at Lou’s Drive In.

I miss Dr ZingRR on the then new channel 13. Played by Robert O Smith, who now is into voice work and professional power lifting.
His Dr ZinGRR website is here: http://www.robertosmith.com/zingrr.html

I miss The Count and Nightmare Theater on channel 7 on Saturday nights after the news. Back before there were 24 hour programming.
The website is here: http://trashfiend.bizland.com/nightmaretheatrewelcome.chtml

I miss the Foremost Movie on channel 4.

I miss the Gold Cup being in Seattle and the Miss Bardahl and Bill Muncy.

I miss the bon fires on Alki Beach and eating fish and chips at Spuds.

I remember going to see The Green Berets at the Lewis and Clark Theater, and then bowling a couple of lines.

Speaking of the Kingdome. I was one of the first in line when McCartney played there in ’76.
I remember a limo pulling up, I held up a cardboard sign that read Happy Birthday Linda, Seattle loves you!!!
The limo stopped for the barrier to be moved and a gate opened and the window slid down, Paul looked right at me and my sign and gave me a thumbs up while Linda leaned next to him and smiled and waved. It is a better memory for me than even seeing The Beatles ten years earlier.

I miss Robin and Maynard on “The X”
Man, Robin and Maynard, Crowe and West, and the rest of the crew… What a great few years we had with that radio lineup.

Posted by: Murray at August 18, 2005 01:21 AM

As one person noted, the Monastery (or Sanctuary as it was first known.) Seattle has not had a world class nightclub similar to that one since. The sound system was unique and unequalled, the DJs played great underground music (I’m talking in 1977, not the later 80s which was a whole different vibe) and the people made it feel like a community. Sigh…

Posted by: John England at August 18, 2005 09:06 PM

Best food ever. Herfy’s Burgers. Ya know, the seemed to disappear, but then recently theyve been coming back…say in the last ten years. Right now there are some in Seattle, the Uwajimaya village, Georgetown, Federal Way, Burien, Bellevue, Issaquah, and some other ones. Good thing they’re coming back! Love the burgers. The patties are so real and juicy and the sauce is great. I’m getting hungry just talking about it.

Posted by: Tdogg at August 20, 2005 10:36 AM

The Wendy’s on 4th avenue.

You could go downstairs. Saturday or Sunday mornings,watching the hookers put themselves back together from the hectic night before. The girls with the ice packs on their foreheads, or the torn panty hose on the restroom floor.

When they locked up that downstairs bathroom, that sealed that joints fate.

Ah the city at night

Posted by: Pat O’Day at August 20, 2005 09:25 PM

I really miss Fallout Records.

And the Speakeasy Cafe.

Posted by: Tami at August 31, 2005 12:53 AM

I, too, remember the Pamir House in the U District. Mike Atwood on guitar (anybody out there know where he is these days?) Jerry Murray’s Jug Band, Paul Gonda singing ‘Fannon Street’, John Hughes’ Irish tunes, Mike Neun’s own brand of off the wall humor and of course Steve Lalor before the days of ‘The Daily Flash’. The ‘P’ house was actually just a cramped space in the front room of a storefront of some kind, with a freestanding fireplace on stage. A half a dollar cover charge would buy an evening’s entertainment.A mug of mocha, or a pot of tea was less than a dollar….. They don’t come like that anymore. Those were the days of the ‘fringies’ (forerunners of the hippies. The term ‘hippie’ was, in fact, a derisive term coined by the fringies used to describe the young ‘bubble-gummer-fringie-wannabes’…who’d put on the rags, drive mom and dad’s car into town and hang out with (or onto) the fringy scene). But I digress. It was a grand place for a young folkie to go and pick up a few new guitar chords or learn how to bend the notes on a harmonica to play the blues. Long gone but gladly remembered.

Posted by: zero at September 2, 2005 07:29 PM

I, too, remember the Pamir House in the U District. Mike Atwood on guitar (anybody out there know where he is these days?) Jerry Murray’s Jug Band, Paul Gonda singing ‘Fannon Street’, John Hughes’ Irish tunes, Mike Neun’s own brand of off the wall humor and of course Steve Lalor before the days of ‘The Daily Flash’. The ‘P’ house was actually just a cramped space in the front room of a storefront of some kind, with a freestanding fireplace on stage. A half a dollar cover charge would buy an evening’s entertainment.A mug of mocha, or a pot of tea was less than a dollar….. They don’t come like that anymore. Those were the days of the ‘fringies’ (forerunners of the hippies. The term ‘hippie’ was, in fact, a derisive term coined by the fringies used to describe the young ‘bubble-gummer-fringie-wannabes’…who’d put on the rags, drive mom and dad’s car into town and hang out with (or onto) the fringy scene). But I digress. It was a grand place for a young folkie to go and pick up a few new guitar chords or learn how to bend the notes on a harmonica to play the blues. Long gone but gladly remembered.

Posted by: zero at September 2, 2005 07:29 PM

Its been awhile since I’ve been here and it was good catching up on everyone’s reminiscence!

A funny thing happened on a Tolkien messageboard yesterday. Got into a discussion with a lady about Seattle, and Steve’s Broiler on Virginia came up… We started comparing notes and it turns out I was an intermittant customer when she was bartending! I remembered her black seamed stocking legs and she remembered what I drank! What are the chances of that happening?

Anyway… Steve’s Broiler is missed. I think its called the Icon Grill now?

And remember the International Fountain when it wasn’t play-friendly???

Posted by: Faramir at September 8, 2005 08:20 AM

I moved east a few years ago and am devastated to see some of the names on this list.
The Frontier Room closed? The Still Life, the Beeliner, Chubby & Tubby? The Cloud Room and the Sit & Spin? Fallout and Time Travellers?
I feel as though some pretty formative years of my life have been bulldozed.

Posted by: ostensibly at September 8, 2005 02:01 PM

Hi, Faramir!

Steve’s was replaced by a Bed Bath and Beyond store.

The Icon is one block east, on Fifth, where Superior Reprographics used to be.

Posted by: mike in west seattle at September 8, 2005 04:10 PM

Let’s not forget Laserium people. Or how about the big lit up green sign on the Sears building. And for you south end folks, how about playing on the stone turtle in the Renton Center and throwing pennies in the fountain, Newberrys soda fountain, the little door for kids to go through at Childrens Corner clothing store. side walk sales in the summer time, GovMart Bizzar grocery store where you wrote the price of the food with a black crayon ON each item. Now that was an honest time to grow up in….

Posted by: Anna at September 9, 2005 05:42 PM

Let’s not forget Laserium people. Or how about the big lit up green sign on the Sears building. And for you south end folks, how about playing on the stone turtle in the Renton Center and throwing pennies in the fountain, Newberrys soda fountain, the little door for kids to go through at Childrens Corner clothing store. side walk sales in the summer time, GovMart Bazzar grocery store where you wrote the price of the food with a black crayon ON each item. Now that was an honest time to grow up in….

Posted by: Anna at September 9, 2005 05:42 PM

Getting the crap beat out of me by Seattle pigs after getting caugh sneaking into the Van Halen concert at the Coliseum in ’79… Getting busted by an undercover Seattle pig trying to buy weed near the Seattle Center Fountain in ’79… Getting high and taking one of those really old Metro buses from the ’50s down to the center to trip out on Laserium at the Science Center… Dropping eggs off the observation deck of the Space Needle and getting caught and escorted in the elevator down to the ground level, then running over to see where the eggs landed… Getting robbed by a bunch of black people at the Fun Forest…Shoplifting at Frederick and Nelson..Hearing about Jon’s brother stealing dozens of cassette tapes from Tower Records in one visit. Man, those were fun times.

Posted by: Ralph Buckley at September 14, 2005 01:27 PM

Talking about Old Seattle brings back a lot of memories. Here are some of mine from the 1970s:

Getting stoned at Raye Field in Magnolia.

Knocking over the plants left outside at night at the old Tradewell grocery store in Magnolia.

Throwing water balloons at Dodge Dart Seattle Police cars.

Buying marijuana pipes at the Head Shop at the Pike Place Market.

Visiting the old trick and gag shop on 1st Avenue.

Going to Ivory’s Video Game Palace and watching Ivory eject pot smokers in his restrooms (Hey, he never caught me!)

Watching that fag Gay Al chase my brother across a soccer field while he was jumproping.

Posted by: Andy George at September 14, 2005 03:54 PM

Wow, what a great web-site!!!
Going back to my childhood, I sure remember being transfixed by the ‘bubbleator’ in the center house. I graduated high school in 1985 at the heart of the ‘New Wave’ generation, and I spent many good nights dancing up a storm to bands like Depeche Mode and The Cure at Scoochies, after downing a few B&J coolers in the parking lot and placing a clove cigarrette behind my ear…I didn’t smoke them, but I just loved the smell.
Oh Yeah…for Seattle cuisine, there was nothing that could top the All-You-Can-Eat BBQ ribs for under $10 at the Victoria Station restaurant down on Lake Union.
Seattle today has become just far to urban for my taste, but the Seattle in my memories is still alive in my heart!!!

Posted by: Otis Elevator at September 22, 2005 02:50 PM

Mom worked in the marketing department for Herfy’s. Back in the early 70’s they were owned by Campbell Soups. Mom’s job was to promote the chain. She used to let us help her blow up balloons and hang posters. A new store opened in Rainier Beach and JP Patches was scheduled to show up. The place was a mad house, Herfy’s was giving away all kinds of stuff and hundreds of people showed up. I helped hand out certificates for free hamburgers. The restaurant had a second level storage room that doubled as a break room. Mom and I went up there to rest. Suddenly JP Patches walked in. I was about twelve and, like everybody else, loved him. He was much taller than I expected. He reached out his hand to shake mine “Hello Jeff” he said in a mellow, almost lethargic voice. He sat down on a box next to me and lit up a cigarette! “Lot’s of people out there huh?” he said, exhaling smoke toward the ceiling. I just responded with “uh-huh” to everything he said. I was enamored.
Outside, he was great with the crowd, just like the JP we all knew from the show.
Later that year, mom worked out a trade with the people at KIRO-TV. During the annual telethon, she arranged to feed everybody Herfy burgers in exchange for a plug. I remember helping load boxes and boxes of orange-foil wrapped burgers into a van outside the University Herfy’s. We delivered the burgers and got to hang around the studio. The place was packed with television celebrities from the time. I used the bathroom and taking a leak next to me was Johnny Whitaker, the red-headed kid from Family Affair. He probably though I was weird because I just stared at him. Later, he was being interviewed and they kept calling him “Jody”. It was magical.
Leonard Nimoy actually sang Mr. Bo jangles. Mom and I sat down and shared a burger with Michael Learned, the actress who played the mother on The Waltons. She was so nice, and so beautiful – long blonde hair. She spoke highly of Seattle. She finished her burger and remarked it was the best she’d ever eaten. Mom asked her to say that on camera. She didn’t.
On our way out of the station, I heard a crazy man yell my mom’s name. We walked over and mom introduced him – it was Dick Balche . He had a car dealership in Seattle and used to appear on TV – hitting cars with a sledgehammer. Mr. Balche seemed to be having a good time that night – his eyes were quite red but I was too young to determine if he was stoned or drunk.
When I was sixteen, I used my connections to get an after-school job as a fry cook at the brand new Herfy’s at Aurora Village. The work was hard. I spent a lot of time in the back washing greasy dishes. I stayed sane by spending my breaks next door at Record Theatre. Maybe it was because my mom worked at corporate, or perhaps I was simply obnoxious. But whatever the reason, everyone I worked with seemed to dislike me. To escape the tension, I used to volunteer lobby duty, which consisted of walking around with a coffee pot (this was before Starbucks), keeping customers happy filling up those little cones wedged into plastic holders. I also emptied the trash and swept the floor. One day a little girl asked if I’d seen her doll. She’d won it at some promotion giveaway at Nordstrom Best. Her mother told me that she probably threw it away by accident along with her Create-a-Burger. I scoured every trash can in the lobby then ran back to the dumpster. My shift manager stopped me and ordered me back to the grill. Obsessed with finding the doll, I continued toward the dumpster. After turning it upside down, I concluded her doll wouldn’t be found. I walked out and broke the news to the family. Her mother thanked me, and with heads held low, they walked out to the mall.
My shift manager’s fingers nervously drummed against her polyester pants. Her other hand pointed toward the grill. Her dark eyes pierced me. Just then a co-worker walked by with a trash bag. I grabbed it and looked inside. There was the doll! I ran out to the mall. The family was walking toward Fredericks and Nelson. The girl’s parents walked on either side of her, consoling her. I ran as fast as I could “Wait” I yelled. It was before they enclosed the mall, so I had to yell loud. I held the doll high. The little girl turned around and jumped with joy. Her mother gave me a hug and dad shook my hand. They treated me like a hero – I felt like Mark Spitz.
Later I was fired.
But later got a job at the best fish market north of Pike Place. It was called Ocean King Seafood and was near the corner of 44th and 196th in Lynnwood. Evidently, Pay N’ Pak decided to open a chain of seafood markets. They designed a modular building and hired several grocery store managers from across the region and trained them to be store managers at this Lynnwood protégé store. After several months Pay N’ Pak pulled out. One of those managers – Bill Beam, bought the place and started a place of his own. He and his brother Dick took over in 1973. It was hands down the best market in town featuring the freshest seafood you could get. They were real sticklers for customer service and cleanliness. I learned a lot there. I remember cooking live Dungeness crab in the 50 gallon cooker out front and eating hot crab on cold fall days. It was heaven. I came on board in 1977 and stayed until 1980. Bill sold the place in the mid-80’s and I’ve not heard of the brothers since.
Remember when all those Californians moved to Seattle? I was the only guy moving the other direction. I now live in southern California with my wife and kids. It’s been twenty years since I watched the Rainier Brewery fade from sight in my rear view mirror. Even though La-La-Land adopted me, my heart remains in the Emerald city where I grew up.
I brought my family back to Seattle last summer. My kids are the same age I was when I spent the night sleeping on the lawn outside the coliseum to get Sonics playoff tickets. My wife thought it was time for them to see “Dad’s Seattle”. Upon return, I was saddened to see the big red “R” on top of the brewery had been replaced by a “T’, Aurora Village had been leveled and replaced by a Home Depot, and Ocean King was torn down and replaced by a Goodyear Tire dealership.
On the bright side, most of the homes along my P-I paper route havn’t changed in nearly 35 years– especially the blue split level house at the end of the cul-de-sac that I remember most – they gave me a box of Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups on Christmas morning 1972 – the year it snowed all night before.
Some great additions have been made to my hometown since my departure – the Fremont Troll, Larry’s Market, and two world-class sports stadiums (I never liked the Kingdome , I was always wating for them to paint it)
I’m proud to say that Seattle is my home town. But who’s idea was it to brew Rainier Beer in Irwindale?
(Have you ever been to Irwindale?).

Posted by: Jeff Baker at September 23, 2005 11:23 PM

wow only one post for the gay nineties at 7th and pike. Oh gee I no longer live in Seattle but have some good memories from the time I lived down town – I hope to return someday and say HI.

Posted by: al venti at October 9, 2005 04:13 AM

Abruzzi’s at 604 Pike Street. How I loved that place. Simple yet comfortable. Great place to come into out of the rain. The boomerang table top booths with the little jukeboxes. The oil and vinegar decanters hanging from the ceiling. The great pepperoni pizza and ravioli. Good salads. It was also one of the few places at that time (80’s early 90’s) where you could get an Italian beer (Moretti, sometimes Peroni). I was devastated when it was torn down only to be replaced by Nike Town. But such is life.

Posted by: Louis Chirillo at October 12, 2005 04:07 PM

My GOD what has happened to my beloved Seattle and Fremont? I lived in Seattle during its heyday, apparently.

I was there for Folk Life this year but we didn’t get into my old neighborhood in the Artists’ Republic of Fremont. I’m heartbroken about Still Life! I ate in all the little restaurants and hung out in all the dives along there. Somebody please tell me the Triangle still exists?

And downtown – is the Virginia Inn still there?

The best Halloween evarrr was at the Tradewinds, where I ordered a flaming Mai Tai and lit the nearest zombie’s cigarette with it.

As it happens, I’m wearing a Queen Anne Coffee Shop T-shirt today. Tomorrow, I’ll wear the Spot Bagel one. Damn.

Posted by: Red57 at October 13, 2005 12:55 PM

Correction: It’s “Queen Anne Coffee HOUSE.” I am an IDIOT. Sorry, Greg, where-ever you are.

Also, I remember Symptomatic Nerve Gas, too. He used to live in Eugene, or at least go to live music shows there. I guess he liked hanging out on college campuses.

Finally, anyone else remember a very weird public access talk show with some guy who wore dark glasses and waved spatulas around? I must have been one of 3 people that watched it. Great guests, great bands, and a very weird guy with an accordion.

Posted by: Red57 at October 13, 2005 01:10 PM

Add one more beloved place lost to “progress”.

Leilani Lanes in Greenwood, my “3rd place” for the past 20 years, will be closing in March.

I can’t put into words how much I’m going to miss that place and all of the people that make it special.

Posted by: Craig at October 13, 2005 02:46 PM

I really miss the roaring hydros before those turbines came along. (Go to the airport if you want to hear turbines) I also miss: Gilly’s Sub Sandwiches in the U dist., Pay’n’Pak Stores, The Duwamish Drive In, KJR and KOL AM Rock stations, Montana’s niteclub near SeaTac and lastly the Schnitzelbank German Restaurant on Aurora.

Posted by: Spencer at October 14, 2005 03:38 PM

I really miss the roaring hydros before those turbines came along. (Go to the airport if you want to hear turbines) I also miss: Gilly’s Sub Sandwiches in the U dist., Pay’n’Pak Stores, The Duwamish Drive In, KJR and KOL AM Rock stations, Montana’s niteclub near SeaTac and lastly the Schnitzelbank German Restaurant on Aurora.

Posted by: Spencer at October 14, 2005 03:39 PM

Gilly’s! The Tradewinds! Thanks big time to Red57 and Spencer for reminding me of those two places. Gilly’s subs were great. And I remember ordering gin n’tonics at the Tradewinds, and they would glow in the black light they had in the lounge (what was the name of the lounge?). They also had a fun entertainer there named Lou Bianchi. Red57, that public access show you’re thinking about – was it the Spud Goodman Show? I used to watch it too. it was hilarious.

Posted by: Louis Chirillo at October 21, 2005 02:25 PM

I think Red57 above’s talk show guy with the spatulas was Spud Goodman. I believe he sipped Pepto during his show.

Posted by: Scott at October 27, 2005 01:44 PM

Sick’s Rainier Stadium – Seattle’s original outdoor ballpark

raison d’etre – real coffee and great baking and breakfast

The original Surrogate Hostess, on 15th, when robin ran it.

the amazing cinnamon rolls at The Bakery in Pioneer Square (go Mike Mac!)

Broadway when it was solid with cool shops and multiple used book stores and stayed open late…

Shorey’s, praised more in the breach… but there was never anything good there. The best used bookstore in Seattle was Beatty’s Books.

5th Avenue Records and Standard records wonderful selection and service.

The candy counter at Frederick & nelson’s – molasses chews and chocolate honeycomb, christmas treats!

The giant Union Pacific (??) neon sign at 4th and Stewart, across from The Bon, I think. It had the mountain goat logo.

The Harvard Exit, when Jim & Art owned it, with the great repertory schedules and cool, weird first-runs (Colossus the Forbin Project). The classiest date you could do in high school.

And just what exactly was “Foley’s Underground Cultural Kaleidoscope”?

Re: Mercer Island rverginia! Rock on MI! FBI! but you forgot the great ice cream in Tabit Square, and Alms’ Drugs and James (?) Crosby’s

Posted by: greg at November 4, 2005 11:58 PM

Well most of the places I remember were in South King County:1) Barneys Record shop dwntwn Kent
2)Harold’s Drive In (for after Sunday church ice cream cones)We looked forward to seeing the preacher turn red some Sundays as we knew we were going to Harold’s after..He turned red from overzealousness (no mics then)3) Evergreen Truck Stop Federal Way (everything torn down this past summer to make way for Wal-mart!! Grrr 4) The Grotto Inn across from Federal Way H.S.<<the best place for after school chat & eats 5) Big Bob’s Pizza & Pipes Federal Way on 99 across from Federal Way shopping center..And last but not least…I remember going on Hwy 99 aka Pacific Hwy S when there was ONLY 1 stop light…312th, later One at 320th & 99; so you HAD to drive 99 with your highbeams ON…not so anymore…ho-humm

Posted by: Ms Kat Goodrich at November 9, 2005 01:45 PM

I needed to add one more notable to my list: The Spanish Castle….remember?? Teens would go there to dance & listen to bands…my first husband sang there…but didn’t make a career of it.. Remember going to Flaming Geyser Park for a Battle of the Bands?? I had a drumstick from one of the bands, can’t remember the name…but it was great teen fund altho I wasn’t a teen, My older sister took me….Oh I could go on & on…so much has vanished before our eyes & behind our backs!! “Those were the days, my friends..we thought they’d never end….”

Posted by: Ms Kat Goodrich at November 9, 2005 01:59 PM


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