Hamburger place to replace Sea Breeze

According to the sign in the window, “Hamburger Harry’s” is moving into the restaurant that was formerly Sea Breeze, on Market Ave. near 24th.

It’s a prime location, that’s for sure, but there’s plenty of burger competition around Ballard. So we’ll just have to wait and see…

Update: Ballard Gossip Girl says she saw lots of menus from other burger joints on the table inside. “It looks like they’re also trying to figure out menus or pricing,” she says. “I’m also really curious about the concept based on their graphics — casual dining with tuxedo-level burgers.” Hmmm.

Worries over Seaview Ave. pedestrians

A Sunset Hill resident wrote the Seattle Times “Bumper to Bumper” section with concerns about the fading crosswalk in front of the bus stop near Golden Gardens on Seaview Ave. Maria Rosa Hidalgo says she’s worried that as summer traffic increases — and the slide keeps the upper access closed — someone might get hit. But no fear, the city told the Times it plans to repaint the crosswalk and upgrading warning signs in the next few weeks.

Segway at the Ballard Farmers Market

Here’s something you don’t see every day at the Ballard Farmers Market.

“The woman was stunning,” said Mary, who snapped the photo. “I watched her maneuvering through the crowds throughout the early afternoon, appearing and disappearing, doing her shopping. When she bought armloads of lilacs, the moment was perfect for a snap.” Great shot. You can see more of Mary’s photos from Ballard and the market here.

Anita’s, The Traveler coming to Ballard

If you’ve been wondering about those two empty spaces next to The Dish on Leary just east of 8th, two new signs have appeared with the answers.

On the corner, a new restaurant called “Anita’s” is under construction. It’s the creation of Anita Ross, the chef behind “Anita’s Crepes,” the very popular food stand at the Ballard Farmers Market. She was putting in some landscaping this morning, and she told us that the restaurant will feature her favorite creations — more than just crepes — but with a French spin, of course. She also plans to have outside seating, and she says she’s aiming to open in a month to six weeks. (For the record, this is the second success story from the Ballard Market: Veraci Pizza is opening its first restaurant, too.)

Next door to Anita’s is “The Traveler,” a new bar that’s moving into the same space occupied until recently by Harvey’s Tavern. “We want to have good food, mussels, different styles of frites. We’ll have a TV on showing the game. We want it to be a neighborhood place, but with a more contemporary feel,” Scott Laney told the PI back in January. The Traveler was slated to open on May 1st, but from my untrained eye when I took a peek inside, it looks like they have few more weeks to go. The Traveler joins the ranks of The Dray and The Stepping Stone, two other smaller-sized, contemporary bars that have opened in Ballard in recent weeks. (Thanks Sara for the tip!)

Star sighting this Sunday in Ballard

With the Seattle International Film Festival in full swing, this Sunday SIFF is awarding Sir Ben Kingsley the 2008 Golden Space Needle for outstanding achievement in acting. After the tribute at the Egyptian Theater, Kingsley will be honored with an “intimate, 50-person dinner” at the Volterra Drawing Room here in Ballard. Unfortunately, the $200-plate event is sold out. Meanwhile, Keith over on the Ballardite Blog says tickets are still available for Volterra’s very popular “dinner and a movie” series — the next two are in July and October, but you better book fast.

Sasquatch prefunk, Ballard band CD release

As you may know, this weekend is the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge featuring headliners R.E.M., Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and The Cure. To get things rolling, the Ear Candy blog is throwing a Sasquatch prefunk at the High Dive in Fremont tonight (Friday) with local bands Autolite Strike, Tennis Pro, Who the Hells, M. Bison, Royal Brougham and Skeletons with Flesh on Them. Admission is $8. Doors at 7.

Also tonight, the Ballard band The Apple War holds a CD-release party at the Tractor Tavern. The Maldives and Or The Whale will join them. Admission is 8 bucks and doors are at 8:30.

Traffic pain increasing on 15th Ave.

The ongoing repaving project on 15th Ave. in Interbay is approaching the south side of the Ballard Bridge, creating traffic headaches as crews redirect traffic. We drove down 15th from Belltown to Ballard yesterday evening and sat in traffic for an extra ten minutes. But 15th desperately needs a fresh coat of pavement, so we’re not compaining. Well, not too much.