Epilogue Books to close in August

Two weeks ago, we wrote that Epilogue Books is looking for a new location after terms with the landlord could not be reached. The search ended unsuccessfully, and they just announced they’ll close at the end of August.

“My family and I moved here with dreams of owning a bookstore in Ballard,” wrote Nathan Heath in an email, “a community within a city I fell in love with when I was just eighteen visiting my aunt.” Heath says he doesn’t want to move Epilogue out of Ballard, so he’s decided to close. “We’ve all enjoyed serving the Ballard neighborhood and surrounding area. Thanks to everyone for their support.” Epilogue will be closed Wednesday through Saturday to prepare for their liquidation sale which begins on Sunday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. All items in the store, both new and used, will be marked down 20 to 70 percent. They need to sell the more than 70,000 books that are on their shelves.

This is the second bookstore to close in Ballard since June. Abraxus Books left their location on 24th Ave. in June for a new space on lower Queen Anne. (Thank you everyone for emailing us the tip.)

Scenes from the My Ballard community meetup

Thank you everyone who stopped by Bergen Place this evening to say hello!

It was our first-ever My Ballard meetup, and as a community-powered site, we were excited to meet many of our readers and contributors.

Many people stopped by to meet other My Ballard readers. “Who are you in the forum?” was a common question we heard.

DJ Disco Vinnie from Romanza lit up Bergen Place with 70’s and 80’s tunes.

And Dante served up his famous Inferno Dogs.

Folks picked up Tuesdays in Ballard maps and T-shirts from Friends of Bergen Place and Loyal Heights Block Watch. Our thanks to the In Ballard Merchant Association, Friends of Bergen Place and Marvin’s Garden, Neighborhood District Coordinator Rob Mattson and Seattle Parks for helping us throw the event! (Romanza and Dante are My Ballard advertisers.)

Tuesdays in Ballard campaign kickoff

Tuesdays in Ballard began last week, but tonight was the official kickoff.

You may have noticed balloons around town, like here on Market St.

We stopped by Sonic Boom to catch a glimpse of Born Anchors, playing live.

And Seattle’s popular Bubbleman entertained guests at Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers. Dozens of businesses are throwing events and offering specials on Tuesdays to bring shoppers to Ballard on Tuesdays, and the campaign will continue all summer. (Thanks to PhinneyWood and InBallard for two of the photos. Ballard Brothers is an advertiser on My Ballard.)

Ballard bank robbed, suspect at large

The Chase bank at 5511 22nd Ave NW was robbed this morning at 9:30 a.m. Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson tells us that a man walked into the bank then left through the front doors with an unknown amount of cash. The suspect is described as a white male in his 30’s, about 5’8″ with a slender build and short hair. He was wearing sunglasses and a grey and white striped shirt. He may have gotten into a green van although police don’t know which way he went. Detectives with the Violent Crimes Task Force is investigating the robbery. Yesterday, the Bank of America in Greenwood was robbed by a man in his 20s wearing jeans and a green-checkered dress shirt, with brown hair gelled and combed back.

Fees waived for Ballard Parks

To encourage people to use our parks, the Parks Department is waiving the fees for some uses of Bergen Place and Marvin’s Garden.

Generally, a group must pay $75 for a permit, but not for community events at these Ballard parks. “There may exist uses which we may not be able to permit (anything lewd or objectionable or unsafe),” Dan Iverson with the Community Parks Program says,”or which we cannot waive fees on (exclusive use and private benefit are the general areas Parks needs to be careful about), but on the whole the intention is encourage activity, which generally means Parks is predisposed to waiving fees whenever possible.” In order to bypass the fees you need to go through him (dan.iverson@seattle.gov) not through the traditional channels. This announcement comes on the heels of Seattle Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher creating an exclusion zone at the three parks.
Clarification: While all three of the downtown Ballard parks are part of the exclusion zone, the fees can be waived at Bergen Place Park and Marvin’s Garden and not Ballard Commons Park.

Bastille Cafe & Bar opens in Old Ballard

Update: Bastille Cafe & Bar, the much-anticipated French restaurant on Ballard Avenue, opened Monday evening to a good crowd.

Chef Shannon Galusha has put together a mouth-watering menu with a French lesson or two thrown in. The “Salade Du Toit” ($8) definition explains that “toit” is French for “roof,” and the fresh greens come from planter boxes on Bastille’s roof (shown here). “We strive to use locally sourced ingredients, and this is as local as it gets,” the menu reads. The menu includes the traditional Salade Nicoise ($14), a Charcuterie Plate (cured meats, rillettes, oil-preserved olives and baguette, $14), Braised Lamb Shank ($19), Soupe de Poisson ($22) and several meatless dishes, to just name a few.

Quite a few people enjoyed the beautiful evening on the Bastille patio.

They’re already taking reservations online through opentable.com. Of course it’s not a French restaurant without frites, so stop by the back take-out window next Sunday during the Farmers Market and pick up some free frites.