All new Ray’s to-go

On summer days, it can be challenging to get a quick table at Ray’s Cafe.

Now they’re offering “Ray’s To Go,” an abbreviated menu for those who just want some quick grub. “Since the departure of Gordo’s, we’ve noticed there really isn’t a burger/fish&chips option close to Golden Gardens,” Lori Maguro of Ray’s emailed us. The take out menu is available everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Items include Ray’s Clam Chowder, the Ahi Tuna Niçoise Salad, Ling Cod Fish & Chips, Grilled Salmon Burger, Cafe Cheeseburger and the Sunshine Cookie Bag. You can either call ahead (206-789-3770 ext. 3) or just stop by.

Neighbors gather for scavenger hunt

About 30 people turned out for the first-ever Loyal Heights scavenger hunt.

Mindy Terence, the organizer of the event was excited with the turnout, especially all the families. “It’s all about the kids,” she told us as the families started the hunt. There were three different “hunts.” One for young kids, one for older kids and one for adults. Each category had a different mission, all leading to the field at noon for a group photo (shown above.) If you weren’t able to make it today, Mindy assures us that this is just the first Loyal Heights scavenger hunt.

Gunshots, fights in wake of Greenwood party

If you heard lots of sirens around 11:30 p.m. last night, police from all over Seattle were scrambling to 79th and Greenwood for a massive party that turned into mayhem. Officers report 350 people crammed into a room with 200 more outside. As the party was shut down, fights broke out, shots were fired, and “officers were surrounded by converging crowds while seeking to break up fights,” police say. PhinneyWood has the amazing story here.

My Ballard’s first community event this Tuesday

Next Tuesday evening, we (The Geeky Swedes) invite you to come say hello at Bergen Place Park. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we’ll be enjoying the summer evening with the wonderful neighbors of Ballard. Dante Rivera will be out with his hot dog cart selling his famous Inferno Dogs, and DJ Disco Vinnie from Romanza will keep the music going. This is our first event, and it’s timed with the new Tuesdays in Ballard campaign — dozens of nearby businesses will be offering discounts, prizes and entertainment. We’re also excited to hold the event at Bergen Place, which is one of the three central parks that are part of a community effort to attract more neighborhood activities. Our thanks to the In Ballard Merchant Association, Friends of Bergen Place and Marvin’s Garden, Neighborhood District Coordinator Rob Mattson and Seattle Parks & Recreation for their help! We hope to see you there.

Doggonit! I mean, dog on it!

HeatherHeather posted this picture in the forum this morning and says, “I just thought this was adorable and too good not to share :)” Thanks, Heather!

Adds studio5412 in comments: “That’s Odin. He has been a fixture on Ballard Avenue for several years. He is the mellowest dog I’ve ever known. He used to let his tail drag, but I think it lost fur. Now he keeps it up.”

Purchase of Crown Hill school is almost complete

If there are no glitches, Small Faces Development Center will be the new owners of Crown Hill Elementary school next week.

In an email sent out yesterday, Executive Director Lynn Wirta says that Catherine Weatbrook, Kathy Brockman and herself “met with the Community of Economic Development and Trade representative to receive the State grant of $908,000.” This money, combined with the $400,000 grant from the City of Seattle “will be paid to the Seattle School District in the next few days to complete the purchase and sale agreement after 3 years of negotiations,” Wirta writes. The sale is expected to close next Tuesday. Formal celebrations will take place in the next few months, although you’ll probably hear some informal cheers this afternoon. The former Crown Hill Elementary School building is one of several surplus properties being sold by the district. (Thanks Lexy for the tip!)

Meat buying club in Ray’s parking lot

Every other Friday, Ballard native Keith Swanson of Thundering Hooves delivers his grass-fed meat to restaurants, stores and “buying clubs” around the area. One of his stops is at Ray’s Boathouse, who, for more than a year, has been serving their burgers and steaks.

Thundering Hooves used to set up at the Ballard Farmers Market, but it’s transformed from the stationary tent to a mobile “buying club,” which is a club by name only. Clients don’t actually join or pay membership fees. “They just place their order, show up at the right time, pay for their meats, and go home happy,” Swanson says. Recently Swanson decided to start up a club at Ray’s.

This morning Lisa McConnachie is picking up her first order in the Ray’s parking lot. “It’s a belated Father’s day gift for my husband,” she says, whose husband is off playing on the dock with their son. She said she’s known about Thundering Hooves for a few years, and now she’s trying out their service. Swanson says that only a few families are using the club at Ray’s, which is at 8 a.m. every other Friday morning. The largest club is on Phinney Ridge at St. John United Lutheran where he delivers every other Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Kathy Casey staying in Ballard

Back in April, the word was that Kathy Casey would be leaving Ballard for the other side of the ship canal. Well, things have changed and she’s staying put.

In her “Dishing with Kathy Casey Newsletter,” she writes:

Sometimes the best laid plans can change and that is just what happened. As many of you know, we were deep in the works to move our Food Studios across the bay to a fantastic new space on Salmon Bay, but issues with landlord permitting and usage put a kink in our plans … so we ARE NOT MOVING. The Food Studios is remaining at our great digs in historic Ballard! Sometimes things just aren’t meant to be … and we accept them for that.

And what about our Ballard Dish D’Lish location? YES, it’s staying, too! And the “out back” garden patio is open for summer lunches

(Thanks Eden for the tip!)