Po Dog hot dogs opening in Ballard

In the next month or so, you’ll be able to get your hands on a Po Dog without leaving Ballard.

The popular hot doggery on Capitol Hill and in the U District is busy getting their newest location ready at 2014 NW Market Street, the space that Market Street Traders moved out of earlier this year.

We asked owner Laura Olson about what makes Po Dog unique:

We serve up our wieners in a custom made Macrina Brioche hot dog bun that was made specifically to fit our size wieners. We offer Uli’s Famous Sausages as an alternative to our 100% Kosher all-beef dog. Po Dog does different monthly specials in addition to our 12 signature dogs. This month we are featuring the Kimchee dog, next month will be our Thanksgiving Dog (mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce). Our signature dogs vary in selection from a peanut butter banana dog to a more simple version of the Seattle Dog with cream cheese and scallions.

More dogs on the menu here.

Olson says they hope to open mid-to late November. Once open they will serve dogs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturdays. (Thanks Brooke and Kim for the tip!)

Viaduct re-opening ahead of schedule

#Viadoom is almost over. The Washington Department of Transportation says that demolition crews are ahead of schedule and the Alaskan Way Viaduct will reopen on Saturday.
Viaduct reopening details:

  • Northbound and southbound SR 99 are expected to open midday Saturday from the Battery Street Tunnel to the West Seattle Bridge.
  • The on-ramp to northbound SR 99 from South Royal Brougham Way is expected to close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 and reopen once crews finalize roadway connections.
  • The southbound SR 99 off-ramp to South Atlantic Street will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Drivers can expect a slower, 40 mph speed limit on much of the viaduct between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge.
  • Drivers can expect a recommended 25 mph construction zone speed limit through the curving bypass in the SODO area.
  • Metro Transit’s 11 bus routes that travel on SR 99 will begin using the new bypass at the start of service on Sunday morning, Oct. 30.
  • If you haven’t seen the video yet, check out the “munchers” taking the Viaduct down.

    Greenwood intersection closed this weekend

    If you’re heading east out of Ballard this weekend, you’ll want to take note: The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street this weekend as part of a major repaving project of Greenwood Avenue North.

    The intersection will close at 6 p.m. Friday and reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.

    The intersection closures extend from N 79th St to N 81st St on Greenwood Ave N, and from Dayton Ave N to 1st Ave NW on N 80th Street. Drivers should follow signed detours via N 65th St, 3rd Ave NW and N 85th St.

    What to expect during the intersection closure:

    • Crews will work 24-hours to complete the roadway removal and reconstruction
    • Work will be noisy at times; concrete breaking will end by 10 p.m. and start after 8 a.m. on weekends to limit noise impacts to nearby neighbors
    • Pedestrian access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times
    • Metro Route #5 riders can expect transit detours and stop closures; to sign up for transit alerts visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/rr/reroutes.html

    Little monsters out trick-or-treating during the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Safe Trick or Treat from 12-3 on Saturday will need to pay extra attention near that intersection. SDOT will have extra staff on hand to help people safely navigate that intersection.

    Group attacked by unknown suspects

    A group of people were attacked by four unknown suspects on NW 56th Street near 15th Ave NW last Saturday. According to Publicola, the victims were homeless.

    According to the police report, a woman called police about 4 p.m. and said that the group had noticed a white Volkswagon van drive by and park a half block away before the attack.

    From the redacted report:
    “The occupants of the van waited for several minutes before exiting the van. They appeared to be watching [redacted] and the others in the group. After several minutes she heard one of the men say something similar to [redacted]. And then the four men attacked [redacted].”

    When the friends of the victim tried to break up the fight, the four suspects turned on the entire group. “The four men punched and kicked all of those present except for [redacted.]”

    The four men left the scene after the attack. Police tracked down the address for the suspect’s van and found blood on a doorknob into the house and a drop of what appeared to be blood on the kitchen floor. The van and owner were not there when police knocked. No word on if any arrests have been made.

    Late night car crash sends one to the hospital

    Just after 10:30 last night, many people awoke to or heard the sirens heading to a “heavy rescue” response at 16th Ave NW and NW 80th St. According to Detective Renee Witt with Seattle Police, a vehicle ended up on its side and the driver had to be extricated by Seattle Fire. Witt writes in the blotter that the driver was the only person in the car and she was transported to Northwest Hospital by private ambulance with unknown injuries. No details on how the car ended up on its side.

    Full Tilt Pinball and Ice Cream Parlor grand opening

    Updated: Owner Justin Cline tells us that the health inspector won’t be out until Monday or Tuesday. The tournament will still go on this evening at 6 p.m. with refreshments – no ice cream.

    Earlier: The popular pinball and ice cream parlor, Full Tilt, is officially opening in Ballard tomorrow at 5453 Leary Ave NW (just south of NW Market St.)

    Known for its natural homemade ice cream and pin ball machines, this is Full Tilt’s fourth location – with other shops in White Center, U District and Columbia City. Although the place looks a bit unorganized at this point and not all the machines have been delivered, the owners plan on opening tomorrow. This will be Full Tilt’s largest location with more seating and 15 pinball machines. They also serve canned and bottled beer, their liquor license doesn’t allow for anything else.

    For the grand opening on Friday they are hosting a pinball tournament celebrating the release of the new “Transformers” pinball machine. In fact, Full Tilt will have three of those machines for customers. Party starts at noon.

    On Saturday November 12th, bring the kids for a free performance at 3 p.m. by the recently featured The Not-Its.

    Take your prescription drugs to the precinct

    Get rid of your expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “National Take Back Initiative.”

    From 10 a.m. to 2p.m., bring your medications for free, safe and anonymous disposal to any one of the Seattle Police precincts.

    This is the third drug take-back event since September of last year. In the previous two events, nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies collected more than 309 tons of pills.

    From the DEA:

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

    Seattle Turkey Trot looking for volunteers

    One of Ballard’s funnest 5k’s is looking for volunteers. The 5th annual Seattle Turkey Trot to benefit the Ballard Food Bank is coming up on Thanksgiving morning.

    The scene from the frigid 2010 Turkey Trot

    Nancy McKinney from the Ballard Food Bank tells us that more than two dozen more volunteers are needed to pull the event off. She says people are needed the day before turkey day to hand out t-shirts and needed the morning of the event to help out with registration, traffic control and more. People can volunteer and participate – just let organizers know your plan before the event so they can place you accordingly.

    If you’re interested in volunteering you can email the Ballard Food Bank – info@ballardfoodbank.org.

    If you’d like to “trot” on Thanksgiving morning – registration is now open. You can get more information here.

    Ecology says Ballard site no longer hazardous

    Years after the start of cleanup at 1515 Leary Way NW, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) says the property is no longer considered hazardous and is recommending that it be removed from the state’s list of hazardous places.

    The property, which is now The Dirt Exchange, has been used for industrial purposes since 1928, according to Ecology, and clean-up was done under Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program.

    From Ecology:

    The historical features associated with the former gasoline station include the potential presence of underground storage tanks (UST) and residual petroleum hydrocarbons in the northeast corner of the property. The property operated as an auto wrecking yard, but after the cleanup activities that operation was closed and the automotive inventory was removed. The property then included a small office with a parts counter, a garage-like structure, covered areas with shelving for parts storage, and open areas used for additional storage. These structures were removed and the property was vacant for a time before the current business selling compost/soil located there.

    Back in 2003, the clean-up process started. During excavation at the site, three underground storage tanks were discovered – two 3,500-gallon and one 1,800-gallon and 120 twenty cubic yards of dirt was also excavated. Once this was complete, a “restrictive covenant” was recorded with the county. “In February and March 2011, a comprehensive soil cleanup plan was completed,” reports Ecology. “A total of 320 cubic yards of soil was excavated and removed in 2011. The contaminated soil was removed from the site and taken to a permitted landfill. Clean soil was backfilled. Analytical data results from soil samples confirmed that the Site now meets the subsurface soil cleanup standards for an unrestricted land use designation.”

    Ecology believes this site should be removed from the state list of hazardous sites “because monitoring data show the site no longer presents a threat to human health or the environment,” according to the release.

    Ecology will accept comment on the de-listing proposal through Nov. 21, 2011. Written comments and technical questions may be directed to Dale Myers, site manager, 425-649-4446, dale.myers@ecy.wa.gov, or Dept. of Ecology, Northwest Region, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue WA 98008.