Thunderbird Tavern set to re-open in Ballard this weekend

1509298_218013201723004_419339946_nThe iconic Thunderbird Tavern (7515 15th Ave NW), which closed last summer, is set to re-open this weekend!

Madison Eckendorf has teamed up Ian Smith (who owns popular Seattle food cart Secret Sausage) to breathe new life into one of Ballard’s beloved dive bars.

“We have embraced the very essence of “dive” and I tried my best to make it welcoming to all,”  says Eckendorf. “I understand the history the Thunderbird has had being one of the original Ballard bars since the 50’s. We want to continue the history and bring the bar back to what it was.”

Eckendorf and Smith recently bought the establishment and have been remodeling it to embrace its dive bar roots. “I am not reinventing the neighborhood tavern, I want to bring back the cozy bar with cold beer and good people,” says Eckendorf.

In terms of the beverages that will be on offer, the new Thunderbird is set to feature a variety of spirits and beers from local distillers and breweries. The tavern will also have the entire Secret Sausage menu on offer for patrons to enjoy.

According to Seattle Eater, Thunderbird regulars will recognize both the design and feeling of their neighborhood favorite.

“We are not trying to market ourselves for the hip 21-year-olds that crowd Market St. in the center of Ballard. We want surrounding neighborhood patrons to come in and still see their Thunderbird, just a little cleaned up,” Eckendorf told Seattle Eater.

The tavern is set to open its doors for the official opening party this Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. After the opening hours will be 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily.

Check out the Thunderbird Facebook page for updates about the opening.

Photo courtesy of Thunderbird Tavern.

Seattle Animal Shelter offers free spay/neuter packages for World Spay Day

To commemorate World Spay Day (February 25, 2014) Seattle Animal Shelter‘s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter packages to area pets scheduled for surgery for the remainder of February.

Microchips and vaccinations will also be offered free for animals having surgery on those days.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, Director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. “It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying, and reduce inter-dog aggression.”

These surgeries usually cost between $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. Microchips cost $30 and vaccinations run $10 each so this is a great deal!

There is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, however pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $20 for cats/$27 for dogs or a two-year license is $27 for cats/$37 for dogs.

This year’s special offer is made possible by the city’s Pet Population Control Fund, which provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering.

If you are interested in making an appointment for your pet call the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-4260. Spaces are limited.

2 suspects attempt to lure child at 15th and 85th, police say

At 12:17 p.m. this afternoon the SPD tweeted about a child luring incident that took place on 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St. The tweet referred to an incident that took place yesterday afternoon and was reported to SPD officers today.

According to the SPD, at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon a male Whitman Middle School student was confronted by two unidentified suspects on the way to pick up his younger brother in the area of 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St.

The suspects approached the student, speaking to him about his small hands, and asked him to come with them to their nearby house to help retrieve their cat from a small space, police said. The student, in an attempt to get away, told the suspects that his older brother and cousin were meeting him and that if the suspects waited where they were he would bring them back with him.

The student then left, with the suspects following him, however once he crossed the street the suspects ceased following.

The student then picked up his younger brother at a nearby bus stop. On the way back, the student saw the two suspects hiding in the bushes nearby, police said.

The two students returned home safely and reported the incident to their parents, who in turn reported it to the SPD today.

SPD sent an officer to Whitman Middle School this afternoon to gather a statement from the student who was unable to provide a description of the suspects. The SPD has informed Whitman Middle School about the incident and have assigned a detective to talk to the family and the student.

The My Ballard team will keep readers informed about the investigation as it progresses.

If you have any information contact the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

Daddy Daughter Dinner set for this Saturday at Ballard Community Center

Tickets are still available for the 22nd annual Daddy Daughter Dinner being held from 6 – 10 p.m. this Saturday, March 1, at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

Seattle Parks and Recreation invite all daddies and daughters to be dazzled during an evening of allusion and grandeur as they whirl and twirl under the Big Top. Activities include dancing, clowning around with crafts, opportunities to test one’s acrobatic skills and a fanciful feast.

This year’s event is sponsored by Ivar’s restaurant. Tickets for daddy plus one daughter are $60, daddy plus two are $70 and daddy plus three are $80.

Register in person, on the phone or online using barcorde #110975. To find out more information call (206) 684-4093 or click here.

Man in custody after stabbing in Ballard Commons Park

Update February 26:
SPD officers have interviewed and arrested the man who was responsible for yesterday’s stabbing in Ballard Commons Park. Check out the latest update from the SPD blotter below:

Responding officers quickly located and captured a man responsible for a stabbing in a North Seattle park early this afternoon.

At approximately 2:21 p.m. officers responded to a 911 report of a stabbing in Ballard Commons Park located in the 5700 block of 22nd Avenue NW. Preliminary investigation indicates that two men who are known to each other got into an argument. The argument escalated and the suspect produced a folding knife and stabbed the victim in the chest (the wound appeared to be superficial).

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim, a male in his 40′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers quickly located and arrested the suspect, a man in his 40′s. Officers also recovered the knife used in the stabbing and placed it into evidence.

The suspect was interviewed and subsequently booked into the King County Jail for Felony Assault.

Original Post:

A number of My Ballard readers emailed in this afternoon to report a stabbing that occurred at Ballard Commons Park (5700 block of 22nd Avenue NW).

Check out the update from the SPD Blotter below:

A suspect is being detained by officers as they investigate a stabbing that occurred in North Seattle early this afternoon.

At approximately 2:21 p.m. officers responded to a 911 report of a stabbing in Ballard Commons Park located in the 5700 block of 22nd Avenue NW. Preliminary investigation indicates that a male suspect stabbed another man in the park after some type of altercation. The circumstances leading up to the confrontation are unknown and remain under active investigation.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim, a male in his 40′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers have located the suspect. He is being detained as officers continue their investigation.

B&O Espresso closes its doors for good

photo 1 (4)My Ballard reader Michelle emailed in to let us know the sad news that B&O Espresso (5404 Leary Ave NW) has closed its doors for good.

Owners Majed and Jane Lukatah are reportedly retiring after 38 years of running the business, the first 36 years at their Capitol Hill location and the last two years here in our neighborhood.

“I left a voice mail (in the hopes it was untrue and to order one of their amazing cakes), and the owner called back to confirm that the café had close and that she and her husband were retiring,” writes Michelle.

B&O Espresso moved to Ballard in January 2013 after their Capitol Hill location was set to be knocked down for a new development. It quickly became a neighborhood favorite here in Ballard and surely will be sadly missed. Check out the sign posted on the door below:

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“I’m truly sad to see it go, everyone there was super friendly and funny, the food was great and the cakes were out of this world,” writes Michelle.

The My Ballard team have put in a call to the owners and are waiting to hear back.

BHS athletes celebrate a successful season of competition

The BHS athletes competing in playoffs and at state have been spreading the Beaver spirit far and wide and doing everyone proud! From swimming to wrestling to gymnastics to basketball the young athletes have been performing fantastically!

Check out the highlights from playoffs and state competition below:

Swim and Dive:

Ballard Boys Swimming and Dive team had a very successful State tournament and record breaking season placing a team best 16th overall in State. Sophmore Rory Carlson took 6th place and 8th place in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle while Junior Andrew Stevens took 12th in the butterfly.

Team Captain Josh Pehrson also achieved a personal record in the breaststroke as did the freestyle relay team pictured below.


From left to right Rory Carlson, Nate O’Leary, Josh Person and Andrew Stevens.

Three school records were also broken; Andrew Stevens broke the 100 meter butterfly record with a time of 53.82. The previous 100 meter butterfly record of 54.73 was set by Kuo Wang back in 1993.

Rory Carlson also broke the 100 meter freestyle record with a time of 48.78. The previous 100 meter freestyle record of 48.88 was set back in 2003 by Kerry Tannhauser.

Evan Arends and Simon Duyungan also competed in State, with Duyungan breaking the boy’s dive record with a 389.4.


The girls basketball team had a fantastic season and advanced to the playoffs for the second straight year, while the boys basketball team advanced to the third round of the playoffs before losing out.


Senior Austin Daffron advanced to the State wrestling tournament making him the 2nd Beaver to do so in at least 10 years. Senior Jack Deal was a State alternate but didn’t get to wrestle.


Clara Yardley (floor and beam) and Liat Carlyle (beam) both qualified to the State Gymnastic Tournament.

Congratulations to all of the BHS athletes on a fantastic season of competition!

Historic street tiles return to 24th Ave NW

After an absence of five months, the mosaic street tiles paying tribute to the street names of old Ballard have reappeared on the corner of 24th Ave NW and NW 63rd St.

My Ballard reader Dan, who initially informed us of their absence after SDOT crews repaired the sidewalk last September, emailed in to let us know that they are back safe and sound.


“So, it appears that the tile on 24th (pictured above) is back. I guess it appeared sometime on Friday night,” writes Dan.

Thanks Dan for the photo and for letting us know that the tiles are back!