Portalis restaurant equipment sale set for today

As My Ballard readers are aware, Portais Wines is packing up shop on Ballard Ave and reopening their wine store at 6754 15th Ave NW.

With the moving plans in full swing Portalis restaurant is selling all of its restaurant equipment (ovens, fridges, prep stations, tables, chairs, bar stools, and dishes etc).

The cash only sale is on today from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Ballard Ave Portalis location (5205 Ballard Ave NW).

See the list below for specific items that are available for sale:

  • Arctic Air upright freezer – NSF $800
  • Traulsen upright freezer – $800
  • Eagle NSF Stainless steel prep station with drawer – 7″wide by 35 high – 24 “wide -$250
  • (2) Moffat Electric Ovens – heavily used – recently serviced – $300 each
  • Beverage Air sandwich prep – 27″ wide holds temp, does leak (needs new filter) $600
  • Beverage Air sandwich prep – 48″ wide holds temp, does leak (needs new filter) $800
  • 2’x2′ stainless prep station – 35″ high – $100
  • (2) Beverage Air back bar fridges – $800 each

Racks, hanging racks, benches, induction burners, 2 top and 4 top tables, bar stools, chairs, dinnerware, meat slicer, (2) soup cookers, food vacuum and more will be available.

“Everything is in working condition and is used,” says Katie from Portalis.

Click here to learn more about the sale.

What’s on this weekend

Welcome to the first weekend of 2015 in Ballard. Enjoy!

Friday, January 2

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Smoking Bill and The Kings. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Buzz Brump & Quinn. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, January 3

  • Fruit Tree Health Class at Swansons Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. In this informative class, horticulturalist Ingela Wanerstrand will share important things that need to be done now to protect your trees from winter damage, discourage insects and diseases, and improve the health and fruitfulness of your trees. Cost is free.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Porterbelly, Barn Owls, and Sawdust Hill. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Blackburn with Klover Jane, 93 Octane, and Blue Helix. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, January 4

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.

Know of more events? Email the information to tips@myballard.com

Loyal Heights Elementary nominated for landmark status


Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board is set to consider nomination of the Loyal Heights Elementary School (2501 NW 80th St) for landmark status.

The board will deliberate on the decision on Wednesday, February 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave, 40th Floor, Room 4060).

Locals are invited to attend the meeting and give their opinions on the nomination. Written comments will also be accepted at the mailing address below until  February 3 at 3 p.m.

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is currently available for public review at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave, Suite 1700).

An electronic version is also available online.

SDOT and Chamber release Ballard parking map

As many readers are aware, the Ballard Chamber and Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth have been working together over the past year on several parking initiatives related to on-street and off-street parking in Ballard.

Through this partnership, a parking map (click below image to enlarge) has been created that highlights on-street parking options that residents and visitors to our neighborhood may not be aware of.

parkin ballard

A printed version of the map will soon be available at the Ballard Chamber office and at other retail locations around the neighborhood.

Locals should stay tuned for more information about parking in Ballard from the Chamber and SDOT in 2015.

Speaking of parking check out the below photo taken by My Ballard reader Benson that shows some rare parking conditions on Christmas Day on Ballard Ave.


PSCAA issues air quality burn ban for King County

Update Saturday, January 4:

The PSCAA has confirmed that the burn ban in King County is now lifted.

Original Post:

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) issued a burn ban for the entirety King County yesterday which is in place until further notice.

The burn ban is currently at “stage one” level which bans burning in fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves, uncertified wood inserts and outdoor burning. Under the stage one ban, burning is permitted in EPA certified wood stoves, EPA certified wood inserts and pellet stoves and inserts.

For Seattle Parks and Recreation, this means that beach fires at Golden Gardens Park (8498 Seaview Ave NW) are also prohibited until the ban is lifted.

The PSCAA issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises, or is forecasted to reach, unhealthy levels. “Fine particle pollution levels continue to be high in areas throughout the Puget Sound region, especially in neighborhoods where wood-burning is common,” writes the PSCAA.

Residents are advised to rely on their home’s other source of heat such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters until air quality improves and the ban is lifted. The only exception to this ban is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

Locals who violate the ban could face a $1,000 fine from the PSCAA.

To learn more about the burn ban click here.

Locals take plunge to welcome 2015

Yesterday, a group of locals braved the 42 degree weather and jumped into the Sound to officially ring in the New Year. This year was the 6th annual Polar Plunge which was started by local resident Rick Sandvig after he saw the event become successful in Vancouver, Canada.

Check out a video and some photos from the chilly event below:




Email your photos and videos to tips@myballard.com.

Thanks to Bob for emailing in the photos. Video courtesy of Sue Pierce.

The 2015 New Year’s Day Roundup

The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! We hope that you are enjoying the first day of 2015.

Check out the Ballard New Year’s Day Roundup below:

What’s Open:

  • Safeway (1423 NW Market St) is open 24 hours.
  • Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) is open from 7 a.m.
  • QFC (5700 24th Ave NW) is open 24 hours.
  • Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) is open from 10 a.m. serving brunch and lunch.
  • Bloom (5410 17th Ave NW) is open from noon – 10 p.m. featuring a special Chicken Adobo Ramen.
  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) is open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Toast (5615 24th Ave NW) is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on New Year’s Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule. Click here to check out more details about the holiday schedule.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on New Year’s Day. Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the New Year’s Day holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for New Year’s Day 2015 in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to the post.