Scottish pub to replace Harlow’s on Ballard Ave.

The owners of Bastille have reportedly purchased the building Harlow’s was in and plans to open a Scottish pub.

According to, Deming Maclise and James Weimann will soon open Macleod’s Scottish Pub (5200 Ballard Ave).

“The new bar is named for Allen Macleod, a friend of Weimann and Maclise’s who painted both of their restaurants,” writes Jessica Voelker in the article. “The rep [of Weimann and Maclisse] says Allen is from Edinburgh, Scotland where he was a bartender. He’ll be the owner and operator; Weimann and Maclise will take charge of the concept and design but consider themselves silent partners.”

New chocolate shop opens on NW 65th

Chocolat Vitale has opened its first retail shop on the corner of NW 65th Street and 3rd Avenue NW. The store opened Thursday morning as part of its “soft opening.”

Chocolat Vitale has long sold its signature European-style, thick hot chocolate and other treats at other local retailers, and online.

The shop will sell fresh confections made by several local chocolatiers; Velton’s Coffee beans from Everett; chocolate bars, mint flower and cherry blossom honeys, and honey caramels from Forte Artisan Chocolates out of Stanwood; chocolate bars from Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest chocolate maker in Sicily; Xocolati de David chocolates from Portland; soaps, lotions and lip balms scented with chocolate; tea sets; and a variety of beautiful silk, Batik and wool scarves.

Co-owners Janet Eicher, her husband Cam Johnston, and Eicher’s sister, Carol Eicher, also plan to hold events in their spacious store, including chocolate and tea tastings, coffee cuppings, and regular movie nights using their 16mm projector.

Chocolat Vitale, 6257 3rd Ave. NW., will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. (Thanks Michael for the tip!)

Bad Albert’s: ‘We’re BACK!!!!!!!”

Bad Albert’s is back! Well, almost.

The sign in the window says it all: “Bad Albert’s Re-Opening Soon!” The Facebook page has also been updated with “We’re BACK!!!!!!!” Although the sign goes on to send people to their website for more information, there aren’t anymore details. The phone number on the site is disconnected and no one was there when we stopped by. We’ll post more when we learn more.

Bad Albert’s closed in July. Former owner Steve Katsandres said a combination of the economy and health issues forced him to make the tough decision. (Thanks Heather for the tip!)

Local meat delivery comes back to Ballard

Ballard used to have a meat-buying club, until Thundering Hooves ceased operations earlier this year. Now, former employees of Thundering Hooves have joined with Ballard native Keith Swanson to start a new company called Blue Valley Meats.

Keith Swanson delivering meat for Thundering Hooves in 2009

“Just like Thundering Hooves, Blue Valley Meats operates a farm and butcher shop in Walla Walla, where it processes 100-percent grass-fed meats and then partners with Puget Sound area families and businesses to create neighborhood delivery sites for these products,” Swanson says.

Ray’s Boathouse has agreed to let Blue Valley Meats make deliveries in their parking lot every Friday morning. Blue Valley Meats also deliver to nearby neighborhoods like Phinney Ridge, Queen Anne, Magnolia as well as other parts of the state and Portland.

Ballard Ave business relocating after three decades

After more than three decades on Ballard Avenue, Sutter Home & Hearth (5333 Ballard Ave NW) is relocating to another Ballard location.

Photo from Google Maps

“After 32 years here we are going to miss Ballard Ave, but we also know it’s time for a change,” owner John Miner says. “Ballard avenue isn’t really suited for our kind of business.”

The new, larger location for Sutter Home & Hearth.

Miner and fellow owner Mike Duval have found a space at 920 NW Leary Way that will have a larger showroom and ample parking. The space, Miner says, will have “better access for people who have to take big objects home.”

Sutter Home & Hearth will be moving during the month of August and plan to stay open during the move, although they might have to close for a day or two toward the end of the month. Once they’re all moved in, Miner says they plan to throw a grand re-opening party. (Thanks Emily for the tip!)

Umpqua Bank opening in Ballard

Umpqua Bank is planning to open a Ballard branch in the space formerly occupied by Radio Shack on Market Street.

The new branch on Queen Anne.

Eve Callahan, Senior Vice President of Umpqua Bank tells us that this is one of five new locations still to open this year. Other branches are in Magnolia, Phinney Ridge, Roosevelt Square and West Seattle. This is in addition to the Queen Anne branch that opened last week.

Callahan says their banks are different than a traditional bank. “We design them as engaging community hubs, comfortable spaces where neighbors can learn about what’s happening, share news and information, and gather for events ranging from small business or non-profit meetings to kid movie nights and valentine crafts,” she says. “In addition, we take our commitment to our communities very seriously, and provide every associate with up to 40 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer in their community.”

The Ballard branch is expected to open sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

Canto Barcelona heading to Capitol Hill

Less than two years after opening in Ballard, Canto Barcelona (formerly Encanto Barcelona) at 5423 Ballard Ave is closing up shop and moving to another neighborhood.

“We are moving to Capitol Hill,” store manager Jessica Woehrlin tells us. “Still scoping out a space, and we are working on getting our retail website up and rolling.”

Before the doors close within the next month, everything in the store is 50-percent off, including already marked down items. “This means $5 tees, jeans from $15, crazy value!” their blog states.

Canto Barcelona opened in October 2009 after five years downtown.

Picolinos adds ‘Pico Deli’ featuring freshly-baked bread

Ristorante Picolinos (6415 32nd. Ave. NW) is adding a delicatessen and bakery to their half-block-long building. Owner Tom Bailiff tells us that “Pico Deli” will offer bread, baked fresh daily on premise in their custom-made Italian baking oven. Manny Barquia, who has been a Master Baker for more than three decades, will oversee the bread making. The deli will also offer artisan cured meats, cheese, fresh made pasta, sauces, grilled panini, Italian & regional wines, olive oil, and all manner of deli specialty items. Bailiff says the deli will open next month. (Disclosure: Picolinos is a sponsor of MyBallard.)

An update on the Ballard restaurant scene

There are a couple restaurant openings and one closing to mention.

The sign in the window of Sunny Teriyaki
Joel emailed us to say that Sunny Teriyaki (2021 NW Market) is out of business. “Just parked at my favorite Ballard teriyaki stop, Sunny Teriyaki, only to be disheartened by this sign.” he writes.

Practically next door, Thai Thani is now open in the old Subway location at the corner of NW Market and Leary Ave.

Up on 15th Ave NW, Burger Hero is replacing Lunchbox Laboratory (7302 1/2 15th Ave NW.) We’ve stopped by several times but no one is ever there. The menu is sitting on the floor waiting to be hung and tools are strewn about, which indicates that they’re not quite ready to open. On the menu they feature “Burger Hero” sandwiches, “Fish Hero” sandwiches and “Chicken Hero” sandwiches – all with superhero-esque names. Prices range from $5.95 for the “Captain USA” to $8.50 for the “Fantastic 4.”