Vera’s Restaurant and Missing Link Cafe apply for liquor licenses

It looks like you could soon have a Bloody Mary at one of Ballard’s best known spots for breakfast.  Vera’s Restaurant at 5417 22nd Ave NW has just applied for a liquor license to sell spirits, beer and wine.

Vera’s Restaurant

The Missing Link Cafe, inside the newly opened Dutch Bike Co. on 4741 Ballard Ave., has also applied for a license to sell beer and wine.  The cafe and bike company are part of the renovated Kolstrand Building.

The Missing Link Cafe inside Dutch Bike Co.

New restaurant opens near Ballard High

A new restaurant is about to open in the space formerly occupied by Himitsu Sushi (and Quiznos before that) at the intersection of 15th Ave NW and NW 65th street. Stackers Pizza and Subs plans to open its doors on May 31.

We stopped by this morning to take a look inside where crews are still busy renovating the dining room. Owner Larry Holm tells us the restaurant will seat 32 people and will offer lunch and dinner between 10am and 8pm. They’ll start out with a larger sandwich selection than pizzas, but plan to expand the menu as they go. They’ll also offer such fare as chicken strips and buffalo wings.  Stackers also hopes to start delivering in the near future. (Thanks to Joel for the tip!)

Cascade Bicycle joins battle over ‘missing link’

The “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail — the stretch between 11 Ave. NW and the Locks — has been a contentious issue for years. It winds through Ballard’s industrial district, underneath the Ballard Bridge and over railroad tracks before it connects up with the Burke Gilman on the other side of the Locks. Some cyclists say it’s dangerous, and they have horror stories to tell. Industrial businesses along the stretch have resisted efforts to build a permanent bike trail there, even warning it would put them out of business. But last September, Mayor Greg Nickels allocated funding to complete the Burke-Gilman in a compromise plan, connecting the missing link in two years.

Then in November, a group of businesses including Ballard Oil, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel as well as the Ballard Chamber of Commerce filed an appeal with the city (.pdf file) in an attempt to put a stop to plans to complete the link. “The project, as it’s currently proposed, will have substantial adverse impacts to this maritime and industrial community and is very likely a trail user will get hurt or killed,” the appeal reads, explaining it would “harm businesses and people employed by those businesses” as well as potentially damage the environment. Then earlier this month, the Cascade Bicycle Club filed a motion to intervene in the appeal to have their voices heard, and the Department of Planning and Development approved their request. “The long-overdue project would solve numerous safety problems,” Cascade said. “Oddly enough, the project was designed as a compromise for the very businesses that are complaining now.”

The appeal is scheduled for the Hearing Examiner on March 23rd at 9 a.m., shaping up to be a real showdown over the future of a 1.5 mile stretch of Ballard. We’ll let you know what happens.

Monster Clothing, Source Salon now open

Here’s an update on our earlier posts about two new businesses moving into the Old Ballard area just a block apart from each other.

First, Monster Art and Clothing has now opened at Ballard Ave. and 20th Ave. The boutique featuring handmade products by “young upcoming artists.”

And Source Salon and Spa has opened in the prominent curved retail space at Leary and 20th Ave. It describes itself as a “modern boutique and gallery with a relaxing down to earth environment.” Their number is 789-4500.

New businesses in Canal Station condos

Some new businesses are beginning to appear in the retail space in the bottom floor of the Canal Station condos along Leary at 20th Avenue. On the corner is “Source,” a salon and spa under construction. And they’re hiring.

Just down from the spa and the newly opened Emerald City Smoothie is Belle Pastry, also under construction. “With a little detective work I have discovered that this is the same is the Bellevue Belle Pastry owned by Norman chef Jean-Claude Ferré, a 40 year vet, who was trained in France and Switzerland,” reports Keith at the Ballardite Blog. Mmmm.