Briefs: Google, upzoning, PCC, new food truck, March For Our Lives and more…

Here are some quick stories from around Ballard and Fremont…

GOOGLE FREMONT – While work is underway on its new South Lake Union campus, Google is expanding in Fremont. GeekWire reports it has added two more floors at 837 N. 34th St., which is to the east of the Fremont Bridge in the old Tableau space (above).

THE HELM – Speaking of Fremont, the bar and small plates spot The Helm has closed its doors after a year in business at N 36th St. and Palantine, according to Eater.

UPZONING MEETING – Here’s an important event coming up on Monday: the city is holding a public meeting for input on plans to “upzone” parts of North Seattle. It will be held at 6 p.m., March 12, at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE., in the multi-purpose Room.

PCC DOWNTOWN – After announcing a new Ballard location and an upgrade at its Fremont store, PCC announced today it will open a downtown store in the big Rainier Square development.

NEW FOOD TRUCKBella M’Briana is the name of a new food truck in Ballard, positioned at 5401 17th Ave NW. On the menu: house-made meatballs, spaghetti pie, bucatini pesto and more. “It’s delizioso!” says Linda in the My Ballard Facebook Group.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES – Ballard High student Emilia Allard is one of two young people organizing Seattle’s “March For Our Lives” rally on March 24th. “Be passionate about your views,” she told Q13. “At least for myself, there’s been so many issues I’ve felt passionate about, but I didn’t act on.”

HOP IDOL WINNER – Reuben’s Brews has announced the winner of its annual Hop Idol Homebrew contest: Alex Kuyper and his “Dwayne IPA” won the top prize out of 116 entries. Starting in May, Reuben’s will make Dwayne IPA available in the taproom and distribute it across the Northwest.

BREWERY PARTIES – Don’t forget, both Populuxe and Peddler are celebrating their 5-year anniversaries with respective parties this Saturday.

WINNING PERFORMANCE – Last week we told you about Ballard High’s chamber orchestra winning first runner-up in the country. Now there’s video of their winning performance.

There’s a lot more going on in the My Ballard events calendar (where you can submit your own community events) as well as the My Ballard Facebook group (which just hit 3,000 members and keeps growing fast.) Have a news tip? Email us at

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16 thoughts to “Briefs: Google, upzoning, PCC, new food truck, March For Our Lives and more…”

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