Madrona Mayfair Is Tomorrow!

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We’re crossing our fingers that the sun makes an appearance for Mayfair tomorrow, but if not, we’ll be there with our rain boots and umbrellas to celebrate anyway! Here’s a reminder of the schedule of events:

Today, Friday 5/9

  • Bring your kids’ bike or trike to the Shelterhouse today from 4:00-5:00 to decorate for the bike parade tomorrow. Streamers, ribbon, tape and scissors will be provided!

Saturday, 5/10

  • 7:00-9:00 a.m. – If you couldn’t make it to bike decorating on Friday, meet at Cupcake Royale Saturday morning for more decorating and chatting with your neighbors before the event begins. Buy a coffee and get a free slice of pumpkin bread as a breakfast treat!
  • 9:15 – Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (E. Union & 34th Ave.)
  • 9:30 – Bike parade begins! The parade will be led by Charles the Clown, Seattle Fire Department and Meter Music drummers
  • 9:35 – Mayfair is officially open!
  • 10:00 – Charles the Clown show on the Shelterhouse lawn
  • 10:30 – 12:00 – Madrona K-8 Silent Auction and Raffle at the tennis courts
  • 10:30 – Reptile Man show on the Shelterhouse lawn
  • 11:00 – Yo-yo contest on the playfield lawn
  • 11:30 – Recess Monkey concert on the playfield lawn

Along with the scheduled events, there are many other great activities happening throughout the morning, including pony rides, two bouncy houses, face painting, a photobooth, screenprinting (bring a t-shirt or tote to get printed with the Mayfair logo!), Seattle Gymnastics Academy obstacle course, breakdancing lessons, miniature clay pot garden-making, food from Pritty Boys and St. Cloud’s, and the Madrona Community Council will be selling water, hot dogs and bake sale goodies. Don’t forget to stop by the tennis courts for the Madrona K-8 auction to bid on an amazing list of auction items and enter the raffle to win a trip to Palm Springs!

We can’t wait to see you all there tomorrow!

 

 

$300 Per Person at New Madrona Restaurant?

Noyer SeattleWhile the headline is an attention grabber and may make many shake their heads with dismay, we do not want it to damper the excitement for Ethan Stowell’s two new restaurants coming soon to Madrona.  Yes, it is true there are reports that Stowell’s new Madrona restaurant will be $300 per person, but that will be for his ultra-high end, small restaurant Noyer.  Noyer, pronounced “Noi-YAY” and means “walnut” in French, will occupy a space off the courtyard behind the former Restaurant Bea that many Madrona residents did not even know existed unless they inquired/attended/booked it for a private party.  In addition, $300 per person will include champagne, fixed wine pairings with a tasting menu with all the best possible local ingredients.  It will definitely take Seattle restaurants to a new level.

Red CowIf $300 per person is not in your budget, the larger Red Cow, which will occupy the former Restaurant Bea’s main restaurant space, will be a welcomed addition to Madrona.  Red Cow, a french-inspired steak and frites restaurant is expected to open this month (as compared to Noyer expected opening in April).   The menu is already available online, and while subject to change, offers steaks starting at $21 (Hanger) and up to $38 (Filet Mignon) for a single serving (steaks options available for two+).

Keep your eyes open when taking a left onto 34th from Union, Red Cow will soon be a buzz with activity when they become the newest restaurant in Madrona …. the newest at least until Noyer opens.

Dine at Madrona’s St. Clouds Restaurant to Support CAN

St CloudsLooking for an excuse to dine out at one of Madrona’s favorite restaurants?  On February 11th, St. Clouds will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to College Access Now (CAN) programs. CAN is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Enjoy great food with friends and family while supporting 900 students on their path to a college degree! Call 206.726.1522 for reservations next Tuesday between 5 PM and 10 PM.

New Madrona Restaurant(s): Ethan Stowell’s Red Cow and Noyer

Red CowMadrona has a new restaurant….or I guess two new restaurants coming to the neighborhood.  Ethan Stowell has announced through his Seattle restaurant blog that he is opening two restaurants where Restaurant Bea used to be located: Red Cow and Noyer.  Red Cow will be located in the main restaurant and seat 55 people (35 in dining room, 20 in the bar) and Noyer will sit only 4 tables and will be located off the back courtyard, presumably where Restaurant Bea had its banquet room.

This is how Ethan Stowell blog has described his two new Madrona restaurants starting with Red Cow:

First, say hello to Red Cow. Red Cow is going to be a brasserie primarily known for steak frites—really good steak frites. We are going to flesh out the rest of the menu with a wide variety of classic bistro fare using Pacific Northwest ingredients and pair it all with a rigorous wine offering.

And Noyer is described as:

Imagine a lush, intimate, multi-course dinner with paired wines along the way. A very high-end, leisurely affair that you can enjoy at your own pace. When you reserve a table at Noyer, it’s your table for the night. Tell us when you plan to arrive and we’ll meet you in the courtyard with something bubbly. You will be taken care of. You will indulge. You will leave happy. This is something new for Seattle—and us. We are very excited about Noyer.

For those you who are not familiar with Ethan Stowell.  Ethan grew up in Seattle before becoming a very successful chef and restaurateur that has been recognized by Food & Wine, Seattle Metropolitan, Seattle Magazine and Seattle Post-Intelligencer as well as others.  While all of his restaurant’s menus vary, they are all known for keeping it simple and using fresh ingredients.  Ethan restaurants include Queen Anne’s How to Cook a Wolf, Ballard’s Staple & Fancy, Belltown’s Tavolata, as well as Capitol Hill’s Anchovies & Olives, Rione XIII, and Bar Cotto.

We look forward to these two great additions to our Madrona neighborhood.  Look for Red Cow restaurant to open after the new year and Noyer to open in the spring.  Welcome Ethan and company to Madrona!

Well-Known Restaurateur Moving into Old Restaurant Bea Location

Restaurant BeaWe are hearing from reliable sources that Madrona will soon have a well-known Seattle restaurateur moving into the space that Restaurant Bea last occupied.  We are not giving up the information yet since it has not been confirmed, but expect a new restaurant to be coming to Madrona soon.  As we wrote before, the Naam location down the street had a lot of turnover before they stabilized that restaurant space; hopefully, the new owner, who has several Seattle restaurants, can do the same for this Madrona location.

Own a Madrona Restaurant!

Restaurant BeaWe are finally getting over the disappointment of Restaurant Bea’s closure, and started to pay more attention to the sign in the window.  We found the business-for-sale listing, and it turns out you can have your own Madrona restaurant for $50,000.  One could be discouraged by the closures of the previous restaurants in that space (June, Cremant, and Restaurant Bea) but just down the street Naam has survived after many Madrona restaurants had failed before (Coupage, Plenty, Supreme, Drey’s and Sapphire).  In fact even The Stranger questioned whether Naam could make it after so many failures before, yet years later Naam is still serving the Madrona neighborhood great Thai food.  So if you are looking to open the next Madrona restaurant contact a local broker to purchase the business and let us know when you will be opening.

Oh no, Madrona’s Restaurant Bea Closes!

Madrona RestaurantSad news, Restaurant Bea has closed their doors just as June and Cremant did before.  Unfortunately, that Madrona restaurant location seems to be cursed.  We will miss Restautant Bea’s open kitchen, their chef’s table, good food, and creative bartenders.  Restaurant Bea’s owner, Kate, has asked anyone who wants to stay in touch to visit their website, where the following note is left:

I am very sad to say that Restaurant Bea is now closed. I will all miss our supportive customers and want to thank you for coming in.

I also want to thank my staff and wish them the best of luck. They kick ___ and I couldn’t have asked for better people to be with during this last year.

I welcome any thoughts or questions at kate@restaurantbea.com.

Thank you. Kate

Thank you Kate.  Madrona will miss your restaurant and you (although we hope to see you around the neighborhood).

Outdoor Dining for Madrona Residents

Seattle WeatherWith summer around the corner and the upcoming (knock on wood) sunny weather that is expected for Seattle, we wanted to remind everyone of the great Madrona restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy the sun.  Here is a link – Outside Dining – to a blog we wrote last June about great local Seattle restaurants where you can enjoy the warm weather.  The blog mentions everything from Cactus in Madison Park, to St. Clouds’ hidden back lawn in the middle of Madrona, to BluWater Bistro down in Leschi.  In re-reading the article, we realize we failed to mention the deck at Daniel’s Broiler where you can watch boats coming and going to the Leschi Marina.  There are might be others that we are missing, but check out the link above to “Outside Dining” to read about some of the great options we do have.

Open House in Madrona this Weekend

madronaLooking to live in the Madrona neighborhood?  You have two chances to see this lovely Madrona home this weekend.  The home is open on both Saturday (2PM to 4 PM) and Sunday (1PM to 4 PM).  The home features territorial views, a bright kitchen, and three bedrooms and three baths. The home has an easily maintainable yard, including a functional garden and entertainment area.  This Madrona real estate is perfectly placed on a quiet neighborhood corner but at the same time located a short distance to Madrona’s popular retail shopping district and restaurants. The home is in close proximity to some of Madrona’s local favorites such as Pritty Boys Pizzeria, Hi Spot Cafe, and Madrona Playground.

Status: For Sale – Open House Sat & Sun
Bed/Bath: 3/2.5
Price: $599,950

Madrona Real Estate Market Update

There has been many articles about the improving real estate market not only in Seattle but also across the country.  Looking at the numbers, the Madrona real estate market is following the same trend.  According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service through Friday, April 19th, there has been 20 home sales including 3 sales over one million dollars in Madrona in 2013.  In the same time period in 2012, there were 13 home sales and only one sale over one million dollars in Madrona.  Obviously, the number of homes sales has improved in 2013, but most other statistics are much better as well.  For example, Madrona homes in 2013 have sold after being on the market for 41 days compared to 109 days in 2012.  In addition, Madrona homes are selling for more compared to the original asking price.  Over half of the homes in 2013 have sold for more than asking price including 2 out of 3 of the homes that sold over $1 million dollars.

The Madrona real estate market is strong with more homes selling, properties selling faster, and for more money.  If you are curious about the Madrona real estate market, ask me about it when you see me in the neighborhood or feel free to contact me sooner.

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