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Vegan restaurant on The Ave adds dinner to the menu

April 12th, 2012 by master

The Wayward Vegan Cafe, which moved to the 5200 block of University Way NE from NE 55th Street more than a year ago, is now stepping up its game by expanding its hours to include dinner.

The dinner options developed by co-owners Colin and Tami Blanchette feature meat- and dairy-free takes on old favorites such as quesadillas, filet mignon, fried chicken, ribs, and nachos.

Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily in addition to breakfast and lunch.

The restaurant has been in the U District for more than seven years.

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Would you support an evening closure of The Ave?

October 18th, 2010 by master

City Councilmember Sally Clark continues to float an idea of regularly closing stretches of some streets to traffic, turning them into pedestrian boulevards during the evening hours.  She mentioned the idea during a City Council walking tour of University Way back in June, and once again brought it up in a recent newsletter.  One of the streets she’s talking about is University Way:

I’ve been talking with the Capitol Hill Community Council, the Capitol Hill Chamber, and I’ve now begun connecting with business owners on the hill to talk about how an evening closure might work. Maybe Capitol Hill isn’t the best venue. Maybe Ballard Ave. Maybe University Way. Mayor McGinn’s staff has been warmly receptive to exploring this idea. We’ll likely work together through the winter with the hopes of a possible test next spring or summer.


Sally Clark tours The Ave with other councilmembers in June

Clark says she’s not proposing the streets be closed off during the day.

Don’t get me wrong. We’re not ready to shut down Rainier and Greenwood weekly during the workday. Our city’s roadways are essential to moving people, freight and services through our city and, at this stage of our development as a city, for the small businesses we love. However, we can push ourselves to think of the street network more creatively.

What do you think?  Would closing part of The Ave regularly during the evenings build a better sense of community or create even more problems?  You can read more about the idea in Clark’s newsletter here.

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