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Southern Matriarch’s Legacy of Food, Family, and Generosity Lives at Emma’s BBQ

by Jessie McKenna

This article first appeared as the third part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC).

Emma’s BBQ has been treating southeast Seattle to the rich and oh-so-satisfying tastes and textures of traditional southern cooking—leaving no expectation unsatisfied—for three years, but the (secret) recipes were created in the actual South by “Momma Emma” Thomas a generation ago and have been passed down to current generations. Some menu items might be a little heart-healthier than they once were, says owner, Tess Thomas. “Through the years we may have tweaked a recipe,” says Tess, but the family gives all the credit to Momma Emma for the flavors of Emma’s BBQ. Continue reading Southern Matriarch’s Legacy of Food, Family, and Generosity Lives at Emma’s BBQ

Big Chickie Bids Farewell to Its Hillman City Home of Five Years

by Jessie McKenna

With nearly 2,000 followers, 146 recommendations, and 4.8 out of five stars on Facebook, Big Chickie has made quite an impression in its five years serving Southeast Seattle, with comments from fans like “We love big chickie! Yummy food and fun atmosphere” and “Mashed potatoes and gravy. The best ever.” Unfortunately for fans, restaurant owners announced on Friday, December 6 that they would close permanently in just one week, hosting their last dinner service on Friday, December 13. However, owner Matthew Stubbs says there’s been such a frenzy of patronage over the last few days that they will likely run out of food before then. He says customers should call ahead if they want to know what’s available to save themselves the trip if their favorite dishes are no more. Continue reading Big Chickie Bids Farewell to Its Hillman City Home of Five Years

Amy’s Merkato Serves Southeast Seattle Eclectic Ethiopian, Mediterranean Fare…and So Much More

by Jessie McKenna

This article first appeared as the second part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC).

Amy’s Merkato restaurant, deli, bakery, coffee shop, and Ethiopian and Eritrean market boasts big Rainier Ave storefront windows right in the heart of Hillman City—but it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, and you’re missing out if you don’t. We sat down with co-owner Yodit (pronounced “Yoh-deet”) Seyoum, who also goes by Judy, to learn more about her cafe and the rich history behind it. Continue reading Amy’s Merkato Serves Southeast Seattle Eclectic Ethiopian, Mediterranean Fare…and So Much More

South End Heritage Festival Celebrates Local Musical Talent

by Carolyn Bick

Music from two different block parties wound its way down the block and into the ears of Columbia City’s and Hillman City’s pedestrians on the late afternoon of July 27. The parties, held at Big Chickie and City Teriyaki, were part of the first annual South End Heritage Festival.

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Community Arts Create Hosts First South End Heritage Festival July 27

by Carolyn Bick

Festival organizer Benjamin Hunter is excited for the upcoming South End Heritage Festival on July 27, an event meant to blend a musical festival and the Rainier Valley Heritage Festival.

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Crowdsourcing Voices for a New Kind of Community Choir

by Jacob Uitti

Joel DeJong, founder of the South End’s Crowdsource Choir, a non-religious and non-commitment-orientated singing group, remembers a night in 2017 on the light rail train. He and his wife were on their way home around midnight after seeing the famed rock group U2 at CenturyLink Field with a crowd of many thousands. But on the train, DeJong noticed, everyone was on their phones, removed from one another. So, like one does, he started singing Bono’s lyrics.

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Williams Project Brings Kushner’s ‘Bright Room Called Day’ to Hillman City

by Georgia McDade

Should I stay or should I go? Be there or not to be there? Speak up or be silent? The characters in Tony Kushner’s drama A Bright Room Called Day  ask themselves these questions and many others, but not at the beginning of the play. The audience, by extension, may ask themselves the same questions.

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