Pike Street Fish Fry Hosting Jesse Edwards Art Show Tonight
To be honest, we had almost written off the pair of Seattle restaurants gunning for 122 and 124 Ludlow Street – Pike Street Fish Fry and Via Tribunali. And since significant events always happen in threes, Caffe Vita is joining the gang as well. Ever since Plum foundered and A. Turen and Ellen both vacated the premises for greener pastures, the side-by-side spaces have gradually deteriorated before our eyes. What’s more, the owners’ application for wine and beer license was promptly shot down [PDF] by Community Board 3 in September for being located within a resolution area (500 feet of another license).
The scaffolding for building restoration was installed simultaneously, all but obscuring the storefronts in their bout of inactivity. However, enough progress was made to host a pair of temporary art shows before the Seattle trifecta moves in. Last Friday saw the opening of the one-day exhibit HELP IS ON THE WAY in the future home of Caffe Vita, and the show was successful enough that it’s remained intact all week. It will close on Sunday.
And starting tonight at 7 pm, Seattle-based artist Jesse Edwards will host a week-long exhibit of oil paintings and ceramic items at the bare-bones Pike Street Fish Fry space. But it is his street writing reputation that precedes him in this neighborhood. In the recent past, Edwards has thrown up some cool tribute murals as well as random fire extinguisher tags. Here is a taste:
While Via Tribunali doesn’t have its own show, its windows do boast plenty of pages torn from a standard English dictionary. As for status regarding the small enclave of Seattle businesses, we were informed that the owner hopes to have all three ventures up and running by February.