At the northern edge of the Wedgwood neighborhood, tucked away like the rustic home of a forest elf where Gandalf the Wizard might tell you to meet him, sits a gem of a pub that welcomes all with a relaxing seat, cold pint, and hot food. If you’ve never been to the FIDDLER’S INN, head to this vintage Store to Adore and read the rest of this 4toExplore with an ale at your side.
As they say on their website, “…the original owner, Walt Haines, left a career in music to start a new one with the Fiddler’s Inn. We’ve kept the historic charm alive – the original Fiddler’s Inn neon sign, wooden floors, dim lighting, cozy warmth and a welcoming atmosphere that invites a steady stream of neighborhood regulars and first timers alike.” For their food menu, CLICK HERE. For what’s on tap, CLICK HERE. The local proprietors of Fiddler’s Inn also own the Latona Pub on NE 65th Street near Green Lake.
The history of the Fiddler’s Inn runs deep: it originally opened just after Prohibition ended in 1933 — when FDR was in his first term as President and “Stormy Weather” was the top radio song followed by hits from Duke Ellington and Bing Crosby. For a detailed history of the Fiddler’s Inn, CLICK HERE.
- LOCATION: 9219 35th Avenue NE (at 94th Street across from Fire station), Seattle, WA 98115
- HOURS: 12 noon to 12 midnight, 7 days a week. (Happy “Hour” 3-6 p.m. M-F. Kitchen closes around 10 p.m.
- Takes Reservations? No.
- 11 beers on tap? Yes!
- Barbecue? Yes!
- Dog-friendly outdoor patio with hop vines growing overhead? Yes!
Here are some other Stores to Adore on 35th Avenue:
- All That Dance, Audubon Nature Shop, Cafe Javasti, Fiddler’s Inn, Mioposto, Northeast Cleaners, Satsuma Children’s Store, Seattle Sunshine Coffee, Sunshine Cleaners, Top Pot Donuts, Veraci Pizza, Wedgwood Ale House, Wedgwood Barber Shop, Wedgwood Broiler, Woodlawn Optical Dispensary
Local stores that we adore on 35th Avenue NE and throughout Seattle are under assault by the city officials speeding ahead with zoning, parking, and taxing policies that disregard neighborhood business. Stores like Hardwick’s Hardware in the U District are closing down after decades of service to our community. For a dizzying array of examples, see Vanishing Seattle on Facebook.
We know all too well the stories of senior citizens and others on fixed incomes who struggle to stay in the city they love. For a recent piece on this in the Seattle Times, read “Seattle’s Rush to Upzone Tramples Neighborhood Input” by CLICKING HERE. But the media does little to explain what’s happening to mom & pop businesses in our communities. While the grassroots efforts to save the Showbox music venue downtown grabbed the headlines (as politicians quickly jumped on the bandwagon to claim they saved at least one building in the city), special places in our the neighborhoods continue to suffer.
In addition to the constant disruptions from the Seattle Department of Transportation (as on 35th Avenue) and skyrocketing utility bills from our city-run utility companies that fail to control their costs, the upzones are hurting many small businesses. Why? Most businesses rent their space. Most of their leases are “triple net” (“NNN”), which means the landlords make the mom & pop shops pay for three major expenses: property insurance, maintenance, and the big variable — real estate taxes. When certain City Councilmembers dramatically upzone a neighborhood, the assessed value shoots up, thereby increasing the tax bill burdening the mom & pop business. It’s akin to a massive, unanticipated rent increase.
In addition to needing Councilmembers who actually listen to their constituents, strong neighborhood-based chambers of commerce — or associations that unify several neighborhood business districts — are needed so that small stores have a voice. In the meantime, a group called Save 35th Avenue has grown fast to give voice to the frustration many neighbors and businesses feel and to protest the strange silence from Mayor Durkan’s office.
Save 35th Ave: If your are concerned about City Hall’s $8 million project to re-pave 35th Ave, remove much of the parking, and consolidate (remove) some bus stops — when Mayor Durkan could simply install more crosswalks and greenways not only around 35th Ave and but also in other neighborhoods like View Ridge, Lake City, and South Seattle — explore “Save 35th Avenue”: CLICK HERE.
“Safe” 35th Ave: If you want the $8 million project to continue as spearheaded by Councilmember Rob Johnson, you might be interested in this other group: CLICK HERE.
SDOT: For updates from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), CLICK HERE.
NEIGHBORHOOD: To explore more of Wedgwood, subscribe to Wedgwood View and the Wedgwood Echo. We have featured a lot of cool stuff in Wedgwood, including the Wedgwood Arts Festival (every July) and many of the Stores to Adore listed above. The Wedgwood Community Council has monthly meetings and sponsors an annual festival (every September) at Hunters Farm (next to the 98115 Post Office).