Subway coming to downtown Issaquah; cupcake shop opens

June 29, 2010

The chain famous for $5 foot-longs plans to expand to downtown Issaquah next month.

Subway should open at 98 Front St. N. by mid-July, franchisee Karim Karmali said last week. The city issued a permit for the restaurant June 23 and, by the next afternoon, green “Coming Soon” banners hung in the windows.

Karmali also operates the Subway along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

Upcoming additions to downtown also include dessert. The nationwide cupcake craze reached Issaquah last week.

The other addition, at the opposite end in the same building as the planned Subway — the storefront at 94 Front St. N. — opened June 28 as Confetti Cupcakes. Employees took to Twitter on June 23 to announce the opening.

Subway and Confetti Cupcakes join other businesses relocating downtown from other storefronts and from elsewhere in the city.

Bicycle Center of Issaquah moved from a downtown space into half of the former Allen’s Furniture this spring. Amante Pizza & Pasta plans to open in the renovated space next door within the next few weeks.

El Abuelo, a downtown Mexican grocery damaged in a January fire, did not reopen, and the owners did not renew the lease for the 147 Front St. N. space. Troy Salon — the adjacent business damaged in the blaze — plans to reopen in the space next door after the space has been renovated.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Cause of Front Street fire remains unknown

April 6, 2010

Work continues on the downtown Issaquah businesses damaged in a January fire, even as investigators remain puzzled about the cause of the blaze.

Authorities said a small fire scorched the inside of El Abuelo — a Mexican grocery at 147 Front St. N. — in the early morning hours Jan. 11. The adjacent Troy Salon sustained smoke and water damage.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal Bud Backer said authorities believe the fire started behind the counter in the grocery. The investigation will remain open as building insurers continue to search for the cause of the fire. Backer said the agency did not consider the fire to be suspicious.

“This is kind of a perplexing case,” he said.

Troy Kline, the proprietor of Troy Salon, said he and other stylists are set up at Innervisions along Northwest Gilman Boulevard after the fire. The salon could reopen in May, he said last week.

Meanwhile, plywood covers the damaged storefronts and a tarp remains draped across the roof of the building. Read more

Small morning fire damages Front Street business

January 12, 2010

A small fire charred the inside of El Abuelo, 147 Front St. N., a small Mexican grocery and convenience store, just before 3 a.m. Jan. 11. Read more

Small fire chars inside of downtown business

January 11, 2010

NEW— 11:06 a.m. Jan. 11, 2010

A small fire charred the inside of El Abuelo, 147 Front St. N., a small Mexican grocery and convenience store, early this morning.

No one was injured.

A passing on-duty Issaquah Police officer was patrolling the area when the officer noticed smoke coming through the door of the building and a small flame through the window, said Josie Williams, a spokeswoman for Eastside Fire & Rescue.

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Top 10 news stories of 2008

December 29, 2008

2008 news stories revisited

From an increase in robberies to the demise of the proposed Southeast Bypass, 2008 was action packed in Issaquah. Lightning and snow storms, a stronger Moroccan connection and business closures all made headlines.

In no particular order, here are updates on our pick of the top 10 news stories of the year: Read more