Hello, Hillman City! Top 10 New(ish) HC Hot Spots

Hello, Hillman City! Top 10 New(ish) HC Hot Spots

Have you been to Hillman City lately? If you’re one of those people who rarely travel south of Columbia City, then you’re missing out, because there are some big changes afoot farther down the valley. A slew of new businesses have opened there in the last year or two, and we’ve got the top 10 right here. What are your favorite new(ish) Hillman City hot spots?

1. Big Chickie
Big Chickie serves pollo a la brasa (AKA charcoal roasted rotisserie chicken) in the old remodeled Rudy’s service station on the corner of Rainier and Findlay. Think Peruvian-style chicken meets roadside BBQ stand. They also serve french fries, homemade sides, beer, wine and more. Open Monday through Saturday from 5 to 9pm, or whenever the chicken runs out. (5520 Rainier Ave. S.)

2. Hillman City Collaboratory
A non-profit, cooperative multi-purpose space shared by grassroots organizations and individuals focused on social change, creative expression, and community building. “The Collab” is made up of several unique spaces, including a co-working office, “mixing chamber,” learning kitchen, community garden, and drop-in center. SEEDArts recently leased the top floor of the historic building and developed it into artist studios and office space for creative enterprises. (5623 Rainier Ave. S.)

3. Maxim’s
New ownership has turned Maxim’s into a super LGBTQ friendly venue with live bands, open mic, comedy, karaoke, spoken word, good food and drinks. Check out Funny Monday Menu Specials, Feel Good Friday, Musician’s Mash up every Saturday and Soul food Sunday. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm. (5608 Rainier Ave. S.)

4. Bookworm Exchange
Yes, it’s true: Bookwork Exchange is back! Nearly two years after closing the Columbia City location to poor sales and increasing overhead, the bookstore has reopened a bit farther south at Rainier Ave. S. and S. Mead St. A general used bookstore with some new popular titles, and a large inventory of children’s as well as adult books. (5800 Rainier Ave. S.)

5. Tin Umbrella Coffee Roastery and Cafe
Imagine for a moment that Rainier Valley’s very own long overlooked Hillman City harbors a coffee shop that is not just any garden variety java hydration station, but one that serves as a festive confluence of neighbors, artisans, and burgeoning musicians. That’s Tin Umbrella — voted Best Coffee Shop in the 2013 Best of Southeast Seattle Reader’s Choice Awards. (5600 Rainier Ave. S.)

6. Union Bar
“Where labor rests.” This no-frills, no-nonsense neighborhood bar features pub food (including great burgers), eight beers on tap, sports TV, movie nights, occasional live music, karaoke, board/card games and plus happy hour from 4 to 7 pm every day. Taco Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday and Workingman Specials of Olympia and a well shot for $5.50 every day. (5609 Rainier Ave. S.)

7. Jacob Willard Home
Named after the proprietor’s son, Jacob Willard Home features vintage and mid-century furniture and collectibles, everything from bar ware to lounge chairs. Owner Karl has been known to loan out his funky furniture for the Hillman City pop-up community “living room” on the corner of Rainier Ave. S. and S. Findlay St. (5600-D Rainier Ave. S.)

8. La Isla de Mojito
Run by the owners of Grecian Delight in Columbia City, which was damaged recently when an SUV ran into the building, La Isla de Mojito just opened a little farther south near the Columbia City/Hillman City border. It serves traditional Latin food, including Cuban sandwiches, mojitos and more. (5300 Rainier Ave. S.)

9. Claw & Paw’s Pet Grocery
Another business from Jim Ackley, owner of Bob’s Quality Meats in Columbia City, coming soon. Rumored to feature raw grain-free pet food and a variety of other gourmet pet needs. (5600-B Rainier Ave. S.)

10. Spinnaker Bay Brewing
It’s a brewery. They make beer. (5623 Rainier Ave. S.)

11. The Hostel that Wasn’t
Earlier this spring, the owners of an alleged illegally run hostel in SeaTac said they were opening a new location in Hillman City, and potential neighbors sprang into action against the new establishment. After moving in and becoming involved in a disagreement with the building owner, it wasn’t long before the owners of Second Home Hostels packed up and moved on, much to the delight of many local business owners.

Big Chickie serves pollo a la brasa (AKA charcoal roasted rotisserie chicken) in the old remodeled Rudy’s service station on the corner of Rainier and Findlay. Photo/Go: South Seattle

 

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