My Edmonds Restaurant News: Parking for disabled diners, sweet find in Perrinville

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Kathy Passage Hi ResEdmonds downtown parking and the U.S. Post office’s drive-up mailbox demolition. The good, the bad and the ugly: challenges and solutions.

Circling the block to find a spot to park is a good sign. It means our Edmonds downtown is thriving and retailers are happy. The Edmonds Museum Summer Market and other recent events attract visitors to Edmonds and the local economy benefits.

A hike back to one’s vehicle does offer Edmonds restaurant patrons the opportunity to walk off calories from the tempting dessert or those yummy appetizers, but only for able- bodied and mobile customers.

Handicapped parking spots are available. Multi-level restaurants have ramps for patrons with mobility issues, and multi-story buildings have elevators for those who cannot manage stairs.

A twisted ankle meant I joined the ranks of those who clomp along in walking casts and wrestle with crutches. A handicap space close to the desired location, even the probability of that space being available, daunted my restaurant visits on recent occasions. The walk from the handicapped spot I found open in the public lot behind the Bank of America meant I had to maneuver down a gravely drive back to Main Street. It was ugly. It was a relief to reach the ramp that led up to the back entrance of Chanterelle.

My situation is temporary, but I wondered about the people who need assistance long term. The challenge to park and shop is their norm, every day.

My search for information led me to Hope Shane, Development Services Director at City of Edmonds. I explained I wanted information on the accessibility of handicapped parking, in the City of Edmonds.

Hope, happy to share information, said: “Thanks for bringing up this issue. We would love to get the information to people.”

Here is the map Hope provided to share with My Edmonds News readers. It includes not only Handicapped Parking spots in downtown Edmonds, but indicates 15-minute and 5- minute Loading/Unloading locations and other useful data for visitors and residents.

ParkingEdmondsDowntownHere is the map, above, Hope provided to share with My Edmonds News readers. It includes not only Handicapped Parking spots in downtown Edmonds, but indicates 15-minute and 5- minute Loading/Unloading locations and other useful data for visitors and residents.

What about additional accessible parking in our community? “Some parking lots and garages in the area also have handicapped parking. We don’t have a map of those. However, as new development occurs and parking facilities are built, the City requires, as part of the permitting process, that ADA requirements for parking be met.”

Disabled parking outside the new strip mall near Winco.
Handicapped parking spaces outside the new strip mall near Winco.

On a visit to the nearly-completed building in southwest corner of the Winco parking lot, I noted plenty of new ramps and handicapped spots next to several yet-to-be identified new retail shops.

Does the City of Edmonds have a strategy for adding more handicapped stalls in the future?

“The city wants to be responsive to future needs,” Hope said. “We haven’t pre-identified where the needs are specifically. Rather, persons with a need or interest in a particular location for handicapped parking may contact the Public Works Dept. to make a request or inquiry. The PW Dept. can then consider adding disabled/handicap spaces on a case-by-case basis as needed.”

Thanks to Shane Hope and the City of Edmonds Public Works for this valuable information.

Here and There butifarra
Here and There butifarra sandwich

Happening nearby: Edmonds own Here and There Grill joins with other area food trucks and World Concern on Sunday Aug. 28 for great food and a great cause. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., location: 19303 Fremont Ave. N. Shoreline. see https://mobilefoodfightforhunger.com/food-trucks

Here and There Grill will offer a recipe inspired by recent Peruvian travels: butifarra sandwiches. Also rock fish tacos, jalapeno tacos, and black bean sliders, but — spoiler alert — NOT the lamb burgers shown on event’s webpage. Restaurant News will be in line early to enjoy favorite nosh from Julie’s truck.

World Concern offers solutions and with your help—creates lasting, sustainable change to people in remote corners of the planet, where climate and geography, societal instability and scarce infrastructure create incredible challenges for those who live there.

Sweet news from Perrinville: Bistro 76

Bistro 76 Pastries
Bistro 76 pastries

Frustrated by the fate of the drive-up postal box located on 2nd Avenue between the old and new U.S. Post Office facilities? Restaurant News offers sweet suggestions. When you need to post your outgoing letters, take a trip to drive-up mail collection boxes at the Perrinville Station, 7601 Olympic View Dr. Not only will you see breathtaking scenery along the way, but just across the street is the newest addition to Perrinville’s retail and restaurants: Bistro 76.

Bistro 76 is located at 18401 76th Ave. W., the northeast corner in the spot that previously housed Corner Coffee Bar and Café. The drive-up window is open too, but Restaurant News needed no persuasion to pop in and peruse the pastry case. Oh my! I had to try out the cinnamon rolls and the orange rolls too. The breakfast and lunch menus are loaded with temptations. The owner spoke of an expansion — Bistro 76 will include Happy hour, soon.

New items on menu at The Hook, photos of yet another soon-to-open place called Mel & Mia’s Unique Pastries and Fine Coffees, wow. Restaurant News will make a full feature on food at the Perrinville intersection after further research.

Look for updates on food options near the drive-up mailbox at Lynnwood Post Office, on 6817 208th St. S.W. Restaurant News wants to be fair to both locations, and readers will not go hungry will we wait for the new drive-up mailbox to be installed in downtown Edmonds.

— By Kathy Passage

A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds.

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