You’re invited to an S2 match!

Rally behind your local Sounders FC 2 as they take on rivals Portland Timbers 2 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday, May 27 at Starfire in Tukwila. As a thank you for welcoming S2 into the neighborhood, S2 is offering complimentary tickets for this exciting matchup to local businesses.

Experience the match up close from the Olympic Lounge VIP tent and park for free at Starfire (limited spots available).

To RSVP, please email by 2PM on Tuesday, May 26.


Here’s episode #2 of our new SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

See – and hear – all SoKing News Podcasts here.

The owners of Zoopa Organic Soup, Salad & Bakery – located at 393 Strander Blvd. near Westfield Southcenter in Tukwila – announced Monday that the business has closed due to a dispute with its landlord.

The restaurant re-opened in June 2014 as an all-organic eatery, owned by Jerrod Sessler of Burien.

“In the 18 months since we took over Zoopa we have made significant progress and learned more than we knew we needed to,” reads an announcement on the company’s website. “But, the landlord has other plans. Restaurants are a risk for landlords and one they are not willing to shoulder given the looming threat of forced wage increases which render restaurants unprofitable. The new tenants will bring security and long term income to the landlord and the overall productivity that they want to see for the location. The space will be gutted in the coming weeks to allow those new tenants to move in. We have not had enough notice to find a new location and so are unfortunately forced to close.”

On Friday, May 8, this somewhat cryptic notice was posted to Zoopa’s Facebook page:

If you are truly a Zoopa fan than please join us today, tomorrow or Sunday for a meal. Big changes ahead for the location to be announced Monday.

Numerous commenters have expressed dismay over the closing, which was a shock to many. Here’s more from the company website:

Success for us has been the opportunity to meet and serve you. Our hearts desire has been to provide a unique place for people to eat real food at reasonable prices. We hope you enjoyed it and we are honored that we got to carry the Zoopa torch that so many of us who grew up in the South End knew and loved.

Thank you for making it possible and being part of the Zoopa community. We are also enormously grateful to all those who worked tirelessly serving, preparing and behind the scenes at Zoopa Organic. The team has work tirelessly to serve the community and they should be commended for it.

In the future we will be opening another location under a different brand name, but with the same healthy vision that Zoopa had. Please submit your information below to make sure we let you know when we have more firm plans for this exciting project.

Best regards,
Zoopa Owners

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tukwila Blog nor its staff:]

Dear Editor,

We are Tukwila citizens who believe that public officials in Tukwila need to represent the needs of the residents of our city.

We have compiled and attached a Tukwila Candidate Resource Book (download PDF here) as a reference for qualified residents interested in running for public office in Tukwila.

This year there are 10 available seats including the Mayor, Tukwila City Council, Tukwila School Board, Valley View Sewer District and Water District #125. On page 5, you will find a chart highlighting all of these positions. This reference also provides job descriptions and responsibilities.

We have also provided a copy of the King County 2015 Candidate Manual. Candidate filing opens Monday, May 11, 2015 and ends Friday, May 15th.

Please share this information.

Thank you for your time.

– EPiC (Empowered People in the Community)

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McDonalds Corporation logo. (PRNewsFoto)

McDonalds Corporation logo. (PRNewsFoto)

McDonald’s is now hiring managers and crew for the following locations:

  • SeaTac Airport
  • Tukwila
  • Burien
  • White Center

Please join us for open interviews at our Tukwila location, located at 15210 Pacific Hwy S. in Tukwila, on Tuesday, May 5 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Crew: It’s time you worked for someone who will give you the tools to learn, grow and be what you want to be – both personally and professionally. We’re looking for hard working, enthusiastic individuals who want to be a part of a winning team. If you enjoy working with people and love to learn new things, we want to meet you.

Managers: We know what it’s like to be a leader. That’s why we provide you with the opportunities to reach your goals, enjoy a successful career and be at the top of your game! The challenges are immense. The pay-off is even greater. And the hands-on experience you’ll get is unlike anything – anywhere. As a Shift Manager, you’ll touch every part of our business. If you’re an energetic and driven individual with supervisory or management experience in a restaurant, retail or hospitality environment, we want to meet you!

Salary: DOE


Ahoy Mateys!

On Saturday May 16, from 1 – 3 p.m., there will be Pirates in the Pool!


All at the Tukwila Pool, located at 4414 S. 114th Street; (206) 267-2350.

For more info, visit

What the proposed arena site would look like.

What the proposed arena site would look like.

ESPN is reporting this week that a company called RLB Holdings Sports and Entertainment filed a zoning code request with the city of Tukwila, stating its intention to build a multipurpose arena.

On May 1, the group will apparently file a SEPA application, according to the report.

The proposed site is immediately off Exit 1 of I-405, east of the West Valley Highway near the Sounder station, the report says.

If progress continues, ESPN adds that the early target date to open the privately funded arena would be the fall of 2017.

The new stadium could play host to a professional NHL hockey team, and perhaps an NBA basketball team as well if one reads the tea leaves of who’s involved.

The City of Tukwila released this statement:

“The City of Tukwila was approached in January of 2014 by developers looking for potential sites for a multipurpose arena. It has been our understanding that Tukwila has been one of multiple sites in the region investigated for this purpose. As a retail and employment hub, with the largest shopping mall in the Pacific Northwest, the City of Tukwila has significant experience dealing with large-scale developments. While the City is supportive of building a multipurpose arena within Tukwila, there are many steps ahead for this project.”

The players involved in this potential new blockbuster include:

  • Ray Bartoszek, former oil trader and co-founder of RLB Holdings, is spearheading the effort
  • NBA Hall of Fame legend (and former Seattle Supersonic) Bill Russell
  • Former Supersonic captain “Downtown” Fred Brown
  • Former MulvannyG2 CEO Jerry Lee

The NHL Board of Governors will meet in June in Las Vegas, where they may decided on expansion.

What might a Tukwila hockey team be called? The Tukwila Shoppers? The Tukwila Hazelnuts? The Tukwila Totems? Please share your ideas in Comments below…

Read ESPN’s full report here.