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West Seattle Herald Friday, April 8, 2011 5 I I Patrick Robinson Salvatore Esposito, father of the owner of Abbondanza Piz zeria, Robert Esposito is here helping his son get going with his new lunch offering and Saturday and Sunday Brunch at the Morgan Junction area Italian restaurant. By Patdck Robinson give us a quick reply by email, Robert Esposito opened eitherway. Abbondanza Pizzeria in the Mor- Thank you, gan Street Junction at 6503 Cali- The Espositos'" fomia Ave. S.W. 10 years ago and That'means all you need to do is the family is planning a celebra- drop an email to Salinnc@yahoo. tion to thank their customers; and com to make a reservation to the gifts are for you. enjoy this special event, but space They write: and reservations are limited. "'Dear Friends of Abbondanza, Abbondanza just opened for In celebration of our lO-year lunch three weeks ago featuring Anniversary and to thank you for 'Presto Presto' (fast fast) lunch your continued support of the in under 30 minutes with your restaurant, we would like to invite choice of two items: Pan Pizza, you to a special brunch buffet, Soup or Salad, for $7.95. Previ- on us, on Saturday, April 16, at ously they had only been open 11 a.m. for dinner but with increasing We hope you can make it andcompetition and rising prices they would appreciate it if you would needed to increase business. They are also offering a traditional Ital- ian Brunch on Saturday and Sun- day from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Robert's father, Salvatore, is here helping out. He's the former owner of a similar restaurant in McLean, VA, and said, "Abbon- danza needed a shot in the arm. The dinner business has always been good but by serving a fast and high-quality lunch people can eat good food in less than 30 minutes and get back to what they were doing?' When the restaurant first opened, Salvatore came here with his uncle Frank who had trained in New York and was an expert in authentic New York-style pizza. After getting organized and estab- lishing the business, Salvatore returned to Virginia and Robert has been nmning it ever since. Salvatore explained that Robert is deaf and this has meant many people in the deaf community have come to enjoy the food and "feel as if this place is their home?' The restaurant industry is not easy, as the closure of the Charle- stown Cafe proves, and some former employees may end up working at Abbondanza, accord- ing to Esposito. "Our business is in a five:mile radius. If you know your com- munity, help your community. "They will come back to you again and again. That's why Robert just renewed his ten-year lease. I feel that Robert is a West Seattle boy right now. No more Italian, no more English (Sal's wife is Eng- lish.) He loves West Seattle." Patrock Robinson can be reached at West Seattle Art Walk at The Kenney 6 .1ql _ drl o .vv ,.oop.m. Celebrate Earth Day! Paper Mache globes created by our residents from Garden Court and Nursing & Rehab. Entertainment by the The Boeing Employee Choirl 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW Seattle, WA 98136 Light bites and tasty treats provided by The Kenney Catering Team. ALKI HOMESTEAD: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Committee members were dis- mayed and said it was "shocking" how much of the plan (and build- ing studies) must be replaced. They expressed a desire to see the plan present the needs "from the foun- dation up" since~that element deter- mines much of what the rest of the plan outlines. In brief, the plan addresses the various components of the building section by section: The Roof- Must be totally replaced. Second Floor Interior Walls- Not considered historic and would be removed with the design objective being the creation of a second floor banquet facility. Second Floor Exterior Walls- May need to be replaced depending on structural integrity Second Floor Framing- Most likely will be replaced due to fire damage. First Floor Interior Walls- The stacked fir logs were at one time exterior walls and are in "good con- dition" but the top of these walls suffered serious smoke damage. Those close to the fireplace were severely damaged by the fire. Other sections have been damaged by moisture and rot. First Floor Exterior Walls- For several reasons these will need to be replaced. First Floor Columns- These must be individually assessed but these 10 columns all have varying grades of decomposition due to insect and "moisture related rot." First Floor Framing and Pony Wall- The framing itself is "good, solid and dry," but the course of logs around the bottom contacting the concrete footing will need to be replaced. Concrete Foundation- It must be replaced since it would not be ade- quate for the restored structure. Masomy - Chimneys - The two chimneys and fireplaces, "theoreti- cally (...) would remain in their current locations as the restoration process occurs." But they need to be examined by amasonry expert to verify this. a aOur goal is to preserve the spirit of the Homestead. Mark Haizlip, Alloy Design Group Historic Sign and Skylight- The sign must be removed and restored to both its original colors and fea- tures and put in working order. The plan calls for the sign to be tied into a steel fr ae and glass assembly that would also restore the original skylight that once "capped the peak of the Homestead roof." It would mean cataloging every piece of the structure as it is taken apart. Squires told the West Seattle Her- ald that since many elements of the physical construction of the build- ing are not visible, understanding and creating operational guidelines for how the building is deconstruct- ed would have to be done as they go along, learning as they go. Squires pointed out that some logs are 50 feet long and many are in non usable condition. Some logs have been replaced with altemate peeler logs in the past as well. "Our goal is to preserve the spirit of the Homestead" said Haizlip. The full restoration plan as of April 1, 2011 can be downloaded from Patrick Robinson can be reached at pr Life Whatever it takesl And then some I i Providing excellent care for over 40 years. 206.935.2480 206.931.1215 4700 SW Admiral Way Joint Commission accredited [ The one WE BUY, SELL I to see: ] TRADE USED RECORDS, CDS 6, DVDS Dave Newman OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Insurance Agency Inc. 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