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Two ways our neighborhood is helping with earthquake relief in Nepal

May 2nd, 2015 by Doree

There are two ways that our neighborhood is helping out with relief in Nepal after the devastating earthquake and landslides.

Thaiku restaurant, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N., is donating 100 percent of its gross sales from 12-5 p.m. this Sunday to Nepal through the Red Cross. The restaurant also will sell locally-made letterpress cards, calendars and artwork by Ilee Papergoods, with all of the proceeds donated as well.

And Greenwood neighbor Sue is collecting needed items to ship overseas.

A local, Sherpa-owned company, Sherpa Adventure Gear (SAG), is sending a palate of humanitarian aid this week and I’m reaching out to local neighbors to see if you have a tent that is collecting dust in your garage, an extra tarp that maybe you bought for a project you didn’t finish, or a water purification set you got for a backpacking trip that has been lying dormant? I am a Greenwood neighbor, and am collecting items for this shipment. SAG regularly ships goods to and from Nepal, and the CEO, Tashi, and his family were actually over there when the quake struck (they are fine…) and they are going to insure that the shipment makes it to the most needy villages. Please consider this request! Obviously time is of the essence to get supplies over there, so I will only be collecting items over this weekend.

If you are interested, you may contact me at sue_u_k@msn.com to coordinate a pick-up or drop off.

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Thaiku restaurant taking over former Gaspare in Phinney Ridge

November 30th, 2012 by Doree

Thai restaurant Thaiku, which closed its Ballard location last December, is taking over the former Gaspare Ristorante & Bar at 6705 Phinney Ave. N. It is planning to open in early 2013.

The press release did not give the exact location, saying that information would be released later, but the Washington State Liquor Control Board shows Thaiku applied for a liquor license application for that site in early November.

“We thank our regular customers of nearly 20 years for their suggestions and continued support on the reincarnation of Thaiku. It has been an overwhelming response with a seemingly endless number of possibilities for new locations,” says Jon Alberts, proprietor and jazz musician. “We’re looking forward to a new beginning in the new year.”

A selection of Thaiku’s favorite dishes will be offered, in addition to a more specific genre of authentic Thai cuisine based on original family recipes. The bar will offer the herb-infused cocktails from Fu Kun Wu, Thaiku’s former resident bar, along with new Thai-inspired libations.

General manager Unchalee “O” Ayucharoen says, “Our family of staff continues the commitment to the authentic culinary and cultural traditions of Thailand while our restaurant evolves. We are humbled to offer this unique culinary experience to our loyal customers and new friends in our new home.”

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