Coming to Ballard Ave: An Italian Restaurant with a Past

May 05, 2015 546

To walk down Ballard Ave is to notice that funny old green house. It looks like a home where Laura Ingalls Wilder and family might have hunkered down for a long prairie winter, dropped improbably in a tight-shouldered row of brick and stone storefronts otherwise pulsing with bars and boutiques.

The structure is actually two houses fitted together in a T shape (known as the Pioneer Houses). They might actually be Seattle's oldest intact residential properties...and they're about to get new life as an Italian restaurant. The name is forthcoming, but a major restoration of these humble shotgun shacks is already under way.

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