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Cornerspotter: Food Shoppes and Potholes in 1957

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Written by Sarah Anne Lloyd

Cornerspotter is the Curbed Seattle feature in which we show you a historical photo taken somewhere in the city and you identify the location. Impress fellow Curbed readers with your knowledge by leaving guesses in the comments or send them to our tipline: seattle@curbed.com. We'll post the answer on Friday. And hey: no cheating!


Image: Seattle Municipal Archives

Behind this soon-to-be ex-pothole stands a 1907 building, which now is made up to look even more old-timey than it actually is. Only one of the three visible storefronts was occupied when this photo was taken in 1957, but now just one local watering hole occupies that entire bottom level. (If you've been to the establishment's website recently, you may already know this photo's location.)

Not quite getting it? Said watering hole has been serving the neighborhood since the late '70s, but went under new management last year. The result is, for better or for worse, much tidier than the regulars were used to.