Native Texan Erica Barnett's byline shows up in the Stranger food section this week, in a roundup of the best Frito Pies (Fritos, chili, trimmings) we Northwesterners have to offer. In her quest, the City Hall beat reporter dutifully praises Mike's Chili Parlor, which she describes as "a well-known establishment in Ballard that now sits on the literal precipice of yet another Mars Hill megachurch expansion."
Right about the chili. Wrong about the precipice.
The land which Barnett incorrectly claims is going to be filled with more followers is actually soon to be filled with "a 133,593-square-foot mixed-use development on land formerly occupied by a disposal company," per a Seattle Weekly story on the development over a year ago. We even called Ballard Blocks (that's the name of what will fill the precipice) developer Scott Clark to check and see that he hadn't repurposed some of the land for church use. He says he hasn't. Clark's property is still slated to include a Trader Joe's, a huge parking structure, and other accoutrements. He also reminded us, in the words of our story, that Mars Hill has "purchased two dormant industrial buildings, on Northwest 50th Street and 14th Avenue Northwest, for $3.2 million." That land is to the north of Leary Way; the chili parlor and the precipice are to the south.
Much as you'd like to have more square footage of misogynistic sermonizing to rail against, Tex, Jesus ain't what's gonna fill that there precipice. Organic avocados and tomatoes will, both of which'll go great with your Frito Pie.