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The 5 Spot to Secede from City of Seattle and Some Lucky Sucker Wins a Trip to Key West

SEATTLE, April 23, 2008 — The 5 Spot, soon to be known as "The Coffee Pot Republic," will declare its independence from Seattle at 8:30pm on Wednesday, April 23rd. Upset over the carpetbagger ownership of the Sonics and the team's pending move from the city, Co-owner Peter Levy and General Manager Dave Kearns decided that the restaurant will, on April 23rd, secede from Seattle. The two drew inspiration for this move when researching the upcoming Key West menu at the 5 Spot.

This April 23rd marks the 26th anniversary of the secession of the Florida Keys from the United States. In 1982, angered over a roadblock set up by the Border Patrol on Highway 1, Key West Mayor Dennis Wardlow unsuccessfully sought an injunction in federal court. Rejected, the next day he declared the secession of "The Conch Republic," breaking a stale loaf of Cuban bread over a man dressed in a U.S. Navy uniform. After one minute of rebellion, the now Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered and demanded $1 billion in foreign aid and war relief to rebuild his nation.

True to the spirit of independence, the 5 Spot plans to demand that Seattle and the NBA require the "Oklahoma Dust Bowl Buddies" to sell the beloved Sonics back to local ownership and that the group fund an appropriate play palace for the team. In keeping with the Key West tradition, on Wednesday night at the 5 Spot, there will be a ceremonial bopping on the head of likenesses of the miscreants that have all but sent our team packing.

The eve of Wednesday, April 23rd will be a big night at the 5 Spot, as they roll out the new Key West menu with such treats as Brown Bag Bollos and Mojo de Asada Skirt Steak. The bar will be pouring $1 mojito "independence shooters" while celebrating the 26th anniversary of the independence of the Conch Republic, and, of course, declaring the 5 Spot's Coffee Pot Republic own secession from the City of Seattle.

All diners in the restaurant between 5-9pm on Wednesday the 23rd will also be able to participate in a "Florida Trivia Contest." Those contestants that get all of the right answers on the quiz will be entered into a drawing for one round-trip ticket to Key West (or Oklahoma City if they wish) with some pre-conditions set by the 5 Spot. All this will be capped off at 9pm when the "ceremonial bopping" will occur, the winner of the contest will be announced and the 5 Spot's independence will be declared.

The 5 Spot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with food and drinks available until midnight. The 5 Spot is located at 1502 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206.285.SPOT. The 5 Spot is one of 6 CHOW Foods restaurants, Seattle's Neighborhood restaurants. See for more information.


Naomi Bishop
(206) 322-3421 or Email

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