Patrick Abe has owned and run Seventh Avenue Service at 7th & Jackson in Seattle’s International District for 20+ years (could be 30+ years … not sure). SAS is one of my all-time favorite places in Seattle. Pat, his son David and the other 7th Ave mechanics have worked on my vehicles for about 15 years. My brother Greg recently bought an ’84 GMC S-15 pickup from Pat. Pat had given the truck to his nephew who neglected to change the oil. The truck’s exterior is pretty beat up but has a new engine that Pat and David installed before selling it to the Spils brothers. David sold me the tires off his wrecked Cadillac a couple years later as the truck tires were wearing out. He didn’t tell his dad — but he threw in a set of used rims that had been sitting in the back of the shop for a while.
They’ve never updated the garage structure so you’re likely to dismiss it as a deserted, rusted shack if you drive by. Pat will offer you a donut from the brown cardboard box that I imagine he picks up every morning on his way to work. But the best parts about SAS are the customers (lots of older people who won’t trust anyone else with their car repairs) and the folks who work there. Pat scratches on a piece of paper what needs repair, puts it under your car’s windshield wiper and calls you later in the day telling you “Hey Spill, your truck is ready … come pick it up!”. He tells me that he lives in West Seattle now but grew up in Seattle’s International District when it was actually a neighborhood with houses and family residents. His family owned the market across the street and at some point he purchased the garage where SAS now resides.
You can stop by early (Pat’s there at 7:30am) — it’s better than calling first as he may tell he’s too busy, but he’ll always make time if you show up at the garage with your car.
Seventh Avenue Service
701 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104