Little Uncle Is Closing Its Pioneer Square Location

But it's not necessarily bad news.

By Allecia Vermillion February 23, 2015

Hello, crispy rice salad with house sausage. I will miss your proximity to the office. Photo via Little Uncle's Facebook page.

Chefs Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart (PK to most who know her) brought their stellar Thai food operation down to Pioneer Square in the early days of the neighborhood's renaissance. Now the Franks say Little Uncle's final lunch service in its subterranean home will be this Wednesday, February 25.

Wait, WHAT?!? PK is quick to clarify that the news is not necessarily bad. Business in Pioneer Square is great, in fact. But the couple has decided the cavernish location doesn't suit them.

"We are better in a smaller space," says PK. "Less is sometimes more."

Thankfully Little Uncle's sliver-size original takeout location up at 1509 East Madison will remain open, and the menu will evolve. Meanwhile the Franks will focus on growing their catering business and line of excellent Peek's Pantry products (more bun jam is never a bad thing) as they hunt for a new space. They promised via email, "We do have some intriguing leads."

From its inception as a farmers market stall and a Monday-night popup, then going brick-and-mortar, but only for lunch (with a name change in between), Little Uncle has charted its own business plan, rejecting convention at nearly every turn to suit its owners' personal and professional goals. Theirs is a very Seattle story, and I'm eager to see what comes next.




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