Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Gastropocalypse Now

Boat Street Cafe, Shanik, and Jason Stratton are all on the way out. What more can you take from us, universe?

By Caroline Ferguson February 27, 2015

Bye-bye, beautiful. Photo via Boat Street Cafe.


Cloudburst Brewing
Elysian Fields lead brewer Steve Luke will be departing the company to open his own brewery in the space previously filled by Elliott Bay Bicycles. Read up on the details of the move (which, by the way, predates Anheuser-Busch’s acquisition of the craft brewery) on yesterday’s Nosh Pit post.

Luchador Taco Co.
Full Tilt Ice Cream’s Justin Cline is branching out with a vegan taco truck, with options like Field Roast chorizo tortas and portobello mushroom tacos al pastor. No word yet on prospective locations for the truck, which could be open as early as March.

The Southern fast-food chain—as maligned for its CEO’s political stances as it is adored for its fried chicken sandwiches—is ready to open the first of three planned Chick-fil-A locations around Puget Sound, writes Bethany Jean Clement of The Seattle Times. The first will be coming to Bellevue on March 26.

Pecos Pit West Seattle
SoDo’s beloved barbecue joint will be opening a West Seattle location in the former Beni Hoshi Teriyaki space on 35th and Fauntleroy, according to the West Seattle Blog. They’re still in the renovation stage, and plan to add a patio and reserved parking. No word on an official open date yet.


Say it isn’t so. Meeru Dhalwala, chef and creative force behind her husband Vikram Vij’s eponymous Vancouver eatery, will be closing her Indian restaurant in South Lake Union on March 21. In a neighborhood where everyone is looking to grab a casual drink after work, the upscale Shanik just wasn’t able to sustain enough weeknight customers. Dhalwala has hinted that she has future ventures up her sleeve.

Boat Street Cafe
Another big-deal closure: Renee Erickson will be closing her intimate first restaurant on May 30 after 17 years at the helm. Taking over for owner Susan Kaplan at the age of 25 launched Erickson’s culinary empire, which now includes an oyster bar, a small-plates spot, a gorgeous cookbook, and two forthcoming Capitol Hill restaurants. Kaplan's neighboring Boat Street Kitchen is still going strong with lunch, brunch, catering, and now some dinners in the mix.

Little Uncle
Husband-and-wife team Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart “PK” closed their underground Thai restaurant after one final lunch service on Wednesday. Business was great, but the two decided that their business goals would be better suited by a smaller location. They’ll be hunting for a new space, and meanwhile, their Madison Street stand reopened and is going strong.


This Mill Creek "dessert lounge" will be opening a new location in downtown Everett, according to a Facebook post. They've signed a lease and are expected to open this spring.


Jason Stratton
Whoa. Newly James Beard–longlisted chef Jason Stratton—he of the wildly popular Spinasse, Artusi, and Vespolina—confirmed on Saturday that he would be leaving all three of his restaurants, effective immediately. A good deal of mystery surrounds the departure, but he did confirm to our own Allecia Vermillion that he’d be heading to Spain to live with his longtime partner. Check out our Nosh Pit post for more details on the surprising announcement. 


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