Adieu, Boat Avenue Kitchen famed eatery to near in November following 15 several years

Laveta Brigham

The Emerald City’s as soon as booming foods scene has been devastated by about 60 cafe closures considering that the commencing of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. And now, another acclaimed eatery with a prolonged history in the town is expressing adieu. The Boat Street Kitchen & Bistro in Belltown […]

The Emerald City’s as soon as booming foods scene has been devastated by about 60 cafe closures considering that the commencing of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. And now, another acclaimed eatery with a prolonged history in the town is expressing adieu. The Boat Street Kitchen & Bistro in Belltown will completely shut on Nov. 15 right after 15 a long time in Seattle.

“This was not a thoughtless or hasty final decision for our crew to make and it pains us deeply to near the spot that we have regarded our home for so very long,” wrote the Boat Road Kitchen area homeowners and team in a farewell assertion on Thursday.

Recognized for it is rustic French fare and cozy ambiance, the cafe charmed diners with dishes like wine braised limited ribs, chicken liver pate and amaretto bread pudding. The restaurant also introduced the occupation of one particular of the Emerald City’s most lauded cooks: James Beard Award-winner Renee Erickson.

Boat Avenue received its get started as a cafe in the College District owned by chef Susan Kaplan. When acquiring her degree at the College of Washington, Erickson began as an apprentice for Kaplan and inevitably turned a co-owner in 1998.

Boat Street Kitchen landed on Western Ave. in 2005 as a counterpart to the cafe that also served brunch. But in 2015, Erickson closed the cafe, her to start with restaurant in the town, to concentration on her other jobs.


Around the several years, the kitchen area made available cooking classes and even an immersive cooking software in France, which is nevertheless planned for 2021.

Like several other dining places in the Emerald Town, Boat Avenue struggled to continue to be afloat amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant shifted to giving to-go meals and cocktail kits and a short while ago started seating diners indoors and on their patio.

But with the wintertime ahead and no signals of the virus permitting up, the homeowners said the activities of 2020 “compelled their hand” and manufactured the painful selection to shut the restaurant.

“We are hoping this following month will be a celebration of all the life that have handed via our doorways, all the functions we have been blessed to be part of, and all the crave-worthy foods,” wrote the entrepreneurs. “We hope you will arrive in to increase a glass (and a fork) with us one particular last time.”

Erickson’s other famed restaurants, together with The Whale Wins, Bateau, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Westward, Willmott’s Ghost, Bistro Shirlee and Normal Porpoise cafes are even now open. Capitol Hill’s Bar Melusine, Ballard’s Barnacle and Deep Dive at the Amazon Spheres continue being quickly closed through this period.

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