The Emerald Metropolis’s as soon as booming meals scene has been devastated by over 60 restaurant closures for the reason that starting of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. And now, one other acclaimed eatery with an extended historical past within the metropolis is saying adieu. The Boat Avenue Kitchen & Bistro in Belltown will completely shut on Nov. 15 after 15 years in Seattle.
“This was not a inconsiderate or hasty choice for our crew to make and it pains us deeply to shut the place that we’ve thought of our house for therefore lengthy,” wrote the Boat Avenue Kitchen house owners and crew in a farewell statement on Thursday.
Recognized for it is rustic French fare and comfortable ambiance, the restaurant charmed diners with dishes like wine braised brief ribs, hen liver pate and amaretto bread pudding. The restaurant additionally launched the profession of one of many Emerald Metropolis’s most lauded cooks: James Beard Award-winner Renee Erickson.
Boat Avenue obtained its begin as a restaurant within the College District owned by chef Susan Kaplan. Whereas getting her diploma on the College of Washington, Erickson started as an apprentice for Kaplan and finally grew to become a co-owner in 1998.
Boat Avenue Kitchen landed on Western Ave. in 2005 as a counterpart to the cafe that additionally served brunch. However in 2015, Erickson closed the cafe, her first restaurant within the metropolis, to concentrate on her different tasks.
Through the years, the kitchen provided cooking lessons and even an immersive cooking program in France, which continues to be deliberate for 2021.
Like many different eating places within the Emerald Metropolis, Boat Avenue struggled to remain afloat amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant shifted to providing to-go meals and cocktail kits and lately started seating diners indoors and on their patio.
However with the winter forward and no indicators of the virus letting up, the house owners mentioned the occasions of 2020 “compelled their hand” and made the painful choice to shut the restaurant.
“We hope this subsequent month can be a celebration of all of the lives which have handed by our doorways, all of the occasions we have been blessed to be a part of, and all of the crave-worthy meals,” wrote the house owners. “We hope you’ll are available to boost a glass (and a fork) with us one final time.”
Erickson’s different famed eating places, together with The Whale Wins, Bateau, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Westward, Willmott’s Ghost, Bistro Shirlee and Basic Porpoise cafes are nonetheless open. Capitol Hill’s Bar Melusine, Ballard’s Barnacle and Deep Dive on the Amazon Spheres stay briefly closed throughout this era.