This tip just in — the Maharaja is shutting down on East Pike:
Bartender friend there just called me. Landlord is raising the rent too high on the 1st. Kitchen open till 5, then that’s it.
Thanks to tipster A Sad Fuck for that. Quick call to Maharaja confirms. We’re told they plan to re-open in the New Year. In Pioneer Square. Surely, karmic justice for the Hill’s acquisition of Elliott Bay Book Co.
Meanwhile, on Broadway, we feared some sort of Hill Indian food apocalypse when we saw a listing with the state liquor board saying New India Express had discontinued its liquor license. But no worries, NIE tells us — they’re not going anywhere and they still are serving wine and beer. They transitioned the license recently and the discontinuance is related to the old license, not the new one.