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Capitol Hill food+drink | Pop-up Little Uncle finds permanent E Madison home, Ayutthaya makeover

Posting this week’s notes in bits and chunks. You’ll see the bullets growing in number through through the morning. Got a tip? chs@capitolhillseattle.com

  • Little Uncle has been making a (new) name for itself with standout Thai served up in a nomadic wander between the Columbia City farmers market and a weekly pop-up event now hosted at Capitol Hill’s La Bete. Every Monday night, by the way, so you could visit tonight. Now the husband and wife team behind the project have announced they’ll have a new center for their efforts in the space left behind by the shuttering late last month of walk-up banh mi purveyor Baguette. Here are the details from Poncharee Kounpungchart and Wiley Frank posted to the Little Uncle website:

Little Uncle (formerly “Shophouse”) is a nomadic celebration of roots Thai food found at catering events, pop-up restaurants and farmer’s markets. Little Uncle was founded by chefs PK and Wiley Frank who have found inspiration by the family run restaurants of Thailand where traditions have survived the test of time. 


The big news currently is that Little Uncle is opening a take-out shop at 1509 East Madison. We hope to open the first few weeks of December. Stay tuned to hear about menus, hours, numbers, ordering online/texting/phone and all that good stuff.

In the meantime, Little Uncle is continuing its Monday night “pop-up” dinners at La Bete restaurant located at 1802 Bellevue Avenue on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Our menus change frequently and we post the Monday menus the Friday before on facebook and this website. There are no reservations and it is first come, first serve. Come in and join the party. 

The blocks between 12th and 15th will be blessed — for at least a short time — with two popular Thai walk-ups. Thai Curry Simple opened in a former coffee shack last fall at 12th and Madison. It will need to make way for a new mixed-use development set to take over the lot once demolition of the Undrearms Apartments is complete. Development will also likely impact Little Uncle’s prospects as construction of the Bullitt Center  at 15th and Madison ramps up. But, unlike Thai Curry Simple which will have to move, Little Uncle is about to get an amazing new neighbor with likely to be hungry office workers.

  • Speaking of new things Thai, we’re told E Pike mainstay Ayutthaya is undergoing a transformation to bring it up to the new pace of the Capitol Hill food+drink economy. The restaurant is doing a remodel inside — you might have seen new tables and chairs delivered last week — and removing the old-school booths. In the next few weeks, plans are to open a full service bar. Anybody still mourning the demise of the Maharaja might find the new unpretentious watering hole option to their liking.
  • And speaking of those new tables and chairs, we heard a few tips about the new furniture and speculation it might have something to do with what comes next for the The Rosebud space. It didn’t. But we’ll have some news about that shortly.
  • “The Unicorn on Capitol Hill is the center of the deep-frying universe…
  • This baker wants to borrow space to pop-up somewhere on Capitol Hill:
  • I am trying to find a small cafe/coffee shop/restaurant that isn’t open 7 days a week and/or only during the day that would be willing to let me use the space to sell already prepared food from. Would you like to make some money, from your space, when your busines isn’t even open? That’s what I’m offering. I own a small bakery and I would like to get my product in other parts of the city. I know there are many small cafes/coffe shops that are only open during the day and not 7 days a week. I would like to use your space during off hours like a pop-up restaurant only I don’t need your kitchen. I don’t even need your seating area. I just want to sell my food, to-go from your location. You win (I pay you to use your space) and I win. Terms are negotiable. The areas I am most interested in are the Pike/Pine corridor of Capitol Hill, the U-District, Ballard and Wallingford. If interested in making some money by doing nothing, contact me.

  • Dinette is trying out the whole Mexican pop-up thing with a Sunday dinner planned for November 20th:

Sunday Supper!

You’re invited to the next Sunday supper at Dinette! Its scheduled for November 20th at 6pm. We will be creating a festive, Mexican-inspired meal featuring Coloradito (red mole), a tradition of Oaxaca. We have space for the first 36 people who respond, so make your reservation soon by replying to this email as seats will go fast! $40. Per Guest for dinner(Not including tax, beverage or gratuity)

There will be a full bar available with beer, wine, sangria & margaritas!

Sitka & Spruce hosts The Suadero pop-up every Monday.

  • Pop-up. Pop-up. Pop-up. Maybe Zephyr Paquette is on to something.
  • The next wave of coming-soons: Paquette’s Skelly and the BeanRegent Cafe and Bakery Capitol Hill,  Montana, Restaurant Zoe, Lucky 8Five Fish Bistro, the Social, and Q Capitol Hill. What did I forget?
  • CHS advertiser Big Mario’s owner Dave Meinert vs. big banks.
  • We looked at where Capitol Hill will get its booze in a post-1183 world here. Seattle Times also took a good look at what comes next and found some interesting problems in the between time for craft distilleries like Oola:

“We’re stuck, and that aspect of our business is shut down,” said Brandon Gillespie, Oola’s managing director. “We can sell to consumers here [at the distillery], but how are we going to get product to cocktail bars, restaurants and retail establishments if the liquor control board is not going to be available to purchase that product?”

  • Maybe you can help Oola out by purchasing a great deal of their product at Poquitos’ new weekly local distillery nights:

Just wanted to let you know that Oola Distillery will be at Poquitos tonight ( Monday, 11/14) for the Local Distillery night. Kirby Kallas-Lewis, the owner and distiller, and Brandon Gillespie, the managing director, will be  hanging out and ready to answer questions for a few hours beginning at 9pm. 

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One thought on “Capitol Hill food+drink | Pop-up Little Uncle finds permanent E Madison home, Ayutthaya makeover

  1. Little Uncle’s food is DEEE-lish. I will miss Baguette but can’t wait to pick up those little catfish cakes on the way home for dinner any night of the week!