Pioneer Square is losing its best Asian restaurant, as Little Uncle just announced it will be shuttering this Wednesday. In a press release, proprietors Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart told fans their reasoning for the big move out.
"Two years ago, we fit the Pioneer Square location into our business and it worked well enough. We had a huge space that allowed us to have a more substantial menu and we could host parties," they wrote of the basement space on Yesler where they delighted so many customers.
They've also developed a line of sauces and such called Peeks Pantry, and hope to expand it going forward. Wiley and PK also hope to spend time with their two kids, whom they just took to Thailand for three weeks.
"We realized that bigger is not better. We have come to the conclusion that the Pioneer Square location ultimately does not fit into the goals of our professional life and personal life. Passing the Pioneer Square location on will give us the opportunity to refocus and find a better way to build Little Uncle," they continued.
PK tells Eater they're "doing what Seinfeld did, going out on a high note." But all jokes aside, "We are sad for our downtown people. They have been great for us. It was a hard decision but it's a good thing for us to be true to ourselves."
Their Madison window location, which shut down in January, reopens Thursday. Expanded hours aren't currently on the horizon, but PK tells us to "stay tuned."