The new, bigger Little Uncle (formerly known as Big Uncle) is officially opening today at 5 p.m., just steps away from its counterpart Little Uncle takeout window, the popular Thai walk-up counter on Capitol Hill's Madison Street. The new restaurant will offer sit-down service on the lower level of the "Mad Flats" micro-apartments.
The new Little Uncle itself is something of a micro-restaurant, covering just 760 square feet. It'll serve lunchtime noodle dishes like phad thai, khao soi, pork noodles, and beef noodles. At dinner, the menu will add shareable plates to its noodle menu, plus beer, wine, and cocktails.
The Little Uncle takeout window, which closed earlier this week so the team could focus their energies toward finishing the new space, will stay closed a few more weeks before reopening with its anticipated focus on serving strictly rice dishes like khao mun gai, along with a rotating selection of curries, sautees, and salads.
This is the second time proprietors Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart have operated a traditional sit-down restaurant; they closed their Little Uncle outpost in Pioneer a little more than a year ago.
UPDATED, 3/4/16: Here are Little Uncle's opening menu and hours:
1523 East Madison St. #101, (206) 329-1503, website. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.