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Renee Erickson's Boat Street Cafe to Shutter in May; Shanik Closing in March

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Suzi Pratt

SOUTH LAKE UNIONSouth Lake Union's Shanik is set to close March 21. Meeru Dhalwala opened the Indian restaurant in 2012 with much fanfare following 20 years at her husband's namesake restaurant, Vij's, in Vancouver, which Dhalwala co-owns. Shanik hoped to ride the wild success of Vij's, but it seems ultimately it could not.

INTERBAY — In more head-hanging restaurant news this week, Renee Erickson has announced she will be closing the doors to Boat Street Cafe on May 30. The beloved rustic Provençal-Pacific Northwest restaurant has made its home in a cozy courtyard, tucked under office buildings on Western Avenue, since it was relocated in 2003, five years after Chef Erickson acquired it. Boat Street Kitchen, the neighboring brunch and catering company run by original owner Susan Kaplan, will remain open.

PIONEER SQUARE Pioneer Square is losing its best Asian restaurant, as Little Uncle served its last Pad Thai on Wednesday. Their Madison window location, which shut down in January, reopens Thursday.