Unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye to a mainstay of the Seattle Food Truck. After 13 years serving hugely popular burgers, poutines, chicken sandwiches and other deliciously greasy snacks from an old Airstream trailer, Skillet is shutting down the food truck and catering aspects of the business. All is not lost for skillet fans, however: Downtown Capitol Hill restaurants and Sea-Tac Airport will remain open, and the armory counter is only temporarily closed.
“Despite our best efforts, Skillet Catering was unable to survive the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the official website said. “We just couldn’t survive the situation without a clear schedule for reopening our operations to cater to large groups. Skillet was born on the streets of Seattle. With this closure, we lose a bit of our living history. And a little bit of our heart and soul. It is really a sad day for us. “
Chef Josh Henderson launched Skillet in 2007 after buying an Airstream for $ 5,000 in 1962, and the operation was recognized by many as one of the first pioneers of the city’s food truck scene before the tech boom hit the city Downtown and South Lake Union. Known for its plump burgers and other specialties like house belly and waffles, the mobile street food company gained a following (and published a cookbook) and developed into a small chain of upscale diners. Henderson sold the company in 2013 but has had a permanent presence in Seattle ever since.
Both the Skillet Diner on Capitol Hill and the Regrade location on Sixth Avenue are open for dining, takeaway and delivery. The Sea-Tac airport site will reopen on Friday while the armory counter will have to wait for Seattle to enter phase three of the state’s Safe Start reopening plan as it is located in a government building.