According to their web site:
The story of Pam’s Kitchen starts over 20 years ago, when the owner and chef Pam Jacobs was still living in her native country of Trinidad. She had a small establishment there, called ‘Pam’s Snack Shack’, but she always dreamed of coming to the Pacific Northwest to open a full restaurant.
When Pam moved to Seattle around 1994, she realized her dream, slowly but surely. While paying the bills with her housekeeping work, Jacobs began doing some catering for her housecleaning clients and their friends. They loved her roti! So, she decided to take her cooking to the next level, with a booth at a street fair in the University District. They had a huge line of waiting customers!
One thing led to another, and in 2006, Pam Jacobs opened her first Pam’s Kitchen in the University District near the University Heights Center on University Way.
Everybody needed an education on what Trinidadian food was, how to eat roti, and so on, so Pam and her family had a lot of work to do! Our team was happy to transform our restaurant into the cozy place it is today, bringing our vibe and spirit to the neighborhood. […]
Unfortunately, in early 2014 Pam’s Kitchen in the University District will have to close due to the impending demolition of our building. Not to worry, we will find a new home for Pam’s Kitchen as soon as we can!
Sounds like they found that new location, and it’s 45th Street in Wallingford. No word yet on when it’s scheduled to open, but the reviews of their existing location on Yelp are solid, and they earned a visit from the Food Channel’s Guy Fieri.
Update: Just spoke with Pam. She says they will be opening last weekend in February or early March. She will be cooking there (her Eastlake store is lunch only). She says it will “not be a stuck up restaurant. You gonna feel like you’re in my kitchen,” and is hoping to have live, Caribbean / steel drum music once a month.
It will be open for dinner initially, and then they’ll move into lunch over the following weeks. They’ll still have the bar and remain open until 11 pm in the evenings.
(Thanks for the tip, Raven and db)