Crow co-owner Jesse Thomas has done the math. At eight pans of lasagna a week — and 52 weeks in a year — the popular Lower Queen Anne bistro has served up more than 6,000 pans of baked goodness over its 15 years in business.

And while Crow is departing, the lasagna will find a place on the menu at its sister restaurant Betty, up on Queen Anne Avenue North. Saving the prosciutto-wrapped chicken dish may require a petition campaign, joked fellow Crow co-owner Philip Van Seters.

“It’s nice to finish strong,” Thomas said. “It’s nice to end on our terms.”

Crow opened on a 15-year lease in an old photography studio in an industrial building on the corner of Fifth Avenue North and Aloha Street on Aug. 18, 2004. Its last day will be Saturday, June 22, but Thomas and Van Seters are encouraging their regulars to say their goodbyes sooner than later, as they’re already getting booked up.

“I know people who are flying in for it and former staff people,” Van Seters said.

The building will soon be sold for redevelopment. While there was an option for a five-year lease extension, Van Seters was ready for a change, and Thomas is focusing on his latest venture as a new parent. He’s admittedly more cautious at 44 than he was when he opened Crow.

“The thought that this wouldn’t work out never crossed my 28-year-old brain,” he said.

Thomas started Crow with Craig Serbousek, who previously owned the Stumbling Goat Bistro. The two had worked at The Ruins in Seattle, as did Van Seters. Thomas recalls having just finished graduate school.

“It was time to get a real job for the first time in my life,” he said, “and I didn’t want to do that.”

Thomas talked Serbousek out of plans to move back to Iowa and into opening a restaurant with him by the 18th hole of a golf game.

“We were just nothing to lose, you know? And we had similar ideas about food,” Thomas said. “We’re about less is more. We don’t like fussy food with too many ingredients.”

Thomas had an economics degree and masters in urban planning, and Serbousek had a degree in business. They put together a plan and took it to Banner Bank for a small business loan, and Thomas got a land-use change for the property. He put plans down for the space at his drafting table.

They needed to take out cinderblocks and put in new windows. Thomas got acquainted with a jackhammer, digging plumbing trenches. Artists Elizabeth Shula and Shawn Ferris painted the interior.

“It was pretty much gangbusters from the start,” said Van Seters, who was invited to join Thomas and Serbousek as a part owner in 2009, after several years managing the floor and serving/bartending. “I earned it, for sure.”

Crow’s proximity to Seattle Center and its myriad concerts and performances made it a popular spot for pre-show dining, particularly in the early days, when there were few options.

“Everybody sits down and wants their food, and they have to be out on time to catch their show,” Thomas said.

“We do really well,” Van Seters said. “It’s amazing what this kitchen is able to put out. It’s like the pre-show.”

Thomas and Van Seters agree their longtime staff has been critical to Crow’s success, and it was important to sit them down and work on an exit strategy that worked for them.

“We’re all friends here,” Thomas said. “We’re going to be in each other’s lives no matter what we decide to do.”

Betty opened in May 2007, and plans are to keep it running. Had its lease run out first, things could have gone the other way, Thomas said.

He plans to be more involved in Betty after Crow closes on June 22.

“I’m looking forward to just having one restaurant and just doing that,” he said, “and going back to my roots in the kitchen.”