Chai's Thai won't reopen as planned
Chai's Thai has served its last dish
Photo courtesy Chai's Thai
What he had hoped to be an interim closing has sadly proven permanent for Chai's Thai owner George Zheng. He spoke with the Hot Dish about his decision not to reopen the once-beloved West Bank restaurant.
After taking over the restaurant location from the original owner, Zheng ran the restaurant under the Chai's Thai moniker before introducing a new concept he called, "Southeast Asian Kitchen." "That was always meant to be just a pop-up," he explained. That restaurant closed and became home to Malabari Kitchen. Still, the Chai's Thai website was maintained and promised that it would return in the second half of 2013.
We asked him if he had anything further to share with his friends and fans, and he said, "I want to thank them for all their love and support over the years, and for choosing to make Chai's Thai Restaurant their home away from home."
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post did not accurately convey that Chai's Thai had already closed, but with the promise of reopening in 2013. The post has been updated to reflect that fact.
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