Wednesday, January 12, 2011
One of my favorite restaurants in Beaumont, Chaba Thai Cuisine, is expanding. Not only is it opening a new location, the new location is about two minutes from my house and will have a full bar. Here's the whole article from the Beaumont Enterprise:
Second Chaba Thai location boasts full bar
IN THE WORKS
By Beth Rankin
BaRankin@BeaumontEnterprise.com (409) 880-0787
Apparently Beaumont just can’t get enough Pad Kee Mao.
For the last three years, Chaba Thai Cuisine has been serving 30 to 40 patrons at a time from its modest location on East Lucas.
But owners were tired of helplessly watching as impatient lunch customers left because of limited seating and an ever-growing line out the door.
So in early February, owners will open a second Chaba Thai Cuisine location at 6434 Phelan in the former East Dragon Asian Buffet.
“Right now we know that some people, when they come to eat at a busy time, some people cannot get in because there are no spaces for parking,” said Thanitsara Trongjittham, one of the restaurant’s owners.
“Sometimes it’s too packed for them, especially because they have a short time for lunch.”
The new location can seat about 130 people and will have an expanded menu, Trongjittham said.
“We still have some of the same items that we have in the old location, but we also put a lot of new dishes in it so people will see a lot of new Thai dishes that they can come try,” she said.
Adult patrons will be particularly excited about one big addition at the Phelan location: A full bar.
The Lucas location doesn’t serve alcohol.
“We’re gonna make some special decorations, kind of like modern Asian,” Trongjittham said. “Try to make it the place that people in Beaumont can come in and hang out with family and friends.”
Trongjittham said owners will continue to operate both locations, which are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Crews now are remodeling the former buffet and building the bar.
Owners are optimistic about the early February opening date.
“I just want people in Beaumont and the area to come try it out — our new restaurant, new atmosphere and new food,” Trongjittham said.
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