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With the opening earlier this year of Tum Pok Pok, Buford Highway finally gets what it deserves: a superior Thai place that doesn’t pander to Western palates.
Opening August 26, Yao blends Thai, Chinese, and Japanese flavors in small plates designed for sharing.
“Prior to [the] pandemic, we had a different vision for our restaurant,” Savang says. “With this happening a month before our opening, we had time to brainstorm a different way to open that’s still true to us, exciting, fun, and delicious.”
Two years ago, chefs Parnass Savang and Rod Lassiter launched Talat Market as a humble pop-up at Gato in Candler Park. Now, they're at work on a 1,700-square-foot, full-service version of the Thai restaurant in Summerhill, which they say will open this summer.
Opulent Thai restaurants are rare in the Western Hemisphere, but Atlanta now has two. Chai Yo, the new Buckhead hotspot from DeeDee Niyomkul, is next-generation Thai, more intimate and less conventional than Nan Thai Fine Dining, the Midtown palace owned by her mother.
When Parnass Savang and Rod Lassiter debuted their Talat Market pop-up at Gato last spring, they had no idea how the city would respond. But the success was near-instant, and now the duo have signed the lease on their first brick-and-mortar restaurant, set to open in 2019.
This fall Thai restaurant Chai Yo, from the family behind Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft and Nan Fine Dining, will take over the former J. Christopher’s space near Himitsu.
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