The Thai Joint is coming back to Adams Avenue. The popular eatery, which opened in 2011 in Normal Heights, served a menu that included Thai samosas, pork shanks in basil sauce, and pumpkin curry. When it was shuttered to make way for Heights Tavern, which is now The Rabbit Hole, owner Pimwara “Patty” Thongchua says she was “heartbroken” by the forced closure, though she went on to launch two other well-received Thai restaurants, the vegetarian and vegan-focused Plumeria on Park Boulevard and Chi Extraordinary Kitchen, which serves a pescatarian-friendly menu on the west end of Adams Avenue.
Thongchua, who also runs Hillcrest’s Asian Bistro, tells Eater that she’s happy to be able to reopen Thai Joint on Adams in the space previously occupied by Tam’s Thailand Food. It will primarily focus on food to-go, as it only holds 14 seats inside and two tables on the outdoor patio. Currently scheduled to open on Thursday, May 17, the restaurant will be managed by Thongchua’s daughter Tara Tamarkin.