Aloy Thai Cuisine wants to give its chefs some room for improvement.
The Boulder-based Thai restaurant chain plans to open a third location in Colorado at 211 E. 7th Ave. at Cap Hill.
The Aloy Thai Eatery will be smaller and offer a quick and relaxed model, with a limited menu of Aloy Thai Cuisine’s most popular dishes, such as drunk noodles and pad thai.
“My sister, mom and I want to focus on expanding this concept,” said co-owner Mui Fisher. “Customer behavior has changed after COVID and most likely will remain so. We’re noticing a lot more take-out and fewer meals.
Fisher opened the first restaurant, Aloy Thai Cuisine – which serves traditional Thai dishes – at 2720 Canyon Blvd. in Boulder in 2006 with his mother Kim Sorawee Nakapadungsok and sister Arisa Bode. They then opened Aloy Modern Thai, which serves more modern Thai food, at 2134 Larimer St. in RiNo in 2016.
The Cap Hill space was previously home to Daikon, a Vietnamese-style sandwich shop, which operated for two years before closing in February 2020.
The family signed a five-year lease for the 1,266 square foot space this month and hope to open in May or June of next year. Mark Valente of Sanborn and Co. negotiated the deal.
The space is designed by Studio K2 Architecture and has approximately 20 seats, compared to Aloy Modern Thai’s 100-seat dining room. It will mainly be used for take out and delivery orders.
Chef Orathai Sikhumlek, who worked at Aloy Thai Cuisine in Boulder for 10 years, will co-own the new location.
“This concept has been going through my mind for a while because we want our associates to be co-owners and grow with us,” said Fisher. “This is a pilot project and, if it works, we have a few Thai chefs who want to move their future and their families here. We want to give them this opportunity.