Shaw favorite Beau Thai announced today that it has plans for a second location in Mount Pleasant, slated to take over the Mount Pleasant Interim Library space later this year. Co-owner Ralph Brabham explains via press release that Beau Thai picked Mount Pleasant for its expansion having just fallen in love with the neighborhood and "its feeling of community, its sense of place, its diversity, its vibrancy, and its history."
The new location will share a menu with the original, including its Thai Sunday Brunch. The walls will also be adorned with "large scale photographs of the Vigsittaboot family" whose recipes make up the menu, but apparently the space is going to be about three times the size of the original. Here's the full release.
Beau Thai to Open in Vibrant Mount Pleasant
Beloved Shaw neighborhood eatery Beau Thai will open a second location in the historic Mount Pleasant Neighborhood in late 2012
(Washington, DC) Today, Beau Thai announced that it would open a location in the heart of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood’s commercial district in late 2012. The restaurant will be located at 3162 Mount Pleasant St., NW, a building that has housed the Mount Pleasant Interim Library since 2010. The Thai eatery will complement the area’s existing offerings and bring another high-quality sit-down dining option to Mount Pleasant Street.
In selecting a location for a second restaurant, Beau Thai zeroed in on the Mount Pleasant neighborhood early on. Proprietor Ralph Brabham recalls, “We absolutely fell in love with Mount Pleasant. We loved its feeling of community, its sense of place, its diversity, its vibrancy, and its history. We are a community-oriented business, and we look forward to becoming a part of Mount Pleasant's vibrant and growing food scene, just as we have in Shaw.”
Foundry Architects is overseeing the design and buildout of the space, which is nearly triple the size of the original Beau Thai. Foundry principal Will Couch says of the plans, “It’s going to be very cool and functional, engaging patrons and passersby alike with interesting finishes and unique lighting. It will both echo the feel of the Shaw location and also have its own personality and soul. Like the original, Beau Thai Mount Pleasant will feature large scale photographs of the Vigsittaboot family, from whom its recipes originate.”
Beau Thai Mount Pleasant will serve the same fresh, authentic Thai cuisine that has earned the Shaw eatery many accolades since its opening in August 2010. It will be open for lunch and dinner and will offer dine in, delivery, and takeaway. Additionally, the restaurant will offer the unique Thai Sunday Brunch that Beau Thai conceived earlier this year. An expansive bar will feature a craft cocktail, beer and wine list, as well as draught beers.