Loyal Baan Thai customers who are pining for khao soi bowls, tapioca dumplings, chile-laced mushroom salads, and other Northern Thai specialties that are no longer available in Logan Circle won’t have to wait too long to reacquaint themselves with their favorites.
The partners behind the recently closed restaurant announced last night that they’re opening a new place, Baan Siam, in Mt. Vernon Triangle this spring. Baan Thai closed in conjunction with an expiring lease on 14th Street NW at the end of 2019.
Washington City Paper reported yesterday that chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong is a partner in the business with Baan Thai owner Tom Healy and general manager Vena Doungchan. Baan Siam will take over the former Alba Osteria space at 425 Eye Street NW.
According to an announcement, the new kitchen gives Poksupthong, affectionately known as chef “P’Boom,” an additional 1,000 square feet of room, a wood-burning pizza oven, and a wok station to play with. She plans to introduce more regional specialties from across Thailand at the 150-seat space. Healy will go from having one beer on draft at Baan Thai to 20 tap lines at the new space. Unlike Baan Thai, Baan Siam will not serve a sushi menu.
Baam Siam will add another Southeast Asian option to the tiny, apartment-dense neighborhood just north of Chinatown. Mandu and Nama already offer solid options for Korean and sushi, respectively.