A husband-and-wife team behind two other Manhattan Thai restaurants is opening a new farm-to-table Thai spot called Talad Wat at 714 Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen.
Restaurateurs David and Vanida Bank leased a 4,000-square-foot ground-floor retail space in the building between West 48th and West 49th Streets, according to Eastern Consolidated broker James Famularo, who handled both sides of the transaction. Asking rent in the 12-year deal was $200 a square foot.
The couple has run Land Thai Kitchen for 12 years on the Upper West Side and Pure Thai Cookhouse for seven years up the block at 766 Ninth Avenue. They hope to serve meals like the ones Vanida’s grandmother made while she was growing up in the central Thai province of Ratchaburi, where her family operates a noodle shop.
“We love the food and love to cook,” Vanida said in a statement. “We make everything that we like to eat.”
Talad Wat, which means Temple Market in Thai, will open its doors this summer. The business is one of many Asian retailers that’s expanding throughout the five boroughs.
“David and Vanida have a passion for preparing authentic food from their homeland, which has been the secret to their success,” Famularo said in prepared remarks. “They have a devoted following at their existing restaurants, and I have no doubt that their new restaurant concept will be welcomed enthusiastically.”