Photo: The Laurel Avenue storefront recently vacated by Takoma Bistro will soon be the home of Kin Da Thai and Sushi Restaurant. Photo by Mary Ellsworth.
BY REBECCA GALLERY
By January’s end Takoma Park will welcome a brand new addition to our array of scrumptious restaurants with the much anticipated introduction of Kin Da Thai and Sushi Restaurant at 6923 Laurel Avenue.
Located in the restaurant space formerly occupied by local hotspot Takoma Bistro; Kin Da Thai and Sushi will transform the building into an authentic Thai and Japanese restaurant offering enticing options, using ingredients of the highest essence in distinguished and unique recipes. Restaurant co-owner Byron Levy states “Folks can come and enjoy both sushi and Thai without limitation and be assured everything they eat will put a smile on their face.”
Co-owners Somjet Prompharsit, Byron Levy and Chanpen Teeranon are the skilled and successful minds behind our new restaurant. This venture stems from Prompharsits’ flagship 2012 fine dining establishment Aroi Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar in downtown Washington DC. The service, substance and luxury feel of Aroi Thai Restaurants dining experience will surely transfer over with the owners commitment to excellence in this new location. “ People seem to really love the Thai/Sushi concept and the flavors and recipes that Aroi has shared. With success there is always a push to expand and offer great things to new places.” says Levy.
The opportunity for high quality Asian food and dining options in Takoma has in the past been limited to the American/Asian fusion restaurant Mark’s Kitchen at 7006 Carroll Avenue until now. This new cuisine choice is satisfying a delectable desire for many Takoma Park dwellers. “Takoma Park is an up and coming, fresh area with continuing growth potential. We love the community and feel greatly that our concept will add value to what is becoming an awesome and popular place.” says Levy.
Longtime Takoma resident and local artist Amy Carr-Taylor says “ I think it will be an exciting addition to the collection of Takoma Park restaurants! It’s a bummer we wont have our cappuccinos from Takoma Bistro anymore, but who’s up for happy hour sushi?” Takoma musician and composer Josh Taylor is also elated with this introduction of Kin Da Thai and Sushi. “ A sushi restaurant we can walk to? Sign me up!” exclaims Taylor. On the subject of a happy hour, owners assure “We very much want to provide food and drink specials for a Kin Da happy hour. We will be licensed for beer and wine only, to start, and will have all the delectable Thai and Japanese apps available.”
Kin Da Thai and Sushi will be offering a indoor and outdoor seating as well as catering, delivery and takeaway options in the fine dining sixty seat establishment. The outdoor seating on tree lined Laurel Avenue will be filled with diners as soon as the warm weather breaks. Levy declares “Great food and nice weather in combination cannot be beat.”