Those looking for Thai cuisine intown will have a new option when 26 Thai Kitchen & Bar opens later this month. The restaurant will be located across from the Lindbergh MARTA station at 541 Main St., in the space formerly occupied by The Firkin and Lindbergh Pub.
The restaurant is a project by brother and sister team Nate and Niki Pattharakositkul. While this is their first venture, they are not new to the restaurant industry. Their family is the name behind Wild Ginger in the Chamblee area, and Niki Pattharakositkul previously worked at Nan Thai Fine Dining in Midtown.
The 26 Thai Kitchen & Bar menu will feature a variety of Thai soups, salads and curries, as well as meat and seafood entrees. A full bar will feature Asian fusion cocktails and draft beer.
The kitchen will be helmed by chef Tanachai Sangkhum. The Thai native worked for three decades at restaurants in Southeast Asia, including the York Hotel in Singapore. Prior to joining the Pattharakositkuls, Sangkhum (“Chef Chai” for short), worked at Nan Thai.
Niki Pattharakositkul anticipates unlocking doors on June 19, upon completing construction to give the former Irish pub a look fitting for a modern Asian restaurant. The space offers seating for nearly 200 guests between the main dining room, a second-level dining area and an outdoor patio.
“We are excited to bring the restaurant to the area,” said Niki Pattharakositkul, who hopes that her Thai concept will stand out among other nearby dining options at Lindbergh Center such as Taco Mac, Chili’s and LongHorn Steakhouse.