Aloy Thai Cuisine wants to give its chefs some room to grow.
The Boulder-based Thai restaurant chain plans to open a third Colorado location at 211 E. 7th Ave. in Cap Hill.
Aloy Thai Eatery will be smaller and have a fast-casual model, featuring a limited menu of Aloy Thai Cuisine’s most popular items such as drunken noodles and pad thai.
“My sister, my mom and I want to focus on expanding this concept,” said co-owner Mui Fisher. “Customer behavior has changed after COVID and will most likely stay that way. We’re noticing a lot more takeout and less dining.”
Fisher opened the first restaurant, Aloy Thai Cuisine — which serves traditional Thai dishes — at 2720 Canyon Blvd. in Boulder in 2006 with her mother Kim Sorawee Nakapadungsok and sister Arisa Bode. They then opened Aloy Modern Thai, which serves more modern Thai dishes, at 2134 Larimer St. in RiNo in 2016.
The Cap Hill space was previously home to Daikon, a Vietnamese-style sandwich shop, which operated for two years before closing in Feb. 2020.
The family signed a five-year lease for the 1,266-square-foot space this month and hope to open in May or June next year. Mark Valente of Sanborn and Co. brokered the deal.
The space is being designed by Studio K2 Architecture and has around 20 dine-in seats, compared to Aloy Modern Thai’s 100-seat dining room. It will mainly be used for takeout and delivery orders.
Chef Orathai Sikhumlek, who has worked at Aloy Thai Cuisine in Boulder for 10 years, will be part owner of the new location.
“This concept has been in my mind for a while because we want our associates to be part owners and grow with us,” said Fisher. “This is a pilot project and, if it works, we have a couple of Thai chefs who want to move their future and family here. We want to give them that opportunity.”