Kalaya Thai Kitchen — the popular southern Thai restaurant in Bella Vista owned by chef Nok Suntaranon — will be getting a sister restaurant to the north next year, when Suntaranon opens her second outpost in Fishtown. The second Kalaya, known currently as Kalaya Fishtown, will open at 4 West Palmer Street.
The new restaurant is in partnership with Defined Hospitality, the same restaurant group that brought Suraya, Pizzeria Beddia, and R&D Cocktail Bar to the continually expanding Fishtown neighborhood. The new Kalaya will follow in the footsteps of Middle Child, the cult-favorite sandwich shop in Washington Square West that is set to open its own Fishtown location this fall. Kalaya the second will open sometime in the summer of 2022.
Since opening Kalaya to rave reviews and a fast following in 2019, Suntaranon’s business has steadily grown. In 2020, she expanded down the street to Kalaya Thai Market, a shop that sells prepared foods and Thai cooking ingredients, and over the past year-plus, Suntaranon has partnered with everyone from Kismet Bagels to Cake and Joe, bringing her culinary expertise to unexpected collaborations. With 160 seats, a full bar, and an outdoor patio, the new restaurant marks the next phase of growth for Suntaranon’s popular restaurant business, and we’re sure there will be more to come.