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Thai Village Makes Way for 'Sillikori,' New Asian Eatery With Craft Beers

By Alisa Hauser | April 16, 2015 5:04pm | Updated on April 16, 2015 6:12pm
 Thai Village at 2053 W. Division St.
Thai Village at 2053 W. Division St.
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WICKER PARK — The owner of Division Street's Thai Village has closed the restaurant to remodel the storefront so a new tenant can bring Sillikori to the area, it was announced Thursday.

Family-owned Thai Village opened in 1996 in a three-story, 111-year-old building one block west of the Division Street and Damen Avenue intersection at 2053 W. Division St.

Thai Village's owner Chution Ruanphae said on Thursday that she is looking for a new spot in Wicker Park or Bucktown for Thai Village because a new tenant, Asian restaurant Sillikori, is moving in.

A permit to replace the bar's sinks and piping was issued in February to Ruanphae. Construction workers could be seen at the site earlier this week.

Reached by phone, Kori Luangsuwan, the owner of Sillikori, who worked for Ruanphae several years ago, said that if everything goes as planned, the new restaurant would open in mid-May.

"It will be a restaurant with Asian food, a lot of the same cooking that Thai Village has but with a much cooler bar with craft beers, and Sillikori will cater more toward the nightlife crowd," Luangsuwan said.

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