CROWN HEIGHTS — A popular pop-up Thai restaurant recently closed in Red Hook is considering a new, more permanent location in the neighborhood, its owners said.
Chiang Mai, a northern Thai eatery that opened for a six-month stint on Van Brunt Street last summer, is looking to get a beer and wine license for a possible new restaurant at 724 Sterling Place near Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights, according to Brooklyn Community Board 8, which will consider the liquor license application this week.
Despite the move to obtain the license at the Sterling Place storefront, the team behind Chaing Mai said their next move is still up in the air.
In an email to DNAinfo New York, they said they'd like to relocate to Crown Heights, "one of our loved neighborhoods," but they’re also considering space in Williamsburg and elsewhere in Manhattan.
Chiang Mai gained a dedicated fan base during its short stay in Red Hook; on the eatery’s Facebook page — where the restaurant thanked customers for “all the support” after its closing earlier this year — almost a dozen people have written asking about a new location or inquiring if the spot is still open.
“Where did you go??!? Please advise,” one fan wrote on Feb. 4.
“Are you reopening somewhere else in Brooklyn??” another posted on March 2.
If Chiang Mai sets up shop at the Sterling Place location, they’ll take the spot of Pelzer’s Pretzels, a Philadelphia-style pretzel shop founded in 2012. A message from the Pelzer’s crew posted on the front gates of the storefront said the group is hoping to “restructure the business” and is working to “begin making our delicious handmade treats for you as soon as possible.”