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Thaiku restaurant taking over former Gaspare in Phinney Ridge

November 30th, 2012 · Comments

Thai restaurant Thaiku, which closed its Ballard location last December, is taking over the former Gaspare Ristorante & Bar at 6705 Phinney Ave. N. It is planning to open in early 2013.

The press release did not give the exact location, saying that information would be released later, but the Washington State Liquor Control Board shows Thaiku applied for a liquor license application for that site in early November.

“We thank our regular customers of nearly 20 years for their suggestions and continued support on the reincarnation of Thaiku. It has been an overwhelming response with a seemingly endless number of possibilities for new locations,” says Jon Alberts, proprietor and jazz musician. “We’re looking forward to a new beginning in the new year.”

A selection of Thaiku’s favorite dishes will be offered, in addition to a more specific genre of authentic Thai cuisine based on original family recipes. The bar will offer the herb-infused cocktails from Fu Kun Wu, Thaiku’s former resident bar, along with new Thai-inspired libations.

General manager Unchalee “O” Ayucharoen says, “Our family of staff continues the commitment to the authentic culinary and cultural traditions of Thailand while our restaurant evolves. We are humbled to offer this unique culinary experience to our loyal customers and new friends in our new home.”

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  1. Chris Brown says:

    Yeah! Best news all day.

  2. Neighbor says:

    Seems like an odd choice for that great patio. Oh well best of luck.

  3. I'm hungry says:

    This is fantastic news!

  4. Danielle says:

    Oh Thaiku how much I have missed you and now you are opening in my neighborhood!! Fantastic news…can’t wait!

  5. Neighbs says:

    Super great news!!

  6. Feat of Clay says:

    AWESOME!! I was so bummed when Thaiku closed in Ballard. I can hardly wait for their opening so close to my home. Three cheers!!!

  7. Hinto says:

    YAY!! This is wonderful!!!

  8. battiato1981 says:

    Knowing Jon and his crew, they will really do this right. Great new location, we’ll be going there a bunch.

    That old location in Ballard was our ‘go-to’ choice for an early Friday night family dinner when our kids were just past toddler stage. Afterwards we’d play monster tag all around the Ballard belltower. Good memories there.