After 10 years, Thai restaurant Chiang Mai Tai closes in St. Petersburg


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Longtime Thai restaurant Chiang Mai Tai has permanently closed at 1100 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg this weekend. Halloween was his last day of duty on the EDGE neighborhood roundabout.

The concept, which was next to Enigma and the caddy corner of Independent Bar, said goodbye to the foodie community after a decade of service with a simple note posted on its door.

The note reads “Saturday October 31st is the last day…for us who work here in Chiang Mai Tai. It has been 10 wonderful years here. We want you to know how much we have enjoyed working with you and to thank our many customers. We are grateful for you and all your support over the past 10 years.”

A Clearwater restaurant with the same name and a different owner, however, is still open.

Chiang Mai is known for dishes like spicy volcanic chicken, panang curry, as well as a range of pad thai.

It may be too soon, but one can’t help but wonder what will take up the coveted Central Avenue corner space. Over the years, this section of Central continues to grow and prosper with heavy hitters such as Red Mesa Mercado, Bodega, Dr. BBQ, Hawkers and Ferg’s, not to mention the upcoming joint brunch Bacon Bitch and alongside its counterpart The Chicken Spot.

Until it’s announced who is set to take over the soon-to-be vacant space, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for new dishes to bless the ‘Burg.

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