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Like Thai cuisine or just want to try it? You’ll get your chance in New Town in 2019

The Khan Tote Meal will be a staple of the Chiangmai Thai Bistro's menu. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Developer's Realty)
The Khan Tote Meal will be a staple of the Chiangmai Thai Bistro’s menu. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Developer’s Realty)

Foodies can soon try a taste of Thailand in New Town.

Chiangmai Thai Bistro will be opening in early 2019 in an endcap on Courthouse Street, next to the Regal Theater.

The restaurant is owned by husband and wife Apple and Derrick Snow, according to a news release from property owner Developers Realty.

The bistro’s menu will be built around family recipes curated by Apple Snow’s mother, who prepared many of the dishes for family and friends in Thailand.

The ingredients featured in the menu are native to the area in and around the bistro’s namesake town of Chiangmai, in northern Thailand.

“The Northern Thai cuisine differs from the Bangkok inspired faire [sic] that most people in the US have grown to know,” the owners said in the news release.

For example, Chiangmai Thai Bistro’s Khan Toke meal includes many north Thailand specialties like fried chicken, pork curry, spicy sausage, green chili, sticky rice and fried banana.

In addition to Thai cuisine the new restaurant will include a full bar. The beer, wine and cocktail offerings are intended to complement the flavors of the menu, and beer will be rotated.

The Snows met while attending William & Mary, and Derrick said they were looking for “a family friendly, restaurant-centric location in the heart of James City.”

Chiangmai Thai Bistro will also offer patrons that opportunity to dine outside on a new patio. The space had previously been occupied by Candyland, which closed in 2017.

The roughly 2,900-square-foot restaurant is being designed by architecture firm Hopke & Associates and the owners said the interior will “feature a blend of rustic meets modern and will include a relaxing water feature with gardenlike elements to invoke a comfortable and relaxing environment.”

The landlords were represented by Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer during the leasing negotiations.

“Derrick and Apple’s concept is a fantastic Main Street addition in the sense that it really exemplifies the type of unique offering that New Town’s foodies and local fans of international cuisine have come to appreciate,” said Drew Haynie, first vice president of Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer.

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