In addition to running the kitchen at newish Thai spot Sabai Sabai, and returning to help out at the Sukhothai restaurants, chef Nuit Regular (pictured above), along with her husband Jeff, will be in charge of another place come fall.
Taking over what was once a Golden Griddle at 18 Duncan St. (at Adelaide St. W.), the husband-and-wife team, along with Gusto 101’s Janet Zuccarini (who’ll serve as financial backer), will be opening Pai, named after Nuit’s hometown and serving her specialty, Northern Thai cuisine.
“They always wanted their own thing, and to be able to cook something that comes from their place of passion and what they know,” says Zuccarini. “I’m overseeing the construction, design, and will be running the business side of things.”
Zuccarini became familiar with the Regulars when the couple was working at Khao San Road, which is near Gusto 101. Having lived in southeast Asia for a while, Zuccarini sought out restaurants here that had the same tastes she fell in love with. “Toronto has been slow to get some flavours that seemed authentic to me, but I believe in Jeff and Nuit for their sheer talent and passion,” she says, adding that she’d like to open another Gusto 101 as well.
The new restaurant will have between 80 and 100 seats, plus a patio that can seat another 40 to 80. It’ll be open for lunch, dinner, and takeout. Coincidentally Pai, which is shooting for a September opening, will be located very closely to Khao San Road, which the Regulars parted ways with months ago.—Karon Liu
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