Basil Thai to Open Fifth Location in Piper Glen this Summer
Good news for Thai-loving Piper Glen residents! Chai and Henry Eang, the brothers behind Basil Thai, plan to open their fifth location in the StoneCrest at Piper Glen development off Rea Road this summer.
This will be the second Charlotte location. Itâ€™s sister location, opened in the spring of 2009, on N Church in uptown, and has apparently done well enough to warrant a second. Since the first Basil Thai opened in 2002 on King St. in Charleston, they have expanded to Mt. Pleasant, SC; Columbia, SC; Uptown Charlotte, NC; and now Piper Glen Charlotte, NC.
Chai Eang, who has spearheaded the Charlotte expansion, says he hopes that Basil Thai will diversify the dining options in Piper Glen and South Charlotte. Basil Thai will replace Jo Joâ€™s China Bistro, which formerly occupied the nearly 5,000-square-foot location before closing earlier this year.
Basil Thaiâ€™s menu is reminiscent of Thailandâ€™s Northern region including Thai staples such as Pad Thai ($15.95), Duck in Red Curry Sauce ($24.95), and Basil Tilapia ($19.95). As is customary in Thai cuisine, entrees are mix-and-match with the usual protein options: chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, and tofu and are offered in various flavor combos such as black-pepper garlic, masaman curries, and pad prik.
In addition to the cuisine, the dĂ©cor will be consistent with its sister locations. The chic and alluring cosmopolitan atmosphere features comfy leather seating, large street-view windows, innovative lighting, marble top tables, and an open-concept kitchen complete with Chefâ€™s marble table.
The brothers certainly didnâ€™t get to where they are without some hardships. Originally from Cambodia under Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, the brothers were refugees in Thailand before moving to South Carolina in 1979. They opened their first restuarant in a former Huddle House. On a shoestring budget, the brothers were able to complete renovations themselves, transforming the traditional diner space, into a stylish and modern hot spot.
Today, Henry runs operations in Charleston and Chai in Charlotte, but the two are adamant that Basil Thai is still a family business. The two are targeting a late-July or earl-August opening and are excited about what the future holds.
Personally, I’ve had the best experience at the downtown Charleston location.Â Have you been to any of Basil Thai’s locations yet? What are your impressions? Let us know in the comments below!