A longtime Thai restaurant is back in a different location after business came to a harrowing halt last year.
Singha Thai Café (828 Gravier St., (504) 756-7379; singhathaicafe.com) opened this week about two blocks from its original CBD address on Carondelet Street. In March 2013, the wall of an adjacent building collapsed and crushed the restaurant. The incident happened late at night, and no one was reported injured, but it did send the family-run business into limbo.
Chef and proprietor Chalin Rungruang’s new rendition of Singha Thai is in a larger space, previously home to Isis Restaurant. At lunch, the menu is largely the same as before, with a mix of curries, salads and noodle dishes and nothing over $11. The chef has expanded her dinner menu a bit, with more specialty dishes like trout over mango salad, soft shell crabs in garlic sauce and “modest shrimp,” which are wrapped in bacon and fried.
This new Singha Thai has a full bar and serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Rungruang plans to add Saturday dinner hours soon.
Room and (barge) board
The Marigny restaurant La Peniche was a rare all-hours, downtown dining option for more than 30 years. It closed in March, and last week Kappa Horn, owner of the Uptown diner Slim Goodies, debuted her new venture here.
Horn’s (1940 Daupine St., (504) 459-4676) is intended as a neighborhood eatery. The breakfast menu is based on popular dishes from Slim Goodies — like the “Jewish coonass,” a combination of eggs, latkes and a brown, country-style crawfish etouffee — while at lunch and dinner sandwiches and salads share the billing with meat pies, crawfish bread and hogshead cheese to start and entrees like daube over noodles, fish Amandine and pork chops with sweet potato hash. Horn’s chef is Greg Fonseca, previously of Booty’s Street Food.
For the renovation, carpets came out, wood floors went in and the restaurant’s substantial bar was exposed and opened up as a dining counter. The overall effect is more modern, though as before exposed barge board walls give the room the feel of a cabin.
Horn plans to extend hours into late-night territory in the future. For now, it’s open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Monday, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and closed Wednesday.
The Good Work Network is getting closer to its goal of opening an outdoor food court in Central City, and the local nonprofit is now looking for entrepreneurs interested in becoming vendors there.
The group, which helps develop minority- and women-owned businesses, is building the court next to its headquarters at 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. as a cluster of six refurbished shipping containers to serve as walk-up food stands. For vendors, the group is looking for people with experience serving food at festivals and events but who may not yet have a fixed location.
Good Work Network expects the food court to open in October. The deadline to apply for vendor consideration is June 1. Get details and applications online at goodworknetwork.org.
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