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King and I owner preparing Thai restaurant on Elmwood

The owner of the former King and I Thai restaurant will be opening another restaurant, on Elmwood Avenue.

Last year Rin Suphankomut, closed her restaurant at 2188 Kensington Ave., and sold the building. It is now Kumiko Sushi & Thai.

Since then, Suphankomut said, she's been looking for the right place to serve customers her Thai cuisine. Recently she settled on 988 Elmwood Ave., formerly Gelateria Luca.

"It's still going to be Thai food, but more street food from Thailand, that I knew growing up," she said. "There will be pad thai of course, and curries. But it will have ready-to-go food as well."

The restaurant won't be called King and I, though, partly because the menu and the space will be smaller. The new name is under review.

There will only be about 10 table seats, and some bar seating, she said, though plans still have to be approved by officials. "We're at the beginning of the process," she said.

Expect rustic Thai, she said. Sticky rice, pork skewers, and Thai-style pho, rice noodles with various broths, including a vegetarian one, some versions with egg noodles. The restaurant will also offer desserts from Janice Schlau, chef-owner of the former Prosit.

Suphankomut hopes to be open in August, if all goes well.

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