While South Austin restaurant Krua Urban Thai closed last month, the space at 2024 South Lamar Boulevard will become home to a new Thai restaurant courtesy of restaurant vet Sap Apisaksiri, the person behind Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine, as reported by Austin 360.
When the South Lamar restaurant reopens in early May, it will keep the name Krua Urban Thai. Apisaksiri plans on changing the name at a later point. It will continue to serve Thai fare, including seafood, for lunch and dinner.
Krua owner and chef Sam Sampaotong took over Barley Swine’s original home on South Lamar in October 2017, with Thai dishes like crab fried rice, curries, and stir-fries. He said he closed the restaurant because of permitting issues, and was open to relocating. He still runs Thai trailer Aroi Thai Cuisine out on Highway 290.
The first Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine on 4514 West Gate Boulevard used to be a location of Austin Thai mini-chain Madam Mam’s Thai Cuisine when Apisaksiri was still married to Chatfuang Mam. The two opened several Madam Mam’s when they were together. After they divorced in 2012, Apisaksari took over and renamed the Westgate restaurant. He opened a second location on 5800 Burnet Road in early 2014.