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Thai food is on the menu

A new restaurant, Little Bangkok, is preparing to “spice” things up in the former Café Europa location.

Specializing in Thai food, Little Bangkok manager Andy Yap said the food will be unique and spicy.

“Thai food is difficult to explain, but every dish will have an authentic taste to it,” he said.

Yap also said a lot of curry will add spice to the menu. “Yellow curry, green curry, five different types of curry, they’re not going to taste the same.”

While Thai food is the “main menu,” Yap said other nationalities also will be “represented.”

“We have a Chinese background, too, so we want to represent Chinese, the good kind,” he said.

Little Bangkok will be a family-run business. Yap’s father, Kim Yap, is the owner and his brother, Brandon Yap, is the assistant manager. The Yaps also own Asian Garden restaurant in Lenoir City.

Andy Yap said Little Bangkok will be unlike most restaurants in the area, including Asian Garden.

“We evolved from there,” he said. We’ll “be a little bit like it, but the food will be more improved since then. We’re not going to be the same, but we’re going to move along.”

The owner said that although the restaurant will be similar to Stir Fry Café, Little Bangkok will have a new taste.

“We have a different background. The taste is probably different … same entrée, different taste. [It’s] like northern [versus] southern. If you go northern, it’ll be different,” Kim Yap said.

Like the South, Little Bangkok will have sweet tea, along with unsweet and green teas.

In addition to non-alcoholic beverages, the restaurant will serve alcohol. While they already have a beer license and will serve beer immediately, Kim Yap said they plan to wait about a year to get a liquor license.

They want to “see how it is,” Andy Yap said. Then, the restaurant also will offer wine, liquor and sake.

Although the restaurant will lose the “martini bar” atmosphere, a bar is still located in the back of the restaurant, Andy Yap added.

“We slashed the martini bar,” he said. “I want to give [diners] a cozy restaurant … [they] can dine in, sit down [and] enjoy the meal.”

Andy Yap said he thinks Little Bangkok will stand out in the Farragut area.

“We always wanted to put [a restaurant] in Farragut. [There’s] a lot of competition around, but we wanted to put [in] a restaurant with an authentic taste. Not much here, most restaurants are on Kingston Pike.”

Andy Yap said he hopes to open the restaurant, located at 603 N. Campbell Station Road, in mid-July.


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