An Asian restaurant that has operated in Kettering for nearly a decade has closed, but its owner, who helped introduce many in the Dayton area to Thai cuisine 14 years ago, says she intends to reopen a new restaurant two miles away in Dayton in early 2019.
Siam Pad Thai — which has offered a variety of Thai dishes as well as an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi since it opened in November 2008 at 3027 Wilmington Pike just south of East Dorothy Lane — shut down after the close of business on Saturday night, according to its founder and owner, Pakawan "Fon" Christman.
“I have to start all over again,” Christman said. The 30-seat restaurant was unable to reach an agreement on a new lease, she said.
Christman helped introduce Thai cuisine to the Yummy Burger, a downtown Dayton diner, in 2004, then became co-owner of what was then Ban Thai restaurant in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center in Beavercreek in 2005 before opening Siam Pad Thai three years later.
The location of her new restaurant is on Patterson Road near Shroyer Road in Dayton’s Patterson Park neighborhood, Christman said. Build-out will take an estimated six months, she said.
Christman said she has not decided whether to keep the “Siam Pad Thai” name when the new restaurant opens.
The restaurant owner invited customers to follow the restaurant on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SiamPadThai937, for updates on the new restaurant.