The Thai restaurant coming to 70 Hanover Street in Lebanon will be called Pim's Thai Orchid, named for its chef Pim Pinitmontri. Pinitmotri and her husband Robert Lamprey are the owners. They used to operate Thai Orchid on Main Street in Hanover, but they closed the restaurant last July, citing the challenges of parking in Hanover and the decline of retail shopping (hello, Amazon!) as two of the reasons.
Pinitmontri is excited about the new location and the multitude of new menu ideas she brought back with her this winter from Thailand. When she was there, she learned from a leading Thai chef, and now she is changing the former Thai Orchid menu. In addition to offering traditional Thai fare, some dishes will feature aspects of Vietnamese, Chinese and Malaysian cuisine.
Another change will be the size of the restaurant. Thai Orchid could seat 80 and the new restaurant will only seat 48, making it more manageable in many different respects.
The owners plan for a soft opening of Pim's Thai Orchid in May.
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