Fast, Casual Thai Restaurant Coming to Rosslyn

by Katie Pyzyk February 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm 1,059 15 Comments

Tom Yum District to open in RosslynIf you’re looking for a quick bite, but prefer Asian to Chipotle, a new restaurant coming to Rosslyn may be the answer.

The owners of T.H.A.I. in Shirlington are launching a restaurant called Tom Yum District at 1515 Wilson Blvd., which will focus on on fast, made to order dishes. Co-owner Aulie Bunyarataphan and her husband Mel Oursinsiri have been planning this for some time.

“We are very excited about this one. We have been working on this concept for more than two years,” said Bunyarataphan. “It’s the first Thai restaurant around in this format.”

The restaurant will be geared toward customers who want Thai food without having to engage in a full sit-down experience. The menu will feature standard rice and noodle dishes with Bunyarataphan’s special sauces, along with some of her specialty dishes.

“Thai food can be easy and healthy and top quality, fast and fresh,” she said. “By the time you get to the cashier, the food will be ready.”

Initially, customers will be able to eat in or carry out, but the plan is to add online ordering and delivery in the future. Construction is underway at the site and the owners expect a late spring opening, hopefully in late May or early June.

  • novasteve

    Sounds like a good idea…

    • Will Connelly

      when i was in Germany 20 years ago, I ate thai and now I am expert

      • adam

        Stop being such an elitist European, eating your fancy German Thai food while riding the trolley and sipping a latte on your way to vote for anybody with a (D) after their name.

  • not telling

    Had to go google what “T.H.A.I.” stands for. Found out. Also found out it’s “T.H.A.I. IN Shirlington.”

  • ph7

    Sounds like Panda Express for Thai food.

    • Mike

      Panda Express just takes precooked food out of steam trays, don’t they? This places seems to be saying they will actually cook each customer’s food to order (or at least finish it to order) while they are in line to pay, which would be an improvement.
      Hopefully it tastes better than Panda Express too – those places are an embarrassment to Chinese cuisine (not to mention pandas!).

    • Teddy

      Sounds like I Love Thai at the Ballston Mall.

  • John Fontain

    From the article it’s hard to tell whether this will be Chipotle-style (or more accurately, Subway-style) or just quickly cooked food.

    Either way, it sounds like a good idea and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, they’ll keep the prices reasonable and the portions generous a la Chipotle and Roti.

  • Tourist

    Fast and casual. Just how I like my Thai

    • ph7

      Bangkok has an entire tourism niche based on that preference.

  • Arlington Chris

    “…without having to engage in a full sit-down experience…”

    Ah, without having to sit down 🙂

    • oscar

      How dare you try to debuzzwordify corporate marketing drivel by restating it in plain English!

  • Zach

    My college town had a fast-casual Thai place and I’ve really missed it since I’ve moved here. It was most of the Thai mainstays made-to-order (at any level of spice you wanted) within a few minutes. I look forward to this.

    • ArLater

      No Thai? <- best fast casual Thai place

  • Gregorio

    I’m down with this…


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