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Thai Legend Arun Sampanthavivat Opens Second Restaurant in Former Police Station

Sampanthavivat originally hoped to open Taste of Thai Town in 2011.


In the works for nearly five years, longtime Chicago Thai chef Arun Sampanthavivat finally has his follow-up to Arun's in business. Taste of Thai Town, serving Thai and Asian fusion, opened Friday in a former police station at 4461 N. Pulaski.

The restaurant, which shares the building with a community center of sorts and a spa, holds a cafe, a noodle and liquor bar, a main dining room and a banquet hall, DNAinfo reportsThe menu features a wide swath of Thai and other Asian dishes curated by Sampanthavivat and chef de cuisine Joe Sukjam, including dumplings, soups, salads, noodles, rice dishes and desserts.

Arun's, Sampanthavivat's upscale former AAA five diamond winner that opened in 1985, remains open nearby on Kedzie. The police station that houses Taste of Thai Town was originally built in 1938 and Sampanthavivat originally planned to open the restaurant in 2011. It's finally open now, daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.