After Fai Thai closed almost abruptly last July, Empire Eats announced that they would be using the building for a rentable event space. Since then, the space has been empty and Empire has bought the former Hideaway BBQ building on Capital Boulevard for their catering needs. Now that things have been rearranged, it looks like it's time for a new restaurant on Moore Square.
We've learned that a new Loatian restaurant called Bida Manda will take over the space formerly occupied by both Fai Thai and Duck and Dumpling, which closed in December of 2010. Unlike many of the other restaurants in Downtown Raleigh, Bida Manda is a direct lease, owned by Vansana Nolintha (who is from Laos), and will not be a partnership with the company.
From Bida Manda's website:
Bida Manda is the Sanskrit ceremonial term for Father and Mother. Naming the restaurant Bida Manda is our way of honoring our parents in Laos, who instilled in us our life conviction to nurture relationships through food.
Nestled between lush green hills and the Mekong River, Laos’ dynamic cuisine reflects its intimate relationship with nature, generous culture, and French colonial past. Inspired by our parents’ recipes and seasonal ingredients, our menu offers a flavorful marriage of Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, intricately refined with French sensibility.
Sounds delicious and looks to open Summer 2012.