We lost one of downtown's better restaurants, Duck and Dumpling, at the end of 2010, but Greg Hatem, owner of Empire Properties and Empire Eats said he wouldn't waste much time replacing it with a restaurant that would be much more relevant to the restaurant culture in the area. We were hoping for Indian but have learned that it is planned to be a "coconut fired" Thai restaurant called Fai Thai.
This will be a great addition to downtown as the styrofoam plated Champa closed a few years ago (now Capital Club 16), and Wild Ginger is hit or miss on Davie Street (and is currently under renovation). Currently, the other Thai restaurants closest to the downtown grid are Thaiphoon on Glenwood, Shaba Shabu on Wake Forest, Sushi Thai and Sawasdee on Capital.
We forgot to mention that William D'Auvray, previously the chef at Fins and bu•ku will serve as chef for the new restaurant. Yum!