A new Fan-area restaurant is bringing the taste of Bangkok to Broad Street.
Sabai, which serves dishes inspired by Thai street food, opened last week at 2727 W. Broad St.
The restaurant is owned and operated by Jason Lough, Brandon Pierce and Joe Kiatsuranon.
“(Opening night) was just nuts,” said Lough, who previously worked at Rappahannock downtown.
Kiatsuranon also owns My Noodle & Bar in the Fan near VCU.
Sabai serves items like sun-dried beef, pork skewers, spicy clams, fish and hot pots. It is open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Its hours attempt to cater to hungry restaurant workers getting off their evening shifts.
The space was formerly home to Yummy Chinese Restaurant and can seat about 60. It includes a lounge area that can be used as a stage for live music. Eventually, the Sabai owners said they hope to add 20 patio seats along West Broad Street.
Lough said the important thing to remember is that Sabai means “relax.”
“I want to offer the same exact classic cocktails that well-known Richmond bars offer, but in a setting where you can come in flip-flops,” Lough said.