Thai restaurant closes Short Pump location

Tara Thai, on the second floor of Short Pump Town Center, closed its doors Dec. 31. (J. Elias O'Neal)

Tara Thai, on the second floor of Short Pump Town Center, closed its doors Dec. 31. (J. Elias O’Neal)

A longtime tenant at Short Pump Town Center has closed its doors.

The Tara Thai restaurant on the mall’s second level, in the Macy’s concourse, closed Dec. 31.

Short Pump Town Center staff confirmed the closure and said the restaurant chain had no plans to relocate at the mall. The mall has not announced a tenant to fill the location.

Nick Srisawat, president of Tara Thai Restaurant Group, did not return calls seeking comment Friday.

A mall staffer on Friday afternoon loaded a ladder onto a dolly from inside the shuttered restaurant, which was still filled with Tara Thai’s décor. The bright lettering once scrawled out on the restaurant space and windows had been removed.

Tara Thai was one of the original restaurants to operate in Short Pump Town Center when the mall opened in 2003.

The Maryland-based chain operates three other Virginia locations, in Charlottesville, Tysons Corner and Herndon, according to its website. Another six locations are in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Tara Thai joins a number of Short Pump eateries that have come and gone – albeit replaced quickly – in recent months.

Last week, World of Beer confirmed plans to take over the building once occupied by TGI Friday’s at 11600 W. Broad St. in the Downtown Short Pump Shopping Center.

TGI Friday’s shuttered the location Jan. 17 after its lease was not renewed.

Closer to Short Pump Town Center, the former Applebee’s at 11780 W. Broad St. closed its doors in October to make way for the region’s second Cava Grill.

And the Short Pump Chili’s at 11720 W. Broad St. was demolished last year to make room for the region’s first Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirits.

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Greg Lingo
Greg Lingo
4 years ago

I gave Tara Thai two tries and their product did not compete with other offerings in the area. I am never happy to see any business have to close their doors but I am not surprised either.

Liz Bigelow
Liz Bigelow
4 years ago

There’s a pretty good thai restaurant Thai Top Ten on 3402 Pump Rd.