Combining dishes from their various restaurants in the city, a prolific family-run restaurant group has expanded its Short Pump presence.
Brothers Joe and Sonny Kiatsuranon and their mother Sukanya Pala-art opened MPM Tiki Bar earlier this week at 11275 W. Broad St. in West Broad Village.
Joe Kiatsuranon said their goal was to create a place where people can watch a game and have more food options than the burgers and wings often found at sports bars.
“It’s like an upscale sports bar and a tiki bar,” he said.
MPM’s menu includes items from the family’s Richmond restaurants like pad thai from Mom’s Siam, sesame noodles from My Noodle & Bar and basil mussels from Pik Nik.
Appetizers at MPM range from $7 to $12 and entrees range from $12 to $20. It’s currently open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner, but Kiatsuranon said they hope to eventually add lunch service.
The restaurant is the family’s second in Short Pump, joining YaYa’s Cookbook, which opened in the Downtown Short Pump shopping center in 2017.
At 6,500 square feet and with room to seat over 300 people, MPM is the family’s largest concept yet. The long-vacant building was previously home to Carolina Ale House and Mimi’s Café. It currently features a fenced-in patio, and Kiatsuranon said they’re planning to build an outdoor patio and bar facing Brownstone Boulevard in West Broad Village.
As the family business grows in Short Pump, it’s also shrunk in Richmond in recent years. Kiatsuranon said in 2020 he sold his stake in Fan eatery Sabai to Brandon Pierce, his business partner with whom he opened the restaurant in 2015.