Fans of Saipin Chutima’s northern Thai cuisine may soon be able to return to the original location in the Commercial Center. Lotus of Siam plans to reopen the restaurant on May 20 more than two years after it closed following the collapse of its rain-soaked roof on East Sahara Avenue.
The restaurant plans to offer reduced table seating reduced to accommodate the state’s social distancing protocols.
The restaurant has always been one of the toughest tables to land, so it launched an app to take reservations in advance. Diners will receive a text alerting them when their tables are ready.
Waitstaff will wear protective face shields, while kitchen staff will use masks and gloves. All staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Between seatings, tables will be sanitized.
The restaurant also plans to offer takeout and delivery, in addition to dine-in service.
As for the remodeled original location, new touches to the space include carpets, wallpaper, and a waiting area for customers at the front.
After the roof collapsed in 2017 at the Commercial Center location, Lotus of Siam opened in the former Roy’s Restaurant space on Flamingo Road. At the time, Breslin Builders renovated the 7,921-square-foot space with a new wall to close off the open kitchen, plus new paint, flooring, equipment, upgrades to the existing bar and the creation of a new wine room in the private dining area to house the extensive wine collection.
The East Flamingo location offers about half the space of the original that spans 17,000 square feet. Since March 17, when Gov. Steve Sisolak closed all nonessential businesses including dine-in restaurants, the Flamingo location has remained closed while it goes through renovations.
Owner and chef Chutima won a Best Chef: Southwest in 2011 for her northern Thai fare. Since 2012, Lotus of Siam has been a long-time member of the Eater 38 as well.
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