BLUE HILL — Patrons of Blue Hill dining establishments will have new offerings starting in May.
A Thai restaurant is opening in May in the former Pie in the Sky location at 8 Mill St.
Bangkok native Vee Napapornpipat is opening Siam Sky with her husband, Chalee Chaikaew.
Siam Sky will feature a variety of Thai dishes from Pad Thai to tamarind duck to salmon choo chee to seafood volcano.
The couple previously owned a Harvard, Mass., restaurant, Siam Pepper Thai Cuisine, which was featured in The Boston Globe in 2015.
The couple are leasing the property from John Warren, who invested in a handful of downtown properties last year.
Another Warren property, which once housed the beloved Fire Pond Restaurant and most recently was the home of 66 Steak and Seafood, will be open for business in June.
Matt Thurston, a Baton Rouge, La., chef, said he is opening a restaurant with his fiancée, Kate Wentworth, an Orland native and George Stevens Academy graduate.
Thurston has been a seasonal resident of Brooksville and attended culinary school in Colorado.
“In 2012, I decided I wanted to spend more time in Maine, so I took a job at The Whales Rib Tavern in Deer Isle,” Thurston said. “In 2016, I took a job at Aragosta in Stonington and moved to Deer Isle full time.”
The couple are excited about their new venture.
Thurston said 66 Main St. “is such an amazing space, and we feel like the whole area has been waiting to have a restaurant there since 66 Steak and Seafood closed.”
“After driving past it enough times seeing the ‘restaurant for lease’ sign, Kate and I decided we should talk to George [MacLeod, real estate broker] about it,” Thurston said. “After meeting with George and walking through a few different spaces in Blue Hill, we decided that 66 Main was the perfect space.”
Thurston said the hope is to be open for both lunch and dinner, but that will depend on staffing.
“We plan to be open for dinner year-round,” he said.
While Creole and Cajun dishes are not the plan, Thurston said he would probably offer a gumbo or etouffee come winter.