ELLSWORTH — Siam Sky, a restaurant that first opened in Blue Hill in June of 2018, will open a second location this spring in the former Bangkok Restaurant on High Street.
“We just want to do something more challenging,” said Bangkok native Vee Napapornpipat in a message. She owns Siam Sky along with her husband, Chalee Chaikaew.
They chose Ellsworth for its central location, said Napapornpipat. Customers from Bangor, Bar Harbor and Ellsworth are often lamenting the long drive to Blue Hill, said Napapornpipat.
“They really want to come to enjoy the authentic Thai food at our restaurant,” said Napapornpipat, “But they just cannot come like when the weather is bad,” she said, or if customers have limited time for a lunch break.
The Ellsworth location, which is slated to open this spring, will feature a menu similar to the location in Blue Hill, with a focus on dishes from the couple’s home country. Napapornpipat said the couple had some trouble finding a chef to work in Ellsworth who knows Thai cuisine.
“It took me up almost two months to find a head Thai chef,” said Napapornpipat. Thai food has a lot of ingredients, said Napapornpipat, and can be complicated for those who are unfamiliar. Her husband can’t run two kitchens at the same time, she said, “So we have to be careful and take time to find a right person to be in the right position.”
The Ellsworth location will be colorfully decorated, said Napapornpipat, “because I think some time people need to add some color in their life instead of staying the same old, same old!”
Vee was raised in the restaurant business, working in two Thai restaurants owned by her uncles, one in Connecticut and another outside Boston, where she met her husband. A chef for some 15 years, his family owned restaurants and he learned his culinary skills from his mother.
The Bangkok Restaurant was part of the Ellsworth food scene for nearly three decades before closing at the end of 2017. The space was briefly occupied by Mi Sombrero, a Mexican restaurant, before it shuttered last year.