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Soi 7 at Maison Opens on 7th

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 09, 2009, at 07:41PM
Soi 7 @ Maison Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Soi 7 @ Maison, modern thai cuisine newly opened on 7th street between Grand and Olive.



7th street's Restaurant Row designation got a little more real this week, as Soi 7 at Maison opened next door to Bottega Louie between Grand and Olive.

The restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Mandel Lofts, offers a modern take on thai cuisine and includes a sake bar and tea room.

The restaurant has been a long time coming. The lease for the space was signed in September of 2007. Partner James Doell said that no one thing held the restaurant up, but that a lot of little things combined to make for a slow opening.

Marble tables seat approximately 90 diners, and that number will just about double when a patio area behind the building is opened early next year.

David Tewasart of Alhambra's Green Papaya is in charge of the food. Rice and pad thai dishes run $10 - $14, with entrees at $16 - $20.

During the daytime, the middle potion of the Maison space will act as a Parisian teahouse. 20 loose leaf varieties are in stock right now, and that number will expand to approximately 160.

A market and retail area in the back of the space called Epicuria is still undergoing finishing touches.

Next door, Bottega Louie has been one of Downtown's shining stars since its April opening. Doell, who called himself a "more-the-merrier type of person" when it comes to neighborhood restaurants, said that their neighbor's success helped reaffirm the potential of the 7th street location.

Soi 7 at Maison / 518 W. 7th / 213-537-0333 / 11am - 11pm

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