Since closing in December, Ballard restaurant Thaiku (along with its apothecary-bar sibling Fu Kun Wu) is still seeking a permanent home. Meanwhile, some of Thaiku’s original staff has put together a pop-up dinner set for next week.
The just-announced meal will be Thursday, May 31, at Copper Gate, a Norse-inspired Ballard bar-staurant also owned by Thaiku proprietor Jon Alberts. His jazz trio, previously Fu Kun Wu’s resident band, relocated to the aquavit-and-pinup-filled Copper Gate and will be playing live from 8 to 11 that night.
Unlike most pop-ups, the menu is a la carte, and plates like larb gai (ground chicken in chili and fish sauce, with lime juice) and grilled skewers of pork or prawns, will cost between $7 and $12. And yes, there will be herb-infused cocktails as well. Seating is first come, first served, and dinner runs from 5 until midnight.
Alberts says the search continues for a new location for his Thai restaurant and cocktail bar. Meanwhile, these dinners might pop up again at Copper Gate this summer.