Shuttered Thaiku Restaurant Pops Up at Copper Gate

Ballard’s destination for aquavit cocktails goes Thai for a night in honor of its sibling bar and restaurant.

By Allecia Vermillion May 23, 2012

The ship is sailing on. Photo via Facebook.

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.

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