West Bank Thai restaurant My Thai Cuisine (2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 504-365-5525; www.facebook.com/mythainola) has been shuttered but will reopen in July with a more casual concept focusing on traditional Thai noodle soups.
Terisa Cuskelly, who owns the Harvey restaurant with her husband, says they decided to close the business in May after a trip to Thailand piqued their interest in traditional cuisine.
"We had more fusion-type food before, and we'd like to do a more traditional approach," Cuskelly says. "Thai food is already a fusion of Chinese and Indian food and adding even more cuisines to the mix just makes it more confusing."
The new menu will feature traditional soups including spicy and sour tom yom and vermicelli-like boat noodles but will also include lesser known varieties such as yen ta fo, a soup made pink by the addition of fermented soybeans and which often includes squid, fish balls, tofu and morning glory, a green vegetable similar to bok choy. The restaurant also will offer Thai standbys such as pad thai and drunken noodles.
Cuskelly says they will pare down their previous approach to a casual and more "customer and cost-friendly" concept with no menu items exceeding $14.
"Ambience-wise, things will be pretty much the same," Cuskelly says. "But we're trying to cut costs so we can cut costs to the customers too. A lot of people want to try different things and we're thinking that people will be more likely to come in often if the price point is lower."