Pim Techamuanvivit (photo via Facebook).
Cool news, Thai food lovers: Pim Techamuanvivit, of Chez Pim fame, is going to be opening a restaurant in SF called ~KIN KHAO~ in the Parc 55 Hotel in Union Square. Scoop mentions she will be taking over the 70-seat Smooth Thai location, but is working on the venture with the owner of Smooth Thai, Chupot Janlaor. She will also be joined in the kitchen by Michael Gaines (previously Central Kitchen, Manresa). Look for authentic dishes featuring numerous housemade, local, and sustainable ingredients. Marc Glassberg will be assembling the wine list; there’s also full liquor, and the Bon Vivants (Trick Dog) will be consulting on the cocktail menu. Additional details: there will be “Thai” iced coffee that Verve is custom roasting for them. Late hours are also in the works: hello 2am nightly. November is the targeted opening month. 55 Cyril Magnin St. at Ellis and Mason.