- Griffin Swartzell/ File Photo
- Smørbrød's bar features Nordic spirits, cocktails, beers from neighboring Goat Patch Brewing Company, and, a standout for the city, a selection of predominantly Austrian and German wines.
Pho-N-Thai, open for around five years at 125 N. Spruce St. (now Happy Belly Tacos), from 2010 into 2015, will soon return to business in the Springs, this time at 2819 N. Nevada Ave. (formerly Trivelli’s Hoagies, and most recently Miller’s Café and Take Out). Owner Soyin Petpradith says she’s tentatively planning to open the first week of July, and her husband Chnay Duk will still serve as chef. She says to expect a very similar menu of Vietnamese and Thai staples, but no yakitori (at least out of the gate) at this location. Petpradith says she wanted to take a break from running a restaurant over the last few years, though she did work for another Thai spot locally during that time. Now, she hopes to give this a go for at least another 10 years “if I have enough strength ... we’re getting older.” Pho-N-Thai’s return is good news to our ears; we’ve favorably reviewed the former spot and commended its affordability and large portions.
Smørbrød (2727 N. Cascade Ave., #111, smorbrod.com) celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to midnight, with a Nordic Midsummer Celebration. That means a maypole, live jazz beginning at 5 p.m., an outdoor seafood boil plus oysters and other Scandinavian fare, and — this part’s awesome — $1 house-infused akvavit shots (in addition to special $5 cocktails). Also awesome for one lucky winner: a five-day trip to Copenhagen (the drawing’s at 7 p.m.).
Montague’s Coffee and Tea has closed its doors at 1019 S. Tejon St. after more than two decades in business. An employee told the Gazette the closure was due to a decline in sales under new ownership, staff turnover and rising labor costs.