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Famous Family Thais restaurant debuts in Dallas' West End in July

Famous Family Thais restaurant debuts in Dallas' West End in July

Family Thais
Family Thais is pronounced "family ties." Photo courtesy of Family Thais

There's an opening date for Family Thais, the new Thai bistro in West End Dallas from restaurateur Tony Street and his wife Jab Srikaij. Drumroll, please: The date is July 10.

According to a release, the Thai-centric bistro is opening at 208 N. Market St., in the location that previously was home to Dante’s Pizzeria. The Streets are executing an extensive renovation to transform the space into a modern quick-service eatery.

The couple are both longtime restaurant business veterans. Tony, whose uncle is Gene Street, founder of Black Eyed Peas, opened Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse — named after the family ranch in the Texas Hill Country — in the West End in 1996. Tony also has a stake in the family's Street's Fine Chicken restaurant chain.

Jab was chef at the beloved Toys Café at 4422 Lemmon Ave. for 17 years. Toys closed in 2011, but Jab did not lose her passion for the food of her homeland.

The couple began Family Thais as a project they could do together, and have been running a temporary stand every weekend at the Dallas Farmers Market, where they've been previewing and testing menu items.

Recent offerings have included chicken satay, with skewers of chargrilled chicken breast marinated in coconut milk and yellow curry; Thai corn patties, made with corn cut off the cob and thinly-shaved green beans; and dumplings, with Thai-seasoned ground pork and minced veggies steamed on a banana leaf.

The menu will showcase traditional Thai favorites, such as pad Thai and pad kee mao. But they're also adding a modern twist, with new-wave items, such as boba teas, espresso, crepes, bubble waffles, and milkshakes.