Mom’s Siam Owners Prepare New Restaurant in Short Pump

The 6,500 square foot space at 11275 W. Broad St. in West Broad Village has been vacant since the Carolina Ale House sports bar closed in 2018. (Photo by Mike Platania)

Short Pump receives a second serving from a family of prolific restaurateurs in the city.

Sukanya Pala-art, who, along with her sons Joe and Sonny Kiatsuranon, co-owns a handful of restaurants in Richmond, including Thai restaurant Mom’s Siam, is preparing to open a new restaurant at 11275 W. Broad St. on West Broad Town.

Sukanya Pala-art

Pala-art said the new spot will be called MPM, combining the best of restaurants in its family, which also includes My Noodle & Bar and Pik Nik.

“It will be like a Mom’s Siam, Pik Nik and My Noodle, all of the stores I own combined,” Pala-art said. “The M stands for Mom’s Siam, P stands for PikNik and M stands for My Noodle & Bar.”

MPM will take over the long-vacant 6,500-square-foot building that previously housed Carolina Ale House and Mimi’s Cafe, which closed in 2018 and 2014, respectively.

MPM’s menu hasn’t been finalized, but Pala-art has said it will include the most popular dishes from the three restaurants it takes its name from. It will also differentiate itself from the other Short Pump family restaurant, YaYa’s Cookbook, which opened in 2017.

“I’m trying to make sure it’s not the same as YaYa’s,” she said. “We will also be open late with a bar.”

Reilly Marchant of Thalhimer represented Pala-art in lease negotiations, with colleagues Connie Jordan Nielsen and Alicia Brown representing the landlord.

Pala-art has said she hopes to open MPM in early 2022, coinciding with the 22nd anniversary of the first Mom’s Siam in Carytown. There is also a Mom’s Siam in Shockoe Slip.

Another former Mom’s Siam company lieutenant, Lorna Bedford, has also recently gone on her own. Earlier this year, Bedford opened the Native Plate concept, inspired by Asian street food, in the former Citizen space on Main Street in the city center.

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