Long-lived King & I Thai to close

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 11/19/2012

Thai bastion closing after 30-plus years; future of space uncertain.

King & I Thai

Last weekend beloved Loring Park eatery King & I Thai (1346 Lasalle Av., Mpls.,612-332-6928 www.kingandithai.com ) announced on its Facebook page that it plans to close its doors for the last time Dec. 17. In an interview, Gary Haanpaa, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Bou, said the lease is ending and they were unable to negotiate a new one with the building’s owners, Maryland Preservation, LLC. “I’m not sure what their plans are for the space, but I get the impression that it doesn’t involve a restaurant,” Haanpaa said. The 61-year-old said he and his wife plan to retire after working at the restaurant for more than 30 years. It’s a sad day for late-night happy hour fans.