Sporting a new stick-on West Elm look outside but a more modern feel inside, the rebuilt Mai’s Restaurant will open next month, a year and 2 months after a fire gutted the Midtown Vietnamese pioneer. A Swamplot reader who lives nearby and says he’s been “waiting patiently” to eat there again sends in this photo from this morning of the building front at 3403 Milam, along with a few notes and questions. But first, a few sneak peeks at the restaurant’s not-quite-finished interior from earlier this week:
The space upstairs:
Writes the neighbor:
The house directly behind Mai’s (that also had fire damage) was demolished within the last day or so (noted that your listing of the demo permit was ~1/21). Looks like they will have the lot cleared by the end of the day. I wonder if Mai’s owns that property and plans to use it for more parking. Could they really need more parking? They have the lot across Milam and another lot across Francis – not to mention all the street parking.
The sign says the re-opening will be April 16 and has a phone number to make a reservation. That scares me. Is the new Mai’s going to be too nice? I can’t imagine it will be the late-night hangout it once was if it’s a “nice” restaurant with prices to match. We’ll see . . .
- Returning Spring 2011 [Mai’s Restaurant]
- Previously on Swamplot: What They’re Doing to Mai’s Restaurant in Midtown, That Fire at Mai’s Restaurant