Court orders Siam Thai closed due to back taxes

Siam Thai, a Lexington Thai restaurant that reopened nearly a decade ago after burning, has gone out of business, apparently over not paying state taxes.

A sign on the door of the restaurant, on East New Circle Road near North Limestone, indicates that an order was issued by a Franklin Circuit Court judge closing it because of failure to pay back taxes.

Cindy Lanham, a spokeswoman for the state Finance and Administration Cabinet, said the restaurant owed $22,678.81 in state taxes dating to October 2007.

The restaurant's management could not be reached, and the restaurant's phone number has been disconnected.

Jeff England of Rosenstein Development, which leases the space, declined to discuss the reasons behind the closure.

"It's been an institution for many years," he said of Siam Thai. "We'd welcome another Thai restaurant there."

Siam Thai had the distinction of being the oldest Thai restaurant in the area. The plaza where it was located caught fire on Jan. 1, 2002, closing it for a time.