Thai & Mighty closing restaurant; Han Cook In opening

Toa Green with her mother, Suda Veerasethakul and a fried rice dish at Thai Orchid Cafe in 2012.
Toa Green with her mother, Suda Veerasethakul and a fried rice dish at Thai Orchid Cafe in 2012. Lexington Herald-Leader

Thai & Mighty, the Thai restaurant just off South Broadway, will be closing on Friday. Owner Toa Green will focus on her popular ice cream business, Crank & Boom, although she will continue the food truck appearances in the spring.

Instead, Lucy Seo, owner of the popular Han Cook In Korean food truck will open in that spot in the spring with her first brick and mortar place, according to a news announcement from Green.

Green opened The Thai Orchid in spring 2006 after having a restaurant in Frankfort.

“Through those 10 years, I learned what it really meant to work hard,” Green said. “I mean really, really hard. My parents and I worked 18 hour days, literally sleeping sometimes at the restaurant almost every day. Prepping, cleaning, cooking, serving, running and loving the crazy ride.”

A few years ago, she added ice cream to the menu and that business has taken off. Earlier this year she opened Crank & Boom Dessert Lounge on the Pepper Distillery campus on Manchester Street.

Thai & Mighty’s last dinner service will be Friday, she said.

“We invite you all to come and join us this week to enjoy our family’s food before we close up shop for good,” she said in a release.

Seo said Tuesday that she hopes to open by mid-January, if she can get all the details in place.

“Han Cook In will be the name of the restaurant, too, and the food truck will promote the restaurant,” she said, adding that the name of the restaurant means “I’m a Korean.”

The restaurant will have a bigger menu and specials, such as a rainy day specials. What is a special for a rainy day?

“In Korea, we eat vegetable pancake with rice wine and something spicy or a fried thing, because the sound of frying is like the sound of rain,” she said.

She also is lining up partnerships with other local food businesses.

“My meats are going to come from Cooper Brothers, my noodles from Lexington Pasta who will make special Han Cook In noodles. It’s going to be a really good taste,” she said. “With Crank & Boom ice cream for dessert. I really love to join with all local business.”