Side Dishes: Bangkok Bistro owners open new café; Blue Donkey plans upscale spinoff
The shuttering of Bangkok Bistro on Church Street came as a shock to many diners on the last day of 2011. But the popular eatery has returned in a Bangkok minute — literally. The owners of Bangkok Bistro announced on Facebook that Bangkok Minute Thai Café  will open on April 6 at 2403 Shelburne Road.
The location is a familiar one to the team. The building, most recently home to Kong Chow, was Bangkok Bistro Thai Steakhouse from 2006 to 2007. Last Monday, the place showed few signs of life, and the owners did not return emails or Facebook messages. Their Facebook page describes Bangkok Minute as “a new-age, trendy Thai restaurant with a café atmosphere.” It also promises a grand opening with free appetizers, an extensive menu including old favorites and new additions, and lots of martinis.
Fans of the “kick-ass burgers” at the Blue Donkey  in Stowe have something to look forward to. According to co-owner Kim Kaufman, she and her husband, Jim Goldsmith, will be opening a steakhouse as soon as Christmastime. “We’re going to be fine dining,” says Kaufman. “We’re planning on an upscale steakhouse with a bar with really good wines and bourbons for grownups.” Blue Donkey chef Kermit Melendez will leave his post to create the menu at the new, as-yet-unnamed eatery.
“He’s really, truly a chef, and at the Donkey he doesn’t get to exercise his skills,” says Kaufman. We’re sure he’ll kick ass.