The Thai pop-up Talat Market is nearing the end of its run at Gato in Candler Park. After more than a year of weekends serving Georgian Thai dishes from the tiny kitchen on McClendon Avenue, the pop-up says goodbye on Friday, August 31. Chefs Parnass Lim Savang and Rod Lassiter will then focus on opening the permanent location of Talat Market in Summerhill next year.
Savang and Lassiter just launched their second fundraising effort for Talat Market. The 30-day, “all-or-nothing” Kickstarter is hoping to raise $20,000 for the restaurant. As of publication, the campaign has raised more than $4700 since it began on Friday, July 13.
The new restaurant is located at 112 Ormond Street inside a former Asian market. The menu for Talat Market won’t change much from the pop-up, which sees the chefs using in-season, local ingredients in traditional Thai dishes. Lunch is being added to the mix at the Summerhill location, along with beer and wine and a late night street food menu. Think beer slushies and fried crickets.
The chefs plan to open an adjacent market to the restaurant selling local produce, Thai ingredients, and imports like MegaChef fish sauce and Shark Brand Sriracha. A covered patio is also planned for the restaurant.
Talat Market’s pop-up days won’t end with its departure from Gato. Savang and Lassiter will be at Grant Park and Morningside farmers markets throughout the fall as well as several events with chefs from around Atlanta and the country.