Thaiku rises again

"All the true things must change and only that which changes remains true."

Famous Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist Carl Jung first spoke those words, but now they are spoken again. A Ballard staple and beloved Thai restaurant, Thaiku, which closed doors at it's Ballard Ave location Dec. 23 last year due to a property dispute, will be opening again. though it won't be in Ballard, it'll be still nearby -- in Phinney Ridge.

The location and the opening date will be unveiled in early 2013, according to a release.

"We thank our regular customers of nearly 20 years for their suggestions and continued support on the reincarnation of Thaiku. It has been an overwhelming response with a seemingly endless number of possibilities for new locations," says Jon Alberts, proprietor and jazz musician. "We're looking forward to a new beginning in the new year."

According to the release, you will be able to find some of your old favorite dishes, in addition to a more specific genre of authentic Thai cuisine based on original family recipes. The bar will offer the herb-infused cocktails from Fu Kun Wu, Thaiku's former resident bar, along with new Thai-inspired libations.

Many of Thaiku's original staff, from the kitchen to the floor, are expected to return.

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