Food Hall News
Vibrant Thai-Laotian restaurant joins rich lineup at Grapevine food hall
Harvest Hall, the European-style food hall in historic Grapevine, has an exciting new concept: Called Thai Esane, it's a Thai and Laotian restaurant from Nashville, set to open on November 20.
Thai Esane features dishes from the northeastern region of Thailand, combining classic Thai and Laotian cuisine made with traditional methods. The Harvest Hall location will be their first location in Texas as the brand starts to expand across the country.
Thai Esane’s menu includes the classic pad Thai, plus fried rice and a variety of curry dishes served over rice, as well as appetizers like Bangkok wings, deep fried and tossed in chili sauce.
The Nashville location first opened in 2014 from Laos native and chef Nina Singto, who has combined her passion for food and her family’s experience selling fresh herbs and vegetables as refugees, to create a menu filled with family recipes.
Singto arrived in America with her family from Laos in 1984, and their early ventures started with selling garden produce in their neighborhood, later escalating to door-to-door food sales.
According to their website, the name "Thai Esane" originates from the northeastern region of Thailand, traditionally known as Isan or Esane. The majority of its population is of Lao descent, often identifying themselves as Thai Isan, distinguishing their identity from both the Lao of Laos and the Central Thai.
The restaurant will join a lineup of rich and varied concepts at Harvest Hall that include Arepa TX, Dock Local, FireBawks Hot Chicken, Pizza by Luigi, Brisket Rules, Thai Esane and ZaTaR Mediterranean. In addition to the kitchens, Harvest Hall is home to Third Rail, a listening room-style venue for live entertainment, the Harvest Hall Main Bar, as well as Main Line Coffee Bar.
“We pride ourselves in featuring globally-inspired, chef-driven concepts, making our partnership with Thai Esane a perfect fit,” says Harvest Hall Director of Operations Mitch Johnson. “Thai Esane’s approach to flavorful yet casual Thai and Laotian cuisine will fit in seamlessly into the North Hall. Their commitment to tradition shines through in their food, and we know our guests will love their vibrant flavors.”