Thai Food News
Acclaimed Thai restaurant expands to Fort Worth's hottest neighborhood
An acclaimed Thai restaurant in the mid-cities is making a big step up to Fort Worth's hottest street: The new place is called Ko Thai, and it's opening at 721-725 W. Magnolia Ave., a couple doors down from Shinjuku Station (which sadly just closed after 13 years in the Near Southside).
Ko Thai is from Nick Thana Porn-In, a veteran restaurateur who has owned and operated restaurants for more than 10 years in the DFW area.
The restaurant is currently under construction, and he's planning on a December opening.
His current restaurant, Koracha Thai Restaurant, debuted in December 2021, in a shopping center on Harwood Drive in Bedford. The place has earned the undivided loyalty of the neighborhood and visiting foodies, not only for its exceptional and affordable Thai dishes but also for his endurance during the pandemic, staying open and providing locals with a reliable takeout option.
Fans rave about its authentic flavors, cozy atmosphere, and great customer service, lauding the quality and freshness of the ingredients and the doting attention to detail such as keeping the sauce separate from fried dishes in to-go orders so the food doesn't get soggy.
Instagram foodie account Dallas Eat and Play called it "the definition of hidden gem" and "the best Thai in DFW."
Ko Thai will be modeled after Koracha Thai, featuring Thai classics like curry, pad Thai, basil fried rice, with its signature dish being Duck Basil.
One big upgrade will be in the decor. Although Koracha has been described as "clean and cozy," its focus has been primarily on food, with limited seating and limited attention paid to decor.
Ko Thai will place Thai culture at the center not only of its cuisine but also its look, with a darker color scheme and authentic Thai statuary. It will also be significantly larger, with plenty of dine-in seating to meet the post-pandemic demand.
“I wanted to expand the size of the restaurant and increase both food and drink,” says Thana Porn-in. “Our family has been running restaurants in Texas for over 10 years. We understand the Texas taste, so we want to improve the experience for more people in this city."
That drove their choice of the location on Magnolia, as well.
"I looked at areas in Fort Worth and thought, where is the best place to chill, eat and drink?" he says.