This Saturday, Ayara Thai in Westchester will open their pop-up Thai eatery and culinary project, Ayara Lūk. Ayara Lūk [‘lūk’ means child in Thai] is a tribute that Owner Vanda Asapahu and siblings Peter and Cathy are paying to their parents’ recipes, with dishes inspired by their experiences as first generation Thai-Americans.
The pop-up will also effectively serve as a stand-in for Ayara Thai during an expected 4-month closure for renovation and expansion, anticipated to start in February 2017.
Ayara Lūks' changing menu is small and curated to feature favorites from Ayara Thai, their take on classic Thai dishes, and environmentally-conscious ingredients. To the Asapahu siblings, these changes mean infusing their contemporary values with the Thai culinary heritage that they have inherited from their parents.
Ayara Lūk, pop-up Thai eatery is located at 8740 South Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Hours of operations for January are Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed Sunday.
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