Hatem said today that he closed the restaurant so that its dining and kitchen space could be used to handle catering requests at his other downtown restaurants.
“We’ve turned down one to two events a week just in our spaces,” he said.
Hatem’s other downtown restaurants include Sitti, Gravy, Raleigh Times and The Pit.
Hatem partnered with William D’Auvray, formerly chef-proprietor of Fins and bu.ku, to open Fai Thai.
“It’s a great restaurant and great food,” Hatem said. “We’re trying to figure out how fast we can bring a catering facility online. We just decided that the smarter thing to do is shut it down — maybe keep some of the offerings in a catering perspective — and just use it for catered events either onsite or off-site.”
Hatem said the purpose of the new space will be to cater events using the existing menus at his other restaurants.
“We’re just catering our own concepts,” he said.
Two private dining events will be held in the space next week, Hatem said.