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Spin Modern Thai to close its doors for good Saturday night

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

This is the kind of story that you hate to have to report on this beat, but …

Keeping a restaurant running requires more than the obvious. Sometimes great execution in the kitchen, positive critical reviews and strong word-of-mouth isn’t enough to keep a restaurant open.

Rising expenditures for kitchen repairs has forced the independently owned Spin Modern Thai to close its doors following a truncated Saturday night dinner service that will feature a limited menu and end at 8 p.m.

Despite a strong first year in business, the owners, who worked the front of house in the evenings after finishing their day jobs, could not keep the restaurant near Lakeline Mall open any longer.

Just last week I enjoyed a refreshing dish of larb sake, a delicately fried soft shell crab and the stinging heat of the beef tiger cry. It was my third meal at the restaurant helmed by co-executive chefs Ek Timrerk, an Uchi veteran, and Thai Changthong, who previously worked at Uchiko. Each meal had exceeded the previous one, and service had improved with each visit, as well.

Spin ranked #17 on my list of Top 50 restaurants in 2012 and likely would have moved up in this year’s rankings, which will be released in the fall.

The chefs and owners will regroup in coming weeks to decide on next steps, including the possibility of opening a more centralized location. Timrerk will likely assist his sister Titaya in the re-opening of her remodeled and expanded restaurant, Titaya’s on North Lamar Boulevard, in the next couple of months.

“Spin is an independently owned and operated restaurant. We are saddened to announce the closing of a restaurant which we have all invested so much of ourselves in, but the reality is, we have very limited resources to continue making costly and unexpected repairs in order to keep our doors open,” co-owner and operating partner Alphonso Dryer said. “We deeply appreciate all of the patrons and friends that have visited us and brought so much to our lives over the past year and a half. We hope to see you all again one day soon.”