I had the day off today, so I decided to head down to the MOA and check for fall sales. Nothing really going on yet; I picked up a pair of black fishnet tights at Nordstrom and started on my way back home.
Except then Vince called and said he was starting to come down with a cold. So, naturally, I stopped at Azia to pick up a bowl of Spanker Soup for him. I was greeted with the standard barrage of insults from the bartenders and innocuous come-ons from the gay waiters. Owner Thom Pham eventually found me and I got my usual hug and kiss (on the mouth, which always weirds out Janelle), in addition to a big, excited, "DID YOU SEE ME IN THE PAPER?!"
I did not. But I found it just now in the Strib: Azia's Thom is Phamtastic.
Why yes, he is. The article briefly outlines his new projects:
- Mix and Manhattan Martini Bar, in the old Molly Quinn's building on East Lake (big pale yellow box, can't miss it)
- Temple, in the old Tiburón space downtown (I've been promised a job as a mermaid in the giant fishtank)
The article also tells a more personal story about Thom, his upbringing, and what he does on a day-to-day basis. It hints at what a sweet guy he is, and how he's also kind of dorky, both of which are completely true.
What it doesn't mention is one other thing he's working on, which is maybe privileged information, but he didn't tell me to keep it secret: Thom is looking at a space in NYC, in hopes of opening another Azia.
Go, baby, go.