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Beloved Silver Lake Thai Restaurant Mae Ploy Reopens Across the Street With New Name

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Khun Mae Ploy opened two weeks ago in the old Isaan Classic Thai space

Khun Mae Ploy
Khun Mae Ploy
Mona Holmes
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

When Mae Ploy announced its closure in early-2018, crowds filled into the 26-year-old restaurant during its final days. The owner wanted to retire, plus a new landlord came into play, but family members suggested a new location might happen in the coming year in the same Silver Lake neighborhood. With nearly perfect timing, version 2.0 opened two weeks ago, and with a slightly different moniker, Khun Mae Ploy.

This Silver Lake staple was a favorite of former Los Angeles Times critic Jonathan Gold. The restaurant found massive success after Gold published his glowing 1994 review, which resulted in lines around the block.

Angelenos can still expect their well-known Bangkok-style menu in a space that seats approximately 50, but Khun Mae Ploy is still in a sort of soft opening mode. There’s no sign outside yet, and the longstanding Mae Ploy staff are still getting acclimated in the first-floor space, which resides in the same complex as the famous Sunset Foot Clinic’s memorable, rotating sign. New owner Pam Suwannapen is the niece of Mae Ploy’s former proprietor, Amnaj Lungorn. Suwannapen took over the Isaan Classic Thai spot on March 1 (its sign is still over the business as of Sunday, March 31).

Khun Mae Ploy’s hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., then dinner from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, they’re open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Khun Mae Ploy. 2711 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA