A few months ago, Bobby Tanzilo had lunch at Mai Thai, 1230 E. Brady St. Like Bobby, I have fond memories of when the space housed Oriental Coast restaurant and had not checked out Mai Thai â€“ a Thai restaurant that recently expanded its bar area â€“ until last night.
Eric Grethe, who is an engineering student at the Milwaukee School Of Engineering, took over the business last summer and on New Yearâ€™s Eve he and bar manager Tim Johnson celebrated the grand opening of Mai Thaiâ€™s lounge.
The Thai-themed space is very warm and authentic. Grethe, who is part Thai and speaks the language fluently, travels to Thailand every year to visit relatives. His chef, Thun Aung, is a native of Thailand.
The lounge space was a work-in-progress and is finally complete with four new beer taps, hand painted murals by Grethe (some are based on traditional Thai design), ambient lighting, new flooring, window nooks built by Grethe and numerous alluring specials, promotions and upcoming events.
Every Saturday, from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, women can drink free rail drinks. On Friday nights, the lounge offers a free midnight buffet featuring Thai wings, crab rangoon and various other kitchen goodies.
"Itâ€™s a hearty, late night snack," says Johnson.
In the future, the lounge will feature live entertainment such as DJs and small dance performances.
Thereâ€™s also a new cocktail list featuring a list of tropical fruit-and-umbrellas drinks, cocktails including Gretheâ€™s signature whiskey Old Fashioned, four different kinds of sake, martinis (the Thai tea tini looked appealing) and a selection of red and white wines.
One of the most popular new drinks, according to Johnson, is the Bangkok Ale which is a mix of Rehorst gin, muddled Thai basil and ginger, ginger ale and sweet and sour.
"The lounge has a unique feel to it. I think it fits in well with the rest of the Brady Street scene," says Grethe.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Molly Snyder
Published May 21, 2015
Anyone who's traveled from General Mitchell International Airport in the past few years has most likely noticed the "Recombobulation Area" signs that hang just beyond the security checkpoints. Is "recombobulation" even a word?
Published May 20, 2015
This year, PrideFest, which takes place June 5-7, will feature three bathrooms labeled "gender-neutral" to ensure comfort and inclusiveness.
Published May 18, 2015
Fixture Pizza Pub is opening soon in Walker's Point at 625 S. 2nd St. in the former Boom / The Room space.
Published May 16, 2015
The Memorial Weekend Classic returns to Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove next weekend. The event will include the standard races as well as a free kids' carnival called "Leroy Butler Day at the Races" on Sunday. The carnival takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. and Butler will be there promoting his anti-bullying campaign.
Published May 15, 2015
Milwaukee is - and has always been - a town with many olfactory offerings. Here are six strong ones.
Published May 13, 2015
Cafe at the Plaza, 1007 N. Cass St., reopened today after being closed for renovations since March 30.
Published May 13, 2015
Kelsey Miller has exactly one month of bartending under her proverbial belt, but she already digs it. And she can mix a mean Old Fashioned.
Published May 10, 2015
The first-ever Brewtown Rumble, a free motorocycle and music festival, takes place Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Best Place, 901 W. Juneau Ave., and the surrounding streets. Everyone is welcome.
Published May 9, 2015
Rob Wagner speaks the truth when he says everyone is affected by cancer in some way, shape or form. Wagner, who lost his grandfather and his stepfather to cancer, found out he had a rare form of childhood bone cancer in 2007. He is now seven years in remission and has helped to raise $100,000 through an annual event. And, this is just the beginning.
Published May 7, 2015
Sal's Pizza will soon open at 2974 N. Oakland Ave., and plans to offer calzones, salads, sandwiches and, of course, pizza.