Plans to bring a Thai restaurant to the island's downtown have gone cold.

Some people — I don't know their identity —  were in talks to open the Thai eatery in the building formerly occupied by Courtyard Café, 2519 Market St.

Ladislav and Terry Klos earlier this year closed the European-style Courtyard Cafe after 10 years in business. They wanted to pursue other interests.  

The couple had planned to lease the building out to a restaurant operator and they were in serious talks. But the agreement fell through, Ladislav Klos said today.

Some islanders have long lamented the lack of Thai cuisine on the island. Some argue that the island’s diverse population and the people who work at the University of Texas Medical Branch could certainly support a Thai restaurant.

Just why the Thai restaurant operators backed out is unclear.

But in brighter news, Klos promises a return of Courtyard Café in about a year when some of his younger family members immigrate to the United States from the Czech Republic.

Do you think the island would support a Thai restaurant?


(7) comments

Ellen Morrison

Bummer. If it was any good, it would have been packed. Maybe a location closer to UTMB would be better? Hopefully those restauranteurs are still looking for locations.

Steve Fouga

I've only been here a couple years, but I've already learned not to be surprised by which eateries the Island will and won't support. And how readily proprietors will drop a seemingly successful enterprise to pursue other opportunities.

I would happily welcome a Thai restaurant, regardless of location. Korean and Indian, too. I think the Island could use a traditional Chinese restaurant as well, but those seem to be going the way of the dodo everywhere, taken over by buffets.


As far as Thai food goes, I could take it or leave it. But I dearly miss the Courtyard Cafe.

Steve Fouga

Me too, the Courtyard part. But man, good Thai food is a personal favorite. I wonder which is the closest Thai restaurant to the Island.

Ron Shelby

For years I've that that the island would support Thai as well as good Indian curry restaurant. Neither one is respresented locally.

Larry Kirkendall

I would support it. I think islanders would support any quality Restaurant in Galveston, and a great location to boot.

Curtiss Brown

I like the Courtyard food and went there a number of times. I just didn't like eating in a automobile parking lot.

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