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Thai Restaurant Opens on Ditmars, Block Bustling with New Restaurant Activity

Boon Chu 2

March 14, 2014 By Michael Florio

The food selection on Ditmars Blvd has become a whole lot more spicy.

A new Thai restaurant, Boon-Chu 2, opened at 35-13 Ditmars Blvd recently and the owner said her food packs a spicy punch.

Somjai Chu, who opened the restaurant three weeks ago, said her food will be much spicier than the standard Thai restaurant most people go to.

“The taste is going to be a little stronger and lot spicier,” she said.

The restaurant will be Chu’s second location. She owns Boon-Chu in Elmhurst.

Chu chose the Ditmars location because she felt that there was a shortage of Thai restaurants in this area. She has a strong knowledge of the area having lived in Astoria—by Broadway and 33rd—for more than a decade.

“I like and know the area,” she said. “It is real nice over here.”

Chu’s Astoria location can seat up to 40 people, which is double the size of the Elmhurst restaurant.  Chu said that many of her existing customers in Elmhurst had been coming from Astoria.

While the restaurant has officially opened, it is still a work in progress.

“We are currently working on adding an outdoor sign,” Chu said.

The prices are fairly standard, with a Pad Thai going for $8.95. The restaurant is open until 11 pm 7-days per week and features lunch specials during the week.

The Ditmars block it is located on has seen a flurry of restaurant activity.

Astoria Bier and Cheese is about to open a location at 35-11 Ditmars; Nature’s Taste at 35-07 Ditmars; and a new café/restaurant is expected to open on the corner at 35-19 Ditmars in June.

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