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Sticky Rice is First New Restaurant to Open in Revamped Grand Central Market

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Downtown's Grand Central Market, which is nearly 100 years old, is undergoing a major makeover courtesy of the folks who spruced up San Francisco's famous Ferry Building. And the first restaurant that's part of the overhaul, a Thai restaurant called Sticky Rice, has just soft opened.

Reports BlogDowntown:

The restaurant is owned by David Tewasart, who also owns Thai restaurant Soi 7 on 7th Street and Grand Avenue, and Spirit House bar in Monterey Park. Tewasart is bringing his chef from Spirit House with him on this new DTLA pursuit. The new Sticky Rice is operating on a limited lunch menu as they work through their soft opening to their official April 30 debut. The current menu includes a beef curry bowl with coconut rice, a Thai curry bowl with Garlic rice, grilled chicken and pork dishes, papaya salad and Nam Prik Num — a chili dip.

Sticky Rice will join other new purveyors, including artisan bread, coffee, cheese, sustainably raised meat and fish, and farmers market produce.

Once the reno is complete, the new Grand Central will also be free WiFi, a more laid-back "living room" type vibe, and extended business hours. (The market is currently open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Those spearheading the project say that of 45 current and potential stalls in the market, about 30 are occupied and will remain with the same vendors.

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Which is great, because as much as we love Thai food, it'd be sad to see some of our favorite fruit and taco stands go.