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New Thai eatery coming to Chesterbrook in McLean from D.C. restauranteurs

A Thai restaurant is on its way to Chesterbrook Shopping Center (6224 Old Dominion Drive) in McLean, though it will be some time before its doors open.

Sorn Thai will be a new concept from the team behind Donsak, a Thai restaurant that opened in D.C.’s Woodley Park neighborhood last November, property owner Federal Realty announced.

Donsak was lauded as “required eating” by the Washington Post and listed as one of the District’s standout Thai restaurants by DC Eater.

Expected to open in late 2024, Sorn Thai was inspired by owner Supisa “Boom” Teabut’s grandmother, Sorn. Based on her recipes, the menu will feature southern Thai dishes, like pad Thai and pad see ew, while aiming for “affordability and family-friendly appeal,” according to a press release.

“With its central location, welcoming neighborhood and diverse residents, Chesterbrook is a community that truly has it all,” Teawbut said. “Recognizing the limited presence of Thai restaurants in the area, we see this as an exciting opportunity to not only share our culture but also become a cherished part of such a vibrant community.”

While announcing Sorn Thai, Federal Realty also confirmed that Call Your Mother will move into a brick-and-mortar location at Chesterbrook by late 2024.

The popular D.C. bagel shop opened a mobile “Lil Deli” truck in the shopping center’s parking lot in May, but with customers lining up even on overcast and drizzly days, it’s little surprise that a more permanent space is in the works.

Call Your Mother will occupy 1,405 square feet next to Le Village Marché, a French home decor store that opened on June 9. Sorn Thai will be located in a 3,055-square-foot suite three doors down from Small Door Veterinary, which is on track for a spring 2024 opening.

Federal Realty has been refilling Chesterbrook with tenants after launching an extensive renovation in September 2022. Hoping to bring more visibility to its retailers, the developer anticipates finishing new facades for the property this year and outdoor amenity spaces sometime in 2024.

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