He’s partnering with his Mexican-born sous chef, Silvestre Rincon, to open Tuk Tuk Real, which will meld the cuisines from both countries. It’s going in the former spot of Paul’s Idaho Fries, a boardwalk-inspired french fry and funnel cake place.
Expect 45 seats for dine in, takeout and delivery for lunch, dinner and late night seven days a week. As for the name, here’s the explanation from a news release:
The name combines Boonphaya’s Thai lineage and Rincon’s Mexican heritage. The Tuk Tuk is Boonphaya’s preferred mode of transportation in Thailand, and the Real represents Rincon’s favorite soccer team: Real Madrid.
If you just can’t wait, you can get a preview July 24 at the Circles in Northern Liberties at a “Knife Fight” between the two cooks to see who is going to be the official executive chef of the new place. It’s $40 a head for six courses.
They’re shooting to open the new place by the middle of next month.