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Silver Lake Thai restaurant once showcased by Jonathan Gold shutting down [updated]

Mae Ploy in Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE — Mae Ploy, a neighborhood Thai restaurant that once won praise from influential restaurant critic Jonathan Gold,  is preparing to close its doors at the end of the month after more than a quarter century of serving up noodles, curries, spicy soups and other favorites.

A notice posted on the front door of the Sunset Boulevard restaurant and its Instagram account says it will remain open through Jan. 28.

“After 26 years in business, we are sad to announce that May Ploy restaurant will be closing,” said the notice. “We would like to thank you for your continuous support through the years.”

Mae Ploy’s Instagram said that the restaurant is looking for a new location.  Customers say the closure comes as the owner plans to retire. The Eastsider has contacted the restaurant for more information.

Mae Ploy has remained a reliable old favorite for many residents but it’s been eclipsed by the arrival by new restaurants, including several serving Asian cuisine.  A few blocks west on Sunset, Night + Market Song had won widespread praise for its version of Thai street food and its chef, Kris Yenbamroong, has been hailed as one of the nation’s best new chefs.

But more than two decades ago, L.A. restaurant critic Jonathan Gold praised Mae Ploy in an L.A. Times review and the 2000 edition of Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles. Said Gold:

“Mae Ploy is the kind of neighborhood Thai restaurant that should be in everybody’s neighborhood, a place with egg rolls and stir-fries and pad Thai noodles, but also with terrific Bangkok-cosmopolitan food: hot curries, Isaan-style salads, complex, vegetable-laden soups.”

Update Jan. 22: Family members told Eater L.A. that the closure is off for now after the sale of the building fell through.

Mae Ploy is at 2606 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake

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4 comments

  1. When I was unemployed for years, it was only because of the $2.50 buffet at Mae Ploy that I survived. If it weren’t for them, I would have starved to death. Sorry to see them go.

  2. very sad to see it go………another reasonably priced and delicious option gone from the neighborhood only to be replaced by a precious restaurant of one sort or another ………..Edison bulbs and reclaimed lumber……

  3. Update: I went to Mae Ploy tonight (Jan 21) and they said they are NOT closing!

    Repeat: Mae Ploy is not closing!

    So happy to hear that this was a false alarm! I love this place: great food, nice people, and a friendly neighborhood vibe.

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