Philly Has a Best New Restaurant Nominee
It would be an understatement to say 2020 has been a very difficult year for the restaurant industry. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago the National Restaurant Association said, "The restaurant industry, more than any other industry in the nation, has suffered the most significant sales & job losses since the Covid-19 outbreak began."
There's been a lot of bad news for restaurants over the last couple of months, but earlier this week, at least one Philadelphia restaurant got a piece of very good news.
Movies have the Oscars. Music has the Grammy's. And restaurants have the James Beard Awards. Each year, the James Beard Foundation honors the country's best restaurants and the nominees for the 2020 awards were just announced.
According to Kalaya's website, "After years of hosting private parties and catering special events large and small, Nok Suntaranon set out to find a space of her own." That place, which opened in 2019, turned out to be Kalaya Thai Kitchen.
Kalaya.net says that the inspiration and name of the restaurant came from Suntaranon's mother, Kalaya. In fact, "Each meal is a memory prepared in mom’s kitchen."