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YaYa’s Cookbook brings Thai concept restaurant to downtown Short Pump

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YaYa’s Cookbook will occupy about 3,500 square feet in the Downtown Short Pump shopping center. (Kieran McQuilkin)

HENRICO, Va. — Call it a family reunion of sorts.

After taking a hiatus to launch their own restaurants, brothers Joe and Sonny Kiatsuranon will be joining their mother Sukanya Palaart in the kitchen once again to serve up their first restaurant in Short Pump.

Their new Thai concept, YaYa’s Cookbook is set to occupy about 3,500 square feet at 11674 W. Broad St. in the Regal Cinema- anchored Downtown Short Pump shopping center, Joe Kiatsuranon confirmed.

The restaurant is set to open March 27 – keeping with Kiatsuranon’s custom of opening eateries on the 27th.

“We opened Sabai on June 27 and My Noodle on November 27,” Joe said. It’s a luck number for me…when we open on the 27th the restaurants seem to perform well.”

YaYa’s Cookbook will fill space once occupied by Osaka Sushi & Steak, which closed its Short Pump location in September 2013.

“It has always been a dream to have a restaurant in Short Pump,” Joe said. “When we got started, we all went our separate ways…this restaurant concept is going to bring us together.”

The family trio worked alongside each other when they launched their first restaurant together – Mom’s Siam – in Carytown about 16 years ago.

From there, Joe struck out on his own – opening My Noodle and Bar on Monument Avenue in 2013, and later partnering with Jason Louth and Brandon Pierce to open Sabai about two years later on West Broad Street.

His brother, Sonny, wasn’t too far behind – opening Fan Noodle Bar at 2301 W. Main St. in 2014, the same year Mom’s Siam opened second location in Shockoe Slip.

Continue reading about plans for the restaurant on RichmondBizSense.com.