Mae Phim, the perennially mobbed Thai restaurant on First Ave. and Columbia, is opening a second location in the old Coldstone Creamery space on Second Ave. and Pike.
"We are so crowded at First and Columbia," says owner Adirek "Ed" Bunyatipanon, "so we have to expend to the other one. Many of our customers come from Fifth Ave., Sixth Ave. -- too far away, but they still come." Bunyatipanon says the new Mae Phim should open around the beginning of February. Location 2 isn't much bigger (if at all) than location 1, so it will mostly do takeout, catering, with some eat in, and the menu will be 90 percent the same. He's working on a website for the second restaurant so busy lunchers can order online there, too.