Sticky Rice Expanding to Brady Street
Thai-Lao takeout spot in Riverwest plans second location with sit-down dining on Brady St.
Sticky Rice, a restaurant in Riverwest that serves Thai and Lao cuisine, is planning to open a second location on Brady Street.
The owners, Leo Kingsawan, Khamlae Phonisay and Teerasak Boonwatana, are taking over a space that was briefly occupied by The Truck Stop at 707 E. Brady St. They recently filed an application for a restaurant license with the City of Milwaukee.
Sticky Rice opened in Riverwest in August 2020. In fact, Kingsawan and his partners signed their lease for the space at 1000 E. Locust St. in March 2020, the same month the COVID-19 pandemic hit Milwaukee in force. The business is in a small space that only offers takeout. Kingsawan told Urban Milwaukee in March 2021, “Being a takeout spot helped, if we were dine-in it wouldn’t help as much.”
Kingsawan said they faced many of the struggles other businesses did that year. But things gradually got better, and “Where we’re at now is really great.” He said the neighborhood has been very supportive, and they’re excited to be opening a second location near Downtown.
The Truck Stop recently moved to the kitchen at the Hi-Hat and Garage, 1701 N. Arlington Pl. The owners were planning the move for months, having filed a business application for their new digs in early March.
The new location on Brady Street will also allow Sticky Rice to serve sit-down customers in a dining area for the first time. Kingsawan said it will operate similar to fast-casual restaurants like Noodles & Company.
The restaurant serves favorites of Southeast Asian cuisine like Drunken Noodles and Pad Thai. Kingsawan said diners interested in a more traditional Thai-Lao dish, that is just as delicious, should try the Larb, a meat salad typically made with ground pork. While Larb is widely eaten in Southeast Asian countries, it is the national dish of Laos. Kingsawan said it’s one of his personal favorites on the menu at Sticky Rice.
The restaurants planned hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. The owners plan to open for business by June 1.