Moon Krapugthong is closing Mango Moon, the Thai street-fooder that she opened in late 2008 at 4161 Main St. in Manayunk. Last day will be April 9. For its last few weeks, Mango Moon's hours will go to 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
This fall, Krapugthong plans to open Yanako, a Japanese-themed concept she’s been developing since last fall, up the street at 4410 Main St., where Mainly Shoes was.
Yanako's food will be fresh and healthy with heavy (traditional) Japanese accents but served very simply/delicately, she says -- "like the Japanese version of Chabaa Thai," her other Thai restaurant in Manayunk. (Chabaa is undergoing an expansion, due to be finished by Mother's Day.) Yanako's menu will have sushi/sashimi/maki and noodle bowls (with broth) as well as bento boxes, etc.
The new project will allow Krapugthong to further her relationship with chef Ige San, who was Mango Moon’s chef in residence last December. He'll be Yanako's executive chef.
The expanded Chaaba will offer a two-night tasting April 19-20 to celebrate her April 4 guest-chef appearance at James Beard House in New York City.
Another chef will take over the Mango Moon space; stay tuned.