New Thai restaurant plans to open in December

Nov 29, 2017

The 9th Monarch plans to open next week at the former Thai Taste location at 634 State Road as a smaller and quieter operation than its predecessor.

At the November 29 Select Board meeting, the board approved the new restaurant's request for a liquor license, contingent upon manager Miguel Ruiz’s successful completion of a responsible alcohol sales program. It’s the last hurdle the restaurant needed to navigate through in preparation for its opening.

During the meeting, attorney Andrew Ruff spoke on behalf of Ruiz and his wife, Vassana Poompong de Ruiz. While Miguel is new to the restaurant scene, exiting an engineering job to open the restaurant, his wife is not. She previously worked at Thai Taste.

Ruff said the Ruizes plan to open a quiet restaurant with no late-night entertainment options or late hours.

“The new management of The 9th Monarch has no intention of doing any entertainment, and they don’t plan on being open late,” Ruff said, adding that the restaurant will stop serving at 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

At a previous meeting, Vassana Poompong de Ruiz said she plans to continue offering Dartmouth Thai classics, with a goal of bringing popular THailand classics like sushi, hot and spicy noodle soup, and homemade Thai sausages.