Atwater Village is set to have new Bangkok-style Thai street food this year, and right on the neighborhood’s main drag. Holy Basil, which found success downtown as a fast-casual take-out restaurant with some on-site seating, emphasizes similar service at 3166 Glendale Boulevard, a stone’s throw from the always-busy Proof Bakery and across from Dune.
Holy Basil owners Wedchayan Arpapornnopparat and Tongkamal Yuon currently operate out of a not-quite-completed Fashion District food hall, while hosting monthly dinner series at places like Melody in Virgil Village under the simple name of Yum. The focus is on Thai street staples raised to 11 (which often means lots of fish sauce and heat), from seafood tom yum soup to pad thai loaded with prawns – and don’t Don’t sleep on dry-aged salmon, either.
The downtown take-out restaurant — winner of Eater LA’s Best New Food Stand for 2021 — operates seven days a week and offers limited-radius delivery, a feat Yuon and Arpapornnopparat hope to continue in Atwater Village.
The incoming configuration from Glendale Boulevard will also have a similar look and feel, with room for pick-up and take-out only, as well as communal tables to be shared among other tenants. The building operated for years as El Cañonazo Market, but has been closed since the start of the pandemic with plans to transition to a multi-tenant restaurant and retail destination renamed El Cañon – possibly not be a food hall in the full sense, but close. The proposed development allows six otherwise yet unknown tenants to begin occupying spaces this year; it is not known, so far, who else will settle inside.
As for Holy Basil, expect to open by mid-summer at 3166 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village, with the same menu as downtown and expanded delivery options. Until then, Eastsiders can find a similar vibe at Sticky Rice’s sidewalk-facing takeout window in Highland Park.