Paul Yuwachit, the owner of Thai and Sushi EAV and the recently-opened Donkey Mexican Bar and Grill, is bringing Sweet Octopus to Duluth.
The quick-service “fast flavor Asian” eatery will be situated in a 3,000-square-foot, two-story building in the Parsons Alley development, at 3559 W Lawrenceville Street.
“I wanted to open this concept in a community where I could make an impact and bring two worlds together,” Yuwachit in a telephone interview told What Now Atlanta Monday.
“I have that vision in Duluth, to represent our Asian culture here.”
Sweet Octopus will offer two concepts in one, separated by its two floors.
On the ground-level will be a counter-service “Thai-style street food” restaurant with a focus on “high-quality and healthy” ingredients and eco-friendly materials.
For example, in addition to brown rice, Sweet Octopus will offer quinoa and cauliflower rice and the restaurant’s meats will be organic (chicken) and grass-fed (beef).
Straws, plates, and utensils will all be biodegradable.
Entrees, inspired by the best dishes available at sister eatery Thai and Sushi EAV, will be “affordable” for “$11 or $12” each.
A full bar will serve sake, beer, wine, and other libations.
On the second floor will be a bubble tea bar designed to feel like a cafe and lounge with “workstations” and snacks.
Guests over 21 will be able to try an “alcohol-infused boba.”
Sweet Octopus, which could open mid-August 2019, will be complete with a patio space.
Yuwachit is also going to publish a magazine named after the restaurant.
Sweet Octopus Magazine will share the restaurant’s recipes and its editorial will explore the Asian culture in everything from making sake to top must-dos when visiting Thailand.