Lao-Thai restaurant in Milwaukee Sticky Rice opens location on Brady Street

Sticky Rice, the Lao-Thai restaurant which opened in Riverwest in 2020, now has a second location on Brady Street with seating and, soon, imported beers.

After ordering at the counter, customers can take a seat at one of six tables or bar seats at the new venue, 707 E. Brady St., Van Buren Street. Food is brought to the table; customers are asked to clear their tables.

Like at Riverwest, at 1000 E. Locust St., customers can order takeout.

Lao dishes on the menu include khao jee, grilled sticky rice dipped in egg; fried or grilled marinated chicken with sticky rice; Lao sausages; beef jerky; and nam khao, the crispy fried rice salad tossed with sausage, peanuts and green onions.

Thai dishes include fried fish cakes tod mun pla, drunken noodles and pad thai.

Apart from noodle dishes, the menu offers fried rice, curry and other dishes.

Beef laab, the meat salad seasoned with mint, cilantro, lime juice and fish sauce, is on the menu at Sticky Rice.

Prices for starters range from $3.75 to $10 and from $10 to $13 for main courses.

Salena Daniel, the general manager, said the Brady Street location will add dishes not available at Riverwest, such as pork belly. Restaurant could add later lunch hours.

The restaurant’s liquor license application was being reviewed Monday by a city committee. Once the license is approved, Daniel said, the restaurant will add a brief drink list of imported beers and hard sodas, and maybe a few cocktails.

But, she said, the building will also house a lounge bar with access from Brady Street and a common door from the restaurant. More information about the lounge bar was not immediately available.

Daniel’s husband is Teerasak Boonwatana, one of three partners who own and operate Sticky Rice. The others are Leo Kingsawan and Khamlae (Lae) Phonisay.

The men decided to open their takeout-only restaurant in August 2020, fairly early in the pandemic, and “it took off,” she said. The small corner restaurant in Riverwest only has room for takeout, but in the pandemic, “it’s worked to our advantage,” she said.

Some customers, however, eventually wanted to dine there, and the partners added the Brady Street location, remodeling it with a modern look of white subway tiles, wood, and neon.

Brady Street Restaurant hours are 3-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

The owners of Sticky Rice remodeled the space to include raw wood, neon, and white subway tiles.  More recently, the site housed the Truck Stop, which moved across the street to the garage at 1709 N. Arlington Place.  Before that it was Hybrid Lounge.

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