Thai Smile, the popular Thai restaurant on North Palm Canyon Drive, is set to open shop in its new location in the heart of downtown Palm Springs about mid-September, said its owner.
The restaurant cleared at least one of its public approval hurdles Monday afternoon when the Palm Springs Architectural Advisory Committee approved minor architectural changes like new paint schemes. The restaurant will be significantly larger than its cramped Palm Canyon Drive location in the Villa Soleil apartment building — a spot that was “too small and parking was a problem,” said Nicha Charnchalern, Thai Smile’s owner.
The new Thai Smile will have 117 seats with 18 of those outside. Though the improvements planned to the building at the corner of South Indian Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way are not going far enough said committee member Michael Hirschbein, who would have preferred a cleaner, more contemporary approach.
“The door looks like a saloon from the Old West,” Hirschbein said in comments that did little to hold back his criticisms of the facelift planned for the restaurant. “I really feel like some of the elements your doing on the exterior, they’ve done their time.”
Hirschbein was the one dissenting vote Monday afternoon to approve the proposed changes.
The committee also approved an expansion of the Palm Mountain Resort and Spa, which plans to add 20 guest rooms and a meeting room in an existing section of the hotel which will be partially demolish and then renovated.