Sneak Peek: Siam

After a soft opening in May, Grove newcomer Siam, located at 4121 Manchester Ave., is putting the finishing touches on food and drink menus in time for a June 14 grand opening. Those familiar with the former Novak’s space will notice a few changes in the newly minted Siam; co-owners Steven Preston and Ron Bray knocked down walls for a more open floor plan and hung vibrant animal artwork on the brick surrounding the bar. Outside, a spacious patio trussed in brick and wrought iron caters to both the dinner crowd and the late-night set. “[The Grove] is an eclectic neighborhood,” Preston said. “There’s a good mix of people here, so we’re making it a place for everybody.” The menu will feature Asian-inspired cuisine from executive chef Tyler Davis, whose previous experience includes Ernesto’s Wine Bar, and sushi chef Nanda Nyunt, formerly of Cafe Mochi. Currently, the bar at Siam is open Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m.; if you’re lucky, the kitchen may be testing a few menu items for late-night hungry customers. After its grand opening, Siam will operate Wednesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., transitioning to a late-night menu at 11 p.m. General manager Kelly Washam said Sunday brunch may be on the horizon as well. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect when Siam gets into full swing: [gallery type="slideshow" ids="36346,36336,36337,36341,36338,36340,36339"]