As previously reported here, longtime East Village resident Pimnapa "Lek" Sunthatkolkarn, the chef/owner of Lui's Thai Food, was hospitalized in mid-August.
While Chef Lek was discharged from the hospital, she will continue to need medical treatment. And sadly, she has had to permanently close her restaurant at 128 E. Fourth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.
She opened Lui's in 2013 after running Holy Basil on Second Avenue near Ninth Street.
Here's the walk-off line from EVG contributor Stacie Joy's interview with Lek in March 2019:
Lek has a cheerful disposition and laughs a lot. As I am leaving she tells me, "Eat, then dance. Have fun!"
Lek's friends and neighbors launched a crowdfunding campaign several weeks ago to help her and her family with expenses. You may find the GoFundMe link here.
Previously on EV Grieve:
• Friends and neighbors come together to help Chef Lek at Lui's Thai Food
• A visit to Lui’s Thai Food on 4th Street