Popular Heights Thai Eatery co-owner to open upscale restaurant in River Oaks

Lukkaew Srasrisuwanco-owner of Kin Dee in the heights, announced the opening of a new upscale Thai restaurant called MaKiin (pronounced Ma-kin) in spring 2023. It will be on the ground floor of the luxury skyscraper Hanover River Oaks at 2651 Kipling, joining an array of restaurants in development along the Kirby Corridor, including Seven, First Watch and Duo.

Lukkaew Srasrisuwan, co-owner of Kin Dee.  Courtesy picture.
Lukkaew Srasrisuwan, co-owner of Kin Dee. Courtesy picture.

Raised in a family with a strong background in the hospitality industry, Srasrisuwan started young helping her family’s businesses at top-tier hotels and restaurants in her native Thailand. She then lived and worked in countries around the world and eventually moved to Houston in 2014, deciding that was where she ultimately wanted to make her home base. In May 2020, she opened Kin Dee with a longtime friend Miranda Loetkhamfu. The popular Heights Thai restaurant serves a mix of classic and modern Thai dishes.

MaKiin, which means “come and eat,” an invitation that in Thailand is considered the highest honor one can bestow, will focus on specific dishes. “I want to continue sharing my love for authentic Thai cuisine with Houstonians, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to bring a new concept to the dynamic Kirby Hallway,” Srasrisuwan said via a press release. “With Kin Dee, we showed Houstonians that Thai food can be fun and vibrant. MaKiin will provide a higher experience that celebrates the artistry of authentic flavors, ingredients and techniques from my homeland. Srasirsuwan also said that she wants every guest to feel like family and is ready to embrace her second concept next year.

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