Tum Pok Pok on Buford Highway

A few years ago, she and her husband, Jakkrit Tuanphakdee, bought Bangkok Thyme in Sandy Springs. They tried to improve it, but it was hard to do an Isan makeover, because the established clientele liked the menu the way it was.

Meanwhile, Tuanphakdee opened Crab 404, a seafood restaurant, in the space vacated by Food 101, and invested in Scoville Hot Chicken, both in the same shopping center as Bangkok Thyme. When he was offered a chance at the Kajun Crab property in Chamblee, he decided to give his wife the restaurant of her dreams.

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