In late 2011, owner Aom Nueakaeu opened the tiny Thai establishment at 1978 N. Farwell Avenue, in the site Abu’s previously occupied since the 1970s. Sunday night, Nueakaeu announced intentions to close the restaurant in a Facebook post.
“It is with sadness that I am announcing that JOW NAI is closing in September 2017. We want to thank our amazing customers for supporting us these past 6 years. I have loved every minute of it. My dream was to open a restaurant and feed people delicious and healthy food. I think we did that at JOW NAI. Please come and visit us this August!”
Nueakaeu says she plans on taking a break, but there are plans to open another restaurant in Milwaukee “hopefully sometime in the future.” While it was overshadowed on Farwell by the venerable E.E. Sane and relative newcomer Elephant Cafe, Jow Nai is a well-liked corner eatery whose loss will leave a much larger hole on the East Side than its limited occupancy would suggest. Fortunately, loyal customers and those who never got around to stopping by have more than a month to pay Jow Nai one last visit.