Corktown's Katoi to reopen under new name Takoi on Monday

Posted at 6:31 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 06:41:54-04

More than six months after a popular Corktown restaurant went up in flames, the eatery will open up under a new name on Monday.

Katoi will open at 5 p.m. Monday as "Takoi," in response to criticism after an article published in the Metro Times.

The article said that Katoi is a unique spelling of the Thai word "Kathoey" which is known as an offensive term used to describe transgender people.

The restaurant went up in flames early one morning in February, and investigators found the back door had been forced open and a tote bag full of liquor by the back door.

Fire investigators suspect that someone broke into the restaurant to steal liquor and then used the fire to cover up the crime.

Many restaurants in Corktown gathered after the fire to raise money for owners.

The restaurant was named the No. 1 restaurant in Detroit by the Detroit Free Press just eight days before the fire.

They will open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday - Wednesday and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. They are taking reservations for the Takoi experience through Oct. 31 on their website.