THOMASTON — Dave and Rotchana Hirshberg purchased 444 Main St. in Thomaston, the former home of Doug’s Seafood, and plan to open Ka Chai Thai Street Food restaurant at the location.

Dave said the restaurant will feature “very authentic Thai cuisine,” thanks to his wife.

Rotchana’s family owned and operated restaurants in Bangkok, and she will bring that experience to Thomaston.

“The majority of the food will be my mother’s recipes,” Rotchana said.

The couple plans to open the restaurant Sept. 29.

Thomaston Planning Board Chair Joanne Richards said they should not require additional board approval, as the location was already approved to be a restaurant for Doug’s Seafood.

Doug’s Seafood announced they were closing Aug. 2 via the restaurant’s Facebook page. “It’s time for Doug to actually retire!” the post said. The final day of operation was Aug. 20.

Doug Anderson received final approval from the Thomaston Planning Board for Doug’s Seafood January 2020.  The restaurant, his fourth to bear that name, opened for business September 2020.

Anderson grew up in Port Clyde and opened the first Doug’s Seafood in 1980 in Rockland. The second operated out of Port Clyde as a small take-out stand by Drift Inn Beach. The third Doug’s Seafood, which is also a seafood market, is located in Florida and is still open but operating under a different owner.

The restaurant was the first, and so far only, development of the former prison site known as the Thomaston Green.