The fire that ripped through Thai Moon last April 29, seriously damaging the restaurant and affecting a number of adjacent businesses, leaves searing memories, but those involved are coming back.

GoInvo Design Studio, June 2021

Thai Moon kitchen, June 28, 2021

The two-alarm blaze started in the kitchen of the restaurant at 663 Mass. Ave. and caused $500,000 damage, according to an initial estimate.

Smoke traveled quickly through the duct work of the building, Chief Kevin Kelley wrote in an early report. “I want to commend the women and men of the Arlington Fire Department for their swift response in suppressing the fire to minimize damage.”

Two months later, progress is underway.

A GoFundMe effort has raised $21,616.

The photo at right of Thai Moon's kitchen on June 28, the day demolition work began, shows how far the business has to go.

At left, see improvements made to GoInvo, a digital design studio above Thai Moon.

Compare the look of that room to scenes from the April 29 video provided by Juhan Sonin, owner of the studio:

 The studio that addresses health-care issues has been at 661 Mass. Ave. for 12 years. Thai Moon has been in town for 16.

Sonin promises a later video that includes more of the newly renovated space.

April 29 to June 29, 2021: Thai Moon fund-raiser reaches $21.2K after $500K blaze
April 30, 2021: Chief Kelley's report
May 11, 2021: Artist loses studio in fire as first responders save some paintings


This update was published Tuesday, June 29, 2021.