Thai restaurant opens after moving across Paris Avenue in Port Royal

emoody@beaufortgazette.comOctober 19, 2012 

Tassana Champatong and husband John Winner, co-owners of Suwan Thai, are shown inside their newly reopened restaurant on Paris Avenue in Port Royal.

SARAH WELLIVER, STAFF PHOTO

A Thai restaurant in Port Royal has quietly reopened in a new spot after two months of renovations.

Suwan Thai Restaurant, owned and operated by John Winner and Tassana "Toy" Champatong, started serving traditional Thai dishes at Suite B, 1635 Paris Ave. about two weeks ago. They had operated for about four years in the Old School House across the street, a building Mikki's School House Diner has occupied since August.

Winners said he bought the current location about four years ago when they opened the restaurant and it went "gangbusters."

"They just love my food," Champatong said. "The food I cook, it's exactly what we cook in Thailand."

Instead of renting, Winner decided paying off a mortgage would be more practical, since the restaurant appeared to have a following. They held off moving, however, until substantial work was done to the building.

The new restaurant seats about 25 people, the same as the original location, Winner said. It has a much larger and more efficient kitchen. The couple run the restaurant alone, with occasional help from relatives, Champatong said.

Most of the decorations will be familiar to previous customers, but Winner added a koi pond on the patio along Paris Avenue. The menu is largely unchanged.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 843-379-8383.

In other changes about town:

  • About seven months after Bladen Street closed between its intersections with Duke and North streets, the route reopened to traffic Friday afternoon. The project in downtown Beaufort involved replacing pavement, sidewalks, utilities, drainage and landscaping.

  • Bladen's intersections with cross streets have been open for several weeks, but the length of the road remained closed until low-voltage utility lines, like cable and telephone, were buried.

  • Best Buy, 332-A Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, will have a ribbon-cutting and grand reopening at 10 a.m. today to celebrate completed renovations. Prizes will be given to the first 50 customers, and there will be discounts, refreshments, face painting and bounce castles.

  • Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/EyeonPortRoyal.

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