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."
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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.
In other changes about town:
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.
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