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Alexandria Appetite: It’s a Family Affair at Thanida Thai - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Sep 28,2016
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,

The veggies chu chee offers a plethora of vegetables with a kick. Ask for it with tofu for an extra boost of protein. Photo Contributed

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By Hope Nelson

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Walk past the location of the most recent restaurant addition at 835 N. Royal St., and it’s easy to miss the facelift from years past. What was long the venerable Thailand Royal Street, and then the erstwhile Casa Felipe, has once again taken up the Thai mantle — only under new leadership, with a new name, and with big plans for the future.

One thing is for certain: Thanida Thai has entered the neighborhood, and while it’s building on its predecessor, it’s quickly developed its own personality despite its lineage.

And that lineage runs deep: The former owners of Thailand Royal Street (which in later years moved to Fairfax Street and became Royal Thai) sold the business to Jaruvan “Yui” Simuang and Songyodh “Noom” Tantiyangkul, who launched Thanida Thai in June. Both Simuang and Tantiyangkul have a lengthy history in the restaurant business and were eager to pounce on the opportunity.

“I worked with the previous owner (of Royal Thai), Ms. Kim, for about four years,” Tantiyangkul said, and that relationship laid the groundwork for taking over the restaurant.

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