SOUTHINGTON — A couple from New Jersey is working to open a Thai restaurant in downtown Plantsville and hopes to begin serving customers in the next few weeks.
Phangphan Phatphongvet and his wife Nutchai Kumsalia have been cleaning and decorating at Uncle Jack Thai Restaurant at 13 W. Main St. The location was occupied by Vnam Kitchen and the building is at the intersection of Route 10 and West Main Street.
Phatphongvet said his mother owned a restaurant and that the venture, his first, will welcome customers like family.
“I’m thinking about family coming. ‘Where are you going? Uncle Jack’s,’ ” he said.
The restaurant will offer rice dishes, soups, salads, curries, meat and seafood entrees and specials such as Uncle Jack’s fried rice.
“All of my recipes come from my mom,” Phatphongvet said.
They’ll offer eat-in, take-out and delivery.
Since the location was already a restaurant, Phatphongvet only needed to clean and redecorate to ready the restaurant. They’re waiting on approval from the town to open and have an inspection coming up.
He and his wife are living in New Jersey but plan to move to Southington once the restaurant opens. Phatphongvet didn’t want to stay in New Jersey
“Too many Thai (restaurants) over there already,” he said.
Dean Michanczyk owns the building as well as other nearby property and businesses such as Dean’s Stove and Spa. He’s renovating several nearby buildings as part of an expansion for his business.
Jon Bristol, a spokesman for Michanczyk, was glad about Uncle Jack’s impending opening.
“We’re just happy to see some more things coming to downtown Plantsville. We don’t want empty shops,” he said.
Bristol has met the couple and said he can’t wait to try the place.
“They’re the nicest people,” he said.