Emerald of Siam Thai restaurant is offering music with a spicy kick.
Owners of the Richland Uptown restaurant remodeled last year to accommodate live music and now offer a variety of musicians four nights a week.
"It's starting to catch on," said Dara Quinn, who owns the Emerald with her brother Bill Quinn. "I think people need to know they can count on good music if they come in."
The brother and sister took over the 26-year-old establishment four years ago from their mother and are now pushing for a stronger local music scene.
"We're trying to make something happen here for people to do," said Dara. "It's all-ages. There's no cover. There's not much more you could ask for."
People can grab some authentic Thai food for $8 to $12 and listen to the music Wednesday through Saturday.
If you're not into spicy food, that's OK. "There's a common myth that all Thai food is spicy, but that's not true," Dara said.
Well-known jazz artists Mary Lou and Steve Haberman host their own set every Wednesday night. Other musicians featured at the Emerald include Bluestone Jazz Trio, Don Millard and Strings Attached.
"There's some really fabulous musicians in town and the Emerald aims to be a reliable venue for great entertainment and, of course, great food," Dara said.
Dara's own quartet, The Dara Quinn Project, will be offering a New Year's Eve party at the Emerald for $10.
The band is working on its debut album, due out early next year. "It's a mix of mainly groove and funk, but it has a lot of jazz influence and world music," Dara said.
The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for lunch, and Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., for dinner. Live music is Wednesday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.daraquinnproject.com, or contact Dara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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