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2018 Best Live Music Venue: The Emerald of Siam Thai Restaurant

Portland band Professor Gall perfoms at the Emerald of Siam.
Portland band Professor Gall perfoms at the Emerald of Siam. Courtesy photo

Four nights a week, music flows from The Emerald of Siam Thai Restaurant. From jazz to rock, hip hop to heavy metal.

“It’s eclectic, quality music,” says Dara Quinn, co-owner and booking agent. “I handpick everything that comes through here, and I look for quality – regardless of genre. If it’s here, it’s worth taking a listen.”

Quinn introduced the live music to The Emerald of Siam, a Thai restaurant with deep roots in Richland, in 2011. A former professional musician herself, she brought together that passion with a restaurant she grew up in and inherited from her mother.

The Emerald of Siam remains a family restaurant by day and a live music venue by night. Quinn says they welcome all ages until 10:45 p.m.

“In order to take over, I had to infuse my passion into it too,” she said. “Now we’re Thai food, but all flavors of music.”

Quinn says making The Emerald of Siam and its live music successful takes determination, passion and connection, but it also takes a community thirst for culture.

“We’re a cultural oasis here,” she said. “This place has a lot to offer.”

<h3>1. The Emerald of Siam Thai Restaurant</h3>

1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland


<h3>2. Tagaris Winery</h3>

844 Tulip Ln., Richland


<h3>3. HAPO Community Stage</h3>

898 Jadwin Ave., Richland