Thai City restaurant opening in W. Richland

WEST RICHLAND -- Thai City, a sit-down family restaurant featuring Thai cuisine, is coming to West Richland.

"The menu will be a combination of traditional Thai foods from the Bangkok and Northeastern region of Thailand," said Noy Kumsi of Kennewick.

Chuck Sheeley of West Richland, owner of the Plaza and Plaza II malls on Van Giesen Street, said Kumsi approached him about opening a restaurant months ago.

Kumsi's restaurant will be in Plaza II, 4096 W. Van Giesen St., along with Golden Paradise, a tannery, Desert Calm Massage and 2 Brothers Tactical, a shop selling firearms and accessories.

Next door, at the Plaza, are the While White Bluffs Center for Quilting & Fiber Arts and P J's Barber & Beauty Shop.

"I like to diversify, to have a mix of different businesses," Sheeley said.

The Plaza is newly built which is good for Kumsi because he can arrange everything to suit himself. But going from bare walls "is a lot of work too," he said.

Kumsi already has lined up his staff of six to seven, including his chef, but you'll see him working at the restaurant too.

"I'll be pretty much all around the restaurant. I'll run operations in the kitchen and out front," he said.

Kumsi's excited about opening his new restaurant.

"West Richland is a growing community and I want to be a part of it," he said.

Kumsi plans to open Thai City sometime in May. He's applied for a liquor license to serve beer and wine.

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