Downtown Kelowna Thai restaurant closure is bittersweet
A beautiful Thai restaurant in downtown Kelowna is closing its doors at the end of the month.
For Thai Terrace co-owner Luke Sumpantarat, the closure is bittersweet.
“We’re happy with our experience with the community and our product,” he said. “The last two years have been stressful and it will be nice for everyone to take a break.”
Sumpantarat and his wife, along with business partner Tik Pangathunad, opened the restaurant at 210 Lawrence Ave in May 2018.
Sumpantarat said after COVID set back the business financially, labor shortages and inflation in food and utility costs have been too much to handle this year.
This means that the restaurant will be open for the last time on October 30th.
“I’ve been in the restaurant business for fifteen years and it’s ailing me and starting to affect my health,” he said. “There is not enough aid and too much spending.”
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Sumpantarat announced the closure in a Facebook post, in which he thanked the community, employees and customers for the support they had received over the years.
He said they received a lot of feedback from regular customers who expressed their disappointment at the closure.
“It was overwhelming,” Sumpantarat said. “We really didn’t know that the community supported us so much.”
When asked what Thai Terrace’s favorite dish was, Sumpantarat had a hard time deciding.
“My guess is the Money Bags appetizers,” he said. “My thumbs are too big to tie the onions together. We will miss cooking and eating here.”
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Sumpantarat said he will return to the food industry to further pursue his passion for cooking, but not until he takes a much-needed break.
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