By TAYLOR HARTZ
The Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening ceremony for Wild Orchid Thai and Sushi restaurant last week, in honor of their one-year anniversary.
The business’ three partners, Sam Vannalith, Mike Silarach, and Limsakul Watchrapang, said they wanted to settle into Southington before the ceremony, but were happy to welcome the celebration after a year of serving downtown.
Town officials, Chamber members, and regular customers at the town’s Japanese sushi and Thai destination enjoyed a surplus of samples—crab rangoons, spring rolls, and a sushi boat with several varieties were enjoyed throughout the night.
Watchrapang, who joined the Wild Orchid team just a few months ago, said he and his partners were thrilled that their cuisine had been well-received by the town.
“The vibe has changed in Southington,” said Watchrapang, “I’m happy to be a part of it.”
The restaurant, whose menu includes a wide variety of sushi rolls, sashimi, curry, noodles, other Asian inspired favorites, is the first of its kind in the area.
Watchrapang added that they are happy to customize their menu to accommodate guests, offering a variety of vegetarian and gluten free meals.
“The future is looking bright for us,” said Watchrapang, “We’re happy about this very exciting new trend.”
A year into their success, the owners finally cut the traditional grand opening ribbon.
State Representative David Zoni spoke to the owners after enjoying some of their menu specialties, and said he can’t wait for their expansion of outdoor dining.
“It’s been a great addition for our community and a great addition for our state,” said Zoni of their first year.
Dave Pestillo presented them with plaque for their partnership with the Chamber, and read a proclamation of recognition and gratitude.
Watchrapang thanked the community for its support and said they look forward to continue growing in downtown Southington.
“Of all the places that you could have brought your restaurant, we’re glad you brought it to our downtown,” said Executive Director of the Chamber Liz Francis, who called the restaurant “a lovely addition” to downtown.
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