Business has been booming since the King&Thai restaurant opened Jan. 17 in Estevan village.
“That first Friday night was crazy,” said chef/owner Sonny Srinaganand. There were eight to 10 people waiting for their orders through most of the evening.
It’s the second King&Thai outlet for the family-run business. A self-described optimist, the restaurateur was born in Thailand but grew up in the U.K. Ten years ago he emigrated to Canada and eight years ago opened a boutique, primarily take-out, cafe in Cook Street Village.
He’s confident King&Thai will do well in Estevan.
“When we first opened people were coming in and asking what we were doing and when I said Thai they were really enthusiastic. They said ‘we really need you here.’”
As well as his wife, Jane, Srinaganand’s son, daughter, and son’s girlfriend help out at the two restaurants. In addition he has two prep cooks and another chef on staff. But with business doing so well he will likely be hiring more for the summer.
King&Thai, 2510 Estevan Ave.
on the Avenue
Known locally for her pup art portraits, Marion Evamy has other dimensions to her work.
Her brilliant acrylic canvases of red, gold, and violet can now be seen in her storefront shop, Red Art Gallery, on Oak Bay Avenue near Foul Bay Road. Evamy grew up in Calgary, studied at the Alberta College of Art and worked in public relations and real estate before seriously turning back to art.
The gallery is located across from Ted Harrison’s. The gallery also features Carolyn Kowalyk who works in acrylics and mixed media artists Elizabeth Litton and Lorraine Betts.
Red Art Gallery, 2033 Oak Bay Ave., 250-881-0462.