Robert Kitchin / Fairfax New Zealand
Thai House owner Nook Tongskul hopes the closure of Fitzherbert Ave restaurant will be temporary.
The Thai House restaurant in Palmerston North has closed, but its owners hope it will only be temporary.
Owner Nook Tongskul said there have been fewer diners recently at both Thai House on Fitzherbert Ave and his other restaurant, Thai Orchid, on the corner of Ferguson St.
“It’s a very quiet market right now, so we didn’t want to divide our customers between the two restaurants.”
He said people have been a bit more careful with their money over the past two years.
“It is only for their birthday or for something special that they come to the restaurant.
“People go out looking for meals between $ 10 and $ 15, but we’re fully licensed, so our meals cost over $ 20 per person.”
Tongskul said the family tried to keep the two restaurants open for as long as possible, but it was too expensive to keep running two similar restaurants so close to each other. They have decided to focus their efforts on the Thai orchid for now and closed Thai House last month.
Thai House guests will still be able to get their favorite food and the same level of service around the corner at the Orchid, and all table reservations could be transferred, Tongskul said.
But that was not the end of Thai House, he was planning to reopen it under a different name.
Tongskul said the family plan to target a different market when it reopens, offering $ 13 meals and take out and dropping their liquor license.
“I hope it will just be closed for a little while, to have a new look. Maybe it will be a little less chic, bring the students in with it. [lower] prices. We’re going to try something new. “