Hat tip to my friend Suthida Fon Sakulsurarat. She excitedly reported that a Thai restaurant owned by a native of Thailand has opened in Rochester.
ThaiYada recently opened at 315 Alexander St. in Rochester’s East End. V.J. Chaisomboonpan relocated his family from San Bernandino, California, after a friend told him there were opportunities for an authentic Thai restaurant in Rochester.
ThaiYada serves the classics such as pad Thai noodles and rice dishes such as pad ka pow with ground meat, garlic and basil. We had the green curry with eggplants and bamboo shoots and the tum yum soup as a meal. The flavors are definitively stronger at this Thai-owned restaurant than others I’ve tried. The dishes are large, and they range from $8.95 to $11.95 depending on the protein you select.
My friend Fon enjoyed the authenticity as she is a native of Thailand. The Thai restaurants in the Rochester region are mostly owned and operated by Laotians, Cambodians and Chinese, just as most of the Japanese restaurants in Rochester are actually owned by Chinese entrepreneurs. Shiki, at 1054 S. Clinton Ave. in the Swillburg neighborhood, was owned and operated by a Japanese chef but has closed.
Speaking of Asian restaurants, another Japanese-owned Japanese restaurant, Brooklyn Ramen, has undergone a branding change. It is now ROC City Ramen. Same owner with authentic ramen noodles — just a different name to reflect local.
Jewelry and more
On the east side of Rochester near downtown, Kim Dao Jewelry and Repair has moved from 226 Monroe Ave. to 83 Howell St. just a few blocks away. Kim Dao specializes in 24k gold jewelry favored by Asians as well as jade pieces. There is a selection of Asian gifts ranging from tea sets to vases. Jewelry repairs are fast and affordable.
The family jewelry business model is changing. A mainstay in the Brighton area, Richard’s Fine Jewelers, is in the midst of its retirement sale. The store at 1855 Monroe Ave. will close by the end of the month.
Bargain of the week
Need some holiday-themed gifts? Check out Park Place Gift Shop at Unity Hospital, 1555 Long Pond Road in Greece. It is staffed by 60 dedicated volunteers. There’s a wide array of gifts, including welcome gifts for a new baby. This time of the year, there are plenty of holiday items.
The shop is decked out for Christmas with lighted globes, angels, cardinal birds and Santas. Right now, there are cute holiday gnomes starting at $6.99. Other gifts include holiday salt and pepper shakers starting at $6.99. All proceeds go to patient care at Unity Hospital. Giving back to the Unity community is the shop’s mission.
Mary Chao is the retail and real estate reporter at Democrat and Chronicle. Email tips to [email protected]
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