Thai Orchid putting down new roots

first_imgThis single-story building, formerly an annex to Koplan’s Home Furnishings, will be the new home of Thai Orchid. Owners of the Thai Orchid restaurant in downtown Vancouver have purchased a nearby building for the business, which they plan to move to the new location in early 2013.The downtown venue has served Thai cuisine since 1997 at the corner of West Evergreen Boulevard and Washington Street. It will move to 213 W. 11th St., on the southeast corner of West 11th and Columbia streets, a building that was once an annex to the two-story former Koplan’s Home Furnishings store. The main building is now being renovated as offices for Gravitate, a Web design, development and branding business.Thai Orchid’s husband-and-wife owners Cat Saenguraiporn and Noom Boonkunchieng purchased the annex building for $750,000 from downtown developer and property owner Ryan Hurley, of Hurley Development.“They (Thai Orchid owners) have been leasing for 15 years,” said Jim West, a commercial real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Jenkins Associates, speaking on behalf of Saenguraiporn and Boonkunchieng.“Now they’ll build equity by paying off the mortgage,” said West, who brokered the deal.He said plans for the newly purchased building — formerly a showroom and office space for Koplan’s — include a sushi bar, state-of-the-art kitchen, and both indoor and open-air dining space.last_img

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