It was enterprise as traditional at Noot’s Thai Kitchen Thursday, however the day was something however abnormal. It was the native eatery’s tenth anniversary, and so they celebrated not with a ribbon chopping or fanfare, however by quietly serving up scrumptious Thai meals like that they had for a decade.
Although the meals was the identical as at all times, the anniversary got here on the heels of a complete reworking of the restaurant’s inside, stated James Munsch, the proprietor.
The rework — accomplished in mid-August apart from the set up of latest cubicles — had been deliberate for some time however the COVID-19 pandemic supplied the right alternative to finish it, Munsch stated. The rework included painted partitions and new flooring, dividers, tables and decor.
“It brings us nearer to the ambiance,” he stated.
Although the restaurant is successful at the moment, it was a wrestle at occasions to achieve this level, Munsch stated.
“The primary two to a few years had been a giant wrestle for us,” he stated. “I didn’t assume we’d make it. The primary 12 months or two, we didn’t actually have a signal on the constructing.”
Munsch’s daughter, Chayanoot — who he named the restaurant in honor of — was solely 8 months outdated when Noot’s opened, and he’s been fortunate to look at her develop alongside the restaurant, he stated.
“I bear in mind when she may stroll below the tables,” he stated. “Now she’s surpassing her mother’s peak!”
Dishes like pad thai and garlic fried rice are long-standing hits, however Munsch discovered it arduous to nail down a No. 1 dish.
The shrimp fried rice and tom yum fried rice are common meals for Robert Alfaro, a 21-year-old buyer.
“Up to now that I do know of, that is the one place round right here that does good Thai meals,” he stated.
Having an genuine Thai restaurant in Victoria provides to town’s variety, stated Jeff Lyon, president and CEO of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
“We will have totally different decisions and on the similar time after we’re taking a look at bringing in industries, they wish to search for variety and high quality of life for his or her staff as properly,” he stated.
With one decade within the books, Munsch is wanting ahead to the subsequent one.
“I’ve been wanting into boxing our meals,” he stated. “Lots of people which have moved out of Victoria, they are saying they miss our meals. Typically they’re like ‘Are you able to mail us some meals?” however I don’t know if that might maintain.”
This story was up to date Sept. 10, 2021 to appropriate the restaurant’s handle.
Cody covers the enterprise beat for the Advocate. He may be reached at (361) 580-6504 or [email protected]