Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski, left, with Thai Cuisine Restaurant co-owners Joseph and Ratchanida (Nam) Lovato last month as they sign the lease agreement on the space where they will open their new eatery in July in Mari Mac. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
The new Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Mari Mac is scheduled to open in early July. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Thai Cuisine Restaurant co-owner Ratchanida (Nam) Lovato inside the new restaurant Friday evening helping with the massive renovations underway in anticipation of an early July opening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Co-owners Joseph and Ratchanida (Nam) Lovato anticipate opening their new Thai Cuisine Restaurant in early July at 723 Trinity Dr., in Mari Mac Plaza.
The couple signed their lease with Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski last month and has been busy ever since commuting from Albuquerque to totally overhaul the entire space. They plan to move to Los Alamos soon, Nam said during an interview Friday evening.
“We love it here and we want to raise our children here and have them attend the schools, which are very good,” she said.
The couple has two daughters ages 4 and 5 and are expecting a baby boy Nov. 20.
“My husband works in the front of the restaurant and I am the chef and work in the back so I am going to need to hire a backup chef with at least three years’ experience while I’m away having the baby,” she said.
Joseph added that they also need to fill other positions and want to hire local people.
Nam was born in Thailand and moved to Albuquerque in 2006. She worked in her mother’s Thai Cuisine Restaurant there, she said. Her uncle also owns a Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Albuquerque.
“But I was born into the business because my mom and dad owned restaurants in Thailand before I was born so I’ve been around the business all of my life,” she said. “I won’t make anyone disappointed in the food because we’ve been in the business for so long.”
She said her parents are excited that she and her husband are opening the restaurant in Los Alamos, adding that they had not visited here before, but once they did, they loved it and said they wanted to move here, too.
“It’s a beautiful place and the people have been so welcoming and supportive to us,” Nam said.
Initially the new eatery will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday. The Lovatos are willing to open the restaurant Sundays if they see a strong interest from the community. They also plan to cater off-site events as well as host events at the restaurant. They will offer lunch and dinner specials and in the future may even offer delivery.
Co-owner Joseph Lovato installs tile Friday evening in the office area of the new Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Mari Mac. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Co-owner Joseph Lovato’s brother Santiago Lovato pitches in Friday evening painting walls at the new Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Mari Mac. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com