Customers kept Ridgefield restaurant afloat

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Things had been so slow at Teriyaki Thai, co-owner Sombat Wongthawinkul and his staff didn’t prepare anything when they got in on Feb. 23.An error in an article in this newspaper, as well as other local publications, tanked business. Each day saw fewer guests than the last.“I thought (the restaurant was) going to die,” Wongthawinkul, 44, of Portland said.Then came a rush.“People came all day long,” he said. “We sold out of everything. They were lined up around the restaurant. It was our best day in two years.”People hugged him and told him it would be okay. In the days since, business has kept up ahead of what the restaurant was typically doing before a Feb. 15 article in The Columbian.The previous day, the U.S. Department of Justice sent out a press release announcing that Paul Jumroon, 54, of Depoe Bay, Ore., pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland to forced labor, visa fraud conspiracy and filing a false federal income tax return. Jumroon was listed as the owner of Teriyaki Thai, 109 S. 65th Ave., St. 103, Ridgefield, as well as Thai Curry in a Hurry located in Lake Oswego, Ore.last_img

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