Business graduate tastes success with restaurant opening

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A Lancaster University business graduate mixes her skills with her heritage after opening a Thai restaurant in the heart of Lancaster.

Jing Pongwisaitat established TwoThai Restaurant on downtown China Street.

She seeks to offer an authentic Thai street food menu and market atmosphere.

Originally from Thailand, Jing joined Lancaster University in 2015 to study the MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Practice.

Initially, after graduating, Jing started a business making and selling Thai “street food” and traveled the area with another Thai student, selling their food at market stalls and at events. gastronomic.

However, her business partner moved back to Thailand, so Jing turned to producing Thai table sauces. But, after deciding to settle permanently in Lancaster, she decided to go further and open a restaurant.

TwoThai has a capacity of over 30 diners and will also offer take-out. Once it’s running at full capacity, Jing will have a staff of five, including full-time servers, chefs and hospitality staff.

Jing received support from Lancaster-based law firm Harrison Drury to set up the new venture.

Jack Stephenson, senior associate attorney on Harrison Drury’s business and commercial team, and Laura Bradley of the commercial real estate team, were involved in the acquisition of the business.

Jing said: “My vision is to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere that reflects the bustle of a Thai street market offering a traditional menu, with dishes including Pad Thai noodles, a range of Thai curries, salad of papaya and a Tom Yum soup.

“I want it to be a special place to visit and experience Thai food, but also a fun place for people to “hang out”.”

Jack Stephenson said, “Jing has a real entrepreneurial spirit and determination to make the restaurant a success.

“The location on China Street is perfect as it previously operated as a Thai restaurant so it ticked all the boxes. It’s another exciting adventure in this popular area of ​​Lancaster and she has worked very hard to convert it to reflect her own vision.

Laura said, “It’s always a pleasure to help young entrepreneurs with the enthusiasm to start a business and go it alone.”

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