Owner Joi Chanthavisouk followed in her mom's culinary footsteps with the March 24 opening of Bangkok Garden on Copperfield Boulevard at Dale Earnhardt Boulevard (N.C. 3).
Bangkok Garden serves authentic Thai cuisine similar to the fare at her family's longtime Chopstix Thai Restaurant on Davie Avenue in Statesville. Joi's mom, Bounpheng Inlavongsa, started Chopstix with a sister and brother-in-law, but is now helping Joi get Bangkok Garden started. So is Bounpheng's brother-in-law, Kykeo Phomxayavong, the always-smiling face at Chopstix.
Joi said she and her husband, Greg, intend someday to pass the restaurant down to their son and three daughters. Her husband is a programmer at Ingersoll Rand in Mocksville.
"Everything we're doing is for the kids," she said at the restaurant April 1.
Bangkok Garden serves Thai appetizers, salads, soups, classic curries; stir-fry, noodle and rice selections; and Thai specialties including roasted duck, sautéed chicken and steak entrées. Spices are as mild or strong as the patron prefers. It also has $5.99 lunch specials accompanied by house soup and spring roll. Takeout is available.
Bangkok Garden: 349-K Copperfield Blvd. N.E.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4:30-10 p.m. Sundays through Fridays; 5-10 p.m. Saturdays; 704-793-1437; Facebook page under construction.
Chick-fil-A to host Jacob Cook fundraiser
STATESVILLE Chick-fil-A, 228 Turnersburg Highway, will host a fundraiser Tuesday for Jacob Cook, a Statesville 5-year-old being treated at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte after a March 3 tractor accident.
To participate, buy food and ask for your receipt to be donated to the Jacob Cook benefit, which is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. "Praying for Jacob" $5 bracelets also will be sold. Read Jacob's story at www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacobcookIfreaders.
Donations can be mailed to Command Baptist Church, 658 Island Ford Road, Statesville, NC 28625. Make checks payable to Command Baptist Church and write "Jacob Cook Fund" on the memo line. The money will go to Jacob's family; donors will get a receipt for tax purposes.