Under a new name, her daughter takes over her parents’ Thai restaurant

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TWP HOLLAND. – Siri Thai Kitchen on River Avenue in Holland Township has long been a hidden local favorite.

The restaurant at 301 N. River Ave. was once Rice and Spice before seeing new life in 2014. Since then, the restaurant’s weekly buffets have been a hit. That is, until the restaurant went dark a few months ago.

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But the famous buffet did not last long. Indeed, the business reopened a little over a month ago under a new name: 2 Dragons Cuisine. And it’s also under new ownership. Vonna Southavanh’s parents, owners of Siri Thai Kitchen, plan to retire soon – and she’s ready to take over.

Jimmy Sok (left), Vonna Southavanh and Tee Sirisack (right) pose for a photo Thursday, April 7 at 2 Dragons Kitchen in Holland Township.

“It was a dream of mine and it’s crazy to see it come true,” Southavanh wrote in a statement to The Sentinel. “We had lots of friends and family who helped us through the opening process and without them this wouldn’t be possible.

“We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from the community – and thank you for motivating us even more.”

Southavanh’s parents pass on the menu and will eventually pass on the restaurant entirely. The buffet always offers a variety of authentic Thai cuisine from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Vonna Southavanh brings food from the kitchen to the buffet on Thursday, April 7 at 2 Dragons Kitchen in Holland Township.

“We are happy and proud to be open again,” Southavanh wrote. “Our customers from the previous owner stay with us and love coming here for the varied food we have to offer.”

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Jimmy Sok, formerly of Popeyes fame, now works with Southavanh at 2 Dragons. Sok is also the owner of the Takeout Takeover food truck.

“Having both Takeout Takeover and 2 Dragons Cuisine under the same business umbrella should help both businesses,” Southavanh wrote. “We can’t wait to see how this year goes.”

Vonna Southavanh cooks food on Thursday, April 7 at 2 Dragons Kitchen in Holland Township.

Just a few months ago, Sok attended the opening of the first Popeyes Louisiana Dutch Kitchen near the Holland Town Center. Why the move?

“In the end, it was a good career move for me,” Sok wrote. “I can hang out with my best friends and support them and their dream while they support mine as well.”

— Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at cassandra.lybrink@hollandsentinel.com. Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

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