On Tuesday, June 24, Augusta Facebook users got some unexpected and unwelcome news. Thai Jong owners have decided to close the restaurant after more than two decades. Here’s what they posted:
After 25 years of business, it is bittersweet to share that we have decided to close our doors. While this wasn’t an easy decision, we are looking forward to spending more time with our friends and family. Without your support over the years, our success would not have been possible. We are grateful for our loyal customers who have made all of us at Thai Jong an extension of their own families.
Our last day will be Saturday, July 12th. We hope to see more of you in the upcoming weeks. Please help us celebrate the last 25 years with a bang!
– The Tran Family
The response was immediate. The comments were an overwhelming “NOOOOOOOO!,” with long-time customers lamenting the fact that they would no longer be able to get their favorite pad thai and former residents vowing road trips before the restaurant closes.
Just in case you want to make the trek (no matter how long it may be), Thai Jong will be open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday and lunch on Sunday until their final day July 12. You’d better hurry!
Best salad in the city? It might just be the Alaskan Salmon Salad at DiChicko’s Peri Peri Cafe inside New Life Natural Foods. Less than ten bucks gets you a salmon filet, avocado, craisins and more, and it comes with their signature perinaise and a Dijon vinaigrette.
Speaking of salads, Farmhaus Burger announced last week that they’re retooling their menu to include a new Cobb Salad with chopped Coleman’s all natural chicken breast, avocado, tomato, onion, smoked bacon, Point Reyes blue cheese, a hard-boiled egg and blue cheese dressing.
Another is a Chopped Burger Steak Salad made with an Angus ground beef patty, Point Reyes blue cheese crumbles, grilled onions, tomatoes and choice of salad dressing.
And though they’ve always been known for their milkshakes, Farmhaus now offers sundaes. The creations start High Road Craft Ice Cream soft serve, and customers can choose from toppings including crushed M&M’s, Oreos, sprinkles, caramel and chocolate sauce. Yum!
It doesn’t start until the end of August, but that’s okay; it gives you plenty of time to plan your trip to the Minnesota State Fair. And you’ll want to after you hear some of the food items they’ll be offering.
Here’s some of what patrons can buy, if they’re crazy enough: Deep-Fried Breakfast on a Stick, Deep-Fried Lobster on a Stick, Jello Salad Ice Cream, Pizza Tots, Shrimp Dogs, Pretzel Curds and Gluten-Free Beer-Battered Brats. Whew! Good thing they’re gluten-free.
If you want to see the full menu, visit mnstatefair.org/fun/new-food/.