SHERIDAN — Sheridan will soon see a new Thai food restaurant on Main Street, and apparently Kanye West approves.
Owners Peter and Lee Sirivath began planning for the couple’s fourth and final Thai food restaurant in Wyoming a while back with contractor Kenneth Higby, following previous openings in Lander, Thermopolis and Cody. It was in Cody that West, who made a home across the Bighorn Mountains last year, stopped for a photo with owner Lee Sirivath as she served him her Thai cuisine.
Even more, he returned to dine again and has ordered their food for take-out parties at the ranch, Lee Sirivath said. Now having passed down the Cody restaurant to their children, Peter and Lee will move east to the other side of the Bighorns to start their fourth Thai restaurant as a couple with plans to retire in the community.
Lee Sirivath told The Sheridan Press Monday while she loves Cody, it was time for them to make a final move to Sheridan into semi-retirement. That, in addition to a desire to support elderly family members financially with successful business ventures, motivated the couple to settle on Sheridan as a final business plant.
Higby, who worked with the couple to create the Lander store and others, currently tasks himself with acquiring the proper city permits for the project. While owners do not anticipate an opening soon, they remain excited to bring Thai food cuisine to downtown Sheridan.
Higby spoke highly of the family and his experience with them, transforming buildings into traditional Thai decor and feel to accompany the authentic taste.
“We are rebuilding the whole front to look like a Thai building,” Higby said, mentioning he remained in the beginning stages of the process, to include city permits.
Because of its historical value as a long-standing building on Main Street, Higby said he will transform the building to fit the Thai culture while also preserving the historical elements of the structure.
Higby, a disabled veteran and several generation Wyomingite, appreciated his partnership with the owners, noting his gratefulness to have something to do outside of his care regimen with the Sheridan Veterans Affairs Health Care System. He moved up here for treatment and, because of the opportunity that arose, decided to once again cohort with the Sirivaths to create what may result in their final new business venture in Wyoming.
The owners have not set an official opening date, but looks forward to creating food-based relationships with Sheridanites in the future.