After a tumultuous 18 months that included stops and begins to its eating companies, the chef-owner of Senae Thai Bistro introduced Wednesday that she was closing the restaurant for good after 5 years in downtown Tucson.
Senae Thai, at 63 E. Congress St., joins an inventory of notable downtown eating places which have closed because the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. Amongst them was Café Poca Cosa, which closed in October, and Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, which adopted two weeks later.
Chef-owner Amonwadee “Dee” Buizer stated she made the choice throughout a three-week highway journey together with her husband, Jim, earlier this month. The couple closed the restaurant for the month and by the point they reached California’s Bay Space, she had just about determined the time was proper.
“I made a decision that that is the time for me to retire,” stated Buizer, who turns 60 this yr. “I’m going to have a good time my sixtieth by retiring.”
Buizer stated she struck a take care of her landlord to stroll away from the restaurant, which she opened in 2016 to showcase the upscale facet of Thai cooking that she realized in her native Bangkok.
Diners had been spoiled by Buizer’s house-favorite lemongrass soup and rice noodle dishes wok-fried with tofu or rooster and seasoned with candy Thai basil or a garlicky darkish soy sauce. Her pan-seared duck breast in a coconut milk pink curry sauce and number of noodle and curry dishes gained over a faithful fanbase, together with vegetarians who raved concerning the versatility of her dishes that could possibly be ready with or with out meat.