For many, Sukho Thai has been a lifelong tradition. The family-run restaurant, located at Fort Lauderdale's Gateway Shopping Center, has been serving up authentic and delicious food for 25 years. Now, the doors will close, with this coming Monday the last day of service, according to partner Eddie Wantana, who runs Sukhothai with his mother, Susie Komolsans.
The reason for the shuttering after so many years? According to Eddie Wantana, it's a slowdown of business, coupled with an increase in competition was a combination punch that knocked down the once-thriving business.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Watana says that the restaurant never fully recovered from the recession that hit a few years ago. "People are not coming in as often as they used to, and when they do walk in, they share plates."
Over the years, the restaurant has earned many accolades. The restaurant was called out for "best service" in 2006 by Broward/Palm Beach New Times and its pad Thai was named a favorite dish by New Times in 2011. The Sun-Sentinel called it "the place to try" for Thai cuisine.
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Even a loyal following of regulars who have frequented the restaurant for decades, some raising children on the family's pad Thai and chicken satay, weren't enough to keep it afloat, although the restaurant will clearly be missed.
Sukhothai's Facebook page reads like a memorial, with diners saying goodbye one last time with tributes like "WE LOVE YOU MS SUZZIE ..... The best Thai in FTL [sic]" and "Tragic...".
There's a bit of good news to the closing, however. Eddie Wantana says he plans to open another restaurant in the future, although there are no immediate details. We will keep readers posted as news develops.