Amaye International Restaurant opened on Friday, November 4th, after months of preparation. The African food venue at 8000 NE Glisan Street recently took over the former corner storefront from Paitong Thai Cuisine, which closed last May. Opening day saw a steady flow of customers ordering food-to-go or dining in groups at a table.
Since taking over the restaurant location this summer, the Amaye International Restaurant’s staff have methodically reworked the space, adding new furnishings and details to the interior. Along with updated signs atop the building, the shop’s owners added full-color window decals displaying some of the location’s 45 menu items. LED lighting along the trim illuminates the restaurant inside and out. Gold and red curtains, synched midway down, frame the view onto NE Glisan Street. A variety of well-spaced seating creates a comfortable space to reconnect with friends or eat alone.
The restaurant opens at 9 a.m and closes at 8 p.m. every day except Tuesdays. You can place orders by phone at 503-252-0264 or stop by.
Paitong Thai Cuisine at 8000 NE Glisan Street recently closed its doors permanently after a challenging few years. Bounnam (Nancy) Somvong opened the family-run business in 2006 and dedicated herself to making it a well-reviewed neighborhood destination. The space is currently empty, awaiting a new tenant. However, the restaurant’s exterior signs remain on the building, and the distinctive interior murals are still visible through the windows.
Paitong has anchored the corner retail space at NE 80th Avenue and Glisan Street for sixteen years. For many Montavilla residents, this inviting space provided a reliably tasty meal. At its height of exposure, Paitong appeared on TV when 90 Day Fiancé stars Kyle and Noon Huck dined at the restaurant during an episode. The restaurant owner and chef, Bounnam (Nancy) Somvong, grew up in Laos and Thailand before moving to the United States at age 17. As a lifelong cook and fruit carving artist, this restaurant fulfilled a dream for Somvong.
The pandemic hurt Paitong’s business, just as it has many other restaurants, and in June of 2021, an illness forced the family to limit operating hours. Last year the Somvongs asked for the community’s help through a GoFundMe campaign. On the fundraising page, the owner’s daughter Alyssa Somvong expressed her hesitancy in seeking financial support from the community but explained its importance to her mother. “This has been the hardest thing to ask for, but I want to see my mom return to the restaurant where she belongs.” Although the restaurant continued operation after the GoFundMe campaign, the family ultimately needed to shut down this location.
Montavilla fans of Paitong Thai Cuisine will miss the food and friendly atmosphere created by Bounnam (Nancy) Somvong. The community appreciates the investments made by the Somvong family in the neighborhood and wishes them well in the years ahead.
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