Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


February 11, 2010

New Asian restaurant opens Saturday

EFFINGHAM — After opening eight Thai restaurants in various parts of Illinois over the past 29 years, Paul Jisook is ready to settle down.

“This is my final stop,” said Jisook, as he prepared to open their latest enterprise, Bangkok Thai Restaurant, on the site of the old El Rancherito restaurant, 1313 N. Keller Drive in Effingham.

The new restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Saturday. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Jisook, who grew up in Thailand, has opened restaurants in such disparate locations as Chicago, Champaign and Bloomington. But he’s happy to be in Effingham.

“I like small towns,” he said.

After leaving Thailand, Jisook settled in London for several years before opening a fast food carryout business in Chicago. He said his best known restaurant might be Nitaya Thai Restaurant in Champaign.

It didn’t take long for Jisook to lease the old El Rancherito building after the popular Mexican restaurant moved next door to the old Ponderosa building last summer. Jisook and his crew almost immediately began renovating the old building to provide a better Thai dining experience.

“We saw the “for sale” sign on this building and contacted the realtor almost right away,” Jisook said. “We made the deal in three days.”

“I like Effingham because it’s a busy place,” Jisook said. “There’s lots of traffic, but no Thai restaurants.”

Jisook said customers at his Champaign restaurant told him an opportunity might be available.

Thai food is known for its spiciness, especially compared to other Asian foods.

“The flavor is better and it’s healthier,” Jisook said. “We have a lot of curries in Thai food, but our curry is hotter than Indian curry.”

Specialities include papaya salad and pad thai, a thin rice noodle stir-fried with bean sprouts, egg, ground peanut, and a choice of either chicken, beef, tofu or shrimp.

Nearly every main dish is served with rice.

“It’s like eating with potatoes here,” Jisook said.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 132 or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com

Text Only
  • candycorn.jpg In sugar shock? 5 things to do with leftover Halloween candy

    When Halloween is over and your kids are still candy-eating zombies, you may want to get the sugary temptations out of their sight (and yours.) So what do you do with the leftover treats? Here are some ideas.

    November 3, 2011 1 Photo

  • scared-cover.jpg SLIDESHOW: Study reveals 15 scariest jobs CareerBuilder recently asked workers to rank the most frightening jobs. In celebration of Halloween, here are the 15 professions that have people quaking in their boots.

    October 31, 2011 1 Photo

  • Bernard-in-VA-dogs.jpg SLIDESHOW: Amazing jack-o-lantern designs For pumpkin-carving pros, the standard spooky face design just isn’t enough. Check out these photos of elaborate and creative jack-o-lanterns.

    October 27, 2011

  • vacancy-sign.jpg Stay scared: 10 most haunted hotels in America An overnight stay at a haunted hotel is a nightmare come true for many thrill-seeking tourists, and travel website TripAdvisor has named the top 10 places where you can scare up a good vacation.

    October 26, 2011

  • Red_Leaf_BH.jpg SLIDESHOW: Fall colors on display across the U.S. The change in seasons brings a vivid display of fall foliage. Check out this gallery of photos of autumn colors from across the United States.

    October 26, 2011

  • halloween-costumes-blurb.jpg SLIDESHOW: Most popular Halloween costumes this year From ladybugs to Lady Gaga, Party City has the breakdown of this year’s most in-demand Halloween costumes for kids and pets.

    October 26, 2011 1 Photo

  • Chicken Restaurant reveals perfect fried chicken

    There are several foods that can lay claim to being true American fare. Cheeseburgers, barbecued ribs, hot dogs and apple pie are a few that come to mind.

    September 22, 2011 1 Photo

  • labor-day BBQ 02.jpg Labor Day BBQ bash can be healthy, tasty

    Labor Day weekend is a great time to spend outdoors with friends and family, firing up the barbecue and enjoying the weather. Instead of chowing down on fatty foods, consider making healthier choices over the holiday with these fresh ideas.

    September 2, 2011 1 Photo

  • flood_newrussia2 SLIDESHOW: Irene batters Northeast with winds, flooding Tropical Storm Irene battered New England over the weekend with high winds and torrential rains, knocking down trees and power lines and causing flooding of homes and businesses. Here is a collection of photos from upstate New York and Massachusetts.

    September 1, 2011 1 Photo

  • Hurricane Katrina 10 deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history

    Forecasters have updated the hurricane outlook for 2011, anticipating more hurricanes this year than they originally forecast at the beginning of the season in June. Take a look back at some of the most dangerous storms in history.

    September 1, 2011 1 Photo

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.