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Sit @ Thai Bistro owner to open a second restaurant near Central and Oliver

WICHITA — Sit @ Thai Bistro owner Nikki Phumsawarng is opening a second restaurant.

Phumsawarng opened her first Wichita restaurant in 2009 on 21st St. near Ridge Road.

Her new restaurant will be in the former Taco Shop space on Central near Oliver.

Phumsawarng says she's still working on the concept, and the name, but it will be Thai food in a modern decor.

Since there's a drive-through at the building, she's considering names like Sit @ Thai Express or Sit @ Thai To Go.

The restaurant will be able to seat about 25 for lunch and dinner.

Phumsawarng also is adding a small patio.

She was inspired to open the new restaurant in part by all the people who travel from the east side to her current restaurant.

Many times, she says, she's been told, "Hey, you have to open on the east side."

Phumsawarng also was surprised people would drive across town to eat her food. She thinks that support will help her new venture be successful.

"It should be a good one."