Longtime Gainesville eatery Tim’s Thai Restaurant for sale

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.

Tim’s Thai Restaurant is for sale after owner Vaitip “Tim” Phangvivat retired last week and closed up shop after 30 years in business.

Tim, 66, and his wife, Fe, 65, opened Tim’s Thai in 1984 at 501 NW 23rd Ave.

Fe said her husband has been struggling with a change in medication for Type 2 diabetes that hospitalized him for a week in February, after which they cut back to three days a week.

“He decided he just cannot do it anymore; otherwise he would have continued because he likes doing this. It’s kind of his life,” she said.

Tim, who is from Bangkok, Thailand, and Fe, who is from the Philippines, met in New York City. Tim studied hotel and restaurant management at Paul Smith’s College in New York. They moved to Gainesville in 1978 when she took a job as a registered nurse at Shands and he worked in the billing department before opening the restaurant.

Fe said she has been calling and emailing regular customers, many of whom came by weekly. “They were kind of sad,” she said.

Lasso’s Steakhouse closed after six months in business at 104 S. Main St.

The owners could not be reached for comment Friday. An employee at Porterhouse Grill in Lake City -- which has the same owners -- confirmed that Lasso’s closed a couple weeks ago.

The business opened in January in the location that previously housed SmokeHouse Gourmet Barbecue, which lasted about nine months.

An 11,000-square-foot duplex that will house a McDonald’s and a Family Dollar is under construction in downtown Trenton.

The businesses are expected to open around the end of summer, said Beau Beery of Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors, who helped broker the real estate deal.

The building is on the north side of State Road 26, bordered by Trenton United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church. The property was previously occupied by the May House, which last housed the law offices of Ted Burt and Mark Feather.

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