Aree Ryan said owning a Thai restaurant is her American dream.

Her dream will come true this fall when she opens Krua Thai Cafe in Dallastown.

The restaurant is slated for a soft opening Oct. 1 at 45 Main St., and a grand opening will be held Nov. 9 during the borough's annual Christmas festival, said Ryan, a 38-year-old York City resident.

A native of Thailand, Ryan used to work in a Thai restaurant and said she always wanted to have her own business.

The food will be authentic and made to taste, said her husband Tommy Ryan, a 41-year-old York City resident.

"If someone likes flavor without the heat, we can do that. If someone likes it spicy, we can do that," he said.

He lived in Dallastown until 10 years ago and said having a business there is a chance to return to his roots.

"We poured over maps, and Dallastown seemed like the best place," Tommy Ryan said.

That's partially because he hasn't found much competition there.

To the best of his knowledge, it will be the only Thai food restaurant in Dallastown and one of a handful in York County.

"We won't be in direct competition with someone down the street. We're not going to be stepping on each other's toes," Tommy Ryan said.

Krua Thai Cafe will have seating for 40 to 50 people and will employ about five people.

Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant will be closed Monday.


It will be the first business owned by the Ryans, they said.

"This is our first adventure. It's going to be awesome," Tommy Ryan said.

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