Mother and son duo make Tri-Cities Thai restaurant their own

The Farh Thai Restaurant recently opened in the Rainier Plaza at 5601 W. Clearwater Ave.  in Kennewick.

The Farh Thai Restaurant recently opened in the Rainier Plaza at 5601 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick.

After years in the restaurant industry, a mother and son are striking out on their own.

Q Taychak and his mother, Viengkham Mexay, recently took over the Green Papaya Thai Restaurant on Clearwater Avenue and are making it their own.

Farh Thai will take everything customers loved about the Green Papaya and add their own family recipes to the mix.

“My mom has been a chef around town forever, she’s got a lot of experience and we were finally able to financial save up to start our own business as a family,” Taychak said. “It was a good location and the time was right.”

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The Farh Thai Restaurant recently opened in the Rainier Plaza at 5601 W. Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. Bob Brawdy

Taychak said he would recommend new customers try the Pho or stirfry. He thinks diners will also love the new boba tea they’ve added to the menu alongside the frozen Thai drinks the restaurant was known for.

They took over the restaurant in July, and recently had signage go up. They also offer delivery through Uber Eats and Doordash.

Farh Thai is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm They’re at 5601 W. Clearwater Ave. Ste. 112 in the Rainier Plaza shopping center next to Somer Bakery.

Papa Murphy’s is a nationally-known pizza franchise. Takaaki Iwabu McClatchy

Papa Murphy’s

West Richland’s first Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza location is getting closer to opening.

The Vancouver-based pizza chain recently applied for permits for signs at their forthcoming location.

They’ll be at 1589 Bombing Range Rd. No opening date has been set.

Slate & Aloe

Plants, tea and books. What more could you ask for?

A new shop has opened in downtown Kennewick specializing in cozy comforts.

Slate & Aloe is at 19 N. Benton St., just around the corner from Red Mountain Kitchen.

Their hours are listed as 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Habitat Store

The Habitat Store is having a grand reopening.

The store, run by the Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity, is celebrating an expansion at its Wellsian Way location.

The store sells donated furniture and home improvement items to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. They’ve also streamlined their processes to make donating items easier than ever.

The grand reopening will take place from 9 am to 5 pm, with a ribbon cutting set for noon on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Habitat Store is at 309 Wellsian Way and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm Donations are accepted from 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

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Cory is an award-winning investigative reporter. He joined the Tri-City Herald in Dec. 2021 as an Editor/Reporter covering housing and development. His past work can be found in the Tyler Morning Telegraph and other Texas newspapers. He was a 2019-20 Education Writers Association Fellow, and has been featured on The Murder Tapes, Grave Mysteries and Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen.


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