I went to the only Thai restaurant that is in this town the other day. There is no competition. When I walked in, there was a table of four people and one table with a gentleman eating solo. This was 8o'clock on a Saturday night.
The waitress was different from the girl that usually worked there and upon opening the menu, I knew that I was dealing with a new place.
This disappointed me as I knew that the previous owners tried hard, but overextended themselves with another place 30+ miles away and then working this place at night.
The sad fact is that this is a meat and potatoes type town with a strong Italian influence and very few quality restaurants of any kind. There is an excellent place for sushi, but it kills me that their parking lot has plenty of empty spaces.
Whenever I try to talk to my neighbors about Thai food, I generally get a reply that they think it is something that is too spicy. Sushi is ONLY raw fish.
They say that a restaurant's success can be based on location. Maybe that's true. This place is in the middle of two towns, but not really a long drive from either. This site may be jinxed, as there have been other places there before it.
I talked to the owner for some time, and he said that he was planning on changing its name. I tried to suggest that it may be better to keep the name, only so people won't go "Oh, it is another restaurant." and know that it has new owners. Changing the name won't help. Besides, it shows up on my GPS as its known name and I do not think that a new name will register.
One last note, New Haven has about five Thai restaurants on one block!!!