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New Village Restaurant is To Thai For

Taste the true flavor of authentic Thailand cuisine in Capitola Village.

The Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new member to their organization on Thursday in a special ceremonial ribbon cutting with hopes that it can add a little more spice to the local community, literally.

Mona Prakrong-Hafner is the proud owner of To Thai For and is the most recent addition to the food scene in the Capitola Village. A little more than 40 people showed up to the event which included local residents, business owners and chamber of commerce staff members Carrie Arnone and Dave Peyton.

Come 6:30 p.m., the chamber was pleased with the outcome of the event.

"I thought it was great," said Arnone. "They’re so welcoming and so inviting, and everybody that walked in was just really excited." 

Although the restaurant has had its doors open to the public since April 1, Thursday’s ceremony was held to help celebrate the grand opening and a chance for guests to partake in tasty items from the menu like tightly-rolled Thai wraps, creamy Tom Kha coconut veggie and tofu soup, and a popular South Thailand dish of juicy chicken over flavored rice topped with dry garlic, cashews and raisins.

With about 15 years of experience in the kitchen, Prakrong-Hafner opened up a Thai restaurant with aspirations of serving authentic recipes from her native country.

“We have good chefs,” said Prakrong-Hafner. “We know what to do and we want to serve people so they can eat and be happy.”

Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony also featured soft acoustic music performed by Mike Shenk and Rob Blitzer. 

Without a doubt the food was well-received and the hospitality was beyond charming. Capitola resident Bill Breisacher was one of many that were pleased to get a chance to make an appearance.

“It’s a beautiful place,” said Breisacher. “The food is fabulous and I think they’ll do well.”

To Thai For is located at 210 Monterey Ave. across from and .

Will you check out To Thai For? What do you think of a third Thai restaurant opening in the Village? Tell us in the comments! 

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Peking May 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I wish the owners all the luck in the world. The restaurant business is demanding. I'm wondering how they will survive when there are already two Thai restaurants nearby, one directly across the street Thai Basil. The other is around the corner on the beach, My Thai Beach Restaurant. I love Thai food, but how is this little place going to distinguish itself from the other two well-established places?
Jacob Bourne May 11, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Great question. The most obvious difference between To Thai For and the other two in the Village is that To Thai For has a smaller menu and is a walk-up-order-at-the-counter format which might be better for people on the go. But if that is enough to sustain the business is the big question. Hopefully it is. Like you said, restaurants are unbelievably tough to sustain.
Mike Shenk May 11, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I work directly with Mona on creative and advertising. It was never Mona's intention to go head to head with the other two Thai restaurants in the neighborhood. In fact Mona and staff are very friendly with the Thai Basil owners and eat at each others establishments. Mona's vision was to create a fun and non traditional Thai cafe which served a vast array of coffee drinks, Italian sodas pearl drinks and the very popular Thai ice tea. You will find that her very popular Thai sandwiches and Thai wraps aren't traditionally found in Thai restaurants and serve as a delicious meal for people on the run. Her focus now is to expand the business into catering for business and home parties. Mona enjoys talking to people in general, and wants to serve quality food and drink in a fun and cheerful environment at a reasonable price.

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