Owners hopeful to open Thai Phooket after fire

Popular restaurant severely damaged by fire
Posted at 1:18 PM, Jan 29, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The owners of a Nashville Thai restaurant are hopeful that they will be able to reopen the popular downtown location, following a devastating weekend fire which left the business severely damaged.

Bountsavy Dipaseuth and his family came to Nashville from Laos 15 years ago to open Thai Phooket. The restaurant has gained such a popular following that the family was able to open two other locations in Goodlettsville and Smyrna. But "B," as he's usually called, says it's the downtown location that brings in the most money.

"It's going to be hard," he said about having to temporarily close Thai Phooket.

Firefighters were called to the building on Sunday night for reports of a kitchen fire. From the outside it's hard to tell there was any kind of damage to the business. The inside though suffered serious smoke damage. Tiles could be seen hanging from the ceiling and the windows were covered in a thick layer of black soot.

For the foreseeable future Thai Phooket's downtown location will remain closed. "B" says he has insurance for everything inside the restaurant he owns but the owner of the building itself down not have insurance, which could prolong the restaurant reopening.