He attended law school in Thailand and hotel school at Cornell, worked on a cruise for five years, met Prince Philip and has owned seven restaurants in his nearly three decades of work — but Thai Garden customers would recognize Panom Voravittayathorn as a waiter, if they recognize him at all.


Panom Voravittayathorn, Thai Garden co-owner with Pattana Promploy, greets regulars, Good Fortune owner Roger Weinreich and manager Judy Blake, as they arrive for lunch at the Keene restaurant on Wednesday afternoon. Weinreich and Panom have become close friends since the two met in 1997.


Panom Voravittayathorn jokes with guests of Thai Garden in Keene during the restaurant’s lunch rush Wednesday. Panom says the community has been very supportive since the eatery opened 25 years ago, and he really enjoys working with customers, getting to know them and what they like. This, he noted, is how the restaurant gets people to come back again and again.


A vegetable flower decoration adorns the Bangkok duck dish at Thai Garden in downtown Keene on Wednesday.


Nat Hudak of Keene lights a candle beneath the massaman curry at Thai Garden in downtown Keene before two regulars arrive for lunch Wednesday.

Christopher Cartwright can be reached at ccartwright@keenesentinel.com or 603-352-1234, extension 1405.

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