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A new place for Thai food

Nittaya Raksa has visited many local Thai restaurants in her 15 years in America, but none really captured the authentic taste and flavor of her native land.

So, she did what any self-respecting chef from Thailand would do. She opened her own restaurant. Earlier this week, she gathered with friends, family and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of Jasmine Restaurant with a ribbon-cutting hosted by the Chamber of Schenectady County.

Located at 2717 Broadway between Bruno and Summer streets, the restaurant will serve up entrees full of lemongrass, lime, coconut, ginger, galangal, Thai curry paste and fresh basil leaves. It will offer house specialties and seafood choices ranging from salmon to red snapper, and fowl choices ranging from chicken to duck. The restaurant also specializes in noodles, soups, salads and delicately spiced coconut curries.

Raksa previously owned a sewing shop in Albany, where she designed wedding gowns and did alterations.

Her husband, Thanatchai, owned a fruit company in Thailand, while he and Raksa dreamed of opening their own Thai restaurant.

Jasmine Restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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