Asia Market is planning to offer carryout and delivery of Thai and Cambodian food at its grocery store in Dunlap.
Sinin Um, who owns the store with her husband, Ohm Um, said she is still working on the menu and is targeting a June 1 opening. The couple has removed part of an interior wall and is locating the restaurant in space they formerly leased to a nail salon.
Because of limited parking at the site, at the southwest corner of Shaffer Avenue and U.S. 33, zoning regulations will only allow a couple of dine-in booths, Sinin Um said. Most of the food will be carryout, while delivery will be available for orders of at least $50.
Um said her customers have increasingly told her of a need for more Asian carryout options in the Goshen/South Elkhart area, especially since the closing of Golden Monkey Cafe in January. She likes her location in the retail corridor.
“If they come into my store while they’re out shopping, they can have some coffee and an egg roll, and carry out if they don’t feel like cooking,” she said.
Um said she is excited for customers to try her Cambodian desserts, like sweet rice with mango.
She also hopes people will like her rice noodle soup, fresh seafood like lobster tail and fried fish, egg rolls and spring rolls, which are rice paper wrapped around vegetables.
“Please come and try to help us out as a small business,” Um said. “I will try my best to take care of the customers.”
The carryout will keep the same hours as the store, which is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.