The Tasty Thai in the Modesto Village One Plaza is now Thai Thyme.
Pete Polgrang, brother of Tasty Thai owner Park Praneet, bought the Floyd Avenue restaurant and reopened as Thai Thyme three weeks ago.
Praneet still owns and runs the original Tasty Thai at 1401 Coffee Road.
Polgrang and his wife, Nuch, recently moved to California after owning a Thai restaurant in Oregon for 10 years. The couple moved to the area to be closer to family.
Pete Polgrang, who is also the chef, has expanded the restaurant's menu to include Chinese food and more seafood.
The décor remains largely the same, and the restaurant continues to have a full bar. The eatery seats 110 with an additional banquet area. Dine-in and takeout service is available.
"We've changed a little bit -- some things have changed, some things are still the same," Nuch Polgrang said. "I talk to all the customers, and I try to do what they like."
She said they plan to start offering delivery in the next few weeks.
Thai Thyme, 3020 Floyd Ave., is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and for dinner from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday lunch is noon to 3 p.m., and dinner is 5 to 9 p.m. Call 551-4200 for more information.
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
Maxis Restaurant inside the DoubleTree Hotel is rolling out a new menu.
The restaurant, formerly the Garden Terrace Cafe, changed its name to Maxis last summer. Now its executive chef Keith Breedlove is debuting new choices and recipes.
Enrique Castillo, director of food for the DoubleTree Hotel, said the casual to fine dining eatery will serve classic American cuisine including pasta and seafood. Castillo said it will use more products from local vendors as well.
The new menu launches Tuesday.
Maxis has seating for about 100 with an additional private dining room that holds 40. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 525-3075. ...
The Perko's Cafe on Geer Road in Turlock is now a Huckleberry's.
The restaurant switched over Feb. 1, but it's still owned by Jeff Burns. His family runs all the Perko's in the area as well as the Riverbank Cool Hand Luke's and other Huckleberry's in Modesto.
The franchise specializes in breakfast and lunch. Huckleberry's is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.
"We wanted to try something new," said Manager Sergio Arellano. "So far everybody loves it, and we're getting good feedback."
Visit Huckleberry's at 3191 Geer Road or call 634-4253. ...
And finally, China Garden is open and ready to serve.
The new Modesto restaurant opened Jan. 2 in the site of the former New Royal China at 1501 Coffee Road, Suite E. Owner Jeffrey Ma previously owned a restaurant in Turlock and more recently worked with his brother at Lee's Chinese Kitchen on McHenry Avenue.
The eatery seats about 80 and serves wine and beer. Dine-in and carry-out service is available. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed Monday.
For more information, call 527-3876.
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