The Emerald’s founder, Ravadi Quinn, relocated from the west side of Washington state in 1981. She came with her husband Garry, and their two children, Dara and William. She also brought her a love for sharing culture, and her desire to share in some excellent Thai food. In 1983, with financial support from her loving parents, and a partnership with her sister Sunanta, Ravadi opened the first Thai restaurant in Tri-Cities. Ravadi hosted children’s workshops and held cultural events for to help expose the community to Thailand’s beautiful culture. She also offered her compassionate ear to customers, welcoming them into her family here at the Emerald. The Tri-Cities embraced Ravadi as a long-time center of love in the community. Her open heart and beautiful attitude touched many in the community, and the Emerald has for many become a home away from home. She made sure her children Dara and Billy knew that the Emerald was a special place for our community, not only for the love of Thai food, but for bringing people together for a positive experience. A supporter of arts and music, and an author herself, Ravadi published two cookbooks and a book of inspirational poetry before retiring in 2011 and handing the reins to her children.
Thank goodness Mom left the chef! We are proud to continue offering the same vast selection of delicious authentic Thai food. We are having a great time bringing our generation’s touch to the business, making some changes that our community has been asking for! The Emerald has been extensively remodeled, and we have built a full service bar and a stage. Our hours have been extended into the night, and we have been recruiting great local and touring acts to bring some more flavors to the community. Thank you very much for joining us and making it possible for the Emerald to enter another decade of growing and celebrating with the Tri-Cities community!
Regular hours M-F 11:30am – 2am, Sat 5pm – 2am
Lunch Buffet and full menu M-F 11:30am – 2pm
Dinner Buffet Fri/Sat – 5-8:30
See our calendar page for all upcoming events
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