New Thai take-out opens in Colville

John and Wipa Zornes work in the kitchen of their new Thai take-out restaurant in Colville. Meredith F. Carroll photo
Meredith F. Carroll
Special to the Statesman-Examinerr

A new restaurant has opened its doors downtown.
Wipa Thai to Go celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 25.
Wipa’s, at 224b N. Main St., is owned and operated by husband and wife, John and Wipa Zornes.
“We are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily,” John Zornes said, “We have carry-out only, no dine in.”
He said they have no intention of expanding the business for dine-in seating.
The building’s space will not accommodate diners, and Zornes said that they are busy enough as it is.
“We are overwhelmingly busy,” he said.
Zornes said he bought the building for the restaurant, and it took him 11 months to remodel.
He had been working in the construction business for over 25 years and needed a change.
“People love Thai food,” he said, “And there’s a niche for it here.”
He met Wipa through a friend of hers who was married to her brother. She lived in Thailand at the time, and he lived in Washington. They got to know each other through writing letters. After two visits to Thailand, John brought Wipa back to the United States, and they have been married now for four years.
“This is a great place to eat,” said the restaurant’s hostess Gabby Dashkovskiy. “John and Wipa are very sweet.”
All of Wipa Thai to Go’s food is prepared fresh to order.
John and Wipa are doing all of the cooking, but they are looking to hire a Thai cook.