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V.22 No.10 | March 7 - 13, 2013

Annual Report 2013


Sushi King
Antonio Ramon antonioramonphotography.com
Type of business:
Restaurant

Owners:
Kathy Punya

Business Address:

118 Central SW
Albuquerque NM
842-5099

Business Email:
toenip13@msn.com

Business Website:
www.sushikingnm.com

Number of Employees:
11


How did you get started in this business?
My first job was working with my mother in Thailand making desserts and selling them to people on the streets.
Why did you choose this business?
I have been cooking for my family my entire life, so it came naturally to me.
Why did you choose to do business in Albuquerque?
I have some land out here in New Mexico that I was looking at, and a friend of mine in Albuquerque said, "Hey, why don't you open up a Thai restaurant here?" And that's how I got started.
What significant changes have you implemented recently?
I had opened a new Sushi King location a few months ago in Rio Rancho near Bernalillo. It is a fusion restaurant that includes Thai dishes, so customers can order from both Thai and Japanese cuisines.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle in operating a successful business?
Location. If you pick a spot that's very close to similar businesses, if you're hidden behind other buildings, or if not many people commute around the area, it's probably a poor spot.
What is your company's greatest challenge?
The other restaurants that have either been here before or have opened up recently around my businesses. Competing against other nearby sushi restaurants is intimidating at first, because you don't know how your business will do once it opens up. You just have to do your best.
How has the Internet affected your business, and how do you think it might affect your business in the future?
The Internet has allowed me to expand my businesses to the online community. I currently have a website up: sushikingnm.com. Customers can see our menu online and call us to make a takeout order without having to scrounge around for a menu or try to remember it.
In what area of your business do you invest the most energy?
My customers. Because without them, I have no business.
What restaurants do you own?
I currently own the following Sushi King Locations: Downtown (2nd & Central), West Side (Coors & Irving) and Rio Rancho (Unser & Southern). I have also recently obtained ownership of Thai Crystal in Downtown Albuquerque, and I’m currently re-opening my Japanese / Chinese Vegan Restaurant on Coors and Dellynne.

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