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

Annual Report 2013

Thai Crystal
Antonio Ramon
Type of business:
Thai Restaurant

Kathy Punya

Business Address:

Albuquerque NM 87124
(505) 244-3344

Business Email:

Number of Employees:

What was your first job?
My first job was working with my mother in Thailand making desserts and selling them to people on the streets.
How did you get started in this business?
Most of my family was already in the restaurant business, so I decided to give it a try and, what do you know, I'm enjoying it.
Why did you choose this business?
I had previously opened a Thai Restaurant back in Laguna Niguel, CA, so when I decided to open a restaurant here in Albuquerque a Thai Restaurant was a good start.
What are your strongest business traits?
We strive to provide the best quality Thai food in town—with consistency—and to offer a wide variety of items so our customers have plenty of dishes to choose from.
Why did you choose to do business in Albuquerque?
I had 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 motivates you to succeed besides the desire to make money?
I provide for my family with my business so they can live a more comfortable life than what I had in Thailand.
What significant changes have you implemented recently?
I recently took over Thai Crystal in the last few months. We’ve made slight remodeling changes, but we’ve also completely reworked the menu and changed up the recipes a bit for a more traditional Thai taste. Come check it out!
What was your best business decision?
Changing the menu to offer more traditional Thai dishes and a much wider variety.
What do you look for in prospective employees?
I always look for dedication and customer service. We need to please our customers so they will come back. Our employees should reflect the quality of the business.

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