Downtown Harrisonburg has developed a reputation for having a “restaurant row.” Within a one-mile radius, the dining district boasts Greek, Indian, Ethiopian, Italian and Latin American fare, a wine and gourmet shop, coffee and martini bars as well as good old fashioned American cuisine. The owners who have made Taste of Thai (located at 919 South High Street) the success that it is have decided to bring a second business to this downtown restaurant row.
The restaurant, moving into the old Spanky’s building at 50 West Water Street has decided to create an international menu for lunch and dinner crowds. In addition to some of their Thai favorites, the menu will offer international items from sushi to sandwiches to steaks and globally-inspired salads. The owners realized that their restaurant name would have to communicate the vast variety of their menu’s international cuisine, which is why restaurant owners, Cy Khochareun and Prasert Saesaw dubbed the establishment, Beyond.
The Beyond building will receive a complete interior face lift, with structural features being preserved in order to qualify for historic tax credits. Harman Construction will revamp the floor plan to include various bars including a sushi bar, two levels of dining, and a deck overlooking Blacks Run creek. The outdoor seating area, complete with an awning, fans and sound system, will be open during warm months. The second floor of the restaurant, with a capacity for over 100 seated guests, will be available for private parties and functions.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance looks forward to welcoming this new business to the downtown dining district.
“We’ve seen great collaboration among the downtown restaurant, and much of the success can be attributed to that cooperative spirit”, says Eddie Bumbaugh, Executive Director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. Plans for the grand opening of Beyond are slated to take place early August of this year.