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King and I Thai in Minneapolis to close after 32 years

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A longtime restaurant for Thai food enthusiasts in the Twin Cities metro is coming to an end. A hostess at the King and I Thai restaurant and lounge, located near downtown Minneapolis, told the Business Journal that the eatery will close on Dec. 17. Owners Gary and Chavhivan "Bou" Haanpaa first opened King and I Thai in 1981. They've decided to retire after 32 years of business.

King & I Thai posted the following message on its Facebook page Saturday afternoon: "It is with great sadness that we announce we will be closing our doors for business Monday December 17th (after 32 years!) due to circumstances beyond our control. We want to thank everyone for your continued support and dedication over the years! It's been a good run! Thank you again and again!!!"

The restaurant and lounge will keep its regular hours through Dec. 17.

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