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It’s nine, ten at night. You can hear the clanging of work behind closed doors. In University Heights, the really cute small-shop cluster of eateries on Park Boulevard, where it ends at Adams.

Curiosity gets the better of me. I knock on a door. It opens and ta-dah! Four people look up from their work and say “Hi!”

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Kate, Jinda, Sam, Paul.

Now I see the sign above. “Bahn Thai.” I see we're at 4646 Park Boulevard.

“It means 'Thai House.' We're opening this weekend,” says Sam. "Phone number's 619-299-6363."

“Soft opening, if we’re ready,” says Paul.

“It’ll be traditional Thai and not expensive,” says Kate. “Like $4.99 to $8.99.”

“And no MSG, and dishes for lactose intolerant people, and plenty of vegetarian,” says Jinda.

“This is the sixth restaurant I have opened,” says Sam. “Most in the Midwest. So the food should be good from the start.”

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Sam punches the air outside

I leave them to get back to their hammering and painting.

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