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Thai Taste hit by car: Owner optimistic restaurant can open Saturday

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Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times 

Tam Rachatanavin, owner of Thai Taste, is hoping his restaurant will be open again by Saturday afternoon after a car damaged the northern wall of the eatery Tuesday night.

“They are working on the framework now,” Rachatanavin said Friday morning. “If they get everything built, I’m hoping we can open tomorrow (Saturday).” 

He admittedly said he was being optimistic about a Saturday opening, but at the very latest, he said the restaurant would be up and running again by Monday. 

“Worst case scenario, there would at least be to-go (orders),” he said. 

At about 6:58 p.m., the Carbondale Police Department said a Kevin Barker of Marion, ran a red light leading to the accident. The police say Barker was driving west on West Main Street when he ran a red light causing him to enter into the intersection of South Illinois Avenue. During this time, it was reported a vehicle driving north on South Illinois Avenue, hit Barker’s vehicle causing him to collide with the restaurant. 

The damage was substantial to both the vehicle and the building. Thai Taste has been closed since the incident. 

Police reported one person was injured and taken to Memorial hospital of Carbondale Tuesday night for non-life-threatening injuries. Rachatanavin, who was not there during the accident, said the staff knew the injured person and that he was not injured severely. 

There were no additional injuries from the crash and Barker was cited for disobeying the traffic light. 

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