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Secret of Siam reopens after weeks of closure during police, Health District investigations

Posted at 5:57 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-31 02:10:18-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Secret of Siam is back open for business.

This comes after the Thai restaurant in northwest Las Vegas allegedly served tainted food to dozens of customers. Reports from the investigation show curry powder purchased from a third party may have gotten people sick.

READ MORE: Secret of Siam investigation: Full coverage from 13 Action News

While the Southern Nevada Health District's investigation continues, management at the restaurant told 13 Action News they still don't know exactly where the tainted product came from.

"I can tell, to be honest with you, I have no idea," Secret of Siam Manager Weera Buonnonna said.

Buonnonna says they work with several vendors and order dozens of different ingredients, so narrowing the culprit down to a single order has been difficult.

More than 30 people reported feeling odd after eating there, with several saying they tested positive for THC after seeing a doctor.

As Secret of Siam opened its doors on Wednesday, Buonnonna says they're boosting scrutiny over all future orders to keep this from happening again but stopped short of promising perfection.

"Even if we do the hard work, to say this will 100% never happen again, I cannot say that because things could happen," she said, "but we will be more careful."

Some customers, like Ann and Robert Lopes, had no qualms about returning to their favorite Thai place.

"We loved it," Robert said. "Our grandchildren, our family, always come here."

Robert said he had been checking to see when the restaurant would open its doors every day, and immediately picked up his wife for lunch when he heard the news.

"We felt it couldn't be on their behalf," he said. "We felt it must have been something outside them that could have caused it."

The Health District required the restaurant to discard food product and comply with additional inspections and ongoing follow-up with the Health District’s Food Operations program as a condition of reopening.

Buononna extended her deepest apologies to all involved and said she hopes a fresh start will allow Secret of Siam to regain the public's trust.

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