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UPDATE: Local restaurant back in business after car smashes through kitchen wall

Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 23:56:18-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Krung Thai Restaurant is back in business after it closed for nearly five months.

Surveillance shows a car driving in revers then smashed through the kitchen’s back wall.

13 Action News has been following the story since December 2018.

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The crash left a massive hole in the wall, shattered plates and broken appliances were scattered everywhere, but during the last several months Krung Thai Restaurant got a makeover.

“This is our brand-new kitchen with all the new equipment. I replaced all the equipment, everybody come out and see us," said Paul Swan, the owner.

Swan said the damages put him back nearly $300,000 but the loss went beyond that amount.

"Loss of income? I have no clue. A tremendous amount," said Swan.

Swan was hopeful to reopen late January but he said the remodeling permits and inspections delayed the opening date several times.

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Krung Thai Restaurant also has a new dining and dance area, floors, tables and booths.

Swan told 13 Action News he felt relieved that the building structure was successfully fixed, and that it passed inspection.

Seven employees who lost their job back in early December are back in the kitchen getting ready for the May 1 grand opening.