Simm Oriental Cuisine opens on Havlik Drive

Simm Oriental Cuisine is holding its grand opening from Aug. 29 to 31 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The new family-owned restaurant is located at 33466 Havlik Drive and specializes in Southeast Asian cuisine.

“We’re hoping for good numbers over the holiday weekend,” said Bonnie Simm, co-owner of the restaurant with her husband Joey ROBIN JOHNSON - Bonnie Simm, Co-Owner of Simm Oriental Cuisine with her husband Joey Simm, said she hopes to continually hire employees from Scappoose High School in order to provide local youth with basic job training.

Bonnie said she and her husband decided to open the restaurant to give back to the community and provide more diverse restaurant options in Scappoose.

“Now, we’ll have a Southeast Asian restaurant,” she said. “We’ll have Thai, Laotian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Cambodian food.”

Joey and Bonnie Simm are from Laos and moved to Portland in 1980 and have lived in Scappoose since 1998. Bonnie’s brother, Chao Van-Fi, moved from Laos to Oregon in 1972 and is helping with the family business.

Van-Fi said one of the reasons for starting the business was to provide local youth with work experience.

“We are fortunate to have been here long enough, it’s time to serve the community,” he said. “Employment is not that great. From my work experience, nobody is hiring. One way to pay back is by employing young people from the high school.”

Van-Fi said he is trying to source the majority of the restaurant’s produce from local, organic farms.

“We have contacts with Sauvie Island farmers,” he said. “We’ll get as much [produce] as we can find locally.”

The restaurant’s full bar will be phased-in about a month after the restaurant opens, Van-Fi said. Eventually a room in the back will have lottery machines.

Bonnie has experience in the restaurant business after running a small to-go restaurant and a food cart called San Jai’s Teriyaki, which regularly has a space at the Columbia County Fair. Bonnie has since sold the food cart to her youngest brother.

The Simms have been working on building the business since January and have had the business space since June 14. Bonnie said she hopes the Labor Day holiday weekend will drive people to the new business during its grand opening.

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