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Banjong Jongthep has always dreamed of owning her own restaurant. After working at Tuptim Thai and co-owning A-Hann Thai, she has branched out and decided to run her own kitchen.

JongThep, along with co-owners Nimm and Derek Ragsdale, has opened Jong’s Thai Kitchen at 800 S.W. 12th St. Many will recognize the Thai restaurant’s new home as the former location of Cafe Holliday and, for a short time after that, La Casita Cafe.

While small inside, the restaurant offers customers a warm and inviting feel. Large windows at the front of the restaurant are framed by trees and offer a nice view of the park located across the street.

The restaurant, which opened Sept. 21, specializes in Thai dishes that are handcrafted by Jongthep herself.

Jong’s Thai Kitchen is open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

The dishes are packed with flavor and Jongthep will cater to her customers’ needs. If someone comes in and wants an item that isn’t on the menu and she has time, she will cook it.

“A lot of people say, ’Banjong, I don’t know what to eat or what I want.’ I say, ’OK,’ ” Jongthep said. “I want you to come here and get what you want and make you happy.”

Her ultimate goal is to make sure her customers leave happy and serve them unique and fresh food.

The menu items are meals that the three owners like to eat and Jongthep has adapted them.

Melissa’s Chicken is stir-fried chicken breast marinated in a house seasoning with a touch of white rum, bell pepper, mushrooms, onion and basil in a brown sauce.

Ross’ Curry is made with a Thai red curry paste, coconut milk, bell pepper, Thai egg plant, bamboo shoot, peppercorn, krachai and Sriracha.

Linda’s Sweet Chili Noodle, which has been named after Derek Ragsdale’s mother, is pan-fried noodles with egg, mushrooms, onion and bell pepper with a Thai sweet chili sauce and Sriracha.

Derek Ragsdale said that since opening, business has been good.

“The community is really supportive and we’ve got people that kind of follow Jong’s cooking,” Derek Ragsdale said. “Family and friends definitely come in a lot.”

While Jongthep is excited to see her dream become reality, it makes her happier to see others enjoying her food.

Nimm Ragsdale said it also makes them happy when customers return after their first visit.

“I’m happy if you like my food. When the customers clean up their food, that’s when I’m happy,” she said.

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Waffle House investigating wild brawl that allegedly broke out over unpaid tickets and customer’s phone

Waffle House is currently investigating the circumstances behind a wild fight that broke out between employees and customers at an unidentified restaurant.

Footage of the brawl shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.

WARNING: Footage of the brawl contains profane language and nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.

“We’re currently investigating to gather all the facts and details … and to determine what actions need to be taken, if any,” said Njeri Boss, Waffle House’s director of public relations, in a statement to Fox News.

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Video of the incident was first shared to Twitter on Saturday, where it has since amassed over 4.3 million views. In it, three customers — two female and one male — can be seen arguing with staff at the register, asking them to give the male back his phone, which was allegedly being held behind the counter.

The footage, which is contains profane language and partial nudity, shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.

The footage, which is contains profane language and partial nudity, shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.
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“Can I please get my g—d— phone?” the male customer says.

One of the female customers can also be heard saying something about trying to pay, at which point a male employee appears to indicate there was a discrepancy with the group’s tickets.

The male customer then walks around the counter and into the kitchen area, where employees attempt to restrain him. The two women soon follow and join the violent fracas. One of them even rips a landline out of a female employee’s hand, presumably to prevent her from calling the authorities.

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This same woman later loses both her wig and her shirt and is seen punching a female employee while her own breasts are exposed. She also appears to remark that the group has “coke” so they need to leave.

In the background, a male employee has the male customer in a chokehold, while someone from the dining area yells, “Put that boy to sleep!”

The clip ends in the middle of the fight.

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On Monday morning, Boss confirmed to Fox News that Waffle House was only made aware of the incident following an online report (likely this one from The New York Post), and wasn’t even sure yet of the location of the incident.

Viewers, meanwhile, appeared to have more than enough material to begin making endless jokes.

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“You can always count on Waffle House,” wrote the woman who posted the original clip.

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Nike SNKRS Apps Fails Customers During Dunk Low ‘Community Garden’ Release

Nike SNKRS app users were left furious after learning the brand’s Dunk Low “Community Garden” sneakers were sold out almost immediately following their Thursday morning release. 

The sneakers, which retail for $100, are described as one of a kind. “This style applies that aesthetic to a legendary silhouette by blending collage-style graphics with muted earth tones like lemon wash and midnight turquoise. The design’s patchwork graphics are applied in an unfixed pattern, meaning each pair stands alone as a one-of-one creation,” the sneaker description reads.

However, it appears customers will only be able to get their hands on the unique kicks if they are willing to pay inflated resell prices. Shortly after the Nike Dunk Low “Community Garden” release, customers flocked to Twitter to voice their frustration.

Many users called out what they believe to be a flaw in the app that allows bots to buy large quantities of newly released items, which makes it difficult for loyal customers to complete their purchases.

“@nikestore snkrs app is getting worse. Kept getting error every time I try to buy shoes that I want. Before it would at least say if I’m in line. Bots friendly app,” one shopper wrote.

Another person added, “People still complaining about SNKRS, bro it’s 2020 if you don’t have a bot you not copping it’s simple math.”

Meanwhile, one customer managed to find a silver lining in his sneaker fail. “Another #SNKRS release, another L. Saving my money one L at a time,” the individual tweeted.

While SNKRS app customers may have missed the chance to snag a pair of the Nike Dunk Low “Community Garden” sneakers, they will get another opportunity to buy a hot ticket item. On Nov. 27,  the highly anticipated Air Jordan 4 OG Fire Red 2020 sneakers will be available for purchase at select retailers and Nike.com.

Running shoe experts believe that although Nike's rivals are releasing new shoes with similar technology to the record-breaking footwear, the US giant will maintain its dominance in the market Running shoe experts believe that although Nike’s rivals are releasing new shoes with similar technology to the record-breaking footwear, the US giant will maintain its dominance in the market Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Drew Angerer

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New Feilding interior design store rolls out the red carpet for first customers

Managing director of Blackshire Interiors John Middleton in his new Feilding interior design store that combines a Carpet Court and a CurtainStudio store with an interior design studio.

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Managing director of Blackshire Interiors John Middleton in his new Feilding interior design store that combines a Carpet Court and a CurtainStudio store with an interior design studio.

A new Feilding interior design store has rolled out the red carpet to welcome customers.

Blackshire Interiors opened a joint Carpet Court and CurtainStudio showroom on Manchester St, in the old Farmlands building on Thursday.

It’s the first time the building has had a long-term commercial tenant since Farmlands moved to South St and had mostly stood empty for more than five years.

Blackshire owner John Middleton said it was good time to open a new store in his industry despite the current economic uncertainty created by coronavirus.

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“People have been spending more time in their own homes recently, so many are taking the discretionary spending they might have spent on travel and putting into the spaces around them,” Middleton said.

Middleton has been in the carpet and flooring industry for two decades.

He founded Feilding’s Carpet Pro Cleaning and Repairs 20 years ago and sold it to his top technician, who still owns it, when he went to work for Carpet Court’s national merchandise team five-and-a-half years ago.

There was some of the highest demand for housing, and therefore carpet and interior design, in Manawatū that he’d ever seen.

“The housing and flooring industry is going gangbusters, so it’s a really exciting time [for us].”

The latest Central Economic Development Agency figures showed Manawatū had a 79 per cent increase in new house consents when comparing the June financial quarters from 2019 to 2020.

A range of other economic benchmarks showed Manwatū has been largely insulated from the worst of Covid-19’s economic disruption.

Palmerston North had 2347 residents on the Jobseeker benefit in July, a 36 per cent increase from July 2019.

Agency chief executive Linda Stewart said Manawatū took a hit, but was outperforming the national economy because of its diverse economy, with strong agricultural, education, public administration, logistics and construction sectors.

The new showroom employs three staff, and Middleton was confident he would be in a position to hire another staff member around the new year.

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