Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 2:54 p.m.
Is Thom Pham really out of the Twin Cities restaurant scene?
Soon after we heard that restaurateur Thom Pham's Wonderous Azian Kitchen
had closed, news is now out that he is facing felony charges for allegedly writing bad checks to A-Z Restaurant Equipment out of Princeton, Minnesota. When questioned by the Star Tribune
about the checks and the upcoming Azian Market Bar & Restaurant, Pham downplayed the troubles.
In Mille Lacs County court, Pham stands accused of writing over $30,000 in bad checks. When he failed to appear, an arrest warrant was issued.
Pham told the Star Tribune that he is hopeful the legal issues will be worked out soon. He is now handling his own books, he said; before they had been under the care of bookkeepers.
And while the restaurant world was looking forward to Pham's reopening of his most successful restaurant to date, Azia, at the corner of 26th Street and Nicollet Avenue, he also told the Star Tribune that the restaurant is no longer under his ownership because he has sold it to his original Azia business partner. "I'm going to help with the concept," he said, "but no, I'm not the owner."