Downtown lunch diners with a hunger for Thai food have been surprised by the abrupt closure of Amarin Thai Cuisine on 12th and I streets. Acknowledged as Sacramento's first Thai restaurant, Amarin opened in 1983 and known for its broad menu and brisk lunch service. But, the scene was one of confusion today as would-be lunch diners arrived at Amarin, only to find the restaurant closed.
"I was going to take two students to lunch there, and it was going to be a real treat," said Judie Panneton, who works nearby Amarin at the State Water Resources Control Board. "We saw a printed sign in the window that said something about the restaurant being closed and thanking everyone for their many years of (patronage). People were standing around the front. It's definitely taken people by surprise."
Attempts to reach the owners of Amarin have so far been unsuccessful. We'll fill you in with more news as it comes our way.