Dara Quinn, Musician and Owner of Emerald of Siam
Many new restaurants in the Tri-Cities don't make it very long. Few last even a decade. However, Emerald of Siam in Richland opened in 1983. Dara Quinn and her Brother Billy Quinn became co-owners when their Mother retired in 2011. Each day since, they've brought their own passion and unique skills to the job!
I love the Emerald's success story and I think its always more fun to go places you have the opportunity to interact with the owners/creators. If you haven't yet, you're going to want to meet Dara - you'll become a regular in no time!
We recently asked Dara to share her thoughts with Tri-Fun. We hope you'll agree she is a pretty great! Visit Emerald of Siam and say hi.
TF: When and how did you decide this was what you wanted to do?
Dara: I grew up in the business. I never really thought about taking it over until it was presented to me 10 years ago. I went to college for psychology, philosophy and music.
TF: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Dara: I wanted to marry a bass player and be a psychologist by day and jazz musician by night.
TF: Who gave you the courage to take on this business?
Dara: My mom is by biggest inspiration. She has shown me that you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to.
TF: What super hero /fictional character would be the most help at your business?
Dara: haha Speedy Gonzalez although my alter ego superhero is RandomGirl
TF: How will your business grow/change in the next few years?
Dara: We're elevating our menu and working towards some more remodel upgrades. We've also started throwing the occasional concert at The Uptown Theater.
TF: What is your favorite thing on your menu?
Dara: We are releasing new menu items with some incredible options that are my new favorites. But you can't go wrong with Emerald menu. Our Thom Yum (lemongrass soup) and Larb Guy (minced chicken with fresh lime and cilantro) are amongst my current favs.