Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


Thai Phoon Makes a Splash: UWEC Student Opens Thai Restaurant in Eau Claire

Lauren Fisher

If you’ve been hankering to try some new Thai food, now’s the time. On July 1, Maiyai Vang opened Thai Phoon, the Chippewa Valley’s newest Thai restaurant. Vang runs the establishment with her fiancé, mother, father, sisters, and a family friend, providing Thai-American dishes including noodles, soup, salad, seafood, and more. With four levels of spice to choose from, there are dishes for people with all levels of heat tolerance – and Vang didn’t forget the pho. For the thirsty, Thai Phoon offers coconut juice, boba tea, Thai iced tea and coffee, and navam. Vang, who graduates from UW-Eau Claire next year, has always wanted to open her own restaurant, and knew that her final year of school would be the right time to realize her dream. The dine-in and take-out location occupies a storefront at 2121 Eddy Lane on Eau Claire’s north side. “I plan to be in a place where the people of Chippewa Falls can come, but people in Eau Claire can still come, too,” Vang said. She also hopes to provide more opportunity for Thai lovers to dine on their favorite dishes. Thai Phoon offers online ordering for takeout, and is open every day from 11am-8pm. For more information visit thaiphoonwi.com.

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Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.