Nikky Phinyawatana and her husband, Tan Noisiri, opened the first Asian Mint restaurant in 2004 in Dallas to create the Thai cuisine they could not find in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.Fifteen years and three Dallas-based Asian Mint restaurants later, the couple opened their fourth location in Richardson in October 2019. Phinyawatana, who calls herself “half-Thai, half-Texan,” said she wanted to break the common American misconception that Asian cuisine is just salty and fried foods. “In reality, it’s all about balance,” Phinyawatana said. “It’s about balancing the four S’s—salty, sweet, sour and spicy.” Read more at Community Impact.