I-Team: Damage extensive at Lotus of Siam

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A world famous Las Vegas Thai restaurant had to close its door due to flooding. The restaurant closed Friday and now, days later, unanswered questions remain about the building and its landlord.

The owner of Lotus of Siam says workers showed up Friday evening without notice to do some work on the roof. Then employees noticed a drip from the ceiling, they told customers who were eating here that they needed to move. Moments later, the roof collapsed and the establishment began flooding.

There’s been a lot of damage to the restaurant and it will likely need to be gutted. The owner believes the problem could have been prevented if the owner had answered the call for help about the roof over the past few years.

“He would say, ‘Oh, I’ll fix it and I’ll fix it and the story goes,” said owner Suchay Chutima, Lotus of Siam.

Chutima and his wife have owned Lotus of Siam for 18 years.

The world-famous Thai restaurant is located in the Commercial Center strip mall near Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

The landlord is California based Mark Kaufman.

There is no word yet on when Lotus of Siam will open. Chutima says, in addition to the repairs, the priority now is opening some sort of pop-up shop. They’re looking for a location. He says, he wants to find work for their 40 plus employees. He says three of them are from families expecting children right now. 

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