ROCK FALLS – Yoga with a side of pad thai are coming to downtown Rock Falls.
Trirong Khuntangta, owner of Traditional Wellness Center, Touch of Thai and Ginko Tree Cafe, all in Dixon, is buying the building that formerly housed Innovations 4 You and plans to open Traditional Wellness Center II and Touch of Thai II this summer, he said Monday.
Khuntangta, 45, plans to seal the deal on the building Wednesday, he said.
The wellness center will be in the basement, while the restaurant will occupy part of the first floor.
He will lease part of the first floor to Brian Sisson, 38, of Dixon, who will open a bar, Rusty, which is Sisson’s nickname.
The bar will have a separate door, Khuntangta said.
The wellness center will have an indoor meditation path with sand, grass and other textures, he said. The center will offer classes in herbs, yoga, Zumba, and possibly meditation, he said. Kickboxing classes, available at Muay Thai Academy in Dixon, will not be offered in Rock Falls, he said.
Sam and Udi Yindeloop and their family, who operate the Dixon restaurant, also will run the Rock Falls restaurant, Khuntangta said. It will have the same menu as Dixon’s and about the same number of employees, 15 or so, he said. It also will deliver and will have the same hours and prices, he said.
He will need 2 to 3 months to renovate the building, and so he hopes to open in mid-summer, he said.
He considered opening a restaurant and wellness center in Sterling, but Rock Falls Community Development Corp. Executive Director Sandy Henrekin, who owns the building, persuaded him to come to Rock Falls.
“She really helped a lot,” he said.
Plans to develop the city’s riverfront also encouraged him to select Rock Falls, he said.
“Rock Falls can expand more than Sterling geographically. We have a nice canal. Sterling is kind of locked with the old steel mill building.”
Rock Falls is also working with him on a tax abatement, he said.
Many people from the Twin Cities go to Dixon to eat at Touch of Thai or take classes at the wellness center – he has about 70 students from this area, Khuntangta said.
Opening soon, instructors needed
Touch of Thai II and Traditional Wellness Center II are expected to open midsummer at 102 W. Second St. in Rock Falls.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The wellness center will have classes from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Owner Trirong Khuntangta is looking for a yoga and meditation instructors and a massage therapist for the Rock Falls center. Those interested may call the Dixon center at 815-677-9144.
Go to traditionalwellnesscenter.com for more information.