The restaurant at 104 S. Main St. had a soft opening June 20.
If It Is Kitchen and Cafe, a Thai and sushi restaurant in downtown Gainesville, is now open.
Manager Khetpapol Limphoka said the restaurant, located at 104 S. Main St., held its soft opening June 20 and is quickly gaining a following.
"We have people coming in like, three, maybe four days in a row because they want to try our food," Limphoka said. "It seems like they like it."
Limphoka said he and the restaurant's owners hope to offer the most authentic Thai food in Gainesville.
The owners even came up with a restaurant name with three I's, each representing an owner. Its logo also looks like the Roman numeral three.
Limphoka said employees make its curries fresh every day and it has high-end fish, like bluefin tuna, shipped overnight from places like Seattle, Washington, and Japan.
He said the restaurant also offers a traditional Omakase service, where its sushi chefs make a single piece of sushi at a time, as guests request them.
Limphoka said the restaurant also infuses Thai-style flavors into its Japanese sushi rolls.
“We always want to present the best quality and the best foods,” Limphoka said.
The restaurant’s cafe offers specialty drinks, like bubble tea. And its full bar offers sake, Japanese beers and whiskeys.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday.