VERONA, Wisconsin — A new location for a Lao-Thai restaurant means more than a place to eat: it’s a legacy.
The restaurant only opens at 11 a.m., and it is only 10 a.m. Still, Arya Macvilay has a lot of work to do before the orders start arriving.
It starts with making rice. It immediately smells good in the kitchen.
Arya’s parents own Rising Sons, a Laotian and Thai restaurant. It is named after him and his three brothers.
“My husband said to do Rising Sons, because we have four boys,” said Sinarack, Arya’s mother. It goes through Be (pronounced “Bay”).
Be is the one running the show at Rising Sons, at their three locations. She was born in Laos and came to America as a refugee.
“I left the country at the age of 13. We spent about 20 months in a camp before arriving in the United States in Des Moines, Iowa, ”she said. “It’s a very different culture here, growing up there and here. But we adapt and learn what we need to do here to survive.
She knew that in order to build their life in America, she had to build something for herself. She decided that cooking was the best way to do it.
As a child, his kitchen was always full in Laos.
“I just learned [to cook] from my grandmother, my aunts, my mother, ”she said.
And once she started building, her business continued to grow.
The three Rising Sons locations are on State Street, High Point Road near Middleton and a new location in Verona. The High Point restaurant was temporarily closed during the pandemic.
On Google, Rising Sons has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. People love their curries, which are also Arya’s favorite.
“I’m happy to serve people their food, and happy to know and hear that they love my food,” Be said, with a big smile on her face.
Their clients also include many familiar faces.
“I have a client who said he started with us on State Street and followed me to the west side, and last weekend she came over here and said I’m here with you.”
Be spent a lot of time at the new restaurant in Verona so that she could train Arya. Soon he will be in charge there.
“There are big shoes to fill. There is a lot to learn, ”said Arya. “My parents come from a very different background so seeing them learn and adjust to the way things are here. [is] inspiring. ”
The name sounds prophetic, as Arya takes up the challenge.
“I am very proud of where I come from and the family where I come from,” he said. “It brings me a lot of joy.”