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Prime Tap House thanks customers with a holiday spread while drumming up donations for Oregon Food Bank

PMG PHOTO: STEPHANIE BASALYGA - Dong Khounphachansy, left, and his wife, Christine Rousencrance, talk with guests at Prime Tap House, a business that Khounphachansy opened a few months ago in Hillsboro's Tanasbourne area. The tap house celebrated its first holiday season by holding a food drive for the Oregon Food Bank.

Prime Tap House has only been open since September, but as the holidays rolled around, owner Dong Khounphachansy thought it was the perfect time to give back in more ways than one.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, in honor of the 10th year of Small Business Saturday, the tap house provided a complimentary spread of Thai food for customers who are helping make the new business a success. The spread of Northern Thai noodles, chicken curry, sesame-seed balls, and deep-fried bread was the result of the combined efforts of Khounphachansy and his mother, Grandma Pat.

In addition to having a love for craft beer, Khounphachansy admits he's an amateur chef who had toyed with the idea of trading his 25-year career as a district manager with Frito Lay for a role as a restaurant owner. As he noticed the growing popularity of tap houses, he began to look into what it would take to open one.

Armed with his own money, Khounphachansy finally decided to make his dream a reality. He quit his full-time job, found a spot in a small strip mall at 1896 N.E. 106th Ave., just off Northeast Cornell Road in Hillsboro's Tanasbourne area, and started a second career as an entrepreneur and small business owner.

While he now devotes himself to being at the tap house every day, he's also getting help running the business from his family. His wife, Christine Rosencrance, who owns a training business, provides moral support. The couple's 23-year-old son, Nikki, and 21-year-old daughter, Maddy, work regular shifts manning the taps.

Khounphachansy said he feels he's been lucky to be able to embark on his latest career adventure, so he decided to pay that good fortune forward.

In addition to enjoying the free meal, customers are invited to drop off non-perishable items in the white plastic Oregon Food Bank barrel near the front door of the tap house. Those who donate receive a $1 off each pint purchased during their visit. The food drive and pint deal will continue through the end of the year.

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