We at Kent Lutheran are most aware that we live in downtown Kent, a community boasting the 10th highest diversity in the nation.  We wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to our neighbors, and the blessings we receive from each of them in a series of introductory interviews. 

For the casual observer, each storefront is a nice place to try a meal, pick up some nice things, or benefit from a service, but for these neighborhood small businesses, this is their American Dream.  We hope their stories help to heighten your experience as we begin….

Exploring Our Neighborhood!

It is with great joy I introduce you to Nina Saisombut.  She, along with her family, owns Thai Chili, 211 First Avenue South, Kent.

Nina came to this country from South Thailand in 1994. She was a student at South Seattle Community College where she learned to be a dental assistant.  Nina worked for a dentist on Lake Union for 10 years. During those years, she traveled to many different countries with the dentist and other staff members doing volunteer work. During our visit she shared pictures of the work they had done in Guatemala with me. The passion she showed when speaking of the people they encountered was just one of the ways Nina illustrates a servant heart.

While working at the dental office, she also worked along side her mother in their restaurant. September 9, 2002, they opened Thai Chili off of Washington street in Kent.  In February 2018, the business moved to First Avenue.  She lives in Kent and actively supports the Kent Downtown Partnership’s attempts to illicit downtown business during the pandemic by offering outside service on the weekends with other businesses. Even though she is Buddhist, she provides food to church feeding programs. She has provided food at Kent Lutheran for the Severe Weather Shelter, and  provides masks for the community that she herself makes while at the restaurant.


The service and the food are excellent. Please drop in for a bite or order for pickup.