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Restaurant To Donate Profits To Tsunami Relief

An East Texas entrepreneur is trying to help in the tsunami recovery in South Asia.

Nitaya Russell moved to Tyler from Bangkok, Thailand nine years ago. Today, she opened a new Thai restaurant in Tyler. It's called Baan Nitaya, which means "house of Nitaya."

All profits made today through Wednesday will go to the Red Cross to help disaster victims. Nitaya says she has a heart for her home country.

"I want to help out," she said. "I feel for them. I know how they feel, when my sister told me they need more food, they need more medication. I'm over here. I cannot do anything. I want to be there for them, but I'm over here. The only thing I can do is just give them the money."

Baan Nitaya is located at 109 East Erwin on The Square in downtown Tyler. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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