A crowd was present at the official ribbon cutting celebration that was co-hosted by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at The Elephant Geneva at One Franklin Square (537 Exchange St.) in Geneva on Thursday. Chamber staff and board members, city officials, local business owners and employees gathered to show their support at the event, which included a ceremonial ribbon cutting presentation under the Chamber’s popular Member Milestone Celebration Program. The program was introduced in 2016 as a benefit for members of the Chamber, with the purpose of providing awareness and exposure for the many businesses and organizations that the Chamber represents.
The Elephant, which had a soft opening in November, offers authentic Thai cuisine, available for dining in, delivery and take-out. The business prides itself on its modern interpretation of classic dishes and use of high quality, fresh ingredients. Locally owned and operated, the Geneva restaurant is the newest location among other sister restaurants that are also open throughout the Finger Lakes region.
The Chamber partnered with the city and Business Improvement District on The Elephant Geneva milestone.
Mark Varvayanis, the owner of One Franklin Square and Chamber Board Chairman, welcomed The Elephant Geneva to the community and praised the city for its efforts to help bring the restaurant to Geneva.
City Manager Sage Gerling said while downtown has seen a recent resurgence, she often heard people asking for a Thai restaurant in the city.
“We are thrilled you are here and glad you are part of the community,” Gerling said.