Atsavinh, 44, is a well known Pinellas fixture, having worked at 9 Bangkok Restaurant and Sushi Rock Grill before opening his own restaurant at 1210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. N St. in St. Petersburg.
His family said Atsavinh had been healthy but felt inceasingly ill over the last month. He was admitted to Bayfront Medical Center on Saturday, where doctors diagnosed a urinary infection. He died on Tuesday at the hospital.
His death comes at a time when Atsavinh was feeling a sense of accomplishment in achieving his long-held dream of having a family and owning a successful restaurant, said his wife, Michelle. “This was his dream,” she said.