âWe’re all so dedicated, we’re such a big family at Thai 9, it’s so cool to be a part of that,â said RJ Voorink, Managing Director of Thai 9 and longtime employee.
Thai 9 will celebrate its 19th anniversary next year on February 1. Starting in 2003, Thai 9 was opened by owners Rob Strong and his wife, originally from Thailand, Yaw.
For nearly two decades, the restaurant remained a standard of quality in Dayton, in large part because it had the same captain in the kitchen all this time.
âI think a lot of the credit goes to the owner and chef, Yaw,â said Voorink. âShe’s still on it, is still very proud of her food and her restaurant. She is always by our side when it comes to making sure everything runs smoothly and tastes great. And looks great.
Thai 9’s recipe for success is also strengths outside of its food.
âThe building itself is of course a beautiful old and historic building and there is a great atmosphere there,â said Voorink. âBut I think other than of course the great food and everything, the family atmosphere that we have at Thai 9, and just the tight-knit community that we have here in downtown Dayton, it’s all part of our experience. success.”
Originally, the restaurant as it is today consisted of two separate buildings which the owners of Thai 9 merged when it opened.
In the past, Voorink has said the building is a fire station and a police station. Where Thai 9’s kitchen is now was the fire station stables when firefighters used horse-drawn carriages instead of modern engines.
For a while the building was a factory and a nightclub.
Once the building became the home of Thai 9, however, the changes mostly came only from thoughtful additions and changes to the restaurant’s menu.
The consistent experience that customers have come to appreciate at Thai 9 has been of great help as the restaurant weathered the COVID-19 pandemic with fellow Oregon District neighbors.
âThere were tons of obstacles and no one really knew what to expect,â Voorink said. âAnd then there were mandates that kept changing and adjusting, so it was a bit difficult for us.
âBut, you know, we’ve built so many relationships over the years with customers and we’ve got so many regulars who have come to support us, and a lot of people who have made it their goal to come and support local businesses and local businesses. small stores. So the community, again, is helping us get through that and helping to make everything a lot easier. “
First place: best Asian food
First place: best sushi
First place: best Thai food
Second Place: Best Restaurant in Oregon District
11 Brown Street, Dayton