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History:

The Thai Cafe
The Thai Country Cafe
The Thai Gai Yang Cafe
The Thai Express Cafe
The Thai Pizza Cafe
The Thai Nivas Cafe
1991
1993
1996
2002
2004
2005

Considerations:

In consideration of those who do not smoke and the quality of the dining room, we ask that you please refrain from smoking cigars, cigarettes, and pipes inside.

For your convenience, a 15% gratuity will be calculated for all parties of 5 to 6, and 18% for 7 guests or more.

Finally, special requests and substitutions can often be accommodated for minimal or no charge at all (depending on the market prices of foods and the degree of the request). Also, feel free to request your entree to your spiciness! Our levels are graded with four stars with one star being the mildest, and four, the spiciest!

Pat brings "pad thai" to St. Louis:

When Supatana "Pat" Prapaisilapa first opened the Thai Cafe in University City in 1991, his mission was to introduce the world of Thai cuisine to the people of St. Louis.

His first venture offered a nice, quiet, yet humble atmosphere for those to enjoy the tastes of Thai right in the heart of the Loop. Early in the 90's, however, the Eastern portion of Delmar was bare and without all the shops or the classy Pin Up Bowl's bowling alleys or the extravagant Pageant venue. Regardless, customers embraced the new spiciness that Pat had brought to the area.

Realizing all the college campuses around, Pat decided to open up a second, more casual restaurant that would cater to the atmosphere of college students. With TV's to accommodate any sporting events that would be in danger of missing and brighter lighting, the Thai Country Cafe was like the lively, little brother to the Thai Cafe.

Three years later in 1996, after a trip to Thailand, an idea sparked. Supatana still believed that there was another aspect of Thailand that was needed to be shown. The Thai Gai Yang restaurant was inspired simply by the fast, efficient, outdoor eateries in Thailand intended for a quick meal. This one too, would specialize in their version of rotisserie chicken (hence the name Thai Gai Yang, "Gai Yang" means barbecued chicken in Thai).

What started off as one small cafe on the East side of Delmar suddenly turned into three, and then into six as Thai became available for business lunches downtown (Thai Express) and another location in the Loop-the Thai Pizza Co.-that offered a fusion of pizza and Thai. The idea behind this was to create "thoughtfully prepared pizza" for a reasonable price. Seating was now available outside and for the first time ever, you could create your own dish by choosing your noodle, your meat, and your garnish through a style called "Stir Crazy".

Finally, in 2005, Supatana acquired another location off of Olive and named this one the Thai Nivas Cafe after his mother who had brought over her six children here to the United States, financed had supported them throughout their careers.

Awards:

Riverfront Time's 2003 Best Thai Restaurant in St. Louis: Thai Country Café Riverfront Time's 2006 Best Vegetarian: Thai Gai Yang Café Concierge Preferred Business for the year 2004 and 2005: Thai Cafe St. Louis Magazine's A-List for Thai: Thai Cafe

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