Star of Siam restaurant

Star of Siam restaurant

My wife, Dao, and I opened The Star of Siam restaurant on the near north side of Chicago in 1984 after spending several years in the restaurant business. I received a business degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1975 and my observation of the city during my school years was that all of the Thai restaurant catered to the growing Thai community, and I observed that many Americans went to the Thai restaurant as a special treat or novelty…but no one had thought to bring Thai cuisine to the downtown area where all the people worked and shopped.I returned toThailand for a brief period of time and attended cooking school; I then came back to Chicago and opened a very small low-budget Thai restaurant to gain some experience.Since I could not expand my small operation to the type of restaurant I wanted at that location, I sold the business and began a search for the perfect location to realize my dream.

We found a spot that was ideally located close to Chicago’s loop but needed major ronovation, so we hired on the city’s well-known architects to design a unique upscale setting with a Thai accent.The interior of the restaurant features an open stylized “loft” look with carpeted bench seating and sunken”island” seating for small groups.We also build the lower level to accommodate the party of up to 90 people.This is and ideal restaurant for the private party, where they can have the whole room for themselve.I am happy to say that The Star of Siam was an instant success and has been consistentlyvoted one of the favorite Thai restaurants in Chicago for the past twelve years.We were voted #1 Favorite Thai by the Food Industry News four years in a rows from 1993-1996.Received 4.5 rating (in a scale of 5) by A Statistician’s Guide to Chicago Restaurant and City Highlight.We also believed that we are the busiest and the most popular Oriental restaurant in Chicago, perhap The United States.