DENVER, CO – MARCH 8: Jaepop Pagdee, owner of LiangÕs Thai Food, serves customers orders during a busy lunch on March 8, 2022 at the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I have been doing business there. (Photo credit: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)
Jaepop Pagdee hopes his mother can meet him now.
This week, he opened Liang’s Thai Food’s first brick-and-mortar restaurant at 155 Nickel St. in Bloomfield.
“We used to have an old metal food cart in the 16th Street Mall, but now we have two locations,” says Pagdee. “It gets a little emotional considering how far we’ve come.”
His mother, Liang, first started her business as a food cart at the 16th Street Mall in 2007, and it has garnered attention and long lines over the years. But Liang 8 months ago she passed away.
Pugdy, who took over more than five years ago, last year moved the business from a food cart next to a Target on the 16th Street mall to a kiosk, removing some of his mother’s dishes from the menu to make the business more efficient. But this Bloomfield location honors her with all her recipes, including liang egg rolls, crab and cheese wontons, noodle soup, Thai Tom Yum soup, and Thai coconut soup. his way.
“I’ve worked in a small space like this for a long time, so I think we can be successful here,” Pagdee said. “I want to see how far her business can go.”
Liang’s Thai Food is known for its made-to-order noodles, curries, and stir-fries. Liang worked at various Thai restaurants in town before starting his own cart. Pagdee has been cooking with her since the beginning.
“You can’t compete with my mother’s skill. She measured everything with her own eyes. “There’s no way to tell people how my mother cooked.”
Pagdee has been looking for space for his restaurant for three years and has leased a 1,200-square-foot Broomfield location. It was close to his home, had a kitchen already built, and was the most affordable. He said some loyal customers from downtown are already driving in to meet him at the new location.
“I am so grateful for all the customers my mother has passed on to me,” Pugdy said.
For now, Liang’s old metal cart sits behind the new Broomfield location. Pagdee said it would be dangerous to carry around in the winter and decided to put it on hold for now. But he’s grateful for his humble beginnings.
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