FOXBORO — For the owners of Bangkok Café, the American dream has come true.
The restaurant at 10 Foxboro Blvd. celebrated its 30th anniversary last Sunday by hosting a private party for friends, supporters and special guests – five monks.
“I feel really happy with everything that happened between yesterday and today. I just want to thank all the customers, local friends and family and their support,” said Raungdet “Danny” Titisuttikul, owner and restaurant manager.
Titisuttikul said Bangkok Cafe was something very different for the region when it opened 30 years ago. The residents didn’t know much about Thai cuisine and Titisuttikul had fun introducing them to it.
Titisuttikul, originally from Chonburi, Thailand, about 60 miles from Bangkok, came to America in 1984. He started working at a Thai restaurant in Boston shortly after landing in the United States, later moving to Worcester.
“I was working and working and working, until one day this place (in Foxboro) Bangkok Café came along. So many memories in my life,” Titisuttikul said.
He also celebrated his 25th birthday with his life partner, Todd Glickman, at the event on Sunday. Glickman said Titisuttikul came to the United States with very little money and just the ambition to make a better life for himself.
“Danny worked for many years in the restaurant business behind the scenes, doing everything from dishes to serving, then was able to work towards becoming a restaurant manager and finally decided he wanted to strike out on his own” , says Glickman.
Glickman said that throughout the restaurant’s 30 years of operation, his partner had done everything from the business side of things to cleaning the floor to waiting tables, managing people and welcoming customers. .
“He’s one of the hardest working people I know,” he said.
In a dual presentation that also recognized Congdon Auto Center for recent improvements to its historic location on the Town Common, on Tuesday evening elected officials presented the Bangkok Café with a citation marking what President Leah Gibson called an “incredible journey over the past three decades.
She got into the business as the “anchor point” of the revitalized Forbes Crossing location near the Mansfield town line, formerly known as Foxfield Plaza.
Over the decades, Bangkok Café has attracted many loyal customers, including Amy Andres.
“We have enjoyed Danny and Bangkok Café since our first daughter was born,” she said. “They lovingly welcomed exhausted parents and a little girl exploring the world.”
Today, the family still enjoys the Bangkok Café and the little girl has grown up well. Sarah Andres, 29, is starting a fellowship as a surgeon helping women with cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan.
Foxboro resident Joanne McLaughlin said her favorite cafe foods are Delight for two, Golden Cups and Chicken Pad Thai.
“Friendly service and attention are also wonderful. We’ve been going there since they opened,” McLaughlin said.
Marianne Russo, another Foxboro resident, said she loves their pad Thai and loves everything, especially the veggies and chicken in peanut sauce. “Their starters are amazing, like the chicken satay and the spring rolls,” Russo said.
She said she also liked the atmosphere.
“Love having authentic local Thai restaurants. It’s so convenient and the people are so friendly and nice and great parking,” Russo said.
Correspondent Jeff Peterson contributed to this report.