Best of Dayton 2021 winners:
» Arts, Entertainment and Music
» Bars, Breweries and Nightlife
» Food, Restaurants and Dining
» People and Places
» Shopping, Gifts and Services
“We’re all so dedicated, we’re such a big family at Thai 9, it’s so cool to be part of that,” said RJ Voorink, Thai 9 general manager and longtime employee.
Thai 9 will celebrate its 19th anniversary next year Feb. 1. Debuting in 2003, Thai 9 was opened by owners Rob Strong and his wife who is from Thailand, Yaw.
“I think a lot of credit goes to the owner and head chef, Yaw,” Voorink said. “She’s always on it, always takes great pride in her food and her restaurant. She’s always on us when it comes to making sure that everything comes out right and tastes right. And looks great.”
Thai 9′s recipe for success also consists of strengths outside of its food.
“The building itself, is of course, a beautiful, old, historic building and it’s got a great atmosphere in there,” Voorink said. “But I think that besides of course the great food and everything, the family atmosphere that we have at Thai 9, and just the close-knit community that we have here in downtown Dayton, it’s all part of our success.”
Once the building became the home of Thai 9, however, changes mostly have only come from thoughtful additions and changes in the restaurant’s menu.
The consistent experience that customers have come to appreciate at Thai 9 was a big help as the restaurant navigated the COVID-19 pandemic with its fellow Oregon District neighbors.
“But, you know, we’ve built so many relationships over the years with customers and we have so many regulars that came out to support us, and a lot of people that made it their goal to come out and support local businesses and small shops. So, the community, again, helps us through it and helps make everything a lot easier.”
First Place: Best Asian Food
First Place: Best Sushi
First Place: Best Thai Food
Second Place: Best Restaurant in the Oregon District
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