Thai restaurant slated to open in northwest Rochester
He hopes to open Sok Dee, possibly as early as next week, at 4180 18th Ave. N.W. in front of the Cedarwood Plaza. That's the building which has previously housed Far East Fusion, John Hardy's Bar-B-Q and Roscoe's Root Beer & Ribs.
"I've always wanted to do something like this, since my family came to the U.S. in 1979," he said. "This is kind of a new journey for me."
The restaurant's name — Sok Dee — means "good luck" in both Thai and Laotian.
Louprasong has more than just luck on his side with this new project. His sizable family is helping out. He's the youngest of 10 children.
His family immigrated to St. Charles when he was just 2-years-old. They then spent some time in Idaho and then moved back here for good when he was a teen.
He's excited about the prospect of introducing Rochester to the authentic cuisine of the region where he was born.
"We have a small, but very good menu," Louprasong says.
For people unfamilar with Thai food, he describes it as "spicy, sweet and sour." People shouldn't worry about it being too spicy, because the staff will adjust the dishes to suit individual tastes.
Thai cuisine is also known for its "sticky rice," which grows in that area. It is a short-grained, sweet rice that clumps together.