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August 23, 2013

Thai restaurant slated to open in northwest Rochester

Pativath "Vot" Louprasong hopes to have good luck with the new Thai restaurant he and his family are opening 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.


Is someone leasing the Amish Store building? Multiple cars are in the lot early AM, and gone by 8:00 - 9:00am each day.

Makes me wonder if it's the location or what?

Roscoe's was there for the longest time than they suddenly leave and now we have seen three different businesses come in within 4 years or so.

Sorry, first posting was screwed up. I noticed a very long sporting goods trailer backed up at the old Amish Store and the front doors were wide open.

The sign on Sok Dee's front door says opening Sept. 5.

Does anyone know if Sok Dee is open now? I haven't been over that way recently.

Sok Dee is open now. Went there today for lunch and they said it was their 2nd day open.

Looks like all the movement at the old Amish Furniture store on Bandel Road turned out to be Halloween Express. They are open and have signs up.

What building is going up over by Wendys South?

That's the new Sherwin-Williams paint store. The location in Rochester Market Place will close later this winter when the new building is ready to go.

I am happy to see a Thai restaurant open in Rochester.

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