Ken Torprasitkul, originally from Bangkok, Thailand, runs Silom Station, a Sugar Land restaurant offering coffee and food in a concept aimed at reinventing the Thai dining experience.
While attending Cleveland State University, Torprasitkul worked part-time at a sushi bar where he met a member of the Thai Cottage restaurant group who offered him a job in the restaurant business after graduating. . Although he planned to return to Thailand, he instead moved to Texas in 2004 to take up the position.
“I never thought I would be in the restaurant industry,” Torprasitkul said. “It was fate.”
Torprasitkul manages Silom Station as part of the management team at Thai Cottage, which has been in operation since 1997 and manages a number of restaurants in the Houston area.
The company was looking to innovate in the Houston area and came up with Silom Station, Torprasitkul said, combining a coffee bar, Sit N Sip Coffee Brewer, and a restaurant, Dunch Thai Eatery. The restaurant serves Thai street food and home cooking.
“We really enjoyed our stay [in Thailand]so we want to bring these items to this place,” Torprasitkul said.
The restaurant, named after Si Lom station on the Bangkok Metro, is designed to have the same feel with a subway door that opens to reveal street vendors, the cafe, the restaurant and possibly a bakery. Torprasitkul said he aims to make the restaurant a social hub where customers can have a cup of coffee, have a meal and linger to work or chat.
Silom Station opened in Sugar Land in August 2021. Silom Station chose Sugar Land because of its rapid growth, good housing and schools, and large Asian American population. Silom Station also strives to be involved in the community and encourages employees to build relationships with customers, Torprasitkul said.
“When you treat them like family, they’ll come back,” he said.
222 highway. 6, Ste. 500, Sugar Country
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8.30am-8pm, closed Sun.