ReGrow Dining Spotlight
Pornouma Marid & Bob Kiewel, Owners
Pornouma Marid, or “Oh”, as her regulars call her, grew up in Thailand learning and developing her culinary skills from her mother while working in the family’s restaurant. She moved to White Bear Lake from Thailand in 1997 when she married Bob Kiewel. Oh was confident that her repertoire of authentic Thai dishes, crafted from old family recipes, would appeal to locals looking for authentic Thai food; so she and Bob opened Ban Thai in 2005 and they have been serving up award winning Thai food ever since. Today their teenage daughter is a part of the team as well, making it truly a family affair, just like it was back in Thailand.
Several years ago as the challenges of finding and retaining staff became more and more difficult, the family decided to start focusing more on take out choices; feeling this would be a good way to reduce staffing needs while retaining or even growing their revenues. The move paid off and they have been able to maintain their sales while retaining their many loyal customers that they have cultivated over the past 15 years. Oh is very proud of the loyalty her customers show the family restaurant. Today she knows many of them by name and even knows their favorite dishes. Customers who have moved away still make it a point to stop by and order their favorite dishes when they are visiting the area.
If you haven’t tried their Pad Thai, I highly recommend it. Oh likes to point out that all their dishes are made from scratch. Some of their other signature dishes include: several curry dishes; egg rolls that are as good as any; spring rolls; fried rice; soups and wings. The restaurant is currently open Tuesday thru Saturdays, 11:30 am to 7:00 pm
This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.