Beginning Saturday, Thai Food Owensboro is expanding its hours to serve an American-style breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. Owner Nang Crowe first had the idea last fall when she moved the restaurant into its new location on Parrish Avenue, and she brought Ryan Burr into the kitchen to make it come to fruition.
Burr traces his kitchen skills back to B.J.’s Castle Burger, where he worked for several years under his grandfather, B.J. himself.
“When I was working at B.J.’s, people would often ask me if I was going to open up my own restaurant,” Burr said. “This will be your standard American breakfast with omelets, pancakes, and more — but everything will be fresh and locally sourced.”
Burr’s grandfather’s big break began at an A&W Root Beer stand, where he developed a substantial following because of his short order skills.
“Family is everything, and without his experience rubbing off on me, I wouldn’t be able to put the love behind every plate as he did,” Burr said. “I remember the first day I started with him. I had bean soup and chili in crock pots, and he handed me some diced tomatoes to put in, and I put them in the bean soup. I’ve come a long way since then.”
Crowe said there could be some Thai influence in the future, but for now, she plans on letting Burr take the lead with the breakfast venture.
Burr and Crowe said the omelets would feature farm-fresh vegetables from Riney Farms and American fries paired with some Kentucky favorites in a skillet. Those favorites will range from country ham and biscuits and gravy to a slew of classics inspired by local traditions.
“We respect that we live in Owensboro and Kentucky, and we drew our inspiration from the local palate,” Crowe said. “We have patrons on the west side of town that need somewhere to enjoy breakfast, and we’re happy that we can provide that.”
Crowe opened Thai Food Owensboro in 2017 on Carter Road before moving to its current location on West Parrish Avenue, adjacent to Donatos. The new location boasts a small breakfast bar with a flat-top grill behind it that’s ideal for the breakfast concept.