4

Thai Gold opens in Golden

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Jim Abajian and his wife, Patsorn, made their first connection over Thai food: they met at the Thai restaurant she ran in Washington, D.C. where Jim was a frequent customer. So when they moved to Golden, it didn't take long for them to spot a gap in the market. "We realized that Golden doesn't have a Thai restaurant," Jim explains. "She was very close friends with the chef she was working with in D.C., and she convinced him to come out here and open a restaurant."

The couple named their future restaurant Thai Gold before they secured a lease, confident that they'd score an address in the city where they also live. And when the old building that once housed a Tony Rigatoni's became available, they jumped on it and inked a deal. "We were lucky that the place opened up," says Jim. "It's a 104-year-old building, and we were able to get it geared toward a Thai restaurant, which was pretty complex. Thai food requires a massive amount of heat" and a lot of energy just to power the wok range.

The couple's chef, Vipa, who, like Patsorn, hails from Bangkok, helped engineer the kitchen, which the Abajians remodeled while preserving the history of the building, leaving the original woodwork and fireplaces.

Just over two weeks ago, the team unveiled Thai Gold with a menu full of traditional Thai dishes, including curries, noodles and fried rice. "We do one thing, and we do it well: Thai food," says Jim. "We're not trying to integrate other styles." He does note, though, that Vipa's pad thai is worth seeking out. "It's one of our favorites," he says.

Here's a taste of what you can expect:

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.