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A well-liked Thai meals truck from the Fort Leonard Wooden space is shifting to Springfield and upgrading to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, anticipated to open later this month.

It is “the American Dream” for Thippawan Shutts, who immigrated from Thailand, her husband Steven Shutts informed the Information-Chief.

Steven Shutts is retiring from the army after 24 years of service. For the previous two and a half years, he and his spouse have operated a meals truck — Cellular Thai Kitchen — in St. Robert.

Now, they plan to open On a regular basis Thai at 2926 S. Campbell Ave., the place Billy Sims BBQ was.

The brand new restaurant will imply a much bigger kitchen and a greater variety of choices, Steven Shutts stated.

Along with serving staples corresponding to pad thai, curry and fried rice, On a regular basis Thai’s menu will supply papaya salad, tom yum soup, lemongrass soup and beef salad — a dish served with cooked beef, cucumbers, onions and recent white rice, Shutts stated.

Shutts stated the meals truck had developed “fairly a following” in St. Robert. The enterprise was profiled last year by Munchies, a food-focused website and video channel from Vice Media, in a series about immigrant- and refugee-owned restaurants.

Shutts met his wife in Germany through a mutual friend. He was stationed there and she was visiting. After she left to go back to Thailand, he spent his R and R to see her. Eventually, they got married and moved to the U.S. together.

“She has worked everything from rice fields to a sewing machine to being a cook. Her whole life, she’s always worked hard,” Shutts said about his wife. “She came over here in 2009 without an education, without really any type of knowledge about the American way of life, and in nine years, she has become a business owner, and is working on her second business in America. I think that’s the American Dream.”

The family is moving to Springfield, where there’s a larger customer base, Shutts said. They plan to hire additional chefs so that Thippawan Shutts won’t be the only person working long hours in the kitchen.

The new location will also be conveniently located in the same shopping strip as Asian World Market, where the Shutts have been buying specialty ingredients for the past two years.

Want to go?

Everyday Thai will be located at 2926 S. Campbell Ave. The restaurant’s hours, when the store opens in late January, are as follows:

Tuesday through Friday — 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday — Closed


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