Two restaurants will be added to downtown Carrboro in the upcoming months — Thai Station as well as Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas.
Sutawanee Duke, owner of the Thai Station restaurant, was born and raised in Thailand. She said she has always loved cooking and that her friends have been cheering her on to open her own restaurant.
“When you do something that you love to do, you will do it really good,” Duke said. “I believe to cook a good dish you must have a sense and know the tastes of ingredients and you will make a perfect dish without measuring it.”
Duke said her family has been in the restaurant industry for over twenty years. She said she wants to represent her country’s food and home cooking and that they have been working hard to pick which dishes to put on the menu because there are so many dishes they want to serve.
“I have a good team to help me provide the best food and the good service in town,” Duke said. “My head chef has huge experience and education in the Thai food industry and hospitality for many years.”
Duke said she and her workers taste and try many recipes until they all agree on the perfect recipe to put on the menu. Their idea of the food is Thai fusion, but tastes remain as authentic as possible and in the family dining style.
“I am so proud and so excited to serve Chapel Hill-Carrboro residents because people here are diversified and open-minded for new things to try,” Duke said.
Duke said they plan to open sometime in February. The restaurant is located on 201 E. Main St., Suite C, in Carrboro.
Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas
Darnell Williams, assistant manager of Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas, said they are very excited to be providing Ecuadorian and South American food to the Carrboro area. He said he believes this will be a great addition to the area.
“We have been wanting to expand the restaurant and have been looking for a new location for the last two years,” Williams said. “We finally found the right location in Carrboro.”
Shawn Stokes, the chef and owner of Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas, said the culture in Carrboro fits well with their concept and overall mission, such as their sustainability goals and sourcing from local farmers and producers.
“We hold ourselves to a lot of sustainable practices,” Stokes said.
Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas is planning on opening in mid-February.
“We think we are a good fit for Carrboro, and hope it’s a good fit for the town of Carrboro as well,” Stokes said.
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