Kaosamai Pronounced: Gow sa mai Gow means the No.9 Samai means dynasty. The current King is in his family’s 9th dynasty
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Kaosamai Thai Truck Still Serves 10 Years Later
by Kirby Lindsay, 10 December 2014
In January, Kaosamai Thai Restaurant & Catering – begun with the dining room at 36th Street & Phinney Avenue – will celebrate a significant anniversary. Ten years ago, Doug & Sumalee Somerville, the owners of Kaosamai, took a big risk as they launched the first Thai Truck in Seattle, and finally brought fresh, hot Thai dishes to walk-up customers all over the city, at weddings, parties, festivals, parks, sidewalks and in South Lake Union.
‘A Fun Ride’
The Kaosamai Restaurant began in 2001, when the couple leased a house long-ago converted into offices for the Baby Diaper Service. They spent five months converting the building into an elegant and spacious restaurant, located (at that time) in an area considered ‘just outside’ of Fremont. “Everybody told me that it’s going to start growing,” explained Doug Somerville recently of the neighborhood. It didn’t seem to be a problem, as he observed, “We were pretty popular right off the start.”