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Thai Immigrant Brings Years of Restaurant Experience to St. Paul

3 days ago   |   By Renew our Economy

Yuwadee Poophakumpanart first visited the United States in 2005. Her brother, also from Thailand, had married an American woman and was living in St. Paul, as was her sister.
She liked the city, and, after spending some time walking neighborhoods peppered with immigrant businesses, decided that not only did she want to move to America, she also wanted to open a restaurant in St. Paul. First, however, she would have to learn how to cook. To really cook.
What followed was a three-year exploration of regional culinary specialties in her native Thailand. In cooking classes in Bangkok she...
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