New Thai restaurant, Thailand Station, is making a splash in Springfield

A new Thai restaurant, Thailand Station, opened Feb. 1 at the location that once housed Springfield Diner at 1730 E. Republic Road.

Owners and best friends Gift Williams and Mint Hempala were looking to get into business with their Thai food restaurant when a real estate agent offered them a location on East Republic Road.

“It’s important that customers have room to park, it’s a really nice location in Springfield,” Williams said of why she chose this location.

Thailand Station is located in the same mall as Sugarfire Smoke House and several other businesses.

Thailand Station offers an extensive menu of authentic dishes. The Moo Ping appetizer features grilled marinated pork on bamboo skewers, served with a homemade chili lime juice sauce. The chef’s specialty is the Egg Bomb, which is your choice of ground pork or chicken sautéed with a fresh garlic sauce, bell pepper, onion, green beans, basil, topped with a fried egg.

The owners said they wanted to serve traditional dishes in addition to easy-to-eat Thai street food.

“You can’t do anything on your own, you have to have teamwork, she’s my best friend and everyone here is friends and family,” Williams said.

The owners say their authentic menu will give many people the chance to try dishes they’ve never had before.

Thailand Station hours of operation are Monday through Friday 11am-2:30pm and 4:30pm-9pm, and Saturday 11am-9pm. For more information, visit the Thailand Station website.

Ralph Green is a business reporter at the Springfield News-Leader. Contact him at [email protected], by phone: (417-536-4061) or on Twitter at RalphGreenNL

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