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Little Thailand closing this week

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

A call to Little Thailand this morning confirmed that this will be the final week of business for the Thai restaurant opened in 1995 by the late Dick Simcoe and his wife, Surin. Dick Simcoe started the restaurant as a trailer outside Austin-Bergstrom Air Force Base in 1981.

The famously affable Dick Simcoe, an Air Force veteran who was born in Hawaii and graduated from Austin High School, died from stomach cancer in 2009. His wife, Surin, whom Dick married in 1987, continued to run the restaurant after his death. The restaurant was a big draw thanks to its authentic Thai food prepared by Surin and Dick’s hospitality. Former Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan was a regular at the restaurant.

“It always felt like you were guests at his home,”McLagan said in Dick Simcoe’s obituary. “If Dick was in England he’d own the pub that everyone wanted to go to … He was a remarkable chap with a great family.”

Little Thailand will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant’s Facebook page says that Surin plans to retire following service on Saturday, August 30.

Photo of Little Thailand in 2008 courtesy of Flickr user Boots in the Oven.