A native of Thailand, Mon (Duangkamol) Sutthiwari, grew up enjoying the culinary traditions of Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Like many cultures around the world, food is at the center of every gathering and this was true in the Sutthiwari household. Much of her life was spent around the table with family and friends enjoying the flavors of Thai-Asian cuisine.
After graduating from college in Thailand, Mon moved to Eugene in 2001 to attend the University of Oregon to further her education in linguistics. Mon quickly fell in love with Eugene and the people, but she longed for the flavors of home and found herself searching for the food she loved. She discovered Chao Praya, a small local Thai restaurant, which provided the food she longed for. To help supplement her income she soon took a job at the restaurant and it was there that she began to discover her passion for food and people.
After completing her degree in 2004, she helped open Tararin Thai Cuisine where she was responsible for the front of the house; hiring and training staff, developing and organizing restaurant procedures, waiting tables, and running the floor.
In 2009, Mon decided it was time to venture out on her own. She teamed up with Tim Murff, a longtime resident of Eugene with a background in media and marketing, to develop Sabai, an intimate café and bar. "Eugene has such a wonderful history of progressive restaurants and bakeries. We wanted that tradition to spill over to Oakway Center," Mon says. "It was exciting to have a chance to share what I love about my culture with the people of Eugene. But of course, with a Northwest twist."
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