Local Thai restaurateur Achara “Fawn” Weydt opens Thai House of Holden

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HOLDEN – Achara “Fawn” Weydt of Boylston, owner and founder of Thai Time in Worcester and four other Thai restaurants, has opened another location – her first in Holden – Thai House of Holden, in the former local tavern at 680 Main St.

“We were asked if we were going to Holden because it would be closer for residents of Jefferson and Holden, so I always wanted a location there, but there was no opportunity until The Local Tavern becomes available So I took it,” Weydt said.

Weydt opened his first restaurant 12 years ago when his son was around 2 years old. Before starting his own business, Weydt worked for local Thai restaurants in central Massachusetts.

She also owns Brown Rice in West Boylston and three other Thai restaurants in central Massachusetts.

Originally from Thailand, Weydt graduated from Assumption University in Bangkok, majoring in business management, and came to the United States in 2002 when she secured a corporate internship. She worked as an intern for an 18-month program.

When one of his Thai friends asked Weydt to help him with his restaurant, his food and restaurant journey began. Several years later, when she got married and gave birth to her son, she opened her own restaurant.

“I love doing it. I love the people I work with. I meet a lot of Thai people here. So it’s something I really enjoy doing, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to open all these places if I didn’t. I wasn’t doing it. I’m not taking advantage of it,” she said.

The new dining room can accommodate about 80 seats, Weydt said.

Other new additions to the restaurant also include a full bar and outdoor dining space for up to 20 people, where it plans to open this summer.

Weydt also added some Thai touches in the restaurant so people feel like they are coming to Thailand to enjoy their food.

“We have a Bangkok skyline wall so that when you walk in it feels like you’re walking into a Thai restaurant, (and) you’re sitting under the Bangkok skyline. So hopefully that’s a little something we add for the vibe,” she said.

Weydt is also grateful to two of her longtime friends, Phawat and Suda Srilum, who left their previous jobs and helped her out as restaurant managers. Weydt said they are excited and dedicated to serving Holden’s customers.

As for the menu, Weydt said 90% of it will be the same as other restaurants she owns like Brown Rice. But when his two friends joined the restaurant, they used their creativity to add new dishes not available at Brown Rice, including Thai-style street food such as barbecued red pork and tom yum noodle soup, she said.

Thai House of Holden is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., but Weydt said hours for the restaurant and bar section may change as they determine best times over time.

For more information, visit thaihouseholden.com.

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