When Lily Chittivej came to Denver, she noticed that there were no Thai restaurants. So in 1959 She opened the first Chada Thai at 20th and Logan. The restaurant became a little known legend at the time, for Thai food was not well in the Denver community. The restaurant stayed open till 1977 when Lily passed away. However, her son Pop and his wife Nita, who Lily had trained and taught all her recipes to, had branched out and opened their own restaurant. Chao Praya Thai continued Lily's tradition, serving up authentic Thai from the old Oxford Hotel from 1973 ~ 1977 before moving to their landmark location in Commerce City. They served many patrons there until 1998 when Pop passed away and the family decided to close the doors for the last time.
In 2007, after 8 years of retirement, Nita became bored and decided to reopen the restaurant under the Chada Thai name in the quaint neighborhood at 17th and Race. Awarded 5280's Top of the Town Editors' Choice in 2008, we are happy to say that the food she is making today is of the same high quality as it has always been. Our goal is for you to enjoy your meal, tell your friends, and be sure to come see us again.