Specialty coffee business nearly ready to go

Toy Nitisopon was busy working on the exterior facade of his new specialty coffee and tea shop last week.

Toy Nitisopon continues to work on his new business

Toy Nitisopon was busy working on the exterior facade of his new specialty coffee and tea shop last week.

Toy, along with wife Toon, are making progress towards an opening of their little shop, located two doors west of Benja thai Restaurant. He’s not certain exactly when that will take place, however.

“I’ve been in the restaurant business,” he explained, “and I don’t want to open until I’m ready – I want to be perfect, and when it’s ready, it’s ready.”

Toy is planning to sell specialty coffees, herbal teas and snacks, using as much locally grown food as possible.

“The menu will be different every day,” Toy said, “ my wife (Rick Chaicomdee’s sister – Benja Thai Restaurant) is a good cook.”

Toy will be making, on an individual basis, lattes, smoothies and other dirnks.

“We’ll offer something like what the big cities have, something we don’t have here,” he said.

The building housing the new business (which will be known as the “Secret Garden Cafe”) is too small for indoor seating, but Toy is planning a small courtyard adjacent the building. He’s going to build a few benches along with a trellis, offering a place for a few customers to sit.


When will Toy and Toon be opening their doors? It’s tough to say – Toy is working on the building’s interior now, and still has the garden to finish. He’s retired, and wants to get it right the first time. All he can say is he is hoping to have a “soft opening”soon.



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