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American & Thai Together Since 1998

By Lisa McIntyre

The blending of cultures and flavors came together at the first Swing Thai location in 1998. Converted from an old service station, the historic, red brick building sits on the southwest corner of Alameda and Pennsylvania near the West Washington Park and Baker neighborhoods. There are now three locations in Denver dishing up authentic Thai cuisine.

The restaurant got its name from Thailand’s 98-foot “Giant Swing” originally built in 1784 as part of a traditional Hindu ceremony. The toboggan-type swing held four people who were propelled by their teammates into the air to grab the celebrated golden ring. The swing represents the importance of collaboration powered by people.

Owners, Jay Dedrick and Siriporn “Duke” Tayaputch, are passionate about bringing exotic, traditional flavors from Duke’s homeland of Bangkok, Thailand to Denver, Colorado where Jay was born and raised.

Swing Thai is a locally-owned, family business where owners and staff work side-by-side to create healthy, locally-sourced dishes influenced by family recipes from many regions throughout Thailand.

They deeply value family and friends, and bring those principles to each of their three restaurants by creating a welcoming environment to each guest. The team of employees can be seen sharing daily meals around tables at each restaurant and frequently travel together for celebrations and holidays.

Jay and Duke enjoy hiking the mountains of Colorado, Thailand, Laos and Burma (Myanmar). While traveling the globe, they also take time to explore the many cultures and flavors the world offers, grounding their connection to food and family.

They are immensely proud to bring the diverse tastes of Thailand to Colorado.

Swing Thai Denver Owners Jay and Duke

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