DBP: Your mom runs Thank You Come Again at the booth right across from you in DeKalb Market Hall. How do you all feel about that?
Senna: Initially, we thought “oh my goodness this is not what we wanted,” but once we opened it was really nice to have them right across the room to help out whenever we needed an extra hand. When we first opened it was so hectic. We were still trying to figure it all out and felt so understaffed with the high amount of business during the first couple of days. In the end, we love that our parents are right there.
DBP: Was your mom the one who told you about the open spot in the Market Hall?
Sage: Yes. It’s actually a funny story. It’s always been challenging to change our mom’s version of the restaurant, as she has a strong hold on things and can be stubborn. She’s always sold the honey pork slider on her menu to modernize her Thai cuisine. The three of us have always had an idea to open a spot that only serves sliders because they’re quick, easy, and only require one person to work the window, but our mom was always against it. We told our uncle about our idea for the slider shop and he agreed, saying he’d tried to convince her to pursue that idea as well. With that vote of confidence, we decided to go for it and asked him not to tell our mom.
Ginger: Then, we got our dad involved and also told him not to tell our mom. One day, out of nowhere our mom expressed the “beautiful” idea to open a slider shop. We immediately called our uncle and dad who both blamed each other for telling mom. To this day we don’t know who did it. The second she heard we wanted to open a new store she went straight to the DeKalb Market Hall and asked for the empty stall across from hers and here we are!
DBP: What is the mission behind Baby’s Buns and Buckets?
Ginger: To create a new genre of Thai-American fast food. It’s not anything we’ve really seen before, like the way that fast casual Chinese food exists. We also want to bring out the flavors we love from the dishes our mom created and make them accessible to everyone. Ultimately, we want to spread our ideas around the world.