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ABOUT THAI PLACE

The Liberda family has long been known in Kansas City for the best Kansas City Thai food! If you have seen a Thai restaurant here in Kansas City, most likely it rooted from us.

Ted Liberda’s mother Ann was born in Thailand and came to the U.S. in 1975. She started the family restaurant chain with Thai Place in Overland Park and the family later opened multiple locations throughout the metro, serving the best Kansas City Thai food, including Thai Place in Westport. They still have Thai Diner in Lawrence, and Thai Tradition in Topeka. We invite you to experience Thai Place in Waldo! Ted opened this restaurant with both traditions from the past and modern touches to give it the flair Kansas City’s been waiting for. If you are ready to experience the best Kansas City Thai food then you’ve come to the right spot!

The best Kansas City Thai food - Thai Place Waldo
The best Kansas City Thai food - Thai Place Waldo
Teddy Liberda
Co-Executive Chef
Teddy Liberda

Ted Liberda grew up cooking! His mother was an amazing cook. She exposed him to good food at an early age. Ted is the genius behind the Thai Place brand many of you recognize here in Kansas City. He’s been featured on Food Network’s “Heat Seekers” and have owned, managed and operated multiple restaurants! With 15 plus years of professional cooking experience, Ted can ensure you an amazing experience!

Pam Liberda
Lady of the House
Pam Liberda

Pam Liberda was born in Lampang, Northern Thailand. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Mahidol University and migrated here in 1998. After falling in love with Teddy Liberda, the former owner of Thai Place Restaurant chain, she decided to give up her career and enter the culinary scene. She has helped her Teddy open eight restaurants.

Pam took time to become a housewife and spent time raising her two daughters. Without formal training, Pam acquired her skills by watching and cooking homey dishes alongside her mother. Her passion for food led her to work at Cerner as the International Station Chef, cooking for more than 500 patrons a day with her inspired international themed cuisine.Now, with her husband Teddy’s help and support, Pam is ready to run the show, preparing her own authentic, homey, delicious Thai food.

Darrell Loo
Darrell Loo
Bar Manager

Known for his passion for creativity and hospitality, Darrell Loo prides himself on precision and technique. A member of the Kansas City chapter of The United States Bartenders’ Guild and Midwest regional winner of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience in 2017, Loo has played a role in bringing beautiful cocktails to the Kansas City beverage scene.His former positions as bar manager at Repeal 18th Bar and Bistro and head bartender at Julep, have allowed him to cultivate knowledge in spirits, cocktails, and providing guests with the most positive experiences. Loo finds satisfaction in repaying the generosity and kindness of his patrons in fun and creative ways: through attentive service and through spirits & cocktails.

James Chang
General Manager
James Chang

Born from a family of cooks and restaurant entrepreneurs, James has spent many years as a member of the both the kitchen and the front of house. Formally trained for 6 years by Pam Liberda, he will do everything he can to ensure your experience is magical. James prides himself in having a deep knowledge of the menu, as well as making everlasting memories with his patrons. Come into Waldo Thai as an patron and leave as family.

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