Techarukpong earned a bachelor's degree in education at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok in 1979. He immigrated to Southern California from Thailand under the auspices of a Catholic mission program and completed a master of public health in environmental health at Loma Linda University. While in school he worked a restaurants in the Los Angeles area.
Techarukpong opened his first restaurant in the Virginia-Highland/Little Five Points district of Atlanta in 1991.
Techarukpong moved to Birmingham shortly after opening Surin West in 1996 at Five Points South. The short-lived Nirus was opened a block away in 1997 and closed in 1998. He found success for a second Birmingham-area restaurant with Surin of Thailand in Mountain Brook's Crestline Village in 1999. A third restaurant opened in 2005 in the Concord Center downtown. After a couple of name changes, it settled in as Surin & Co. In 2008, Surin 280 opened at Perimeter Park South in a former O'Charley's restaurant.
Techarukpong died in January 2024.
- Garrison, Greg (January 10, 2024) "Founder of Surin restaurants dead at 67: ‘He was always smiling." AL.com