Saigon Noodle House
The restaurant was founded by sisters Thao "Syndy" Vu and Oanh "Kim" Vu, and their husbands, Phuong "Mike" Hoang and Van Pham. They based the full service menu on specialties that their father, Can Vu, had sold from his noodle cart in Vietnam. The family members furnished and decorated the space themselves, and purchased kitchen equipment from a former Bruno's supermarket. Business grew gradually as word got around.
One repeat customer, Nick Pihakis, befriended the owners and helped them get repairs made to a cooler and to the restaurant's sign. Eventually he offered to partner with them to expand to a second location. In 2016 a second Saigon Noodle House opened in the former Bottletree location at 3719 3rd Avenue South in Avondale as part of the Fresh Hospitality group. The second location offers a more "streamlined" menu designed for fast-casual service, and adds a full bar. The Avondale location is also decorated with a cartoon mural referencing Can Vu's street cart which was created by Smallwoods Studios.
- Carlton, Bob (June 9, 2016) "The Saigon Noodle House family's remarkable journey from Vietnam to Alabama." The Birmingham News