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Pho Binh Definitely Opening In the Heights, Satisfying Vietnamese Pho Cravings

The burgeoning Vietnamese restaurant stakes claim in Houston's "it" neighborhood.

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It's official: Pho Binh, a local Vietnamese soup mini-chain, is expanding to the Heights. Daniel Nguyen, owner of the original Pho Binh Trailer, confirms previous rumors that he's taking over the former Sale-Sucre space on White Oak Drive.

"I've always wanted to be in the Heights and the opportunity came," says Nguyen of his decision to open in the neighborhood. Acknowledging the existence of established Vietnamese restaurants nearby such as Vietnam Restaurant and Jenni's Noodle House, Nguyen says his will fit in just fine. Nguyen's response may sound a bit arrogant, but considering his trailer sets the standard for the Vietnamese soup in Houston and fans like Houston Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook and Food Republic sings its praises, he may have a point. 

In addition to pho, the restaurant will offer an expanded menu, possibly similar to the one served at the Pho Binh Noodles & Grill concepts operated by Nguyen's brother — one of several siblings who own their own Pho Binh locations. Nguyen wouldn't go into detail but noted the menu will include a variety of beers and wines. Sale-Sucre's bar will stay in place. The Pho Binh owner notes he doesn't have any intentions on disturbing the hand-crafted wood fixtures inside. The walls are another matter. On a recent visit, the walls were stripped of its white paint revealing distressed wood underneath. Although Nguyen likes the look, he's not sure if he'll keep it but he does want neutral tones throughout.

Construction and renovations will continue over the course of several weeks in time for the restaurant's expected premiere. Nguyen is shooting for an early May opening.

Pho Binh

2916 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

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