Less than a month after receiving confirmation that the former Salé Sucre space on White Oak would be replaced by Vietnamese mini-chain Pho Binh, location owner Daniel Nguyen has confirmed that the restaurant is set to open June 1. "Hopefully everything is on track," he adds.
Nguyen, who also owns the original trailer location on Beamer Road, is one of several siblings who own and operate locations of the family-run chain. Originally he hoped to open the Heights location — the chain's first to be situated inside the 610 Loop — back in early May.
Nguyen also confirmed that the seventh location of the chain — known for their pho that boasts fans like Houston Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook — would feature an expanded menu that will include dishes not offered at the other Pho Binh locations. "We're contemplating adding dishes that will complement the beer and wine that we have," he explains. Although the menu will be different, Nguyen assures that "the pho is still cooked the same way."
While the plans have not been finalized, Nguyen says the interior of the 2,300-square-foot space at 2916 White Oak Drive will be "creative" and feature an industrial aesthetic.
"I'm giddy," he says. "We're down here in the Heights and love it."