Two years after opening Pho’ Hoa Noodle Soup on Independence Avenue, owner Spike Nguyen is ready to expand.
He plans to open a second location called iPho Tower Vietnamese-French Bistro in Midtown in early 2014. Nguyen said he now has the keys to the former Sidney’s Diner space in the Barclay Building (circa 1920) at 3623 Broadway. The 4,656-square-foot space will be remodeled for a more upscale version of the Independence Avenue restaurant. It will include a lounge area for live music and an open kitchen.
Pho’ Hoa specializes in “Vietnamese cuisine with a French twist” and offers such items as fried shrimp rolls, a variety of pho noodle soups, vermicelli bowls, Vietnamese sandwiches, and rice plates. The new Midtown operation will have more of the French influenced items, Nguyen said, thus the “tower” in the logo standing for the Eiffel Tower. Avalon Cortez will be the general manager.
The Barclay Building space also was home to such operations as Clark’s American Caribbean Restaurant.
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