When Allyson Tran opened her first pho joint, Vina Pho & Grill, in Edgewater in 2009, she'd really been looking for a spot in Boulder.
"I always wanted to go to Boulder," she says. "My first plan was to open there, but we couldn't find a location."
Now she's finally had a chance to make good on her goal, opening a second outpost of Vina at 1630 30th Street in the Peoples' Republic.
Tran, who hails from Saigon but has been in the States since the mid-'70s, comes from a family that has always owned restaurants, including an eatery in Denver over two decades ago. "I've been working in restaurants since I was fourteen," she says.
When she decided to open her own place, she built a menu of pho, bún chả and cóm. And in Boulder, she expanded that menu, too. "It's the same idea as the Edgewater location, only more," she says. "Especially more vegetarian."
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Now that she has two restaurants open, Tran says she may continue to expand -- but only if she finds another great location.
The Boulder spot opened in January. For more information, call 303-444-1809.