‘Saigon Social’ Begins Build-Out at Former Mission Cantina
Posted on: September 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am by Elie
For the first time in years, 172 Orchard Street is seeing some activity in the ground floor retail.
Not since Mission Cantina closed down in December 2016 has there been movement. Instead, just a revolving door of suitors considering the space. And a never-ending supply of storefront graffiti.
Now, renovations are afoot. Restaurateur Helen Nguyen is introducing her Saigon Social concept here, as previously mentioned. It’ll be a casual setting focused on Vietnamese comfort food. This is the first brick-and-mortar push for the eatery, which, until now, hosted culinary pop-ups at various locations, including Boys Don’t Cry at 22 Orchard.
Nguyen partnered with top Las Vegas chef Khai Vu on the project, and seeks a full liquor license for the endeavor.
Saigon Social should open later this fall.
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