Saigon Restaurant re-opens after latest mysterious closing

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Saigon Restaurant: Popular, but flaky.
Pho followers have been complaining all month about Saigon Restaurant's abrupt closing this September, its third extended shutdown of the year.

Fans of the popular Vietnamese eatery noticed it had quietly closed on September 2. A Facebook user took to the restaurant's page and asked, "How come you guys are closed today?" That comment was followed by others in the coming days pointing out Saigon had closed with "no sign or anything." One would-be customer lamented "driving over and seeing that you're closed."

Saigon Restaurant's owners addressed the situation on September 11, noting that "there will be a new owner taking over soon" while promising to keep the same food and staff. The restaurant has made no announcement since, but City Pages can report that Saigon is open again, at least as of this weekend.

This latest closing follows several instances over the past year where Saigon Restaurant didn't open for extended periods of time. In February, it closed to remodel the kitchen for 10 days, frustrating hungry pho lovers. Then it closed again, in May, without announcement, until restaurant owners mentioned they'd had a problem with their gas.

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Saigon has made at least some fans angry.

City Pages went down to St Paul Sunday in hopes of learning more about the restaurant's situation. We were surprised to find that it was open despite the lack of an announcement. Staff told us general manager Lysa Bui would be in, then said she wouldn't. We left our card and asked her to get back to us to talk about the restaurant's situation. We'll let you know if she returns a call.

In the meantime, enjoy it while it's open. The restaurant is famous for its "Pho-King Challenge," where eaters attempt to eat a 10-pound bowl of pho noodles within 45 minutes. We named it Best Vietnamese Restaurant in 2010.


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Julie
Julie

Actually, the restaurant try to hide from IRS about $88k ( check state IRS web site )sales tax which they did not pay up; city of St paul already revoke their licenses.  By the way they do not have sale permit nor inspect by DSI.  So eat at your own risk (no insurance).

Jen
Jen

Went there on Friday to see what the hype is all about.  The food was gross at best. The shrimp in my verimicelli salad was old and my food was bland. The boyfriend was not impressed by their Pho. I love Vietnamese food usually.  I say skip Saigon and go to Trieu Chau down the block instead!

Saigon_Lies
Saigon_Lies

This place is a criminal front...no other explanation.  The "remodel" and "gas" excuse are just a cover. When they went "cash-only" and stopped taking credit cards made it even more apparent.  No restaurant would treat their customer base with complete disregard.  Sure it has (or now HAD... who knows) great food, but their consistent lack of communication and availability has made me (and many others) forget about this place.  A shame really.

Casey
Casey

I tried stopping by there last night after work at about 6:00 and found it again closed. I hope they figure their shit out.

rmdr
rmdr

I hope they fix it.  Before it was Saigon, this location housed a killer Thai restaurant, which also closed after a serious kitchen problem.. :/

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