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Restaurateurs say in addition to the normal trials of running a restaurant, educating unsure patrons about menu items and flavors adds a whole new challenge. Noodles and company vacaville Some eateries experience success and longevity while others close their doors before generating a following.

“Ten years ago in this area, Vietnamese food was not very well known,” says Holly Pham, co-owner of Noodles at BTH – Boba Tea House, which has two locations in north Fort Worth.

“Customers would come in and ask, ‘Do you have sweet and sour chicken or Kung Pao chicken?’” Pham says.


Noodles and company calories We would tell them we’re actually Vietnamese and our cuisine has French and Thai influence. Yaya noodles menu It’s education on our part to the consumer.”

Pham, who was born in Vietnam but grew up in Haltom City, runs the restaurants with her husband, son, sister, sister-in-law and several other family members. Noodles and company lakewood co She learned to make pho, a traditional Vietnamese soup, from her father, who would begin preparation on Saturday night to ensure the dish was ready after church on Sunday, Pham says. Noodle or noodles The “noodles” in the restaurant name refers to the soup, which is comprised of flavorful broth, thin rice noodles and thinly sliced beef or other various proteins.

“In the beginning, some people had heard of pho, but the majority of people had no clue. What is in noodles Once customers got a taste of our food, they said, ‘This is actually good,’” Pham says.

To promote her Vietnamese concept early on, Pham spent a lot of money on advertising, participated in Groupon discounts, and even purchased neighborhood door hanging advertisements. Noodles and company village crossing Upon opening her second location in Alliance Town Center in 2013, Noodles had gained a loyal following, not only for the pho but for vermicelli bowls, stir fry dishes, spring rolls, sushi, and boba tea – a sweet tea and fruit-based beverage garnished with gummy tapioca balls. Noodles and company healthy Today, business is booming.

“Vietnamese food is more well-known because of cable food shows and social media,” Pham says. Noodles & company coupons “People come and take a picture of a dish and send it to their friends. Noodles resturant That really helped a lot when the second location opened. Noodles and company indianapolis I didn’t have to struggle as much.”

At Puerta Vieja Mexican Grill in Keller, which also specializes in El Salvadorian and Peruvian cuisine, owner Hilcia Garcia says customers often come in expecting mainstream Tex-Mex dishes.

“We explain the different flavors between the countries,” says Garcia, who moved to the United States from El Salvador in 1989 before opening her first restaurant with her husband Jose in Irving in 2001.

The Garcia’s Keller location opened three years ago and features an expansive menu of Central American specialties, like calamari with fried yucca, flank steak served with sweet plantains, and Salvadoran paella with chicken, chorizo, shrimp, mussels, octopus and lobster. Noodles to go The restaurant employs two chefs, one from Peru and one from El Salvador.

But while customers continually rave over the restaurant’s authentic recipes, Garcia can’t help but wonder why business is often slow compared to nearby corporate-owned competition.

“We get busy, but sometimes we’re not busy at all. Noodles and company hours today It’s hard to understand why. Noodles phone number It hurts,” Garcia says. Noodles and company number “We’re trying hard to keep the quality of the food because that’s very important. Noodles and company kenosha Once people try it, they come back. Noodles and company jobs The food is authentic, but then again maybe people don’t like authentic. Noodles and company uptown If you see a Tex-Mex chain, it’s always packed.”

While not locally-owned, Ohio-based Piada Italian Street Food was established by founder Chris Doody after his visit to Rimini, Italy, where he was inspired to bring a taste of the city’s gourmet food carts and corner markets to the U.S. Noodles restaurant locations The fast-casual chain now has nearly three dozen locations, with one recently opened in Alliance Town Center.

ingredients like fresh basil pesto, calamari with hot peppers, pancetta and grilled vegetables – or customize their own. Noodles and company 96th street Pasta bowls, chopped salads and seasonal entrees and sides are also served.

“Anytime you open a restaurant in a new market, there is a period where people take time to understand what you’re trying to do. Noodles house menu dubai That’s a challenge,” Doody says. Noodles and company wifi “But we’re well-positioned in the fine fast-casual segment. Noodles and company appetizers Everything we use is very fresh and the menu is pretty straightforward. Noodles and company birthday I think people grasp it pretty easily.”

Each Piada location also has a queue ambassador –an employee who has a responsibility to explain to customers how to order. Noodles and company salary “It helps people navigate their first experience,” Doody says.

At Café Medi, which has locations in Hurst and Keller, owner Manos Moursi says most of his customers are longtime regulars or folks who’ve experienced Mediterranean cuisine elsewhere.