2 local Vietnamese restaurants come together to create a new restaurant on Dorchester Ave.

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Pho Hoa with Anh Hong Restaurant combines two popular Vietnamese hotspots in Dorchester.

The old storefront of Anh Hong before it closed and the storefront of Pho Hoa. Staff of Pat Greenhouse/Globe

Two Vietnamese restaurants are creating something new for the Lunar New Year, according to a report from the Dorchester Reporter.

Restaurateurs Victoria Nguyen and Tam Le will open a new business together called Pho Hoa with Anh Hong restaurant on Dorchester Ave.

In early January 2022, Anh Hong Restaurant suddenly closed. The restaurant had a loyal following that helped the restaurant win a host of awards, such as Best Neighborhood Restaurant of 2021, but sudden rental issues forced it to close.

At the Pho Hoa restaurant, co-owner Tam Le’s time had recently been taken up with other projects, and Pho Hoa was losing some of its charm, he told the Journalist.

However, that all changed after a meeting between the two restaurateurs. Immediately after hearing about Nguyen’s restaurant closing, Le asked to meet at the local home.stead bakery & cafe.

“I believe everything happens for a reason,” Nguyen said. “When we met at the cafe, there was something different about that meeting than any other normal day.”

It took Nguyen two weeks to come to the idea, still mourning the loss of the restaurant she called her “baby”. But, the idea of ​​working with an established company with a large, attractive facility “woke her up,” she said.

“After the shutdown, you feel depressed and there may be some misinformation,” she said in an interview with the Journalist. “It’s a sadness inside of you. Coming back now is very exciting. I woke up the next day after talking, and I was a totally different person. I am motivated and ready. It will be great for the Vietnamese community and the neighborhood.

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This new venture will also allow Le’s father, Thanh Le, the man behind Pho Hoa in 1992, to finally retire.

All of this was announced on the occasion of the Lunar New Year, which the two future owners see as a time for rebirth.

“This year, Pho Hoa Restaurant will also celebrate its 30th anniversary,” they said in a joint statement. “It’s fitting that Anh Hong’s revival, breathing new life into Pho Hoa, happens during the Vietnamese New Year – giving us even more to celebrate in this coming year.”

Staff from both restaurants will be able to work at the new combined effort restaurant.

“There are two important themes shared by Anh Hong and Pho Hoa: creating a special place for the community and ensuring that Vietnamese culture is preserved for future generations,” the two said.

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