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Jan 2, 2007 03:40 PM

Saigon still Gone?

Are they back in business yet after the fire last summer? Did they fix their acoustics problem?

I'm talking about the Chinese place which unaccountably has the name of a VietNam city. It's located by the 99Ranch Asian shopping center where the borders of Richmond, El Cerrito and Albany collide.

The discussion below about dim sum in the east bay reminded me of this place where a friend and I pigged out memorably on dim sum one lunchtime.

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  1. Sharuf, I think it's been pointed out before that the "Saigon" in the restaurant's name does not refer to the Viet Nam city, but to Sai Kung, an area of Hong Kong noted for seafood.

    Dunno if Saigon is still gone, or if it's Saiback.

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      There are a bunch of Fuzhou restaurants in NY that westernize the name as "Food Chow."

      1. re: Gary Soup

        Saigon (now HCM City) and Sai Kung are the same characters in Chinese (Xi Gong 西贡)

        No signs of construction. The parking lot is taped off and it's still mostly boarded up.

      2. It's still closed. I have no info about when it's reopening, but judging by the look of the building, I'd guess it won't be soon.

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        1. re: jillyju

          A couple months ago I had dinner at the Sunnyvale location and asked there. The manager said they were hoping to reopen by March. That date may have slipped by now.

        2. I drive by ther all the time. About a month after the fire there seemed to be some construction activity. But for at least 4 months now not a thing has happened. Even the paricle board covering the windows is starting to look old and tired.

          1. Just a brief update on Saigon . . .

            I was at the Pacific East mall a cople days ago, where one of the store owners told me that as far as she knew, Saigon would still eventually reopen. According to her, the restaurant owner also owns the land, and would like to convert the old space into a 2-story building. No timeline yet. Does anyone else know anything?

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            1. re: TerriL

              When I was in the Sunnyvale location of HK Saigon a few months ago, the manager said they hoped to reopen Richmond in March. Well here we are in March, and it seems no visible progress.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                We went by the new dim sum place in the mall, and it looked crowded after one o'clock. That is usually a good sign. Any reports on the food??? Frankly, I don't think it would take much to surpass Saigon...except for noise and rudeness where they shone.

                1. re: OldTimer

                  Yimster et al have posted on a few meals at Asian Pearl.

              2. Drove by today (July 11, 2007) and the place looked more desolate and forlorn than ever, the parking lot now overgrown with weeds and the facade weathered and worn. It really seems abandoned.

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                1. re: santoku45

                  I guess this would be consistent with the other posting indicating that the insurance company won't pay off.