Update on Pho 777 in Reno
The Reno Gazette-Journal carried the news that Pho 777 is reopening in the location of Kim Son a block west of its old Second Street location.
Nikki Waggoner also mentioned in the Stonehouse post it reopened in the old Kim Son location.
I went in there last night. The good news is the food is the same as it was at the old location. I was surprised to see the old owner, Nguyen Thanh Nguyen. I thought he had sold it. Nguyen told an interesting story.
He said as of last July 1, he had intended to sell the restaurant and took a deposit from the new owner. Nguyen bought the international market near Park Lane. But Nguyen said the person who he sold it to had problems getting the second mortgage on his home to buy the restaurant.
Then there were problems getting the new lease hammered out between the buyer and the landlord and work needed to be done on the building before the sale could be completed. Then came governmental red tape. So the deal wasn't completed by the time Halloween rolled around.
That's when they had the arson fire in the Mizpah hotel directly behind Pho 777 that killed 12. They just last week sentenced the whack job who started the fire to 12 consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole.
After the fire all the buildings in that block were ruled unsafe and there's been a chain link fence surrounding pretty much the whole block to keep people out of there.
So the deal to sell Pho 777 fell through and Nguyen still owns it. After that Kim Son location closed he moved into it. His rent tripled but he said he has more space to serve customers now. He's also getting a credit card machine so he can do more than take cash only, saying he went to Costco yesterday to make arrangements for it.
This is a modest pho place but it's my favorite in Reno. I'm glad to see he's back operating it.
One bad thing. With the chain link fence surrounding the one block, a parking lot near the old Kim Son new Pho 777 taken up with a building and with work going on elsewhere, parking is virtually non existent in the area.