Vien Dong - Temporarily Closed
Vien Dong in Linda Vista is temporarily closed and word is that it will re-open as part of the 99 Ranch family. They are making renovations / changes and will open in 6-8 weeks. That's the gossip I heard, anyone hear different?
Wow. Thanks for the tip. For my money that is not good news. I like 99 Ranch but Vien Dong had a better herb section, different fruits, and those exotic things like frog and turtle. Also, I will hate to lose the fun of the "bread-battle" after they put out their fresh bread. I also enjoyed jockeying for position. On the other hand it is closer to me than the Clairemont location.
Thanks again for the tip!
a couple of updates:
Bale French Sandwiches is still open, but they said they are still moving down the street, to 6595 Linda Vista Road (it is the next block east, beside that drive thru taco shop.)
Vien Dong III - on LV Road next to Rite Aid and Bale sandwiches - is still open and has no signs up about closing.
I swung by Vien Dong on LV Road the other day and there was some sort of clearance/closing down sale going on. It was a complete mess, tons of people running around with 2 shopping carts apiece, filled to the brims.
I didn't see any signage about how long it will be closed down for the presumed switchover.
I spoke to the new owner (who also owns the nearby liquor store) about 3-4 weeks ago. At that time the store was in escrow and was clearly in transition...shelves weren't being restocked, perishables were less plentiful, and the owner was talking with suppliers and working his way through a big pile of paperwork. He said the store is NOT going to be a part of the 99 Ranch chain. He didn't mention a new name (and I neglected to ask). He said his first priority was to clean the place up and provide a grocery store with a wide range of foods to cater to the ethnic mix of the neighborhood. I made a mental note to check back in several weeks to see what was happening. Hopefully I'll get over that way in the next week or so to check on the progress.