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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?

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  1. 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!

    1. darnit, Bale Sandwiches just closed too (although they relocated I have yet to find it).

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      1. re: MrKrispy

        Really? Wow, things are really changing over there. Guess it's been a while for me. Those were old standbys, both the store and the sandwich shop.

        1. re: MrKrispy

          Mira Mesa Blvd and Black Mountain NW corner (same mall as Lucky Seafood Market)(Jack in the Box is same mall and fronts on Mira Mesa)

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. 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.

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              1. re: nileg

                thanks for the info. I live close by and will try to let people know when it re-opens. In the mean time there is the Linda Food thai place across the street ;)

                1. re: MrKrispy

                  How is the food at Linda Food?

                  1. re: nileg

                    Never mind...I found the review thread here:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/547228

                    Must check this out.

                    I drove by Vien Dong yesterday. The store is closed and the windows papered over. There are no signs posted to indicate when the storefront will reopen.

                    1. re: nileg

                      Condolences to the loss of Vien Dong's owner.

                      1. re: ueilcablove

                        Please expand on your last post. Who suffered a loss?

              2. After getting some Sab-e-Lee thai food I saw a banner on Vien Dong. It said the new place would be Truet Phat, "opening soon"

                1. Vien Dong Market has no been renamed Thuan Phat Supermarket.

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                    1. re: oerdin

                      There is a Thuan Phat market in Westminster...

                    2. I just saw a banner across the front of the storefront saying the new Truet Phat store will be opening on December 13th, a week from today. I'm eager to see what they've done with the place.

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                        1. re: trentyzan

                          The owner of the store also owns Linda Liquor at the corner of Linda Vista Road and Ulric Street.

                      1. The new Truet Phat supermarket opened on Saturday. I tried to visit it but the parking lot was completely filled and perhaps the most dangerous place to drive in Linda Vista. I will try to visit during a weekday this week in the hope that there will be fewer people during working hours.

                        1. I just returned from the Truet Phat. The place was humming. The store layout is nearly identical to the old layout. It is much cleaner than before (yay!) although it still has that smell of fish on the side of the store with the fish tanks and fish counter.

                          They still have the huge seafood and butcher counters and the selection is great. The produce prices are quite a good value. After checkout a person at the exit will give you your choice of a free bag of rice, two 2 liter bottles of Pepsi cola, or another item that looked like a coffee beverage.

                          I can't wait to see what the take-out food counter will be like when they are done working on it.