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Vien Dong - Temporarily Closed

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runningforfood May 25, 2008 06:53 PM

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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    JackieChiles May 25, 2008 07:02 PM

    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!

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      MrKrispy May 27, 2008 11:29 AM

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

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        JackieChiles May 27, 2008 11:35 AM

        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.

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          Cathy May 27, 2008 12:51 PM

          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)

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          MrKrispy Jun 4, 2008 11:48 AM

          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.

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            MrKrispy Sep 2, 2008 02:00 PM

            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. nileg Sep 4, 2008 10:57 PM

              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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                MrKrispy Sep 5, 2008 12:52 PM

                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 ;)

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                  nileg Sep 5, 2008 01:57 PM

                  How is the food at Linda Food?

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                    nileg Sep 14, 2008 01:38 AM

                    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.

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                      ueilcablove Oct 16, 2008 09:54 AM

                      Condolences to the loss of Vien Dong's owner.

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                        nileg Oct 17, 2008 11:36 AM

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

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                MrKrispy Oct 17, 2008 08:39 AM

                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"

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                  oerdin Oct 17, 2008 01:50 PM

                  Vien Dong Market has no been renamed Thuan Phat Supermarket.

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                    MrKrispy Oct 17, 2008 02:51 PM

                    oops, bad memory, sorry!

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                      Cathy Oct 17, 2008 05:31 PM

                      There is a Thuan Phat market in Westminster...

                    2. nileg Dec 6, 2008 07:32 PM

                      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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                        trentyzan Dec 6, 2008 08:59 PM

                        Anyone know if they're owned by these folks?
                        http://thuanphatfoods.com/index_en.htm

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                          nileg Dec 7, 2008 12:27 AM

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

                      2. nileg Dec 14, 2008 10:27 PM

                        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. nileg Dec 16, 2008 03:31 PM

                          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.

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