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Pho Saigon #1 on Jerome Avenue: Closed!

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Finally made it to Jerome Avenue for Vietnamese this evening. Pho Saigon #1 at 2614 Jerome Ave is now a nail place! What a shame! Anyone know what happened?

(Ate at Com Tam Ninh Kieu instead. It was a mixed bag: summer rolls didn't taste so fresh, but seafood soup with hofun noodles was very good.)

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Com Tam Ninh Kieu
2641 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY 10468

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  1. damn. wow. that sucks. really sucks. this is the one that used to be World of Taste?

    see this thread:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/611346

    1. Yeah, I went a few weeks ago and it was closed. bummer.

      1. Today I discovered, to my great sadness, the reason behind the relatively quick closing of Pho Saigon on Jerome Avenue. I was visiting the Vietnamese market across the street, the one right next to Cam Tam Ninh Kieu, and happened to mention to the lovely woman who runs it that I was sad that the Pho Saigon had closed so quickly. I had visited it in March and had had a really fine meal there; business seemed to be brisk when I was there as well.

        The woman told me that the owner of the restaurant had suffered a heart attack and passed away at the restaurant around April 10th. I remember him quite well from my meal -- short, thin, very friendly and attentive and very energetic. His wife sold the space to a friend who converted to a nail place rather quickly.

        Sad, short history of a place with real promise.

        5 Replies
        1. re: Anicca

          That's very sad. The owner was, as Anicca writes, very friendly, attentive, and energetic, and I was rooting for him to make a go of the restaurant.

          1. re: Anicca

            thanks for the update; I had a couple of meals served by that guy; his food and energy will be missed.

            1. re: bigjeff

              Is the Vietnamese place across the street from Pho Saigon still open and how does it rate?

              1. re: budcar

                Yes, it's still open and is pretty good. I had the very fine bbq chicken (w lemongrass) over rice on Saturday and it was quite good.

                1. re: budcar

                  that place is good. see my notes below and, check out their other handwritten window specials:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6113...