Michael Bui, co-owner of MT Noodles in Brooklyn Park, announced yesterday that his establishment’s popular Vietnamese cuisine will be making its way to Dinkytown with the opening of a new restaurant, Pho Mai, in February of 2020. Setting up shop in the former Tim Horton’s location at 319 14th Ave SE in Minneapolis, Pho Mai will naturally be open late, feed hordes of hungry students until 11 p.m.
Bui’s new venture will focus on MT Noodle’s best selling items: made to order pho, banh mi, goi cuon (springrolls), and its com dac biet, a signature rice dish. In business with his wife Mai and his mother, Anh Bui, Pho Mai is offering up a limited menu to ensure that quality, speed, and cost-friendliness are front and center. Considering that Michael and Mai met at the U in the early 90’s, it’s something of a romantic homecoming for the duo.