A family-run Vietnamese restaurant and bar will open by Brayford Pool next week.
Tina and Steve Huynh ran the Mandarin Chinese Takeaway in Saxilby for over 20 years before it was sold earlier this year.
Tina’s parents ran a restaurant in Vietnam and she told The Lincolnite she is now following her dream to open her own Vietnamese restaurant in Lincoln with her husband, and daughters Celine and Jane.
It is located near the Odeon cinema in the building which used to house the Mad Turk restaurant.
It will open on Wednesday, July 15, initially as a takeaway with delivery, collection, and walk-in options with a limit on the number of customers allowed inside.
It will open as a full restaurant in the future, but no date has been set for this. It also has a bar licence and will serve drinks including Vietnamese-themed cocktails.
The unit was completely gutted as the new owners said it looked like a bomb site when they first took over, but after £100,000 of investment it now has a fresh and vibrant new look.
The restaurant will create up to 10 new jobs in the future.
Tina, who grew up in Vietnam before moving to Lincoln in 1999, said: “I always wanted to set up a restaurant in Lincoln, it was my dream.
“I am very excited to be opening our first Vietnamese restaurant. It will serve very healthy food and it is all fresh and homemade.”
The restaurants name derives from a traditional Vietnamese dish called Pho, which is broth simmered for around eight hours with 100% beef shin or chicken, topped with rice noodles, carrots and onions.
It is topped with spices and the dish has vegetarian or vegan alternatives. It is also served with a side plate of fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lemon and chilli with additional sauces.
The wide range of dishes on the menu also includes Banh Xeo, which are crispy savoury pancakes with a meat or vegetarian filing, served with a section of fresh vegetables, and Nem Cuon Vietnamese summer rolls.
The restaurant will operate every day with lunch between 11am-2.30pm and an evening service from 5pm-10pm.
Customers can order by calling 01522 262871 and The House of Pho will look to go online in the near future, with the menu available online here.