(Photo: Taking a break from last minute preparations is Chef/Owner Cuong Tran (center) flanked by Ann Lu (left) and wife Kim Lu (right.) Photo by Barry Gray.)
The long-awaited “An” restaurant on the east side of Carp Road near Hazeldean is set to open on Wednesday, February 25, and the family who owns it brings a wealth of restaurant experience to the venture.
Cuong Tran tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that his parents own a restaurant in the city of Dalat in Vietnam. Tran’s wife Kim Lu’s family has had operated five restaurants in Canada since 2005, including two in Ottawa (Thi Fusion and Pho Mi Bo Ga), Saigon Delights in Carleton Place, and Pho Fusion in Newmarket, Ontario and Vernon, British Columbia.
Cuong’s mother-in-law Ann Lu will be the head chef. She has over 20 years experience in the restaurant business, mostly with the restaurants listed above.
Tran says they chose to open in Stittsville because of family. They have three young kids (a girl and two boys).
“We have learned that Stittsville is a fast growing community, and best for family,” he says. They currently live in Barrhaven but are planning a move to Stittsville soon.
“The idea is to bring service to the local community, since our city is getting bigger and bigger. People won’t have to travel far to get what they want,” he says.
“Our menu will feature Vietnamese famous beef noodles which are called Phở, and a variety of other Vietnamese noodle soups, DIY wrap & roll with meats and seafood on the grill, Thai stir fried dishes, and soup. And a sushi bar as well.”
The licensed restaurant will be open Sundays-Wednesdays from 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Thursday-Saturday from 11:00am-9:0pm.