Saturday, December 17, 2016

Kinjo Brothers Returning to Midtown Next Year With Anh's Kitchen

Kinjo Brothers bringing Vietnamese fare back to midtown.

The Kinjo Brothers, who returned to the Atlanta area last year with MF Sushi in Inman Quarter after a three year absence, plan to open a new Vietnamese restaurant in midtown next year.  

"Anh's Kitchen," named for the brothers' mother Anh Hoang, is slated to open in March in an approximately 2,500 square foot street level space of the Viewpoint condo building at 855 Peachtree Street.  

Anh's will occupy a space that had most recently housed Starbucks ahead of their relocation to the ground-floor of the nearby 7th & Peachtree condo building.  The ill-fated Evos "healthy fast food" chain was the original tenant in the space, meaning that the space should come with quite a bit of necessary restaurant infrastructure already in place.    

Although details of the new restaurant are sparse, (it's not even listed on the site plan for Viewpoint yet), one can surmise that the Kinjos will bring some of the popular dishes from their NAM restaurant to Anh's.  NAM, once located in the Trader Joe's anchored Midtown Promenade shopping center, was the Kinjos' first restaurant.  NAM opened in 2003 and closed January 1, 2011 with the explanation then being that the restaurant's lease had expired and that it would reopen elsewhere.  It never reopened.

In midtown, Anh's will join Pho King, a Vietnamese restaurant that plans to open late this month at The Plaza Midtown.  Less than a half mile from Anh's, Pho King replaces the shuttered Dressed salad restaurant as the group's second location, the first being on Peachtree Road in south Buckhead. (yes, Anh singular) launched this week but seems to be just a placeholder as it directs to "Gracie Beauty & Accessories." The website lists Gracie's address as 299 North Highland Avenue Suite K (MF Atlanta's address).

In addition to Anh's Kitchen, the Kinjo brothers previously announced plans to open MF Bar and District 3, both new concepts, at Phase II in Avalon in Alpharetta.  The Alpharetta restaurants will reportedly debut next spring.   

Are you excited for not one, but two, new Vietnamese options in midtown?   Do you think the Kinjo Brothers will break the curse that has plagued so many street level restaurants on Peachtree Street in midtown? Where would you like to see the Kinjo Brothers open next?

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