Western Pho in Deer Park is on the move.
The humble yet excellent Vietnamese eatery on Burnside Street – written about and given a new and glowing thumbs up from CTS regular Juz here – will move around the corner to the service road shopping strip on Ballarat Road in three months or so.
Proprietor Phi tells me there will be more food, more staff and more seating – the new joint will have a seating capacity of at least 60.
I caught up with Phi and his builder, “Junior” Espinosa of GE Builder, at the old premises as they were discussing the floor plan for the new place.
The new place still bears the signage of the previous tenant.
And just a few doors away preparations are underway for an Indian eatery and …
… another Vietnamese place!
This phases Phi not at all – competition being good and helping to build a happy neighbourhood eats destination, he reckons.
Meanwhile, in even more good news for locals, the current Western Pho premises on Burnside Street, will be renamed Western Roll and feature banh mi, rice paper rolls and the like, including sauces from Phi’s hometown near Cam Ranh Bay – and coffee.
It’s all happening in Deer Park!