The dining scene in Berry Hill is about to get a shot in the arm, as Vui Hunt, co-founder/owner of the rapidly expanding Juice Bar empire, has plans to open Vui's Kitchen, a fast-casual Vietnamese concept, in the neighborhood.
Slated for a fall opening, the new restaurant will be located at 2832 Bransford Avenue in the former Curious Heart Emporium space, directly next to their current Juice Bar outpost.
Vui, who owned and operated Veggieland in Atlanta, Ga. before moving to Nashville and opening her first Juice Bar location in Brentwood with her husband John, will act as chef/partner, with restaurant group Fresh Hospitality providing operational support. Vui spoke with Eater about the new project:
I always wanted to open a Vietnamese restaurant, I just didn't know when as far as timing. I grew up not having to cook, but always paid attention in the kitchen. I'm [a] self-taught [chef], learned from being around others. And now I get to twist what I learned to my own unique perspective.
I look at it as another extension of me. I love hosting friends and family for meals at our home, and I feel like Nashville is missing that in terms of dining. And with Vui's Kitchen, I want to show that and provide a similar experience. Vietnamese cuisine with love and freshness.
The menu, which will have a specially designed format and layout, will feature Vui's versions of traditional Vietnamese dishes such as pho and banh mi, with bread for the sandwiches being made daily in-house. Monthly rotating specials, like Vietnamese crepes, will also be incorporated.
The 1,400 square foot restaurant will have planned inside seating for 25 to 30, along with a large outdoor patio.
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