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New restaurant will have ‘nom nom’ in its name, noodles on its menu

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(FILE VIDEO -- 2017) Denise Neil visits Parsnipity Cafe and its companion food truck to learn more about lumpia, a Filipino snack that cafe owner Cynthia Wilson specializes in.
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(FILE VIDEO -- 2017) Denise Neil visits Parsnipity Cafe and its companion food truck to learn more about lumpia, a Filipino snack that cafe owner Cynthia Wilson specializes in.

When Tyler Pointe, the big new development under construction at 13th and Tyler, is complete, Wichita will have several more dining options.

We already know about Bagel Haus and Hurricane Sports Grill, scheduled to open in September and October respectively.

Now there’s a third, and it has an extra fun-to-say name.

VietNom Nom.

The restaurant, which should open in late September or early October, will have a fast-casual setup and will serve favorite Vietnamese dishes like bun, banh mi and pho.

The owner is Huyvu Nguyen, a longtime Walgreen’s store manager who dreamed of having his own business. He decided on a restaurant focused on his mother’s recipes – things she learned to make growing up in Vietnam, before the family immigrated to the United States in 1984.

He compares the restaurant’s setup to Pei Wei. People will order their dishes at the counter and their food will be delivered to their tables. Nguyen has pared the menu down to 12 to 15 of his mother’s best recipes plus appetizers like spring rolls.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and will serve beer and cocktails. Nguyen said he’s planning to experiment with a new concept: cocktails on tap.

Although the west side has plenty of Asian restaurants, Nguyen – who lives on the west side – said he’s noticed a lack of Vietnamese options.

“There are a few kind of fusion Asian restaurants that serve everything, but just authentic Vietnamese strictly on its own – there aren’t any,” he said.

Once open, VietNom Nom’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Lee Li and her husband, Leo Lin, former owners of Sake near 21st and Amidon, will open their new restaurant near Kellogg and Rock on July 21. This week they gave a few loyal customers a sneak preview. Video by Denise Neil

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