Carrie Rengers

Lemongrass owner to start Old Town valet service

Lemongrass isn’t the only new business Danny Nguyen is opening in Old Town.

The restaurateur is branching into a new business as well with a valet service in Old Town.

“It’s going to help out a lot of the businesses – not only mine,” Nguyen says.

He’ll open the business, which he’s yet to name, in a few weeks when he opens Lemongrass in the former Caffe Moderne space.

Nguyen says he’s had the idea of a valet service for years.

“It’s more convenient,” he says. “Down here, everything is all packed.”

Nguyen says it will bring value to the businesses with what the service can do for tourists, business travelers and families.

“It’s hard to find parking down here,” Nguyen says.

He says if he has his family along when he goes to Old Town, it’s even more of a challenge.

“We hate to ride around … to find a parking place.”

Nguyen says he’s seen drivers look for spaces and then give up.

“That’s a loss for a lot of businesses.”

Initially, Nguyen says he’ll offer the service from Mead Street in front of the courtyard between his business and Oeno Wine Bar.

That’s just to introduce it, though. Nguyen says he thinks it will block traffic if he keeps it there.

“Yes, it’s Old Town.”

Eventually, the business will be stationed on Rock Island just outside the Lemongrass patio.

The service, which will cost $4, will operate from 11 a.m. to midnight six days a week and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Valet drivers will park cars in a lot at Third and Rock Island.

“It’s going to be good for Old Town,” Nguyen says. “Especially Old Town Square.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers