Dallas Restaurateur Reflects on Popular Bánh Mì Shop

Sandwich Hag
Sandwich Hag | Image by Sandwich Hag/Instagram

A local James Beard Award-nominated chef recently reflected on her time operating a beloved Dallas sandwich shop that specialized in bánh mì, according to a report by D Magazine.

“On Saturday, May 18, Sandwich Hag served its final bánh mì. In its almost seven-year run at its Cedars location, Sandwich Hag built a sterling reputation for its food, with each bánh mì’s fillings made from scratch. But it was also famous for non-edible reasons: its ‘no a******s’ policy to protect employees and customers from that variety of person, its refusal to make substitutions or alterations, and chef-owner Reyna Duong’s public advocacy on a variety of issues.

“Duong started the restaurant, in part, to employ her brother Sang, who has Down syndrome. She held night markets on World Down Syndrome Day, mentored younger Asian American chefs, encouraged other restaurateurs to protect their own well-being, and spoke out on social media about local and global political causes.

“In other words, Sandwich Hag was a whirlwind. The restaurant closed on May 18 to give its creators a break. After taking some recovery time, Duong and her crew plan to revive their morning coffee shop, chimlanh, in the space — and open up the kitchen to a new chef who will serve savory food to pair with the drinks. They’re not ready to announce who that chef will be just yet, or when chimlanh will return. (The name is not capitalized.)”

To read the entire article by D Magzine, and the outlet’s interview with Duong, please click HERE.

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