Tommy Truong grew up in the family business. For the last 23 years, his family has owned and operated Saigon Bangkok, a Vietnamese and Thai restaurant.
The first location in Tonawanda opened more than two decades ago, and seven years ago, the family added a second location in Amherst. When Truong was ready to scout locations for a third restaurant, the Village of Hamburg was on his short list.
“We come to the Southtowns all the time, and as I drove around here, I just liked the small-town feeling it has,” he said. “I love everything they have done here in the village, and I think it is a great place to introduce more ethnic food.”
Next month, Saigon Bangkok’s third location will open at 255 Buffalo St. — the former site of Mike’s Lucky Dog restaurant — where lunch and dinner will be served Monday through Saturday.
Prior to settling on his current location, a building Truong said he purchased in foreclosure, Truong looked at other properties in the Southtowns, including the former Titan’s Steakhouse, which was ultimately taken over by another ethnic chain with roots in the Northtowns, La Tolteca. In the end, the opportunity to purchase a building versus leasing space made more sense to him.
“We wanted something where we can start small and really make it our own, and this way, the more we invest