A new Vietnamese street food restaurant to seize an “opportunity”

Invercargill restaurateur Allan Arnold has a strong connection to Vietnamese culture, and now he wants to give a taste of the Deep South.

His new restaurant was announced earlier this month, along with a few others, as tenants in the new central business district development.

The Buster Crabb and Ziff owner, who is also an Invercargill councilman, has a partner who is Vietnamese and over the past decade has visited the Asian country six times.

There were a lot of highlights there, but the Vietnamese cuisine was one of the things that impressed him the most – especially their traditional Banh Mi, a sandwich made from a combination of ingredients, including rolls, meat, pâté and vegetables.

In November, Mr Arnold will bring this popular Vietnamese recipe to Invercargill when he opens the Vietnamese street food restaurant called Banh Mi as part of the Invercargill Central Ltd development.

“Vietnamese cuisine is quite popular and it is an excellent food.

“There really isn’t anything happening in this space at Invercargill, so I thought there was a big opportunity.”

He said the idea was to create a relaxed atmosphere with good drinks and a convenient menu.

Owner of two other businesses in town, he was delighted to open his new restaurant downtown.

“Good service and good quality product are the same but it’s completely different from my other restaurants.

“I think that will be a big benefit for us because when it’s finished there will be around 2,000 people working here, not to mention customers, so I wanted a way to support what’s happening at Invercargill.”

Lovisa and Michael Hill Jewelery stores have also been confirmed as new businesses for the center.

Project manager Hayden Rankin said work is progressing well despite the weather.

“Covid hit us hard this week as we had a lot of guys out this week with Covid but progress is good and we are on track to open stage one [in June.]”

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