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People, Technology and Competition Will Drive Another Pho Transformation

July 21, 2014

As pho becomes popular outside of Vietnam, it’s a matter of time before another pho transformation take place, not necessarily creating an authentic pho, but a popular pho regardless. I am not in the business of telling the future, but because I love pho so much, I always wonder where it’s heading and if I will like its new look and taste.

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Up-Sell Specialist – Would This Work in a Pho Restaurant?

July 1, 2014

The vast majority of pho restaurants are fast-casual or quick-service restaurants, serving excellent and delicious food and very fast. And because of the affordable (read: low) prices, total customers served and table-turn are everything. For this reason, an up-sell specialist may either slow things down, or be too novel of an idea for many Vietnamese and pho restaurants notoriously known for bad or non-existent service.

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Beef Pho, Chicken Pho, Men, Women: A Complex Relationship

June 28, 2014

It’s common knowledge that beef pho is the most popular pho. But at any given time, do you notice that men are likely to go for pho bo (beef pho) and women like pho ga (chicken pho) when given the choice? What about vegan pho? Many pho restaurants concentrate on making only good beef pho, and serve chicken and vegan pho only as an afterthought. Here’s how you understand your pho customers and serve what they want.

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Hiring a Pho Chef For Your Pho Restaurant

June 11, 2014

Does your pho restaurant need a pho chef? How can you find a good pho chef for your restaurant, and what qualifications should such individual have? It may surprise many, but the real question is: what good is a pho chef who is unprofessional, has bad manners and does not work within your guidelines and company policies to meet your quality expectation? Here are some things to consider when hiring a pho chef.

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Controlling Food Costs of Your New Pho Restaurant

March 22, 2014

You can control your pho restaurant food costs by establishing a strong vendor relationship and a solid system to control your food storage, serving portions and inventory counts. Food costs, if not managed correctly, can easily make or break your pho restaurant

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Designing Your Pho Restaurant: Hidden Secret of a Good Pho Restaurant Floor Plan

December 25, 2013

Your pho restaurant floor plan is what shows your concept and how you intend to operate your business. It’s a big part of your plan submission to city and health authorities for obtaining a license. It’s also what your general contractor will use to build out the space for you. And it’s also an important tool to help you manage your team in everything leading up to your grand opening. But what’s the real purpose of a good pho restaurant floor plan? Here’s the secret.

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Tips For Your New Pho Restaurant’s Front and Back of the House

November 21, 2013

Front of the house and back of the house. Here are some tips for successful design and operation of a pho restaurant. If you’re thinking of opening your own pho restaurant, then these are important considerations before you proceed far in the design process of your new establishment. If you’re a pho customer, then this article gives some insights into how a good pho restaurant has been (or should be) designed to serve hundreds of customers like you every day.

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What You Need to Open a Pho Restaurant-The Starting Point

November 6, 2013

I’ll tell it like it is. For those who really want to open your own pho restaurant, we’ll soon get to the nitty gritty, the mechanics, the down-and-dirty details, the how-tos, and the ins and outs. But if you are not willing to search through your inner self for and to understand the desire from within, then I would say you are not ready to run a restaurant, pho or otherwise.

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How to Open a Pho Restaurant

November 2, 2013

Want to know how to open a pho restaurant? This is the first of a series on how to open and operate a pho restaurant; from concept development, design, analysis, and buildout of a new location, to customer service, staff training, operation and procedures, and more. Not everyone can do this; it’s restaurant business after all. But for the few who have the heart and the desire, a great pleasure can be found.

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Vietnamese Pho on University and College Campuses – Start a Pho Revolution

February 21, 2012

I think it’s time to get Vietnamese pho on university campuses! Yes that’s the little secret project I’ve been working on. Staying true to what I want LovingPho.com to be, which is a reliable informational resource for Vietnamese pho noodle, I and a partner opened Ui-Cha! Phở and Cà-Phê, a pilot pho restaurant located on the second floor in the University Center (UC,) the University of Montana in Missoula.

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