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PNPho5
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Hi all: I'm planning to open a pho restaurant with a friend in a city at least 60 miles from a the nearest Asian or Vietnamese food supplier/distributor. Can someone give me suggestions on how I can make sure I have ingredients for my daily needs.

Thanks so much.

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hienvucooks
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I think you'll need to do a lot of driving. Personally I'd look at national food distributors like Sysco for most of your ingredients, and drive yourself to get just the specialized items.

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@hienvucooks @pnpho5 I know many people who have done the driving, once or twice a week if needed, to get their supplies. But they also get most of the regular stuff from distributors who deliver to their door. I've even helped a friend to this for a short time myself. However this is not sustainable and you should rethink your business plan if you want to stay in business for a long time, or even to expand.

 

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@routinepho Same here. I used to help a friend driving 120+ miles each way, once a week to pick up supplies at a Chinese/Vietnamese supermarket in Seattle. I did that for at least a year, but she continued for many years after that. It's really not sustainable.

 

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