By Zach Chouteau
Richmond foodies might want to mark their calendars for April 10, when the brand-new Anh Vietnamese Kitchen is set to spring into action.
Neighboring the popular Salute E Vita Ristorante on the waterfront on Esplanade Drive, the snazzy new dining venue is a labor of love for husband-and-wife co-owners Gio Gelera and Candice Nguyen.
“We’re going to be offering authentic flavors with real flair, plus cool cocktails and a fabulous wine list—right by the bay,” Gelera told the Standard. “And we’ve handpicked a great staff as well.”
Nguyen was born in Vietnam and left the country by boat as a refugee amid political unrest in 1983. The restaurant is named for her mother Anh, an experienced chef for decades who will bring her expertise to the enterprise as well. Anh and some of Nguyen’s brothers have operated successful Vietnamese establishments in locales such as Vallejo, Newark and Oakland over the years.
And Nguyen and Gelera are no strangers to the restaurant biz themselves; the couple opened the fun and funky Bubbaloo Café in early 2015 at 1402 Marina Way South.
Their current plan for the new Anh Vietnamese Kitchen is a sit-down restaurant with full bar that will be open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.