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Brand Story Behind Saigon Sisters

Saigon Sisters Restaurant located in the West Loop bustling restaurant scene is run by Vietnamese sisters, Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen, along with their mother, Mama Suu. The main inspiration for beginning their business came from growing up watching their mother and grandmother ran successful businesses as food distributors to markets & embassies in Laos and eating amazing Southeast Asian and French foods at an early age. After moving to the United States, their entrepreneurial spirit led them to work together and came up with the brand Saigon Sisters. And it all started at the Chicago French Market in 2009 where you can still find Mama Suu standing by her Pho station helping and serving Banh Mis, spring rolls, Pho, and Baos to workers and commuters.

“Everything I do in my business is somehow related to my past, my family, and a part of who I am,” explained Mary, who was a baby when her family was living in Laos to escape the dangers of war in their homeland of Vietnam.

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Face of Vietnamese Cuisine

Saigon Sisters is a fast-casual restaurant based in the heart of Chicago that was established in 2009.  With a longing for the memories and flavors of Southeast Asia, the founders set out to share their love of Vietnamese culture and cuisine with the world.  The restaurant is strategically located to make it easily accessible to urban dwellers, commuters, and tourists alike.  What makes Saigon Sisters unique is its status as the first fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant to open downtown and its reputation as the leader in Google search for the best Vietnamese food in the city. With a 4.7 rating on Google and 4.8 on Opentable, Saigon Sisters has become a must-visit destination for those in search of authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Chicago.  One reason for Saigon Sisters' success is its commitment to providing high-quality ingredients, consistent flavors, and a great dining experience at fair prices.  Saigon Sisters is also a leader in the restaurant industry as an Asian woman-led business with a mission to lead, mentor, and develop underserved individuals.  The founder, Mary Nguyen Aregoni, is proud to be a member and has a leadership role in several distinguished women's groups in the hospitality industry, including James Beard Women Leadership Program, LetstalkWomxn Chefs/Owners, and Les Dames d'Escoffier.