Our latest restaurant, Saigon Sisters, opened its third location on Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Galter Pavilion. We’d been putting finishing touches on it since July, and after it passed all inspections with flying colors last Friday, we were ready to open up shop. After the jump, find pictures of the interior: a light, bright space to complement sisters Mary Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen’s gorgeous flavor artistry in their globally inspired Vietnamese cuisine (and house made Sriracha!). They also sell our two favorite non-Chicago coffees: La Colombe, and beans from New Orlean’s Cafe Du Monde.
Although the material palette was limited by the exacting standards of the State of Illinois (since its located inside the hospital, and all) we were able to wash off the institutional vibe of the rest of the food court. The cabinet faces are reclaimed teak, as are the shelves, which are supported by off-the-shelf (no pun intended) steel brackets from Hafele. The countertops and sneeze guard supports are stainless steel, and table bases are hot-rolled steel. Both were fabricated locally in Chicago’s West Loop. The floor is porcelain tile by Stonepeak, produced in Tennessee.
For more on Saigon Sisters read this fascinating interview with Mary Aregoni on how they expanded Saigon Sisters from a small outpost in Chicago’s French Market to a tri-locational restaurant with rave reviews—and how to never sacrifice vision or quality along the way.