Bye Bye Saigon

After three years in business at 1831 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Little Saigon City has closed shop. Although the mom-and-pop Vietnamese restaurant regrettably included sub-par Chinese food on its menu, the unpretentious, home-cooked buns, phos, spring rolls and desserts were quite good, and very well priced. But as high food costs conspire with a low economy, the restaurant industry becomes more than ever a heartless Darwinian arena where only the fittest survive. And the glut of corporate chain restaurants that have moved into Coral Gables won’t help matters.

This coming summer may well spell the demise of many small-timers (and some big-timers, too, including one downtown that will fold shortly). Like the owners of Little Saigon City, the squeezed proprietors will just have to take it on the pho tai chin.

- Lee Klein

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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