The Red Boat Viet Fusion Restaurant is preparing to open several new locations in Maryland and Florida.
The restaurant, which has a location on Eutaw Street in downtown Baltimore, will open in Mount Vernon, followed by restaurants in College Park and Boca Raton, Fla.
The Red Boat offers Vietnamese fusion food including banh mi sandwiches, pho, rice bowls, tacos, steamed buns and spring rolls.
The Mount Vernon restaurant is set to open next week, and the College Park and Boca Raton locations are on track to open by the end of the year.
In Mount Vernon, the Red Boat Fusion & Bar will replace Ryezendine, which closed in March at 334 N. Charles St.
Minji Seo, who co-owns the restaurant with her boyfriend John Nguyen, said unlike the Eutaw Street location, the Mount Vernon restaurant will have a full bar. The Charles Street restaurant will also add fries to the menu, including kimchi fries and an option that allows diners to add custom toppings to their fries.
Seo said the restaurant strives to be welcoming, and uses fusion food to make traditional Vietnamese cuisine more accessible.
“Our concept is just to be very simple and be friendly with people,” she said. “We’re all about positivity and bringing good vibes to people.”
The Red Boat is a spin-off of Pho One-O, a restaurant in Hanover that serves more traditional Vietnamese food.
“We really like the Baltimore area. I think that Baltimore is growing in a positive way,” Seo said. “We thought that it’s a great opportunity to expand different types of food and we saw how much customers liked the food on Eutaw Street, and we thought why don’t we open one more and see how it goes on Charles Street.”
The Charles Street location will hold a grand opening party Saturday, including a free buffet and live music, and the restaurant will be fully open to the public next week.
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