For the last several years, Ben Bui has and his mother, Lauren Huynh, have run Fish Sauce, the Alphabet District restaurant known for cooking up homestyle Vietnamese dishes.
Now Bui tells Eater PDX that he’s aiming to bring Vietnamese street food and drinking snacks to the east side this winter via Short Round.
“We’re going to be serving a lot of things that you can’t find at normal restaurants,” Bui said. That includes dishes like stuffed bitter melons, brined pig intestines, snails, and baluts.
The vibe Bui says he’s hoping to create will be casual, but fun and lively, too, where he says guests might take a shot or two to muster up the courage to try foods they’re not familiar with.
He also plans to bring his mother’s phở recipe from Fish Sauce to Short Round, as well as rotating Korean dishes authored by his mother-in-law, Jinnie Song.
And Bui says that he’s once again hired La Moule’s Tommy Klus to draft his craft cocktail menu. Klus designed the drinks menu at Fish Sauce, and this time around he’ll get an assist from bar manager KJ DeBoer.
When it opens, Short Round will serve lunch and dinner and will stay open late on weekends.
Once his permitting Is and Ts are properly dotted and crossed, Bui is aiming for a November or December opening.
Short Round: 3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd