Ninja City

From 'Bac' owner Bac Nguyen will rise in Cleveland's University Circle


Ninja City will open this summer on Euclid Avenue in the city's University Circle area. The dining room should allow for about 80 seats indoors – 30 at the bar. A garage door-style opening will front a 20-seat outdoor patio area.

"Quick service, speed, is essential anywhere, but especially in an area like University Circle," Nguyen says. "You'll still be waited on, though -- it won't be a walk-up counter kind of place."

So the food, Nguyen says, will rely on his roots, which are in Vietnamese cooking. His grandmother helped to start Minh Anh, the long respected restaurant on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland's near west side. Nguyen's mother, Van, partners with him at Bac.

"It's going to be a very concise menu, mostly hand-held Asian street food," he explained, over a small sampling of the sorts of dishes NC will offer.

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