When Cat Tran and Mark Nielsen started Hue Vietnamese Restaurant in 2010, their goal was to create a restaurant that introduced the cuisine to customers in the most accessible way possible. Not everyone understood their mission, but by and by they created a brand that became a staple in the community.
On this week’s podcast, we’re discussing the origins of the restaurant and the evolution of the brand over the past 12 years. Along the way, we also delve into Tran and Nielsen’s decision to build a new restaurant from the ground up, the spirit of the lively new restaurant and their plans for the future.
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.