By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 06, 2021 at 12:48 PM

Owners Carina (Cat) Tran and Mark Nielsen have announced that they are closing Hue Vietnamese Restaurant at 6519 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa.

The restaurant, which opened in 2014, will be open through end of business on  April 10, after which the building will transition for use as a hub for Hue SquareMeal Fresh Frozen Meal service, production for local hunger relief programs, catering, and Hue food truck operations.

Despite the closing, the Tosa area will not be  devoid of the restaurant's Vietnamese fare. The Hue Asian Kitchen Food Truck will continue to have a presence, making appearances at The Landing at Hoyt Park and other locations.

Gift cards for the restaurant can continue to be used at the Wauwatosa location through April 10. They will also be honored at Hue in Bay View.

"We want to thank the Wauwatosa community for its support over the last seven years," Tran and Nielsen noted in a statement on the closure. "While the COVID Pandemic has certainly been challenging, this closure is due to the expiration of our lease... and part of a larger reorganization plan."

The owners say they will be focusing their energy and efforts on an expansion plan in Bay View, which includes the redevelopment of the Sven’s Café land and building at 2699 S Kinnickinnic Ave., which they acquired in 2019.

Watch OnMilwaukee for more details on the project as they become available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.