Quynh “Q” Trinh, owner and operator of We Suki Suki, is selling the pho and banh mi shop inside the Global Grub Collective food stall market in East Atlanta Village. Trinh also owns the collective. She made the announcement on social media Monday, and clarified that the Global Grub Collective isn’t for sale.
Trinh tells Eater Atlanta, the shop remains open “until the right offer comes along”. She’s already in talks with five people. However, if a suitable offer for We Suki Suki can’t be reached, Trinh plans to sell the space to another food stall purveyor as part of the collective.
We Suki Suki anchors the restaurant incubator known as the Global Grub Collective, churning out banh mi like dac biet or grilled eggplant, bowls of lemongrass-infused pho during the winter, and three types of congee (grilled chicken, vegan shiitake, and mushroom and salmon) throughout the summer months.
Like the other stalls at the collective, people order at We Suki Suki’s counter, take a number, and find a seat at one of the communal tables next door.
Trinh opened We Suki Suki in 2012 selling mostly banh mi at the small shop before expanding to open the Global Grub Collective in 2015.
“When you are immigrant or refugee in this country, you start off with no credit. It’s incredibly hard. We [Global Grub Collective] get people started in the restaurant business,” Trinh told Eater Atlanta recently. “We only ask they become an LLC and they have their own liability insurance. We’re basically street vendors in a magical place that never rains and is health permitted.”
Today the food market includes six 5x7 stalls offering everything from tacos and poke to vegan hot dogs and ramen. All of the stalls are owned by budding restaurant entrepreneurs, immigrants, or refugees.
We Suki Suki closes briefly from July 4 through July 7.
Current hours for We Suki Suki are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Taqueria Rojas takes over the stall after it closes on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.