Bún Mì Vietnamese Grill closed over the weekend after two years on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. An Instagram post cites the restaurant’s Buckhead location being difficult to find, coupled with the pandemic, which “made things impossible to survive” there, as reasons for the closure.
Owned by Sang Ho, Thao Dinh, Cuong Bui, and Truc Mai, Bún Mì Vietnamese Grill first opened in 2018 at the Aramore Condos in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood. Ho, Dinh, Bui, and Mai are longtime friends with backgrounds working in both the corporate and culinary worlds. The restaurant’s name is a play on the Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich and bún, a vermicelli noodle dish served with cold or hot broth.
However, the closure of Bún Mì Vietnamese Grill is merely temporary. A location inside Colony Square food hall Politan Row is set to open in Midtown at the end of June. Like the Peachtree Hills location, the menu for the Politan Row food stall centers around bánh mì, noodles dishes, and pho. Expect sandwiches stuffed with grilled short rib and garlic turmeric chicken or wild-caught Gulf shrimp in freshly baked baguettes.
“We fought hard to stay open for our customers and staff but it’s time to begin a new chapter in a new location at Colony Square in hopes we can continue to introduce and bring delicious Vietnamese food to bigger population,” the Instagram statement reads, in part.
A grand opening for the Colony Square food hall kicks off with a ticketed event on Thursday, June 24, and runs through the weekend. Bún Mì Vietnamese Grill joins chef Shaun Doty’s Federal Burger, smoothie and bowl spot YŌM, hibachi and sushi food truck Gekko, Creole-Mexican street taco food truck Pretty Little Taco, Neapolitan-style pizzeria Belli, and Caribbean food spot Locale Cafe at Politan Row. The food hall also includes a central bar aptly named Bar Politan.
Set along 14th and Peachtree streets, the food hall was first announced in 2017 as part of a multi-million dollar overhaul of the 50-year-old office and retail complex. Formerly called Main and Main, it was renamed Politan Row in 2020 and is now run by New Orleans-based food hall operator Politan Group in partnership with Atlanta developer North American Properties.