Vietnamese/Thai restaurant opening in Blacksburg today
Cafe MeKong, a Vietnamese/Thai restaurant, is scheduled to open today — Oct. 12 — beside Oasis World Market on South Main Street.
Owners of Oasis, Max and Whitney Chen Schuetz, bought the restaurant space in July after its previous tenant, Giovanni’s Italian Cuisine, closed down.
The Schuetz’s owned a 300-seat restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., before moving to Blacksburg in 2006. In July of 2009, the couple bought Oasis World Market, and has since made major improvements to the international foods retailer.
Max Schuetz said he and his wife have wanted to bring a Vietnamese/Thai restaurant to the area for sometime, as it was the couple’s favorite food to eat while living in San Francisco, he said. But, the couple couldn’t get the proper ingredients shipped to the area.
Since building-up Oasis’ inventory throughout the past several years, Schuetz said he is now able to get the needed ingredients to make the cuisine, which includes the popular pad and pho thai, both featured on tomorrow’s limited menu.
The full menu includes tom yum soup (Thai hot and sour soup with veggies or meat), Vietnamese pork and Thai fried rice, various curry dishes and more.
He said he’s also hired two chefs from San Francisco, both knowledgeable of the cuisine, to prepare the dishes.
Schuetz urged the public to “be patient with us” as he and his wife open the doors tomorrow in what he’s calling a “soft opening.”
Wednesday’s restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Updated to reflect time element.