07 May ‘It’s time to move to the next level’: Tran sisters to open second-generation Vietnamese restaurant downtown
Vietnamese cuisine is heading downtown.
The Tran family of sisters recently signed a lease with Price Family Properties to operate Kai, a 2,500-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor of the Executive Center building at 201 W. Fifth St., said Daniel Regan, executive vice president and director of leasing of Price Family Properties.
Linh, Kally, Marie and Ada (chef) Tran will run the restaurant, which is expected to include a bar and patio and open in July, Linh Tran said.
“I worked in downtown for 14 years for Williams Cos. and Magellan,” she said. “I always loved it.
“This is the time when the young people are coming in and developing. It just got my attention. It’s time to move to the next level.”
After the Vietnam War, the Tran siblings’ parents, Cuong “Billy” and Dia Tran, moved to Tulsa to escape communist Vietnam, opening the Viet Huong restaurant 28 years ago, Linh Tran said. The father died two years ago, and the family sold the restaurant last year, opting later to form a second-generation business, she said.
“We’re excited but nervous at the same time,” Linh Tran said.
In a space formerly occupied by a tag agency, Kai will sit across Fifth Street from the new Residence Inn by Marriott and less than a block from 111 Lofts, Price Family Properties’ upscale apartments that are under construction.
“Price Family Properties is excited to continue working with entrepreneurial Tulsans like Kally and her sisters to help add a diverse array of local new retail options in the heart of downtown,” Regan said in a statement. “With our 111 Lofts residential project opening this summer down the block from this new restaurant site and new office tenants moving into the area every month, our team is focused on continuing to build a vibrant neighborhood for the next century of activity.”