WICKER PARK — Banh Mi & Co., an eatery specializing in Vietnamese street food, will be opening its fifth location in Wicker Park, bringing sandwiches, noodles and Lychee lemonade to a Division storefront that most recently housed an ice cream parlor.
Banh mi is a Vietnamese term for a kind of sandwich served on a baguette roll called a banh mi, which usually has meat or tofu on it and is topped with pickled carrots and radishes, as well as cucumber.
Partners Le Trinh and John Sanchez said on Monday that they plan to open their chain's new restaurant at 1740 W. Division St. in March.
Wicker Park's Banh Mi & Co. will bring 20 new jobs to the area and be open "early and late to serve the early birds as well as the night owls," Trinh said.
In addition to banh mi sandwiches, the restaurant's menu offers soups, salads and spring rolls. Drinks include Lychee lemonade, Dang root beers and bottles of soda pop from Mexican soda maker Jarritos.
Trinh, a Roscoe Village resident, said in an email that he chose Wicker Park as his chain's next neighborhood to move into because it "has to be the hippest coolest neighborhood in the city. And rivals anything seen on the east or west coast."
"Wicker Park is eclectic, fashionable, food savvy and has the best dive bars as well as the hip cool bars and restaurants. Can't wait to watch people enjoy the hottest street food out there," Trinh said.
Eventually Banh Mi & Co. hopes to expand to the suburbs too, Sanchez told Crain's last week.