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Banh Mi Closed On Southport, Leaving One In Lakeview

By Ariel Cheung | June 16, 2016 6:16am
 Banh Mi Baget in Southport closed June 9.
Banh Mi Baget in Southport closed June 9.
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SOUTHPORT CORRIDOR — With Banh Mi Ba Get's closure in the Southport Corridor, the Vietnamese sandwich shop's original owner has left Lakeview behind.

The restaurant, 3548 N. Southport Ave., was dark for weeks before a sign posted on the door June 9 announced that the store's locks would be changed.

The Southport Corridor blog first reported on the closure. The restaurant also posted about the closure on Facebook.

Banh Mi Ba Get still has locations open in Roscoe Village and Logan Square. The chain's owner, Lee Trinh, sold the original location at 3141 N. Broadway in 2014. That location kept the Banh Mi & Co. brand and remains open, while Trinh started anew with the Ba Get spots.

Another Lakeview branch of Banh Mi Ba Get closed in April at 843 W. Belmont Ave.

While the Vietnamese term "bánh mì" refers to bread, it's also used to describe sandwiches typically served with jalapeño, cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon.

Classic versions are often made with sliced pork, but the Chicago restaurant chain also serves up sandwiches stuffed with curry chicken, grilled beef, barbecue pork and lemongrass chicken.

Banh Mi Baget also serves Vietnamese pho, spring rolls and a vegan menu.

Banh Mi opened on Southport in late 2014, replacing Anthony's Italian Ice.

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