The Hoboken Girl reported back in October of 2021 that Bon Banh, a Vietnamese restaurant was going to be taking over Stacks Pancake House at 506 Washington Street. We had an opportunity to chat with owners Tony Kim and Kathy Kim about what to expect at the new fast-food spot. Now, locals who walk past the storefront will see the new signage hanging – signaling that the cafe is getting closer to the grand opening. Read on for what to expect. and peek at the new look of the storefront of Bon Banh in Hoboken.
Stacks Pancake House & Smokehouse BBQ had been vacant for about a year. It was said that there was a dispute between the previous owner and the landlord, which resulted in the space being empty for that long. Then came Tony and Kim.
The husband-wife duo was very intentional with the name of the restaurant. “Bon” means “good” in French and “Banh” refers to a Banh Mi sandwich, which is usually served on a baguette.
Kathy explained, “It’s a funny story. We were looking for a while in Hoboken, but as you know it’s a very tough place to find a location for a business, so we kind of gave up on the idea and we started looking elsewhere. But one day, we were walking around and we walked past Stacks and we finally saw a number on the window and we called it. The next day we went to go look at it, and that’s how we got it.”
The menu at Bon Banh is still being constructed, but the Kims have a good idea of what will be included. They shared with us that in addition to Banh Mi sandwiches, there will be summer rolls and rice bowls. The owners mentioned there will be “something for everyone,” including various meats like “pork, shrimp, chicken, and beef,” as well as “vegetarian, tofu options.”
The opening date has yet to be announced but it seems to be debuting in the near future. We’ll keep you updated as more details unfold.