Roostar, located on the grounds of the former Vietnam Poblano, creates custom banh mi (read: bun-me) sandwiches. Served alongside rice and noodles in a colorful environment, these authentic dishes capture the festive spirit of the Vietnamese street vendor scene. Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City get to dine while walking in a blur of blue scooters and brightly lit restaurants, and customers at Roostar get to live that same experience closer to the Spring Branch neighborhood of Houston. The banh mi sandwich is a delicious fusion of Vietnamese and French flavors that diners can have served alongside mouthwatering wings and specialty coffees. A visit to Roostar captures the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Vietnamese experience.
Years ago, Linda Nguyen’s grandma had a sandwich shop in Vietnam. Her family recipes were passed down when Linda’s mom taught her how to make everything from French mayonnaise and pate to perfect pork belly and egg rolls. And those are the same authentic, delicious, grandma-approved recipes you’ll experience every time you come to Roostar.
Linda grew up stocking shelves in her parent’s grocery store, falling in love with the food industry early. Later, as a host and server, she learned the intricacies of creating the perfect dining experience. Combined with her years of high level managerial and sales experience, Linda has sharp instincts for operations and systems that consistently deliver excellent results - from Roostar’s artfully crafted sandwiches to the caring sandwich artist who knows your name.
In 2005 Linda met her fiance & business partner, Ronnie Nguyen. Both hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston. But while Ronnie is the heart of Roostar, innovating behind the scenes, Linda is the soul. She brings Ronnie’s ideas to life. She treats her customers and employees like family. She wants to know your name, your favorite foods, your dog’s name… and she wants you to feel at home when you’re at Roostar.
Upon opening, Roostar quickly earned a loyal customer following… and impressive accolades. In 2015 Roostar was featured on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. and won the 2015 & 2016 People’s Choice Award during Houston’s The Great Bánh Mì Cook-Off. They were voted Best Bánh Mì shop by the Houston Press in 2015, 2016, & 2017. Their mission is to transport you to another place using fresh food & flavors and to make you feel at home with good ol’ fashioned Southern hospitality.