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Downtown Wilmette’s newest dining option is open for business — as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Ni’s Kitchen, 708 twelfth St., will serve up traditional Vietnamese cuisine corresponding to pho, banh mi, spring rolls and more, in keeping with owner Lisa Wuynh, of Des Plaines, who cannot wait to see the restaurant’s first customers.

“I’m vey pleased — ecstatic actually,” she told The Record. “Opening a restaurant is loads of work. My family asked why I’d need to accomplish that much work, but I desired to bring traditional Vietnamese food to Wilmette.”

While Wuynh’s family has experience within the restaurant industry, she doesn’t. A physical therapist, Wuynh decided to open Ni’s Kitchen when she head concerning the vacant Wilmette space from her brother, who works at nearby Torino Ramen.

The corner space on twelfth Avenue adjoining to Ouilmette Way was occupied by The Noodle, an Italian restaurant, from 1990 to 2022.

Ni’s Kitchen opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, and can serve from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. six days every week.

Wuynh was born in Vietnam and fondly recalls her mother preparing and selling food to her neighbors using a ganh — two baskets connected to a pole carried on the shoulders.

“That’s what they did to boost us,” Wuynh said, speaking of her mother and mother in law.

The memories led to a lifetime passion for cooking and the opening of Ni’s Kitchen.

For the reason that restaurant’s awning went up within the spring, Wuynh said she has enjoyed all of the conversations with community members who’ve stopped by to learn more about Ni’s Kitchen.

“Each time someone walks by and is worked up it makes me feel superb inside,” she said. “It makes you need to do much more and need to do your best.”

Ni’s menu features several variations of pho, a conventional noodle soup that features scallions, onions, basil, cilantro, beansprout and more. The restaurant can even serve banh mi, a preferred sandwich normally served with meat and special fixings, corresponding to pate, pickled carrots, jalapenos and cucumbers, inside a crunchy baguette. Vegetarian options can be found.

Other dishes include fried rice, spring and summer rolls, tofu, bao and noodles. Wuynh said the menu will soon be online on the restaurant’s website, which was not yet lively by press time.

Ni’s Kitchen will probably be open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesday-Sunday.

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