Gone but Not Pho-gotten: Vietnamese Restaurant Rebrands as “Pan-Asian” Restaurant

Pho 55 remodeled into Southside Ken at the end of October.


Pho 55, now known as Southside Ken Chinese Cuisine, has a soft opening to celebrate its changeover and remodeling.

By Oren Oppenheim, News Editor

Vietnamese restaurant Pho 55 has rebranded as Southside Ken Chinese Cuisine, which describes itself as a “Pan-Asian” restaurant.

It had closed toward the end of last month to make the changeover.

The restaurant’s new menu features a wide range of dim sum, meat dishes, noodle dishes, and vegetarian options. Prices range from around $3 for some appetizers, including egg rolls, to between $12 and $17 for some entrées.

Restaurant manager Ken Zheng told The Maroon via phone that the restaurant had finished remodeling at the end of last week. He said they chose to make the change because the place “was not busy” under its older identity.

Southside Ken is located at 1611 East 55th Street and opens daily at 11 a.m. It closes at 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Previously, Pho 55 had been open until 10 p.m. each night.

Camille Kirsch contributed reporting.