Phnom Penh Noodle House, the Chinatown-International District Cambodian restaurant that closed last spring after 30 years in business, is attempting a comeback. The restaurant’s owners are raising money via Indiegogo to reopen, which they hope to do in January. The next iteration of Phnom Penh will live in new Thai Binh building on Jackson Street, carrying over a smaller menu with favorites from the original restaurant.
Sam Ung opened Phnom Penh Noodle House in 1987, passing it on to his three daughters — Dawn, Diane, and Darlene — when he retired in 2013. They carried on their father’s legacy, operating the city’s only Cambodian restaurant as a beloved community hub. But when Dawn’s son, Devin, was hit by a car in the fall of 2017, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that impacted Dawn’s finances and ability to manage the restaurant. Phnom Penh Noodle House closed as a result, in May 2018.
Now, with the help of the Indiegogo campaign, plus community development organization Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority and the Office of Economic Development, the sisters are getting the restaurant back up and running. So far, the Indiegogo campaign has raised $5,230 of a flexible $30,000 goal.